25 Influential Hip Hop Samples

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  • The Winstons, 'Amen, Brother'
  • Melvin Bliss, 'Synthetic Substitution'
  • James Brown, 'Funky Drummer'
  • Babe Ruth, 'The Mexican'
  • Cymande, 'Bra'
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  • Ohio Players, 'Funky Worm'
  • James Brown, 'Funky President (It's Bad)'
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  • 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'
  • 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'
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  • Skulls Snaps, 'It's a New Day'

James Brown, 'Funky Drummer'

One of the most sampled breaks of all time, it's hard for any self-respecting hip hop head to hear the heavily compressed drums that flow throughout this James Brown signature without thinking of Public Enemy ("Bring the Noise," "Rebel Without a Pause"), Boogie Down Productions ("South Bronx"), LL Cool J ("Mama Said Knock You Out") and other unforgettable rap moments.

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