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Top 10 Samples in Hip-Hop History ~ Part 17

Updated on June 4, 2010

 Welcome to part 17 in the series.

Not that it is any more special than the others I just felt like welcoming YOU, because you are awesome and deserve it.

The Albums You Just Gotta Have!

1) Little Green Apples - The Escorts

  • Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

2) Sinnerman - Nina Simone

  • Get By - Talib Kweli

3) I Wonder - Bubble Gum Machine

  • Flavor of the Month - Black Sheep

4) In a Little Spanish Town - Herb Alpert

  • Flavor of the Month - Black Sheep

5) The Grunt - The JB's

  • 2 Live Crew - "Drop the Bomb"
  • Another Bad Creation - "Iesha"
  • Bomb the Bass - "Beat Dis"
  • Chubb Rock - "The One"
  • Compton's Most Wanted - "The Final Chapter"
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "The Girlie Had a Mustache"
  • and "Who Stole My Car?"
  • Eric B and Rakim - "I Know You Got Soul"
  • Erick Sermon - "The Payback II"
  • Joe Public - "Live and Learn"
  • Jungle Brothers - "U Make Me Sweat"
  • MC Shan - "Juice Crew Law"
  • Pete Rock & CL Smooth - "Soul Brother #1"
  • The Pharcyde - "Officer"
  • Public Enemy - "Night of the Living Baseheads"
  • and "Rebel Without a Pause"
  • and "Terminator X to the Edge of Panic"
  • Roxanne Shante - "Have a Nice Day"
  • Salt-N-Pepa - "Break of Dawn"
  • Steady B - "Hustler Mac"
  • Terminator X - "Vendetta. . . the Big Getback"
  • Ultramagnetic MCs - "Ease Back"
  • Ultramagnetic MCs - "Give the Drummer Some"
  • Wu-Tang Clan - "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)"

6) Boadicea - Enya

  • Ready or Not - The Fugees

7) Our Generation - Ernie Hines

  • Straighten It Out - Pete Rock & CL Smooth

8) Clean Up Woman - Betty Wright

  • Doctor Ice - "Word up Doc"
  • Mary J. Blige - "Real Love"
  • Mia X - "Soldier Funk"
  • Montell Jordan - "This is How We Do It"
  • Phife - "Flawless"
  • Sublime - "Get Out"
  • Sweet T - "It's Like That Y'all"
  • SWV - "I'm So into You"
  • Time Zone - "Zulu War Chant"

9) Firecracker - Mass Production

  • 2 Live Crew - Me So Horny
  • Three Times Dope - Funky Dividends

10) Nautilus - Bob James

  • A Tribe Called Quest - "Clap Your Hands"
  • Alkaholiks - "Daaam!"
  • Camp Lo - "Black Nostaljack"
  • Chubb Rock - "Keep it Street"
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Jazzy's Groove"
  • EPMD - "Brothers on My Jock"
  • Eric B and Rakim - "Follow the Leader"
  • and "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em"
  • Geto Boys - "Snitches"
  • Ghostface Killah - "Daytona 500"
  • Group Home - "Inna Citi Life"
  • Jeru the Damaja- "My Mind Spray"
  • Joe Budden - "Yo, Yo, Yo"
  • Jungle Brothers - "Book of Rhyme Pages"
  • K-Solo - "Everybody Knows Me"
  • Keith Murray - "The Rhyme"
  • King Sun - "Big Shots"
  • Large Professor ft Pete Rock - "The Rap World"
  • Leaders of the New School - "Show Me a Hero"
  • Lord Shafiyq - "My Mic is on Fire"
  • Main Source - "Live at the Barbecue"
  • Mary J. Blige - "Just Mary"
  • Mary J. Blige ft Nas & DMX - "Sincerity"
  • Naughty by Nature - "Cruddy Clique"
  • Nice & Smooth - "No Delayin'"
  • Onyx - "Black Vagina Finda"
  • Onyx - "Throw Ya Gunz"
  • Organized Konfusion - "Stray Bullet"
  • Pete Rock & CL Smooth - "Take You There"
  • and  "The Sun Won't Come Out"
  • and "What's Next on the Menu?"
  • Poor Righteous Teachers - "Word is Bond"
  • Public Enemy - Anti-Ni** Machine
  • Puff Daddy ft Busta Rhymes and Notorious BIG - "Victory"
  • Run-DMC - "Beats to the Rhyme"
  • and "Groove to the Sound"
  • Salt-N-Pepa - "Doper than Dope"
  • Slick Rick - "Children's Story"
  • Soul II Soul - "Jazzie's Groove"
  • The Roots ft Mos Def - "Double Trouble"
  • Ultramagnetic MCs - "Ced Gee (Delta Force One)"
  • and "Moe Love on the One & Two"
  • and "Raise it Up"



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      Brian 8 years ago

      sinnerman was also used in the first track of shock value, "oh timberland"

      brilliant spot. ive been wondering what that was. and i thought they sounded similar. i guess they are hahaha

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      Deep (just a guy) 8 years ago

      Straighten It Out - also used for MC Breed's 7 Years...Clean Up Woman was used by Willie D (of the Geto Boys) for Clean Up Man...and soooooooooo many more....incredible series, man. Keep it up!

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      andres  8 years ago

      finally using nautilus..

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      DJTch7 9 years ago

      I wish I'd made more than one copy!!!!Unfortunately, I had to turn it in before I could really polish it . I might still be able to find the sources I used, though.



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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      If you still have a copy of your project, I would absolutely LOVE to read it.

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      DJTch7 9 years ago

      I first got into sample digging back in college. I worked for the student radio station- had my own jazz/blues shift and I would fill in on the weekend hip-hop/rap/r&b show occasionally. One of the guys approached me to co-host a summer-long funk/old-school rap show (nothing like WEFUNK Radio, I assure you). Turned out he was a sample junkie (never would have guessed, right?). The first thing he asked me was "Have you heard of a DJ/producer named Norman Cook?" My response: "Fatboy Slim?" (I had been listening to You've Come A Long Way Baby for a month straight). I forget how long the Norman Cook/Fatboy Slim debate went on, but I ended up with his copy of The Norman Cook/Fatboy Slim Collection and was hooked. The first actual SAMPLE he played was "The Champ (Step Into A World" by The Mohawks. A few years later, I took a class on the history of African-American music. The project I chose dealt with legalissues regarding sampling and copyright law in the US. The research was the best part because it involved- you guessed it-DIGGING FOR SAMPLES!!

      That's the short version.



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      ParadigmShift... 9 years ago from San Jose, CA

      I love this kinda stuff. That Bob James is off the hook! I love being educated on the roots of music. I see so many youngsters listening to songs that have no idea the beat was sampled from one of their parent's old albums!

      Back when Alien Ant Farm did that Michael Jackson cover of "Annie are you okay", my wife said she tried to tell her young co-workers it was MJ, but they wouldn't hear it! They didn't believe her! They didn't think he could get down like that. All I can do is shake my head. Great hub!

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Thanks for writing Rachel!

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      DJTch7 9 years ago

      Just wanted to say I LOVE this series! I'm a sample junkie myself and I just can't get enough.


      Rachel in Indiana

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      goldentoad 9 years ago from Free and running....

      keep kickin' it ol' skool, Compton's Most Wanted, I used to roll all day to 'em.