Hip hop simply would not be what it is today without samples. Sampling continues to thrive in hip hop today, and Drake is no stranger. The Beastie Boys were a famous hip hop group who ran the scene in the eighties. Naturally, they were fans of sampling, and other artists quickly started sampling Beastie Boy tracks too. This groovy tune from is about the American President at the time, Gerald Ford. The political track has been used to reiterate its original messages through sampling, and other times just to create a fun beat. James Brown is one of the most sampled artists ever, and Kanye West is the king of sampling.
Skip to Content. These are the most used tracks in the business, spanning a massive array of well-known songs. Thanks to the indispensable site for music nerds, WhoSampled. Sampling has built the foundations of not just hip-hop but also genres like house music, drum 'n' bass, jungle, rave and more. Without their samples, so many tracks of the past 30 years might not even exist. To celebrate the art of sampling, here, thanks to WhoSampled. The Winstons — Amen, Brother. This fairly obscure track from has, at the time of writing, been sampled a mammoth 3, times. Sometimes even by artists who, thanks to its omnipresent importance as a sample, don't know where it originally came from. The six-second drum solo from the cult Washington DC soul band even has its own name — the Amen Break — and is the bedrock of so much British rave music.
4. "Funky Drummer" by James Brown
In the words of producer Mark Ronson, "In music, we take something we love and build on it. It's an art, one that's found its way into iconic classics. Sampling in music is defined as "the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece. But the popularity of sampling caught on quickly with electronic and disco music in the s and s and spread like wildfire. Sampling has been the backbone for the development of several different genres, but this holds especially true for hip-hop, which stems from spinning and sampling. The larger impacts of the craft are evident, but to what lengths have samples influenced songs that were inspired by them? Here are the top five sampled songs of all time. Throw down some beatboxing and sing-song raps, and you've got "La Di Da Di. Samples from the original song have been utilized along with individual interpretations. James Brown does it again and again.