Sample Moment inspirations

Outside of lyrics and flow, what I love about Hip Hop (and some Rap) is the music. Hip Hop was pretty much built on the foundation of sampled music. It has grown (somewhat) from that, but it still holds on to that foundation quite closely. Hell, some people have made their so called “fame” from “sampling” popular songs and calling it theirs. All they did was take a popular song, loop it and call it production, which is totally BULLSHIT and yet people praise their stupid asses for it. YEA, PUFFY, I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU!

(*Ahem*) As I said, sampling is a Hip Hop staple. Now, what I really love is that every now and then, I would come across the original song that was sampled. I still look for them so that I can add them to my collection. I love it because if you think about it, if you like the beat of a song that has a sample of another song, why would you not like the original? Ok, I could probably answer that myself, but I choose not to. It’s a flimsy reason anyway. Right, so about a year or two ago, I came across a huge list of songs that had been sampled and for them most part, I have found most of them. Some are still hard to find because either whoever used them chopped them up to unrecognizable lengths, the liner notes of the album aren’t clear or even mention it (Madonna – “Justify my Love” for example), or it came out before the Biz Markie incident.

So, when after I started blogging (which reminds me of something*), I figure I could do a little something something to spread the word on the original sampled material. That is where the Sample Moment posts came from. I would LOVE to do it in audio form, but I would also love NOT to get sued for doing so. But who knows, I may be able to cobble something together one day and put it out. We’ll see. For the time being, check out this post from the Soulcrates blog ran by GrantLove (no relation):


The post is from earlier this year and If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that he’d found the same list or been in my hard drive. 🙂 Make sure you click the link at the bottom of the post to listen to the songs. I guarantee that you will recognize more than half the list off the bat. LOVE IT!


* – This reminded me of the fact that as of this past October, I have been blogging for a year now. It totally slipped my mind. It’s a bit late to do something about that, but maybe for my 100th post. What is it with 100 being a milestone for blogging anyway? What is this, TV?

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Sample Moment #3 (the second time around)

Thanks to ILLaTV for the date correction.

Caught, now i’m in court
’cause I stole a beat.
This is a sampling sport.
But i’m givin’ it a new name.
What you hear is mine

     I’m sending this out to the one dem call (or at least I do call) ILLaTV. Proprietor of Some videos.

“Today’s topic Self Destruction,
it really ain’t the rap audience that’s buggin’.
it’s one or two……”

WAIT A MINUTE….That’s the wrong one.

     Alright, I got it now. Today’s moment is quite famous on a couple of front’s and quite slippery too.  but, i’m gonna give it to you like The Brat. The sample has been used by Teddy Riley and others, but it probably blossomed worldwide underneath the words:

“Ooooh, Justify my love.”

     That’s right, i’m talking about the uncredited backbone of Madonna’s 1990 hit single, ‘Justify My Love‘. The song, which I guess was written by Lenny Kravitz and Ingrid Chavez, rode on top of a hard hitting and uncredited bassline that possibly saw the light of day two years earlier. And who and or what was sowed the seeds of this dance floor devastation? Would you believe me if I told that it came from a revolutionary source? Guess what, it did. It was none other than the Bomb Squad,  Public.. Public.. Public Enemy, and the Bass testing beat of ‘Security of the First World‘ from 1988’s Classic Material, ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back‘. Now that i’ve said it, I think all of you knew that. I mean, it’s not like the song came out as a single or anything, but I think this crowd was pretty much on it.

