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Nowadays, we might look back at Public Enemy’s 1987 song, “Bring the Noise,” as the REAL introduction of hip-hop’s popular “triplet flow,” but through a further examination, “Bring the Noise” also gave us memorable lines such as “bass,” “how low can you go,” “back is the incredible,” and “here we go again.” That’s because it’s been sampled and interpolated many times. Here are a few of those songs sampling/interpolating it.
N.W.A – F*** Tha Police (1988)
In N.W.A’s protest song against police brutality, Dr. Dre plays a judge asking the other N.W.A members about their run-ins with the law. During those interludes with “Judge Dre,” you’ll hear “Bring the Noise” in the background.
The Beastie Boys – Egg Man (1989)
In this Paul’s Boutique track celebrating the Beastie Boys’s love for throwing eggs at people, the beat stops midway throughout to slip into Chuck D saying, “Now they got me in a cell,” on “Bring the Noise.”
LL Cool J – The Boomin’ System (1990)
In the third verse of his hit from Mama Said Knock You Out, LL Cool J says, “Like a basehead would say: I want BASS.” According to Genius, the sample is from “Bring the Noise,” but the allusion is most likely to Public Enemy’s “Night of the Living Baseheads.” LL pays further homage to P.E. in this same verse, saying, “Fight the power with P.E.”
Anthrax – Bring the Noise (1991)
Whoever knew the metal band Anthrax listened to Public Enemy? They add their own metal instrumental under Chuck D and Flava Flav’s original acapellas to “Bring the Noise.” It can be found on their album Attack of the Killer B’s and Public Enemy’s own Apocalypse 91… the Enemy Strikes Back. Note the line, “Wax is for Anthrax, still it can rock bells.”
Rakim – Guess Who’s Back (1997)
This lesser known Rakim song opens up with a scratched sample of Chuck D saying, “Back is the incredible.” You’ll hear that same scratched sample at the end of the song, too.
Prince feat. Chuck D – Undisputed (1999)
This isn’t really a rap song, but at 0:56, you’ll hear the oh-so-popular “back is the incredible” sample. That’s not all. Near the end of the song, you’ll hear a verse rapped by Chuck D himself.
Eminem – I’m Back (2000)
Many times, Eminem satirically spoofs music trends in his own songs. (See his new album Kamikaze for more of that.) “I’m Back” proves it. Where? Well, instead of sampling “back is the incredible” as Rakim and Prince did before him, he speaks those same words with a funny voice in Verse 2. Since that sample is usually scratched, he also impersonating a turntable behind the hook and at the end of the song. (He says, “Guess who’s back.” An homage to Rakim?)
De La Soul – Much More (2004)
With this track, De La Soul takes you back to the late ’80s and criticizes “commercial artists.” How much better can they do that than by opening the song with a scratch-up of Chuck D saying “Here we go again,” before Kanye West would use the same sample three years later? (Funny how De La Soul criticizes mainstream artists while Flava Flav did the exact same thing on the song they’re sampling.)
Fat Joe – Safe to Say (The Incredible) (2005)
The hook for Fat Joe’s heavy 2005 track scratches “Back is the incredible.” The song’s sub-title is also “The Incredible.”
Kanye West – Everything I Am (2007)
For the hook of his track off 2007’s Graduation, Kanye says, “Here we go again,” while DJ Premiere scratches Chuck D’s utterance of those same words in the background.
Ludacris – How Low (2009)
In the chorus of his 2009 booty-shaking track, Luda pitches up Chuck D’s “How Low Can You Go” to chipmunk heights. (Funny how Kanye never thought of this. Haha.)
Linkin Park – Wretches and Kings (2010)
Mike Shinoda opens the first two verses on this aggressive song with “To save face, how low can you go,” and “So keep pace, how slow can you go,” respectively.
“Computer Love” is a classic by R&B group Zapp. Made in 1985, it’s mostly remembered for its heavy use of the “talkbox,” the voice-altering vocoder which is a 1980s equivalent of Auto Tune. Hip-hop seems to love “Computer Love,” since the song has been sampled and interpolated many times in the genre’s history. Hip-hop music has ties with R&B and funk, and sampling/interpolating “Computer Love” is one way to make that fact more obvious.
Redman – Blow Your Mind (1992)
This is the first single in Redman’s rap career. Produced by Erick Sermon and Redman himself, it contains many samples, including a cryptic, sped-up piece of Zapp’s “Computer Love.” Unlike others on this list, “Computer Love” does not fill the melody of the entire song. Where is the sample, you ask? In the beginning of “Blow Your Mind,” repeating “Won’t you keep me warm tonight?” a few times.
