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Where do rappers get their inspiration from - a collection of interesting samples

Samples belong to rap like the gangster attitude or even the microphone. These song snippets rarely only come from the rap music category. It shows again and again that when looking for the samples, some producers do not lack perseverance and creativity.

It has never been a secret: Even the most famous rappers and producers use different music for their beats. Samples are the daily bread in rap, often you hardly notice it, rarely does it lead to legal disputes. Our collection of the most interesting samples shows how diverse their origins can be.

[1] Baze - Unfortunately

It all starts with a Swiss classic: With “Leider”, Baze created a track that made the leap from CD to MP3 player and is still featured in many playlists 16 years later. The distinctive and catchy tune does not only come from Bern, but originally from New Orleans. The soul singer King Floyd released the song "Don't Leave Me Lonely" as early as 1971 and laid the foundation for one of the most famous songs by the Bernese veteran.

King Floyd - Don't Leave Me Lonely (Sample at 0:25)

Baze - Unfortunately (from 0:00)

[2] Shindy feat. Bushido stars


Everyone knows: Papi Pap cannot withstand samples either. Only recently, Germany's rap superstar Shindy worked with producer OZ on several obvious samples on his last album, "Drama". Long before that, the rapper rummaged around for samples for his beats - for example in one of his most famous tracks: “Sterne feat. Bushido". The original couldn't be further from rap, however: the song “Devuda Devuda” comes from the Bollywood film series “Chandramukhi” and provides, who would have thought, the intense foundation of the shindy beat.

Devuda Devuda - Chandramukhi (sample from 0:00)

Shindy - Stars feat. Bushido (from 0:00)

[3] Eminem - Crack a Bottle

Who invented it? The American rappers, of course. The origin of the rapeseed naturally also corresponds to the origin of the sampling. The undefeated rap god Eminem built together with producer legend Dr. Dre also has some snippets of lesser-known songs in his beats. This is also the case in “Crack a Bottle”, which appeared on the album “Aftermath” more than ten years ago. The origin of the sample is also here in a completely different place. In the song "Mais Dans La Lumière" by Israeli chanson singer Mike Brant, the unambiguous melody can be heard right at the beginning, but then disappears completely. However, the singer from France died in the 70s, even before he was allowed to experience the American interpretation.

Mike Brant - Mais Dans La Lumière (Sample from 0:00)

Eminem - Crack a Bottle (from 0:06)

[4] The Game feat. 50 Cent - Hate It or Love It

The sample used in the track "Hate It Or Love It" by The Game feat. 50 cents. This insider tip is particularly characterized by its melodic and cheerful mood, which both rappers adopt seamlessly in their flow. No wonder the rhythm can be felt so well, because the sample originally comes from the US soul band The Trammps. The original is hidden in the middle of the track "Rubber Band" and gives the new interpretation the necessary feeling 30 years later. A realization that was certainly not foreseeable for the large band in this form.

The Trammps - Rubber Band (sample from 2:04)

The Game feat. 50 Cent - Hate It or Love It (from 0:00)

[5] Travis Scott - Mamacita

Samples are constantly being built into beats in modern American rap, too. Precisely because this is done so often, it is not uncommon for several producers to use the same song at the same time. For example, the song "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right" by blues and soul singer Bobby Bland was used in two well-known US rap songs. First rapper Pusha-T used Bland and created a beat with “Nosetalgia” that is still unmistakable today. A year later, Travis Scott built the same point in his track "Mamacita", but interpreted it much less independently.

BobbyBland - (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right (Sample from 0:00)

Travis Scott - Mamacita

Pusha-T feat. Kendrick Lamar - Nosetalgia (from 0:00)

[6] GZUZ - CL500

Back to Germany: The Hamburg gangster rapper GZUZ belongs to the grouping 187 Strassenbande and thus one of the most successful rap groups in the DACH region. GZUZ is also not unknown for his distinctive humor, which he likes to share with his followers on Instagram. So he insisted on quoting his opposite of the nation, Herbert Grönemeyer, in the song "CL500". In his song "Mambo", the musician sings behind the cheerfully trilling music of engines and car tours - the inconspicuous, perfect template for the road. Unexpected, but great.

Herbert Grönemeyer - Mambo (sample at 0:27)

GZUZ - CL500 (from 0:48)

[7] Sido - golden boy

“Goldjunge” on the album “Ich” was Sido’s flagship track in 2006, while the East Berliner was in the fast lane anyway. “Goldjunge” is a very good example of how hidden and almost overheard a sample can be used. When you first listen to it, it is not immediately noticeable because this time the sample is not hidden in the melody, but in the background. A snippet of the rock band “Electric Light Orchestra” lurks there with their song “Tightrope”, which was adopted almost unchanged.

Electric Light Orchestra - Tightrope (Sample from 0:19)

Sido - golden boy (from 0:06)

[8] Section Kuchikäschtli - I Han

Finally back to Switzerland: The Grisons hip-hop group Kuchikäschtli has also managed to incorporate a sample almost unrecognizable into their classic “I han”. The sample by the American singer Táta Vega has been speeded up and pitched up, but works wonderfully with the repetitive drums. “I Han” is undisputedly one of the most important tracks of the early Swiss scene.

Táta Vega– Come in Heaven (Earth Is Calling) (Sample from 0:02)

Section Kuchikäschtli - I Han (from 0:38)