Saturday, May 05, 2012
Connecting the dots - sampling the past
One of the things I like about hip-hop is the samples that are taken from older music. I'm not sure where it all started, perhaps at the beginning of hip-hop, but I'm certain it's used often. One early stand-out track for me is Kanye West's Gold Digger. That being said, it was Jamie Foxx that sung Ray Charles' lines from "I got a woman" rather than using a true sample.
From the local seen, Torontonian Shad had a lot of airplay success from "Rose Garden"- I love the sample of the original 1967 version by The Three Degrees.
A go-to album for me that does a wonderful job of sampling older classics with fresher electronic sound is Nina Simone's Remixed and Reimagined. Her voice has such a beautiful range and mood.
For hip-hop and electronica, the samples seem to come mostly from old soul, jazz and R&B. Quite different to the Chris Sheppard's dance mega-mixes of The Cult in the 80's.
But what set this off was the recent Drake Rihanna single "Take Care". I knew I knew the simple piano sample, but thought it was from a Nina Simone track. But a few Google searches later took me to the original source: Gil Scott-Heron. I'd downloaded the wonderful Jamie XX remix of Scott-Heron's "I'll Take Care of You" about a year ago.
I love connecting the dots.
Originally posted on in Tune in.