25 Influential Hip Hop Samples

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  • Ohio Players, 'Funky Worm'
  • James Brown, 'Funky President (It's Bad)'
  • Twenty-five 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'
  • Twenty-five 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

Manzel, 'Midnight Theme'

The hi-hat heavy drum break that sets off this obscure 1979 song will be instantly recognizable to anyone who's heard Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill a Man" or De La Soul's "Plug Tunin'" — just two of the timeless rap songs that have sampled it.

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