25 Influential Hip Hop Samples

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  • Sly and the Family Stone, "Sing a Simple Song"
  • Bob James, "Nautilius"
  • Kool and the Gang, "N.T."
  • Bob James, "Mardi Gras"
  • George Clinton, "Atomic Dog"
  • 25 Influential Hip Hop Samples
  • 25 Influential Hip Hop Samples
  • Skulls Snaps, "It's a New Day"
  • The Winstons, "Amen, Brother"
  • Melvin Bliss, "Synthetic Substitution"
  • James Brown, "Funky Drummer"
  • Babe Ruth, "The Mexican"
  • Cymande, "Bra"
  • 25 Influential Hip Hop Samples
  • Ohio Players, "Funky Worm"
  • James Brown, "Funky President (It's Bad)"
  • 25 Influential Hip Hop Samples
  • The Honey Drippers, "Impeach the President"
  • Donny Hathaway
  • Eric B. and Rakim
  • Joe Tex, "Papa Was Too"
  • Lafayette Afro Rock Band, "Hihache"
  • Billy Squier, "The Big Beat"
  • The Isley Brothers, "Footsteps in the Dark"
  • Al Green, "I'm Glad You're Mine"
  • Minnie Riperton, "Inside My Love"

Bob James, "Mardi Gras"

The bell-laden intro to jazz great Bob James' 1975 "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" has been used in several rap classics, including Crash Crew's "Breaking Bells (Take Me to the Mardi Gras)," LL Cool J's "Rock the Bells," the Beastie Boys' "Hold It Now, Hit It," Missy Elliott's "Work It," will.i.am's "I Got It From my Mama," Common's "I Want You," Wu-Tang Clan's "Take It Back" and most notably Run DMC's "Run-D.M.C.'s "Peter Piper."

(Photo: Warner Bros. Records)

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