Rap Samples
Cameron Corrado, Wondagurl, Billboard

RAP SAMPLES: WHICH ARE MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE?

Sampling is one of the most interesting parts of producing an instrumental in rap. I think it gives life to music as a whole. Sampling is the process of taking different portions of songs and utilizing them to create a new song. This has led to a significant amount of controversy, especially if samples are not cleared to be used but the artist decides to release the song. This can be seen in the Juice Wrld/ Sting controversy. Sting owns 85 percent of one of Juice Wrld’s biggest singles, “Lucid Dreams”. This was confirmed in Dj Vlad’s interview with Grade A label owner Lil Bibby. On the positive side, there are many samples that have made rap more creative. So which samples are the best? This is a list of my five favorite rap samples.

For this list, I may exclude anything that Kanye West has sampled. As a producer, Kanye West has so many samples that he has utilized throughout his career that I would have to make a separate post. Here is a link showing samples from College Dropout to circa 808s and Heartbreak. Knowing that Kanye is a producer/ rapper, I am almost certain that he fully produced or had a hand in producing all of those records. Although these are some of my favorite samples, they are not in order.

MY 5 FAVORITE RAP SAMPLES

*Presented by Who Sampled*

1. NO ONE LIKE YOU BY SCORPIONS

Sampled on 4 Da Gang, By 42 Dugg and Roddy Ricch. Produced by TayTayMadeit

I really like both of these songs. Rock samples in rap are rare, but that trend appears to be shifting in modern-day rap. 4 Da Gang reminds me of rock meeting west coast rap, and I would have liked to have heard Blueface on this song. I can see this sample be utilized in different productions for the likes of artists like Trippie Redd or Mario Judah.

2. WHY CAN’T THERE BE LOVE BY DEE EDWARDS

Sampled in Deathcamp By Tyler The Creator featuring Cole Alexander. Produced by Tyler The Creator and Michael Einzinger

I like this sample because the overall feel of Deathcamp is very unique. I think Cherry Bomb was very experimental for Tyler, but I like the raw and aggressive feel of Deathcamp. Then he mentions topics of the new age, sexuality in religion, and how meaningful (or meaningless) topics like college are from his perspective. Cole Alexander adds very raspy aggressive snarls and vocals that add to the overall feel of controlled chaos in the song.

3. HAUNTED CHASE FROM DONKEY KONG COUNTRY 2 BY DAVID WISE

Sampled on 6 God by Drake. Produced by Boi- 1Da and Syk Sense

This song was destined to be a hit. I think this instrumental was very simplistic and Drake really meshed well with the instrumental. His flow was not too technical. He says his lyrics, but he also pauses. In the background, he also gives adlibs between those pauses. I like that it was almost a call and response situation. Looking at how his career prospered, this is definitely one for the books!

4. JOGA BY BJORK

Sampled in No Bystanders by Travis Scott and Juice Wrld. Produced by Wondagurl, Gezin 808 Mafia and Mike Dean

I really liked the overall feel of Astroworld, and I think this record, in particular, gave a feeling of being in a carnival. In the beginning, we hear Juice Wrld with a filter on his voice, almost as if he is on an intercom. Joga is another song that I like by itself. With this sample, along with the chant sounds from Three Six Mafia’s Tear Da Club Up, this song is a guaranteed festival anthem!

5. FOUR WOMEN BY NINA SIMONE

Sampled in The Story of OJ by Jay-Z. Produced by No I.D. and Jay-Z

In my opinion, this song is very important to much of Jay-Z’s audience, specifically African Americans, as the song discusses racism and how one can become financially free. Essentially, Jay-Z taught his audience about financial literacy for free. This is vital information in the modern world, where many fall for scams or fake information on the internet. All one has to do is listen and apply Jay-Z’s methods to their own lives. Although easier said than done, nothing is impossible.

MY 5 FAVORITE RAP SAMPLES: CONCLUSION

To conclude, these are some of my favorite samples. There are many samples I could have chosen from, so technically, this list could have been created in many different fashions. Hopefully, in the near future, I will be able to do a sequel or a list specifically catered to Kanye West’s samples.

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