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Not so long ago, in a world before sites like WhoSampled.com, it was an eternity before you could figure out which artist was sampled the most. Thanks to the pioneering site and its over 17,000 users, we not only know that, but also which song has been covered most often ("Yesterday" by the Beatles) and which artists have used other songs most often (these are clearly Madlib , DJ Premier and J Dilla). In the last eight years the site and its users have compiled information from a total of 400,000 songs and 225,000 samples!
Who knows what hip-hop would look like today if the art form of sampling didn't exist. Incidentally, the same applies to the electronics division. Just imagine Beyonce's “Crazy In Love” without the intro to The Chi-Lites “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)”; or think of A Tribe Called Quest's “Can I Kick It?” without the guitar line from Lou Reed's “Walk On The Wild Side”; “The Magic Number” by De La Soul would also be only half as extraordinary without Bob Dorough's original music for “Schoolhouse Rock”, an American children's series of the 70s and 80s; and the title track of Jay-Z's current album "4:44" also includes the haunting sample that he made from "Late Nights And Hearbreak" by Hannah Williams And The Affirmations.
To celebrate the art of sampling (thanks to WhoSampled.com) here, we're showing you the 10 tracks that have been sampled the most.
The Winstons - "Amen, Brother"
Since this track was released in 1969, it has been sampled 2,637 times. The six second long drum solo of the cult soul band from Washington DC is now even known as "Amen Break" and is also considered the foundation of British rave music. Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa was one of the first to use the break before it was included in the influential “Ultimate Breaks And Beats” compilation in the mid-80s. From then on, the break really went through the roof: It was sampled by NWA and 2 Live Crew, among others, before British hardcore, jungle and drum 'n' bass music built on it. GC Coleman, the drummer for The Winstons, died in 2006 without a penny in his pocket, but a GoFundMe campaign raised over € 28,000 for frontman and copyright owner Richard Spencer.
Beside - "Change the Beat"
You really have to be patient to hear the part of this track that is responsible for the majority of the 1,986 samples. Towards the end of the 1982 song, a vocoder voice groans “Ahhh, this stuff is really fresh” and there you have it! Herbie Hancock was one of the first to sample the track on "Rockit" and it has been used at least once by almost every artist since then - from the Beastie Boys to Gang Starr and OutKast to Missy Elliot, Run The Jewels and Justin Bieber .
Lyn Collins - "Think (About It)"
Probably one of the samples with the highest recognition value. This song, produced by James Brown, was released under Brown's label in 1972, but - although the song really goes wild - it was initially not in the charts. But what it had from the beginning was cult potential, which is why it was featured on one compilation after the other - including the 16th edition of "Ultimate Breaks And Beats" in 1986. With this spotlight and the introduction of the E-mu SP-1200 samplers, the producers took the liberty of using the song. Especially the track “It Takes Two” by DJ E-Z Rock has to be mentioned here, which used the “Yeah! Woo!” Breakdown. Dizzee Rascal, EPMD, Janet Jackson, REM and Mr Oizo are also other artists who are responsible for the total of 1,901 uses as samples.
James Brown - "Funky Drummer"
Where would hip hop music be without James Brown and The JBs? His music was used a total of 6,889 times, making him the most sampled artist ever. This track is also the one that was used most often. Parts of the song have been reused 1,410 times, which sounds like a relatively small number at first when you think of the many celebrity songs that borrowed the propulsive break from drummer Clyde Stubblefield. It's most popular in Public Enemy's songs “Rebel Without A Pause” and “Fight The Power”, but you'll also find it in works by LL Cool J, Run-DMC, Eric B and Rakim, Ice T and George Find Michael.
Dough E Fresh And Slick Rick - "La Di Da Di"
Another example of a hip hop track sampled by other hip hop artists. The 1985 B-Side track combines the beatbox parts of Doug E Fresh with the vocals of Slick Rick and artists have already used it 860 times. Snoop Dogg adapted it in 1993 as "Lodi Dodi" on his debut "Doggystyle" and the lyrics were picked up again by greats like Robbie Williams ("Rock DJ") and Notorious BIG. It was sampled by DJ Premier, Ini Kamoze (on his massive hit “Here Comes The Hotstepper”), Ludacris, De La Soul, Kelis and Mary J Blige, among others.
James Brown - "Funky President (People It's Bad)"
Once again, the king of soul is represented here. This 1974 single, about the then newly elected US President Gerald Ford, has been sampled 802 times. It might not be the most used track on this list, but it's featured on so many great hip-hop tracks that it deserves a higher place in this ranking. Those parts that you should pay special attention to are the introductory drum fill and the wah-wah guitar. Eric B And Rakim sampled this in "Eric B Is President". The song can also be heard in "F *** Tha Police" by NWA, "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy, "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince and in "Hip Hop Hooray" by Naughty By Nature .
Public Enemy - "Bring The Noise"
The information about which songs this track from 1987 uses doesn't leave your eyes dry. Samples from Marva Whitney, James Brown and Funkadelic are included as well as those from DJ Grand Wizard Theodore, The Soul Children and Commodores - oh yes, the producer team from The Bomb Squad also decided to produce a sample from a Malcolm X. -Include speech. Now the song by Public Enemy, which is featured on the album "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back", has been sampled 744 times, including De La Soul, Kanye West, Beastie Boys, Prince and Ludacris . Most of them focused on the voice of Chuck D.
Melvin Bliss - "Synthetic Substitution"
As the b-side of Melvin Bliss' 1973 single "Reward", this song was almost lost after the label on which the song was released broke up. The Ultramagnetic MCs brought the song back onto the scene 13 years later with the samples of Bernard Purdie's drums in the mighty song "Ego Trippin". In the meantime it has had to serve 725 times, among other things for songs by artists like NWA, Gravediggaz, Guru, Wu-Tang Clan, Danny Brown, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, The-Dream and - in a particularly brilliant way - for “Jam 4 U ”by Redman. Not bad for a track that almost went under in the fast paced world of the music business.
The Honey Drippers - "Impeach The President"
Roy Charles Hammond met the high school soul band The Honey Drippers in 1973 in Queens and cut a number of tracks with them - including "Impeach The President", which was recorded around the Watergate affair. The song remained a hidden gem for a long time, until Marley Marl picked up the breakbeat on "The Bridge" by MC Shan and converted the drum sequence into a cool hip-hop sample at the beginning. LL Cool J, EPMD, Shaggy, Janet Jackson and even George Benson have already sampled this track, while GZA from Wu-Tang Clan raps the following lines in “As High As Wu-Tang Get”: “You can't flow, must be the speech impediment / You got lost off the snare off Impeach The President ". In total, the song was used 723 times.
Run-DMC - "Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)"
Everyone knows this track by Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell. So it's no wonder that the most diverse artists pick out the most diverse parts, from LMFAO and J Dilla to The Orb and Autechre. But when we hear the line "... and it goes a little something like this", which is reused in "It's Like That" by Jason Nevins and Run-DMC, then we get goosebumps. In total, the track has been sampled 686 times.
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