And the great book says, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” That’s Ecclesiastes 1:9 folks, and my holy way of saying ain’t nothing in this world that hasn’t already been done. Music is no exception.
Music sampling has been going on for years. The technique itself is nothing new, and also has been done time and time again. It would be foolish not to acknowledge the talent, and creativity it takes to produce a track made using a sample that is actually worth listening to.
There’s been quite a few tracks that were created through sampling in the past couple of years. I picked a few that I personally thought were cool. Some I’m surprised I liked, some are a no-brainer.
In no particular order of importance I’ll start with:
- Elle Varner- Don’t Wanna Dance (2014)
I love this record! It’s so catchy, and so.. Elle Varner. What else can I say? I’m fan of hers simply because of her raw talent and relatability. This single samples Kanye West’s “We Don’t Care” from The College Dropout. And of course, as the sample king, Kanye created this record by sampling “I Just Wanna Stop” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch. Any 70’s R&B fans out there?
- Justin Bieber- Recovery (2013)
I don’t care, I’m not ashamed to say I listened to Justin Bieber. Ok, maybe a little. Journals was such a good album! Trust me, I wouldn’t lie to you considering that I am something like an R&B aficionado. This track samples Craig David’s “Fill Me In”. You are a liar if you say this song was not your jam in the early 2000’s!
- Omarion- You Like It (2014)
Word on the street is Omarion is washed. I’m here to pose the question, “Did you listen to his last album though?” Don’t sleep on Omarion people! The man knows how to make music. This track from his latest album Sex Playlist samples a timeless hit, “I Like It” by El DeBarge. It doesn’t carry exactly the same sentiments as the 80s classic, but it still vibes.
- The Game featuring Kendrick Lamar- On Me (2015)
In my eyes anybody who creates a 300 bar diss record is a legend. And if you can sample Erykah Badu while still maintaining your hood mentality, by all means prosper. The Documentary 2 is a great album. This track that samples Erykah Badu’s “On & On” from Baduizm is my favorite song from the album.
- Jeremih- Oui (2015)
Aren’t you glad those days of the radio stations over playing “Birthday Sex” are over? Another great record played out by your favorite Hip-Hop station. Well, Jeremih gave us another single the radio stations will over play. This modern love anthem samples Shai’s “If I Ever Fall In Love”. I didn’t get it at first, but the chorus melodies are the same in both songs. The light bulb should go off for everyone at the bridge near the end.
- Big Sean featuring Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign- Play No Games (2015)
I think we can all agree that this is a hot record. Big Sean is a cool guy, I like him. What I really like is that he sampled Guy’s “Piece of My Love”. What you know about Guy Big Sean?
- Jazmine Sullivan- Let It Burn (2015)
Don’t you just love her sultry voice? She’s belting out some of those big soulful notes that we’ve come to love on this record. Then with some sweet whispery notes, she lulls us right into love. This track samples After 7’s “Ready or Not”. I couldn’t decide which is my favorite, but my love for 90s R&B proceeds all.
- Malachiae Warren featuring Migos- Thank Yo Momma (2015)
Alright before you judge, in my defense I’m a girly girl. This song is literally in my I’m-Doing-My-Hair-And-Make-Up Playlist. It’s cute! Don’t act like this song doesn’t make you think of a special someone. Besides that, the boy can sing. Let’s not deny him that. This single samples Young L.A.’s “Ain’t I”. Shout out to ATL. That was definitely a joint in ’09.
If you haven’t listened to any of these songs, open Apple Music or YouTube for a little jam session. Let me know what you think.