25 of Music's Hottest Samples Part I

You've heard them on popular hits and songs and likely know the tunes but do you know where those original sounds came from?

Its no secret that some of the hottest songs to hit the tracks have sampled musical compositions from others, re-purposing them and sometimes recreating the entire song over. Here is 25 of some of the most recognizable samples. Some you may recognize right away. Others may not be so easy.

I Got The... / Labi Siffre  (Eminem)

This sample will come in around the middle of the song.

I Can't Stand The Rain / Ann Peebles (Missy Elliott)

Express Yourself / Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (NWA)

It's Just Begun / The Jimmy Castor Bunch 

(The Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Kool Hertz and many more)

Ozone Breakdown / Renegade Soundwave 

(This one will be more well known among Baltimore club fans)

Funky Nassau Pt. 1 &2 / The Beginning of The End 

(Pete Nice & C.L Smooth, The Prodigy and many more. Listen for the drum break in the middle)

I Get Lifted / George McCrae (Snoop Dogg, KC and the Sunshine Band and others)

School Boy Crush / Average White Band (TLC and others)

Khosara / Abdel Halim Hafez (Jay Z)

Cavern / Liquid Liquid (Grandmaster Melle Mel)

Are You My Women (Tell Me So) / The Chi Lites (Beyonce)

Thank You (Fallentinme Be Mice Elf Agin ) / Earl Van Dyke

(Sly and the Family Stone, Janet Jackson and dozens of others)

Cola Bottle Baby / Edwin Birdsong (Daft Punk)

Jungle Jazz / Kool and the Gang 

(Jade, Mantronix, Brand Nubian, Common and more)

Bustin Loose / Chuck Brown (Nelly)

Daydream in Blue / Gunter Kallman Choir (Lupe Fiasco and I Monster)

Love Sensation / Loleatta Hollway (Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch)

Brazillian Rhyme (Beijo Interlude) / Earth Wind Fire 

(Big Pun, A Tribe Called Quest and more)

Amen, Brother / The Winstons (NWA)

Funky Drummer / James Brown 

(over 1200 songs sampled including Dr. Dre, Jay Z and Public Enemy)

Think / Lyn Collins (sampled over 1400 times)

Synthetic Substitution / Melvin Bliss

(over 700 samples including Naughty By Nature and Wu Tang Klan)

Impeach the President / The Honey Drippers 

(Notorious BIG, Audio Two and many more)

Apache / Incredible Bongo Band 

(500+ samples, including Nas, Sugar Hill Gang and Jay Z)

Street Player / Chicago (Rufus and Chaka Kahn and others)

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Lady Dulayne

Music junkie, Baltimore chick, Jedi mom, karaoke queen,'80s kid, hair and makeup fanatic, currently keeping up with a daily Greek yogurt habit.

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