     So why tell it? Somebody might not have known. And speaking of not knowing, I didn’t know that the high beeping in the song was sample from a Casio wristwatch that Bomb Squad member Eric Sadler had. Go figure. Now comes the slippery part. I am not sure if P.E. was the first ones to use this beat. I know, I falling off my game, but bear with me. For all I know, they could have sampled it from James Brown’s Funky Drummer like a lot of other songs on Nation of Millions (and elsewhere). Being that i’ve heard the song hundreds of times, I don’t think so, but I don’t doubt it either. If you know, let ME know. Hey, I’m not perfect you know. My resources are limited, plus  P.E.’s song was done before Biz fucked it up for everyone, in which I thank him for, by the way. Why, because if it wasn’t for what happened to him, you wouldn’t get those nice “sampled from” statements in your liner notes. That’s the little booklet you might have inside your CD case, in case you didn’t know. I’m sure people are still trying to get away with chopping up a sample so much until it’s not recognizable and also trying to get out of paying royalties, but  hey, you can’t help that. Oh, did I mention that the song was uncredited in Madonna’s joint? Ok.

Anyway, that concludes this moment. Hit me up in the comments or email. Do you like it, don’t like it?  Bored now? Got a request? Holla!

Sample Moment #2

Yep, it’s been a while,
but you’ll forgive me. I have lot’s of material, but i’m lazy. Which I
guess that’s why i’m going to make this one easy on everyone (read:
me). But all is not lost, I am generous. This time, i’m going to give
you 2 moments in one and they are both easy so let’s get into it…

You’ve been waitin’ and debatin’
For oh so long,
Just starvin like Marvin for a

If you’re like me with this, you know your favorite Rap/Hip Hop song is probably comprised of a sample or two. Also, you would love to know what they are because, in a lot of cases, the source material is as good or better than the song using it. This is what Sample Moment is about. Diggin’ into the song to find what made it the hotness you know it as. As time goes by, I may get alittle more in depth with it, but for now, let’s just find these gems, shall we?

Now, the first moment had Ashanti allFoolish‘ and Musiq thinking ‘Ifiwouldknew‘ (I liked the original, ‘Girl Next Door‘ that this was the remix for), but where it is really notable is in the words:

“I, Poppa, Freaks all the the Honies…”

Need I go on? Didn’t think so. Yep, the groundwork to one version of Biggie’s(R.I.P) ‘One More Chance‘ comes from none other than ‘Stay with Me‘ from the group Debarge‘s 1983 album, ‘In a Special Way‘. If the title sounds familiar it should because it was also a hit back in the day (along with a few others on that album), but we’ll save that for later. I guess I should note that rapper Big L (R.I.P) used it once, and Funkmaster Flex used it twice among others. I’m kind going for the more popular uses. Yea, it easy and cheap, but that hasn’t stopped them from using it now, has it?

Alright, next on the list is a more recent than you think. I shouldn’t tell you the name of the “offending song” because it would totally give it away (YEEAAAHHH!), but there is no way around it. So let me run it like this. The year, 2002. The artist, Michael Sterling. He came out with an album called ‘Right Now’ and on this album there was a song that became a MEGA hit two years later in the hands of someone who already had a handful at the time he “crafted” (very loosely said) the song in question. Hell, it was said on the beginning of the song,”We had to do it again. Had to do it.” and I don’t think they were talking about the people featured on the song, but who knows. Alright, if you don’t know what i’m talking about, then apparently you’ve been under a rock for the past couple of years. Either that or my clues are terrible. Most of you are already replaying the song in your heads, so without further ado we have: Ursher(hey, that how he said it)… Lil Jon… Ludacris!!
in 2004’s SMAASH hit, ‘Lover’s and Friends‘from Lil Jon’s ‘Crunk Juice‘ album. Originally done, as I said, by Michael Sterling. Lil Jon took almost everything off of the original song except for the vocals and I wouldn’t be surprised if he wrote the ones that were used! Believe it.

Now I wish I could do this spot as a podcast because I would love to play some of the original stuff I come across as a comparison to the sample version. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of money for licensing, but there may be a way to do this in a way that I won’t get sued for. Stay tuned for that. Hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. Questions, comments, suggestions, holla at me or put them out here on the comments. Incidently, you can hear a snippet of Micheal Sterling’s version from the link on his name or here.