As a music fan and connoisseur, I pride myself in knowing jams from past AND present. One of the skills I have acquired over the years is an ear for noticing songs within songs, which is basically the art of the sample.
What is a sample, anyway? Simply explained, it is a short snippet of a song previously recorded and dropped that is strategically placed into the instrumental of another. There's a long history of sampling — but its origins are specifically from hip-hop. Since the birth of hip-hop, DJs and MCs have used samples to rhyme over, giving birth to the modern bops you listen to today. I personally thank the boogie down Bronx for blessing us with such a gift.
So now that you're informed of what samples are, here are some popular artists who have used samples of well-known songs:
7.Smooth R&B singer Ari Lennox sampled Galt MacDermot's "Space" in her song "BMO." I was wondering why it sounded so familiar....
8.Tyler, the Creator sampled "Bound" by the Ponderosa Twins Plus One on his track "A Boy Is A Gun." Since we have layers upon layers, Kanye also used the Ponderosa Twins on Yeezus for the single also named "Bound 2." Gotta love hip-hop.
10.2 Chainz sampled the well-known summer track "Why Don't We Fall In Love" by Amerie on his single "Rule The World." I love me some Ariana, but I would have died to hear the original singer doing her thing. We can't always get what we want, I guess.
11.On his dope single "Juicy," The Notorious B.I.G. sampled Mtume's "Juicy Fruit." My head is bobbing right now.