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Top 10 Samples in Hip-Hop History ~ Part 6

Updated on July 13, 2015
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Welcome to the DeKalb Av subway station!

My station. This was Spike Lee's station. The Notorious B.I.G. as well. Jay-Z prob'ly met his customers here. You can see, smell and feel the culture oozing out of every crack in the pavement.

In Brooklyn, you don't call a take the subway AND if it's an emergency then you call the Car Service. It ain't as glorious as it sounds. A pimped out old El Dorado with a Royal Crown in the FRONT and Back Dash.

The subway though, was a wonderful place for me to grow as a writer. Because let's face it, New Yorkers spend a lot of time waiting around for trains. Added up I'll bet it's a few days per year. If you're looking for inspiration on humanity...look no further than the Brooklyn Subway Line. CHANGE HERE FOR THE 2,3.4.5.A.C.E,the B.D.F. the N, the R, the Queens-Bound G.

Won't you please stand clear of the closing doors!

and you should know the drill by now...Don't scroll down to the text below (although I know it is tempting now you're being told not to. :P) until after the video or you'll spoil all the great surprises that lie within!

Representing Fort Greene, BROOKLYN ~ NYC

Here's Today's TOP 10 You Funktual People You!

1) Juicy Fruit by MTUME = Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G.

2) Before The Night Is Over by Joe Simon = So Fresh, So Clean - OutKast

3) Mary Mary byTHE MONKEES = Mary Mary - Run DMC

4) Between The Sheets by The Isley Brothers = Big Poppa - The Notorious B.I.G.

5) Headless Heroes by Eugene McDaniels = Get It Together - Beastie Boys featuring Q-Tip

6) Don't Burn Down the Bridge by Gladys Knight & The Pips =

360* (What Goes Around) - Grand Puba

A Milli - Lil' Wayne

7) Running Away by Roy Ayers = Description of a Fool - A Tribe Called Quest

8) The Champ by The Mohawks (ALONG WITH BLONDIE's "Rapture") = Step Into A World (Rapture's Delite) - KRS-One

9) Black Cow by Steely Dan = Deja Vu (Uptown Baby) - Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz

10) Be Thankful For What You Got by William DeVaughn = Diamond In The Back - Ludacris

#10 ~ You may not drive a Great Big Cadillac, Diamond in the Back, SunRoof-Top, Diggin the Scene with a Gangsta Lean ooh hoo!

What Else? ~~~ What Else?

Okay. Okay. Settle Down Spaz.

Juicy Fruit by MTUME was also used by...

  1. Stetsasonic for the classic "Talkin' All That Jazz"
  2. Common for "Charm's Alarm"
  3. Warren G used twice for "This DJ" & "Don't You see"
  4. Allure feat. LL Cool J for their collabo "No Question"

Between The Sheets by ISLEY BROS too.

  1. A Tribe Called Quest BONITA APPLEBUM ya gotta put me on.
  2. Naughty By Nature WRITTEN ON YA KITTEN
  4. Heavy D & The Boyz NUTTIN' BUT LOVE for ya babe!
  5. Keith Murray THE MOST BEAUTIFULLEST THING IN THIS WORLD is just like that....I get in ya!
  6. Whitney Houston ONE OF THOSE DAYS

Headless Heroes by Eugene McDaniels was also used by PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH's "Soul Brother #1"!!!!!!!!!

Black Cow by Steely Dan also = MF Doom "Gas Drawlz"

Be Thankful For What You Got by William DeVaughn was sampled by

  1. N.W.A. twice on "Gangsta Gangsta" & "8 Ball"
  2. WC and the MAAD Circle for "In a Twist"
  3. Intelligent Hoodlum too for "Back to Reality"
  4. and Massive Attack's "Be Thankful For What You Got"


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      2 years ago

      This is an excellent article. I'm learning so much!

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      3 years ago

      Diamond in the back was performed by Curtis mayfield not sure who sang it 1st

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      8 years ago

      Running Away = Common - Nag Champa

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      10 years ago

      wow...That was great collection...Im not so familiar with some, but I remember hearing some of those beats with remixes when I go to jams.

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      10 years ago

      The Champ was also sampled by Maestro Fresh Wes from T.O. back in 89, bro. Huge track up here back in the day.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks man, really enjoy your vids a lot, you filled in many unknown dope tracks and artists for me!

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      11 years ago

      william de vaughn- be thankful for what you've got what a smooooooooth song

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      11 years ago

      "A record you could play for your kids....teach 'em a lesson" got it - keep keepin' on :-]

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      11 years ago

      Hey man, love your Hip Hop history vids! How about Peg by Steely Dan? obviously used by 'De La soul', on the 'Sargent Peppers' of Hip Hop/Rap, '3 Feet High & Rising'. 'I Know I'll Lov You Better', you gotta admit, it's a legendary sample! Peace

    • DJ Funktual profile imageAUTHOR

      DJ Funktual 

      12 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Thanks Coach. Many on youtube have come to point that out to me, and it shames me that I didn't already know that but hey, ya can't know it all or you'd just be a know-it-all. LOL

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Coach D 

      12 years ago

      First group is pronounced like Em-Tu-May not like Em-Tomb. I love your presentation.

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      12 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Great video and I like the picture of Dekalb Avenue.  I know that is not what the topic is about, but the lady reading/waiting for the subway reminds me of myself waiting for a train or bus, I always am engrossed in a book :).

    • DJ Funktual profile imageAUTHOR

      DJ Funktual 

      12 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      WHITE BOY? You guy's are hilarious. See ya guys Saturday Night! NAPLES BABY!

    • Rhythm City Prod. profile image

      Rhythm City Prod. 

      12 years ago

      Agreed. #10 is incredible! Great message too White Boy!

    • DJ Funktual profile imageAUTHOR

      DJ Funktual 

      12 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Yeah that one was a ringer I've been hangin' on to.

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      Angela Harris 

      12 years ago from Around the USA

      #4 and 6 are cool, but #10 is best by far! Love that.


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