Radio Show: Sample This!

Posted on March 19, 2010 by

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Third show down, and subject wise perhaps my favorite show (which isn’t hard when you only have three shows to pick from). This week T and I were joined by Gonzo, who among other things, doesn’t appreciate Nas’ lyrical skills—¡que triste! But to each his own I guess. Regardless, if you didn’t get a chance to tune in (you can stream it here), the theme of the show was samples and the songs they sampled, which has been a popular theme here on the BBA (see The Sound of That Funky Drummer: DJ Funktual explains samples and WhoSampled.Com: Amazing). If you’ve never heard of sampling, it is basically taking a portion, or sample, of one song and reusing, or looping it, to create a new track. I tossed around the idea of playing what is widely referred to as the fist use of sampling, James Tenney’s Collage #1 (Blue Suede) which samples Elvis’ Blue Suede Shoes, but it isn’t exactly radio quality, so instead I’m posting it here.

Trippy, right? In hip-hop the sample in question is usually a drum beat (a.k.a. a breakbeat) or an instrumental which is then rapped over. Originally sampling was as easy as taking an instrumental version of a song (or having a live band perform the instrumental version) and rapping over it, but now with advancements in recording and audio editing technology, sampling has become an art with produces adjusting track speeds, remixing multiple short portions of the same song, and even taking samples from multiple songs in order to create an entirely new song. In fact it’s now at a point where some produces have such a particular aesthetic that you can easily distinguish between them (e.g. a Kanye production which usually manipulates soul songs versus a Dr. Dre production which usually has a funk sample at its core). Musical artists like Girl Talk rely solely on digital samples for their work and using only a few seconds of a track can create something that not only sounds nothing like the original, but it is impossible to distinguish the samples that were used. Now, let’s get to that track list (as like before, these are the unedited versions of the songs, so probably NSFW if you plan on blaring them from your computron’s speakers)


Muddy Waters Mannish Boy


Is sampled in:
Nas Bridging The Gap

Lynn Collin Think

Is sampled in:
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock It Takes Two

James Brown Funky President

Is sampled in:
Tribe Called Quest Oh My God

Michael Jackson Billie Jean

Is sampled in:
Ol’ Dirty Bastard Got Your Money (ODB has never made anything I’d consider safe for work, definitely wear headphones for this one)

The Alchemist Hold You Down

Is sampled in:
Puff Daddy It’s All About the Benjamins

Sly & The Family Stones Sing A Simple Song

Is sampled in:
Digital Underground Humpty Dance

Chic Good Times

Is sampled in:
SugarHill Gang Rappers Delight

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