Bloods & Crips – Piru Love (1993)
The Bloods & Crips project, Bangin’ On Wax, was released in 1993, to later be certified gold. One song on that album was “Piru Love,” a gangsta twist on “Computer Love,” slowed down and laced with a more airy vocoder than in “Computer Love.” It is a tribute to LA Bloods, laced with harsh shots at Crips here and there.
2Pac – I Get Around (1993)
A more known rapper to sample “Computer Love” was also from the West Coast, and that was the late Tupac Shakur. In “I Get Around,” you’ll hear “I’ve been around” on almost every other bar, sped up and panned to the right.
Notorious B.I.G feat. Puff Daddy – Me and My B**** (Live from Philly) (1994)
In 1994, the late Notorious B.I.G performed “Me and My B****” with his mentor Puff Daddy live in Philadelphia. He didn’t perform the original version from his 1994 debut, Ready to Die. This live version was over a looped instrumental section of the opening of “Computer Love.”
The Click – Scandalous (1995)
This Vallejo, California quartet puts their own talkbox-heavy twist on “Computer Love,” making it sound like a cover of the original song. Instead of a vocalized repetition of “Computerized” or “Computer Love,” you get “Scandalous” in the hook, sung on a talkbox by Zapp’s Roger Troutman.
2Pac – Temptations (1995)
There is no sample of “Computer Love” here, only an interpolation. It is the hook sung by AB Money, “I know you’ve been searching for someone…”
2Pac – Thug Passion (1996)
Full of talkboxes and a melody similar to “Computer Love,” Pac and his Death Row Records crew rap about a drink called “Thug Passion.” DJ Quik ad-libs with the talkboxes here and there.
Do or Die – Money Flow (1996)
This Chicago trio, consisting of Twista, show off their rapid flows over a super-slow version of the instrumental of “Computer Love.” They even add original talkbox harmonies in the hook.
Fat Joe – So Much More (2005)
Over an intense beat from Cool & Dre, sounding nothing like “Computer Love,” Fat Joe adds an interpolation of the 1985 R&B classic, saying, “I know you’ve been searching for someone…” This is akin to 2Pac’s “Temptations,” as it serves as the song’s hook.
Lil Boosie – Lil Boosie Love (2006)
Similar to the Biggie and Puffy gig in Philly, this artist chooses the opening instrumental loop of “Computer Love” to repeat throughout the song.
Lil Kim feat. T-Pain and Charlie Wilson – Download (2009)
Li’l Kim teams up with T-Pain and Charlie Wilson (an original vocalist for “Computer Love”) to make their own tribute to love through computers. T-Pain’s Auto Tuned vocals serve as a modernized form of the talkbox from the ’80s and ’90s. Who better than T-Pain could do that?
Wiz Khalifa feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Something New (2017)
As recently as 2017, hip-hop hasn’t gotten tired of “Computer Love.” Wiz Khalifa teams up with Ty Dolla $ign to do a super-modernized version of the Zapp classic.
It’s undeniable that Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, and his influence is everywhere. Hip-hop recognizes Jackson’s legacy by sampling and interpolating his work over the years.
Naughty by Nature – “OPP” (1991)
MJ Song Sampled: “ABC” (Jackson 5)
This song coined an ambiguous catchphrase in the early ’90s. “You down with OPP?” In addition to that, it’s title is three letters, so is the melody loudly blared behind the shouted chorus, Jackson 5’s “ABC.”
Ice Cube – Givin Up The Nappy Dugout (1991)
MJ Song Sampled: “Smooth Criminal”
Only the introductory horn stab from “Smooth Criminal” is heard at the beginning of this track. The rest of it doesn’t sample “Smooth Criminal” at all.
Kris Kross – Jump (1992)
MJ Song Sampled: “I Want You Back” (Jackson 5)
Oh, the song that keeps popping up in my articles! Not only does it grab pieces of Honeydripper’s “Impeach the President” and Ohio Player’s “Funky Worm,” but you’ll hear Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” supplying a heavy amount of “Jump”’s melody. (Oh, and Kris Kross says, “Yeah, you know me,” at one point. Where’s that from? You “down with it”?)
Notorious BIG – One More Chance (1994)
MJ Song Interpolated: “I Want You Back” (Jackson 5)
For the album version of one of Biggie’s most well-known songs, a female hook singer paraphrases the chorus of “I Want You Back,” but instead of “baby,” she says “Biggie.”
Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (1994)
MJ Song Sampled: “Human Nature”
This final track on Illmatic relies heavily on a loop of MJ’s “Human Nature.”
LL Cool J – Hey Lover (1995)
MJ Song Sampled: “The Lady Of My Life”
The sample of “The Lady of My Life” sounds pretty clear. It’s a slightly pitched-up repetition of the vocal-free section of one of Michael’s most chill songs. Perfect for Boyz II Men to add a soothing harmony with LL’s lyrics about girls.
Ghostface Killah feat. Mary J Blige – All That I Got Is You (1996)
MJ Song Sampled: “Maybe Tomorrow” (Jackson 5)
As Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah and RZA (producer) add Mary J Blige to this tearjerking tribute to Ghost’s mother, Ghost’s lyrics about growing up poor are sad enough, but the intro of Jackson 5’s “Maybe Tomorrow” repeating throughout the song make it harder a listener to hold back tears.
Puff Daddy – It’s All About the Benjamins (1997)
MJ Song Sampled: “It’s Great to Be Here” (Jackson 5)
One of Puff Daddy aka P Diddy’s biggest hits, it features Bad Boy artists Li’l Kim, the LOX, and the late Notorious B.I.G. When Big’s verse hits, you’ll hear the intro of Jackson 5’s “It’s Great to Be Here” as the main melody.
Ol Dirty – I Got Your Money (1999)
MJ Song Sampled: “Billie Jean”
The song begins with a two-in-four drumbeat similar to the opening of “Billie Jean.” It may sound like a totally different song, not a sample at all, but once you think hard enough, it’s a hidden homage to the King of Pop in disguise.
Jay-Z – Izzo (2001)
MJ Song Sampled: “I Want You Back”
“I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 is a classic. So is “Izzo” by Jay-Z off his 2001 release The Blueprint. It’s the track that made Kanye West a well-known producer, since he uses his trademarked sampling skills to add parts of “I Want You Back” under this whole beat.
Kanye West – Good Life (2007)
MJ Song Sampled: “PYT (Pretty Young Thang)”
It comes as a surprise that parts of Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.” are looped in the background of Kanye and T-Pain’s “Good Life.” Once you know it contains that sample, and you listen to both songs, you’ll be amazed!
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta (2015)
MJ Song Interpolated: “Smooth Criminal”
There isn’t a sample of “Smooth Criminal” on this song, only an interpolation, where Kendrick says, “Annie, are you okay,” right after making subliminal nods to Ice Cube’s “Givin’ Up The Nappy Dugout,” the first song to sample just a tad of “Smooth Criminal.” BARS!
James Brown may have pioneered funk, but his legacy has another side to it. Parts of his music have been sampled in many songs over the years. One notable sample of Brown’s is the drumbreak in his 1970 track, “Funky Drummer.” The break is at 5 minutes and 15 seconds into the song, and many rap songs in the 1980s and ’90s used it as either a drumbeat of their own or a breakdown similar to Brown’s.
The sample was prominent in ’80s and ’90s hip-hop, but it’s also scattered across all music.
The following article will examine a few of the many songs sampling the famous drumbreak of James Brown’s “Funky Drummer.”
BDP – “South Bronx” (1986)
BDP disses MC Shan—while providing a lesson on the history of hip-hop—throughout a beat with several scattered samples of “Funky Drummer,” including its famous drum breakdown behind utterances of “South Bronx,” as well as repetitions of James Brown shouting “Get it!”
Public Enemy – “Bring the Noise” (1987)
Like the break in “South Bronx,” you can hear Brown’s famous drum solo in a small portion of this Public Enemy classic. It begins at 1:07 and ends only seconds later.
N.W.A – “F*** Tha Police” (1988)
This hip-hop protest anthem is made of well-combined samples. With this song, producers Dr. Dre and DJ Yella did the audible equivalent of gluing magazine cutouts to posterboard… and made it about how bad they hate cops. With all these layered samples, it’s still difficult to find “Funky Drummer.” Where is it? Like the two songs above, it’s a break from FTP’s main loop, used first at 2:14 behind “Judge Dre” saying, “MC Ren, will you please give your testimony to the jury about this f***ed up incident.”
The background song in the opening court skit is none other than Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise.”
