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Top 10 Samples in Hip-Hop History ~ Part 1

Updated on May 16, 2012
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DJ Funktual has been a YouTube star since 2008 via his uber popular series "Top 10 Samples in Hip-Hop History". Also loves making lists!

It All Starts Right Here, Friends. Get Comfy.

Here They Are.....the debut of a series of 10 Random Funky Soul Samples and Breakbeats.

  1. Footsteps in the Dark by The Isley Brothers = It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube

  2. I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You by Leon Haywood = Nothin' But a G Thang - Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg

  3. Blind Man Can See It by James Brown = They Want EFX - Das EFX

  4. (You) Got What I Need by Freddie Scott - Just a Friend - Biz Markie

  5. I Keep Forgettin' by Michael McDonald = Regulate - Warren G & Nate Dogg

  6. Rise by Herb Alpert = Hypnotize - The Notorious B.I.G.

  7. Spinnin' by Bernard Wright = I Wish - Skee Lo

  8. Giving Up Food For Funk by The JB's = Luv 2 Luv U (RMX) - Timbaland and Magoo

  9. Baby This Love I Have by Minnie Ripperton = Check The Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest

  10. Bring It Here by Wild Sugar = Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys

Other Hip-Hop Artists Who sampled These Songs


was also sampled by..

  1. Compton's Most Wanted for "CAN I KILL IT?"
  2. Keith Murray for "BAD DAY" and
  3. Canadian Rapper K-OS also used it for "HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS"


was also sampled by...

  1. Public Enemy's "Pollywanacraka"
  2. Redman's "Rockafella"
  3. Ugly Duckling's "Journey To Anywhere"
  4. Blahzay Blahzay also used it for "Danger Part 2"

BLIND MAN CAN SEE IT by JAMES BROWN was also used on..

  1. Blackstreet's "NO DIGGITY"
  2. Lord Finesse's "FUNKY TECHNICIAN"
  3. Peanut Butter Wolf's "I WILL ALWAYS LOVE H.E.R."
  4. Snoop Doggy Dogg's "THE VAPORS"
  5. Steady B's "USE ME AGAIN"
  6. Coolio's "STICKY FINGAZ"
  7. Mellow Man Ace's "HYPEST FROM CYPRESS"


  1. Jadakiss' "When Kiss is Spittin'""
  2. Young MC's "Love You Slow"


  1. 'Wrath of Kane" - Big Daddy Kane

  2. "I'm That Type of Ni@@a" - The Pharcyde

  3. "Kool Keith Housing Things" - Ultramagnetic MC's

  4. "Mind of a Lunatic" - Geto Boys


  1. "K.O.S. (Determination)" by Black Star

  2. "Play Dis Only At Night by Pete Rock

  3. "Rimz and Tires" by Xzibit

Thnaks for your time and in your head I climb.

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      artonestyles 5 years ago

      very goooooddd job bro

      greetings from Mexico City

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      ross 6 years ago

      you are amazing. simply amazing. this is the exact type of things ive been searching for for years. im about to burn through every video you put out.

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      Kristin 7 years ago

      Hey I just made the greatest mix cd ever for my friends for Christmas......Samples! I learned about a lot of these songs from watching you on YouTube, so thanks man. I owe this cd to you!

      Track list:

      Big Beat - Billy Squier

      Fix Up, Look Sharp - Dizzee Rascal

      More Bounce To The Ounce - Zapp

      You Gots To Chill - EPMD

      Givin up Food For Funk - The JB's

      Luv 2 Luv U (Remix) - Timbaland & Magoo

      Open Your Eyes - Bobby Caldwell

      The Light - Common

      One Step Ahead - Aretha Franklin

      Ms. Fat Booty - Mos Def

      Mango Meat - Mandrill

      Straight Out The Jungle - Jungle Brothers

      Summer Madness - Kool & the Gang

      DJ Premiere in Deep Concentration - Gang Starr

      Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City - Bobby "Blue" Bland

      Heart of the City (Ain't No Love) - Jay Z

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      TPSLtd 7 years ago

      I like your style I liked very mucho your Top 10 Samples in Hip-Hop History - Cool DJ Part I

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      Dancefloor 7 years ago

      You are the Truth!

      Many thanks for your work.

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      dj sammy b 7 years ago

      Funkual, like your knowledge of the music,drop me a line some time. How long have you been Spinning Da Jamz? You can reach me at


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      dj al grey 7 years ago

      thank for the information, crazy vids. big up. try to listen to my ol skool show 4-7 pm gmt each thursday on keep up the work.


      al grey

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      drummer boy 7 years ago from Kirksville,MO

      Hey DJ what system were you using when you did the video?

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      sketch4summer 8 years ago

      i think you got it wrong when you said snoop sampled blind man can see it by james brown for his "vapors" track..its actually jb's "the payback"..just so you know..

      cool vids,anyway..

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      Linx 8 years ago

      Yo Funktual, big up for those videos on youtube!

      You're presentation style is funny and entertaining, but informative for both the newbie and veteran crate digger.

      Thanks for doing this. It always seemed like a big undertaking, and it is, but at least you've made a good start.

      Peace from the UK!

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      Billy 8 years ago

      Dope video bro

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      Nyvsla 8 years ago

      Good Job!

      From France.

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      HipHopArena 8 years ago

      I can only agree with Takver, very very nice!

      ps.: I had to repost this on my blog:

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      Takver 8 years ago

      Caught your series on Youtube - both it and this site is excellent. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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      ezam 8 years ago

      j dilla sampled footsteps in the dark too

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      DJ Chameleon/rcl4rk 8 years ago

      Good Sh*t!

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      Quaver 8 years ago

      Some great stuff in here, top presentation and nothing but respect.

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      _bex_ 9 years ago

      I'm glad I caught part 1 first...I was watching your other video about the tshirt but the 10 Greatest Samples EVER caught my eye. This is one reason why I definitely miss being your neighbor! you were always jammin', it was contagious! :-)

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      kobe bryant 9 years ago

      dopest vocalist.

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      thatdood 9 years ago

      yo funktual,

      you ever thought about focusing your top 10 samples video on certain producers? like top 10 samples that primo did, or top 10 dre samples, or whoever.

      thought that may be dope.

      i'll keep watching as long as you keep puttin' 'em up, homie.



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      seba 9 years ago


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      Earth Angel 9 years ago

      Even the Angels think you are pretty cool!! Great tunes!! Go DJ!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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      Ryan Hupfer 9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Dude...I just watched this video...AMAZING. You've officially got a new fan.

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Bonjour to all the visitors en francais.

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      Lotbo61 9 years ago from Cedar Falls, Iowa

      Cool, Funky and smooth all at the same time! That's a damn good video. I shudder to think how many liberties nave been taken in sampling classic soul and funk tunes without giving the original artist their due credit.--- Great Hub!

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      Darrell Glenn 9 years ago from California

      This is great! the masses need to be educated to the original artists that put out this music. Too many producers (especially Dr.Dre) take too much credit sampling these people's work and most if not all times those original artists get ignored when it comes to original recognition.