Hip Hop is built on sampling and with the popularity of electronic dance music growing in recent years, it’s no surprise that hip hop artists have been sampling house tracks to create new hits.
Although all the talk is about Beyonce and Drake’s albums being so ‘dance-centric’ it’s interesting to see that the trend of rapper sampling electronic music has been going on for a long time, we have included a mix of newer and older tracks in this post.
5 times rappers have used house music samples to create new hip hop anthems:
Nicki Minaj – ‘Truffle Butter’ featuring Drake and Lil Wayne
In 2015 Nicki Minaj released, ‘Truffle Butter’, which also features Drake and Lil Wayne.
The song was a smash and entered the charts in many countries. It’s been streamed hundreds of millions of times. The song samples a UK undergorund classic, ‘What They Say’ by Maya Jane Coles.
Maya Jane Coles is an English DJ and record producer. She first gained recognition for her work in the underground dance music scene in London. Since then, she has gone on to release three studio albums and has won several music awards.
Arrdee – ‘Flowers’
In his song ‘Flowers’, UK rapper Arrdee samples Sweet Female Attitude‘s iconic 2000s UK Garage classic of the same name.
UK Garage is a genre of electronic music that became popular across the UK in the 1990s. It is characterized by its use of breakbeats, syncopated rhythms and basslines. The sound was heavily influenced by house, jungle, hip hop and R&B.
UK Garage has had a significant impact on Hiphop culture, both in the UK and internationally. The genre has influenced the sound of many Hiphop artists.
In “Flowers”, Arrdee pays homage to the genre that has inspired him, sampling one of its most iconic vocal tracks.
Kanye West – ‘Stronger’
The sample used in Kanye West’s “Stronger” is an iconic one. Taken from Daft Punk’s – “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”.
The catchy hook perfectly fits with Kanye’s lyrics. The sample captures the feeling of the song, which is about overcoming adversity and becoming stronger as a result.
Daft Punk have been sampled by many HipHop greats including Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent and more recently Drake & 21 Savage used ‘One More Time’ on their new track ‘Circo-Loco’.
Drake – ‘Get It Together’ ft. Jora Smith
In 2017, Black Coffee’s track “Superman” was sampled by Drake on the song “Get It Together” from his album ‘More Life’. Since then, the pair have had a collaborative relationship having since worked together on multiple occasions.
Drake is no stranger to sampling music from other genres, and he has cited Black Coffee as one of his favorite house producers. The two have even been spotted in the DJ booth together at Hi Ibiza.
The collaborations between Drake and Black Coffee have been hugely successful, with both artists bringing their unique styles to the table. This is a great example of what can happen when different musical styles merge.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard ft. RZA – ‘Cuttin Headz’
The Ol’ Dirty Bastard & RZA classic ‘Cuttin Headz‘ samples the 1990 house music track DHS – “House of God”.
The sample gives the track a old-school feel that meshes well with ODB’s style.
House Music’s Impact on Hip Hop (and Vice-Versa)
House music has clearly had a significant influence on hip hop. Rappers often sample house music and the two genres have frequently been blended together.
This realtionship works both ways, rappers have sampled house music tracks, and house music producers have sampled hip hop tracks in turn. This give-and-take relationship has resulted in some of the most innovative and popular music of the past few decades.
The two genres continue to be some of the most popular genres. They are also two of the moast popular categories on the Soundplate playlist submission system and artists from both genres continue to inspire each other.
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