Public Enemy – “Fight the Power” (1989)
One year after “F*** Tha Police,” another hip-hop protest song surfaced, by Public Enemy. Producer Bomb Squad sampled four songs for this masterpiece, two of them from James Brown… “Hot Pants” and (dum da da dummm) “Funky Drummer.” “Funky Drummer” is slighty sped up, looping throughout seemingly the whole song. Even Chuck D credits the sample, saying, “Sounds of the ‘Funky Drummer.’”
George Michael – “Freedom ’90” (1990)
You don’t have to be a rapper to sample “Funky Drummer.” One of the late George Michael’s most popular records uses one of James Brown’s most popular samples as a looping drum track.
LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1990)
For this early ’90s LL classic, producer Marley Marl added many samples over a “Funky Drummer” loop to intensify LL’s rebellion against critics. Don’t call it a comeback!
Dr. Dre – “Let Me Ride” (1992)
The verses in this Chronic gem contain a drumbreak from Bill Withers’ “Kissing My Love.” Where’s the “Funky Drummer?” It’s in the hook, played beneath the other drums. Hayul yayuh! (Read: hell yeah.)
Lupe Fiasco – “The Cool” (2006)
Produce by Kanye West, this song’s “Funky Drummer” sample loops louder and louder and later serves as the central drumbeat of the song.
Nicki Minaj – “Save Me” (2010)
As this song starts, the “Funky Drummer” sample can be heard sped-up in the background and silenced with a digital hand clap at 11 seconds. Then the sample disappears… to later reappear for two more 11-second repetitions, as if it’s splitting the track into sections.
Ed Sheeran – “Shirtsleeves” (2014)
The drumbeat behind Ed’s song will surely bring you back to the ’80s when rappers sampled James Brown religiously… or bring you back to the early ’70s when you had to wait five minutes after Brown’s “Funky Drummer” came on to hear an uncredited drummer show his skills.
Clyde Stubblefield is that funky drummer. He played the drums for that song but rarely got credit. Let’s give him credit for inspiring a basis for many artists’ rhythms over the years.
“Funky Worm” by the Ohio Players is a 1973 funk hit most remembered for its commonly sampled high-pitched synth (used to imitate the sound of a worm’s slithering). Today, that synth is a staple of a sub-genre of hip-hop called “G-Funk.” Although that sample was emulated mostly by West Coast rap producers in the early ’90s, it can still be heard in tracks of all genres from the ’80s to the 2010s.
With this article, we will examine a few of the many songs sampling “Funky Worm” over the years.
NWA – “Gangsta Gangsta” (1988)
Compton rap group NWA is often credited as pioneers of West Coast gangsta rap. They certainly were in one way, as they were seemingly the first to introduce the sub-genre’s signature sound with “Gangsta Gangsta,” four minutes into the track when that high pitched synth sample from “Funky Worm” plays. (Right after a sample of Honey Dripper’s “Impeach the President,” something I discussed in another article.)
NWA – “Dopeman” (1988)
On the same album as “Gangsta Gangsta,” (Straight Outta Compton) NWA begins “Dopeman” with that same “Funky Worm” sample, only to interrupt it twice before slipping into a melody-free loop of heavy kicks and snares, with an occasional whistling sound drastically different from “Funky Worm.” This could be where the producer of this track, NWA member Dr. Dre, laid the foundation of G-Funk, something he’d perfect and popularize in the approximate five years that followed.
Kris Kross – “Jump” (1992)
Like NWA with “Gangsta Gangsta,” Atlanta rappers Daddy Mac and Mac Daddy from Kris Kross sampled “Impeach the President” and the synth from “Funky Worm” to create their biggest hit, “Jump.” During the chorus, the two samples blend nicely over a shoutable chorus, while, of course, encouraging you to JUMP!! (I jumped. It cured all my diseases. Try it! JK.)
Ice Cube – “Wicked” (1992)
West Coast rapper and former NWA member Ice Cube raps viciously over this self-produced up-tempo track off Predator, which continuously loops a sped-up, nearly-hidden “Worm” synth to help this song reek of ’90s rap.
Snoop Dogg – “Serial Killa” (1993)
In this Death Row Records dominance era called 1993, this song’s producer, Dr. Dre, blends a keyboard synth with a seemingly hidden sample of “Worm” in between some creepy organs and heavy bass to give Snoop’s track a merge of G-Funk and murderous imagery.
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – “Boom Shake the Room” (1993)
It’s 1993, and the West Coast scene is killin’ it. What can the East Coast do? Have Philly duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince imitate the popular West Coast vibe with “Boom Shake the Room,” playing the “Worm” synth at low volume (quieter than “Wicked”) over a shoutable hook, quite similar to Kris Kross.
