25 Influential Hip Hop Samples

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  • 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"
  • 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

Rap has been criticized for sampling, i.e. looping, chopping and manipulating snippets of other songs to make something new. But rather than disrespect its source material, sampling frequently brings older artists, often forgotten or underrated, some much-needed attention and income. In many ways, hip hop's use of sampling helps promote music history — particularly Black music history. So, in honor of Black History Month, we're taking a look at hip hop's greatest, most influential, most used samples. Let's take a sec to think back... —Alex Gale


(Photos from left: Polydor Records,Ruthless Records)

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