Sampling is an art; a tribute; an artistic and creative way to take a great song and make it your own. Yay or nay? Some agree, but others disagree saying that sampling is just permission to copy-cat and is unoriginal. One thing that is fact, various artist use sampling and if they’ve sampled once, they’ve probably sampled a few other times as well! As an end result, they create some of the best hits known to our generation. I personally do not see a problem with it as long as the artist has permission, and most importantly, the song is justified!
I’ve researched and gathered (in no particular order) 10 very well- known music artist who’s most memorable songs were sampled from a previous artist. The interesting part is that the average joe probably had no idea it wasn’t 100% original when they first heard the song. Let’s see how many of the ten you already knew where sampled pieces:
We’ll start with one of my favorites.
1). Hey look, it’s Kanye! The sample-song-king! Kanye has sampled over 600 songs in his career! This is “Drunk & Hot Girls” from his 2007 album, Graduation, originally made by a German rock band named Can with the song entitled “Sing Swan Song”. Skip to the :30 mark on Can’s original version.
2). That man named LUDACRIS! He, amongst many greats, he dipped in the sampling pool with his classic “Diamond In The Back” from the late great Curtis Mayfield “Diamond In The Back”. Listen to the original version up to the 2min mark, then listen through the first 1:04 of Ludacris’s song.
3). This next song almost had me in tears. Rest in Peace, Aaliyah. “I Care 4U” sampled from The Newcomers “Too Little In Common To Be Lovers”
4). M.I.A received recognition after releasing “Paper Planes” which was sampled from The Clash ” Straight To Hell”.
5). Eminem’s most famous song was “My Name Is”, but he had help with the creative process. This was sampled from blues- funk singer of Labi Siffre ” I Got The … Blues”. On Labi’s original version skip to the 2:08 mark.
6). Music artist Major Lazer must be raking in major revenue from his song “Pon de floor”. Just click the video, you’ll immediately know who sampled it and on which song.
7). We all could probably tell “Int’l Players Anthem” from UGK ft Outkast was a sampled song, but did you know who it was from? Well now you do. Willie Hutch with “I Choose You”
8). Trick Daddy and Lil Jon went way out of there audience range and sampled “Let’s Go” from goth rock king Ozzy Osbourne and his song,”Crazy Train”. I’m actually glad they turned it into something a hip hop fan like myself could enjoy. Just listen to the first 20 sec of both songs
9). One of Outkast’s earlier hits “So Fresh So Clean” was sampled from Joe Simon -Before The Night Is Over. In Joe’s version he swoons to his lady saying how they will be in love before the night is over. The smooth sound and vocals is probably what inspired Outkast in their version, explaining why they’re the “coolest motha-funkas on the planet”.
10). Finally! The last one. More than a decade ago, 2pac passed away, but left us with a grip of long lasting music and poetry. He sampled plenty of songs himself; one of them being Bruce Hornsby – “The Way It Is” on his own version of “The Way it Is”. On the original, listen through the 1:30 mark.
Good Music Last Forever.