15 Aretha Franklin Samples In Hip-Hop You Probably Missed

NEW YORK - JANUARY 09:  Soul singer Aretha Franklin sings in the Atlantic Records studio during 'The Weight' recording session on January 9, 1969 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

15 Aretha Franklin Samples In Hip-Hop You Probably Missed

You'd be surprised about who makes the cut.

Published August 17, 2018

The one thing nobody can deny is how dynamic and indelible Aretha Franklin was. Regretfully passing at the age of 76 on Thursday morning (August 16), this tragic loss had artists from all genres and eras sharing touching memories and their favorite highlights with the Queen of Soul.  

Our grieving led us down a rabbit hole of musical flashbacks featuring classics, such as "A Rose Is Still a Rose," "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," "Chain of Fools," "Rock Steady" and, of course, "Respect." Proclaimed “Detroit’s heartbeat,” Ms. Franklin made history by dominating Billboard charts, winning 18 Grammys and rightfully earning the title of Queen by being one of the best-selling musicians of all time. However, most are unaware of the fact that Aretha fueled the spark behind many of your favorite artists' singles.

Check out a compilation of Aretha Franklin samples that you might have missed over the years.

  1. Mos Def sampled “One Step Ahead” for “Ms. Fat Booty” off his album "Black On Both Sides"
  2. Outkast sampled “Rock Steady” for “Jazzy Belle,” off their album "ATLiens"
  3. Blackstreet sampled “Day Dreaming” for “Tonight’s The Night (Remix),” feat. SWV & Craig Mack off their album "Blackstreet"
  4. Bougie Down Productions sampled “A Rose Is Still A Rose” for “Super H**,” off their album "Criminal Minded"
  5. Rah Digga sampled “Young, Gifted And Black” for “On The Move,” feat. Mary J. Blige off her album "Everything Is A Story"
  6. Kanye West sampled “Spirit In The Dark” for “School Spirit,” off his album "College Dropout"
  7. Onyx sampled “A Song For You” for “Last Dayz,” off their album "All We Got Iz Us"
  8. Mobb Deep sampled “You Are My Sunshine” for “Drop A Gem On ‘Em,” off their album "Hell On Earth"
  9. Alicia Keys sampled “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” for “Lovin’ U,” off her album "Songs in a Minor"
  10. New Kids On The Block sampled “Chain of Fools” for “Grown Man,” feat. Pussycat Dolls & Teddy Riley off their album "The Block"
  11. Mariah Carey sampled “Here We Go Again,” for “Fantasy (Remix),” feat. ODB off her album "Daydream"
  12. Fugees sampled “Bridge Over Troubled Water” for “Some Seek Stardom,” off their album "Blunted on Reality"
  13. De La Soul sampled “Respect” for “4 More,” feat. Zhane off their album "Stakes Is High"
  14. Jon B sampled “Precious Memories” for “Thru The Fire,” feat. Scarface off his album "Stronger Everyday"
  15. Lil Mama sampled “Walk On By” for her single “Sausage”

Written by Mya Abraham

(Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


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