Posts Tagged ‘Sample


Blue Break Beats (Blue Note Series) Volume 1

Blue Breaks

For those of us grinding it out this morning at the office, or wherever you at, here’s a solid collection of classic Blue Note jazz compositions that have been sampled throughout hip-hop’s history.

This is the first of four similar compilations by Blue Note Records. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Blue Note is THE premier jazz label of, well, all time.

You might recognize sax guru Lou Donaldson’s “Who’s Making Love” from a certain legendary BK rapper’s catalog (among others) or piano maestro Herbie Hancock’s “Oliloqui Valley” used by one of rap’s greatest DJ & MC combos.

Feel free to vibe out to these jazz classics this morning, remembering where hip-hop came from. Enjoy!

Download: Blue Break Beats (Blue Note Series) Volume 1

Buy At Amazon

Track List:

1. Grooving With Mr. G – Richard Groove Holmes
2. Sookie Sookie – Grant Green
3. Who’s Making Love – Lou Donaldson
4. Weasil – Donald Byrd
5. Kudu – Eddie Henderson
6. Harlem River Drive – Bobbi Humphrey
7. Blue Juice – Jimmy McGriff
8. The Final Comedown – Grant Green
9. Turtle Walk – Lou Donaldson
10. Your Love Is Too Much – The Three Sounds
11. Black Jack – Donald Byrd
12. Olilloqui Valley – Herbie Hancock


Name That Sample #7: MJ Edition

Sample Map

[Edit] Congrats to Ron for the correct answer! The MJ song is “With A Child’s Heart” off the album Music & Me, sampled by Big Punisher’s “You Ain’t A Killer” produced by Young Lord.

I think it’s only right we partake in paying tribute to Michael Jackson by including one of his songs for this version of Name That Sample.

See if you can name the original MJ song and album in addition to the hip-hop song that sampled it.

Good luck!

Name That Sample #7


OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik: The Samples


Ivan and I were on a serious mission this weekend. After dropping this and this, we figured – why stop there? Why not bless the blogosphere and hip-hop heads with another sample set from the almighty OutKast?

Which brings us to the duo’s debut, 1994’s pimp-tastic Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Way before Andre & Antwaan apologized to “Miss Jackson” or coaxed listeners to “shake it like a polaroid picture,” they had a smoke out in the Dungeon with Mary Jane, inspiring every pimp, playa and mack daddy in the Atlanta metro area to git up, git out and git somethin’.

Not only did Southern… introduce ‘Kast lyrically, it debuted Organized Noize Productions’ gritty, trunk-rattling instrumentation (that I wrote about in great depth at Metal Lungies’ Beat Drop.) 

The trio hand-picked specific samples here that run the gamut as far as influence. Reinterpeting bebop jazz pioneer Miles Davis’ “Savid” for “Ain’t No Thang,” The Notations “Superpeople” for lead single “Player’s Ball,” reggae-infused drums from Isaac Hayes’ “Joe Ball,” good ol’ American rock band The Eagles’ “The Window” for “Claimin’ True” and the ever elusive Eddie Harris song “Abstractions” for “True Dat (Interlude).”

Warning: Playing this set in your Cadillac will cause a funky ride. Oh, and players, if you choose it, you better make sure that you use it. Enjoy!

Download: Hold the Throne & Hip Hop Is Read Present Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik: The Samples




Name That Sample #6

 Name That Sample

[Edit] Congrats to Jonathan for guessing the right sample. The original song is Madonna’s “Justify My Love” reinterpeted by Left coast producer DJ Quik for “Justify My Thug” on Jay-Z’s The Black Album. Thanks for participating!

Here goes the 6th installment of my Name That Sample series. The catch here, it’s required to name the original artist and song title since it might should be relatively ridiculously easy to name the sampling song this time around.

Cool? Have fun.

Name That Sample #6

[Props to Ivan for the ill hook up]


Name That Sample #5

Steely Dan

[Edit] Nice call, Ivan! The original sample is Steely Dan “Peg,” used by Prince Paul to construct De La Soul’s “Eye Know” off 3 Feet High & Rising. De La fans and sample heads should stay tuned for a separate post soon dedicated to the song.

Okay, I’m forced to give a hint for this one because Kweli re-Tweeted my statement about hip-hop’s uninformed fanbase.

I’d wager that at least that percentage has NO clue who Steely Dan is, let alone that the band has provided some of the genre’s most recognizable samples.

Shit, youngins probably thought “Steely Dan” was just a dude’s name, perhaps a porn star they saw on YouPorn the other night in between drooling over Sonic the Glass Jaw Charles Hamilton videos. Come to think of it, I bet I could make a killing in the adult film industry as “Steely Dom.” Hmm..


I assume this one will be more difficult the younger you are, but try to guess the 1989 single inspired by the jazz-rock duo. An e-trophy if you know the producer, however that should be easy once you guess the track.

I’ve got a follow-up post coming as soon as someone hits up the comment section with the right answer soon, when I approve the comments. Best of luck! 

Name That Sample #5


ATLiens: The Samples

ATLiens Sample Set

Now everyday we look up at the ceiling
Watchin ceiling fans go around tryin ta catch that feelin
off instrumental

Andre 3000, “Elevators (Me & You)”

Get in your b-boy stance (don’t forget your flip-flops, socks & sweatpants) to get down to Outkast’s ATLiens: The Samples, the first joint effort between yours truly and e-digging mastermind Ivan from HHIR.

Antwan and Andre morphed into cosmic pimps riding in space-equipped Cadillacs for their sophomore disc, as Organized Noize Productions and Earthtone III (OutKast & Mr. DJ) utilized select samples to conjur that other-worldly sound.

Be careful, though. This sample set is cooler than a polar bear’s toenail.. Enjoy!

Track List:

ATLiens: The Samples


Hold the Throne & Hip-Hop Is Read Present OutKast – ATLiens: The Samples



Name That Sample #4

 Name That Sample

Before I skip off to this sweet summer BBQ, I thought I’d drop this off. See if you can name the original artist and title, bonus points for the legendary producer that flipped it.


Name That Sample #4

[Edit] The original song is “Valantra” by jazz piano player Les McCann. DJ Premier flipped it for the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments” off Life After Death.

Corleone, Hold the Throne



HipHopBlips Member Blog


Sample Sets

Support The Artists

May 2020

Banner Design By