Above the Law – “Black Superman” (1994)
By 1994, the G-Funk sound was firmly established. LA rap group Above the Law took it up a notch by flipping the “Worm” synth sample backwards over a G’d up instrumental.
Sublime – “Garden Groove” (1996)
Sublime was a versatile band who combined elements of rock and roll, reggae, and of course, hip-hop. With this song, when you first listen, its live instrumentation will have you feeling like you’ll never hear the slither of a “Worm”… until 1:23, when you hear it “crawling” underneath lyrics about dog poop and stuff. Please note that this isn’t a direct sample; it’s a synthesizer used to imitate the worm a la “Serial Killa.” (Coincidentally, Sublime is from Snoop’s hometown, Long Beach, CA.)
Kendrick Lamar – “m.A.A.d. City” (2012)
The 2010s “King of the West Coast” sticks to his roots in this heavy track, rapping about the horrors of growing up in Compton. Fellow Compton rapper MC Eiht shows up halfway in, right when the beat switches. Near the end, guess what’s slithering over the vocal-free beat two decades after its peak in popularity? It’s “Funky,” and like a “Worm” fed to a fish, it’s “off the hook.” Check out our beat breakdown of Kendrick Lamar’s hit “Humble”.
Uncle Mike, can you tell us a bedtime story? Heeeeeeeere we go.
Once upon a time not long ago, Slick Rick was a groundbreaking, story-telling genius of a rap artist, exploding in 1985 with his influential, beat-boxed story rap, “La Di Da Di.” Later, in 1986, Rick signed to Def Jam, where he would release his 1988 debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, which featured the hit single, “Children’s Story.” Both “La Di Da Di” and “Children’s Story” are gems in Rick’s work, as well as hip-hop and music in general, since they told vivid stories with spot on vocal characterization long before any rapper embodied that style.
If Rick wasn’t highly influential, his work—notably “La Di Da Di” and “Children’s Story”—was over-sampled. Over 600 songs sample or interpolate Rick’s music, and this following article will discuss few of those numerous samples and interpolations… as we go a little something like this. HIT IT!!
Beastie Boys – “Hold It Now, Hit It” (1986)
The Beasties released their best-selling rap album, License To Ill, only one year after “La Di Da Di” broke mainstream. It contained, “Hold It Now, Hit It,” a song obtaining its title from two of its audible samples, “Hold It Now” from Kurtis Blow on “Christmas Rappin,” then “Hit It” from Rick’s “La Di Da Di.” (Did I mention the Beastie Boys “like to party”? They fought for that right.)
NWA – “Gangsta Gangsta” (1988)
This song is soooo full of samples. Between “Impeach the President” by The Honeydrippers and “Funky Worm” by The Ohio Players, you’ll hear “as we go a little something like this” from Rick’s “La Di Da Di.”
Snoop Dogg – “La Di Da Di” (1993)
Snoop, a passionate fan of Slick Rick, covers “La Di Da Di” on his 1993 debut Doggystyle. Only he changes a few words while leaving Rick’s story unmodified.
Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It” (1995)
Montell Jordan had a massive hit in the mid-’90s you’ll still recognize today. You know this song’s beat? It’s borrowed from Rick’s “Children’s Story.” To pay greater homage to Rick, Montell even raps his own version of the opening bars of “Children’s Story.”
Eminem – “Quitter” (2000)
With this song, Eminem disses former House of Pain frontman Everlast, opening with a flip on the beginning of “La Di Da Di,” “To all my fans keeping y’all in health…”
Eminem – “Cani-B****” (2003)
Em is still not done. While dissing rapper Canibus in this upbeat track, he impersonates the opening high voice in Rick’s “Children’s Story,” saying, “Uncle Marshall, can you tell us a bedtime story,” instead of “Uncle Ricky.”
Black Eyed Peas – “Don’t Lie” (2005)
BEP released this acoustic-guitar-laced pop track about liars in ’05, 20 years after the world was introduced to “La Di Da Di.” To stick with the song’s concept, and subliminally commemorate the 20-year anniversary (I’m definitely overthinking), the Peas sample Doug E Fresh’s utterance of “stop lying” from “La Di Da Di.”
The Game – “Compton Story” (2008)
Game pays plenty of homage to Rick in his 2008 story of living in Compton, including the “uncle” opening, Rick’s British accent (which Game does quite well), and saying he played Slick Rick in his car during this story.
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop” (2013)
Back when Miley’s tongue was a WMD (weapon of mass distraction), she released “We Can’t Stop.” You love this song. STOP LYING! (JK) But… where’s the Slick Rick sample? It’s an interpolation… in the hook. “Ladadi dadi. We like to party.” (The difference between the message conveyed in “We Can’t Stop” and “La Di Da Di” is the fact that “dancing with Molly” actually causes trouble and bothers people.)
There are certainly other songs sampling Slick Rick that I didn’t cover with this article. I still hope you got a kick out of my take on the songs I did mention here.
In music, sampling is taking part of a song and using it as part of the drumbeat, melody, or an instrument to another song. Sampling first gained a tad bit of popularity with the rise of electronic dance music and disco in the 1970s and ’80s, but at that same time, hip-hop really became thee sampling genre from then on, as it originated from New York block parties in the ’70s where DJ’s would entertain crowds with only two turntables, a mixer, and a rapper rapping into a mic.
Producers, especially in hip-hop, use a wide range of samples, but one of the most commonly used songs sampled in music from the last 30 years is “Impeach the President” by The Honey Drippers. This 1973 funk protest song had its sections—mainly its introductory drums—used in other songs from the 1980s to the 2010s (so far).
Let’s examine some songs that used the “Impeach” sample.
MC Shan – The Bridge (1986)
With this song, producer Marley Marl chops up the introductory drumbeat of “Impeach” to make his original pattern for MC Shan’s classic jam celebrating Queensbridge. It also starts off with Marley Marl saying, “Ladies and gentlemen,” much like “Impeach.”
Eric B and Rakim – Eric B is President (1986)
It’s hard to hear the same drumbeat of “Impeach” in this ’80s hip-hop classic, because producer Marley Marl only used the kick and snare from “Impeach” to layer under pieces of James Brown’s “Funky President” and the bass line of Fonda Rae’s “Over Like A Fat Rat.” (It’s also interesting how this song samples both “Impeach the President” and “Funky President,” and it’s called “Eric B is President.”)
LL Cool J – Around the Way Girl (1990)
Also produced by Marley Marl, this song contains the “Impeach” drumbeat un-chopped and looped underneath a smooth melody and a layered snare and kick from Mary Jane Girls “All Night Long.”
Kris Kross – Jump (1992)
Underneath a sped-up sample of “Funky Worm” by the Ohio Players, you’ll hear the drumloop from “Impeach.” (And if you’re not “jumping” one you hear this early ’90s classic, you either have bad taste in music or realize, hey, it’s 2018 and I’d look weird. Haha.)
The Notorious BIG – Unbelievable (1994)
Unlike “Eric B Is President” and “The Bridge,” the drums from “Impeach” are easily recognizable in this Biggie classic, as producer DJ Premiere must have chopped a slightly wider range than just the drums.
Alanis Morissette – You Learn (1996)
It wasn’t just hip-hop that used the “Impeach” sample. Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette uses rock-based instruments like guitars to layer the famous “Impeach” drumloop here.
Nas – I Can (2003)
For Nas’s most inspirational track, producer Salaam Remi loops the whole one-bar loop of “Impeach the President” underneath instrumentation of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise.”
50 Cent – In My Hood (2005)
The drums from “Impeach” are chopped up and reminiscent of Biggie’s “Unbelievable.”
DJ Green Lantern – Impeach the President (2006)
Rappers Saigon, M-1, Just Blaze, and Immortal Technique use more samples than just the drumbeat of “Impeach” to voice their distaste for then-president George W. Bush.
Asher Roth – I Love College (2009)
Some layered drums and guitar chords can be heard drowning out, uh, some song from the ’70s about hating president Nixon or something, in this classic anthem for your love of university. (Shoutout to a fellow WCU alum.)
Joey Bada$$ – Don’t Quit Your Day Job (2013)
The drumbeat of “Impeach” can still be heard in this decade’s music. Joey Bada$$ uses it in 2013, dissing rapper Lil B over a melody with some veeeery familiar drums you should know about now.
J Cole – Wet Dreamz (2015)
J Cole produces this track with the classic introductory drumloop of “Impeach” under a melody from “Mariya” by Family Circle. J Cole is not the first to use the Family Circle sample. The Game “Like Father Like Son” anyone??? It’s got a great chord progression.
NOW YOU KNOW
…a few of the many samples of Honey Drippers “Impeach the President”.
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