300 Classic Hip Hop Drum Breaks, Samples, and Loops

For those who don’t know, hip-hop drums samples are the lifeblood of Hip Hop and Rap music.   They have been the basis of virtually all of the classic hit that you hear today.  Nowadays many producers have preferred to use more prechopped and engineered or factory drum kits, but there will always be a group of folks who choose to sample and chop records by hand.

300 Hip-Hop Drums Part 2

300 Drum Breaks Part 2 (101 – 200)

300 Hip Hop Drums Part 3

300 Drum Breaks Part 3 (201 – 300)

Lee Dorsey – Get Out of My Life Woman
Allen Toussaint – Get Out of My Life Woman
Soloman Burke  – Get Out of My Life Woman

The Honeydrippers – Impeach The President
Little Feat – Fool Yourself
Lou Donalson – Ode To Billie Joe

Al Green – I’m Glad Your Mine
Tom Scott – Sneakin In The back
Billy Squier – The Big Beat

Skull Snaps – It’s A New day
Melvin Bliss – Syntheitc Substitution
Lafayette Afro-Rock Band – Hihache

The Five Stairsteps & Cubie – Don’t Change Your Love
The Soul Searchers – Ashley’s Roachclip
Annette Peacock – Survival

Assagai – Telephone Girl
Bob Azzam – Rain Rain Go Away
Clyde McPhatter – Mixed Up Cup

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Who Is She (And What Is She To You)
Black Heat – Zimba Ku
Fancy – Feel Good

Edwin Birdsong – Rapper Daper Snapper
Captain Sky – Super Sperm
Herman Kelly & Life – Dance To The Drummer’s Beat

Power of Zeus – The Sorcerer of Isis
Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Thin Lizzy – Johnny The fox Meets Jimmy The Weed

Harlem Underground Band Ft. Willis Jackson – Ain’t No Sunshine
Michael Jackson – Ain’t No Sunshine
Temptations – Ain’t No Sunshine

Kool And The Gang – N.T.
Junior Mance – Thank You Fallentin Me Be Mice Elf Agin
Isley Brothers – Footsteps In The Dark

Q65 – Get Out of My Life Woman
The Mad Lads – Get Out of My Life Woman
Iron Butterfly – Get Out of My Life Woman

Jeff Beck – come Dancing
Christine McVie – And That’s Saying A Lot
Fleetwood Mac – Prove Your Love

mountain – Long red (Live)
Love – Doggone
Manzel – Midnight Theme

Ocean – Put Your Hand In The Hand
Les Humphries Singers – Put Your Hand In The Hand
Elvis Presley – Put Your Hand In The Hand

The Meters – Hey! Last Minute
The Meters – Hey! Last Minute
The Meters – Here Come The Metermen

The Meters – Sing A Simple Song
Sly & The Family Stone – Sing A Simple Song
Please – Sing A Simple Song

The Whatnauts – Why Can’t People Be Colors Too
The Headhunters – God Made Me Funky
Monk Higgins – One Man Band Plays All Alone

Dexter Wansel – Theme From the Planets
Cameo – Rigor Mortis
Funkadelic – You’ll Like It Too

Gaz – Sing Sing
Tanya Gardner – Heartbeat
Pleasure – Bouncy Lady

Steve Arrington – Weak At The Knees
Steve Arrington – Nobody Can Be You
Rose royce – Do Your Dance

Young Holt Unlimited – Wah Wah Man
I Gres Restless
Lee Dorsey – Sneakin’ Sally

The Winstons – Amen Brother
Ike & Tina Turner – Cussin’, Cryin’ And Caryin’ On’
Ike & Tina Turner – Honky Tonk Woman

Lou Rawls = Lifetime Monologue
Ray Charles – Never Ending Song of Love
The Temprees – Explain It To Her Mama

Roy Ayers – The Boogie Back
Deodato – September 13th
24 Carat Black – Foodstamps

James Brown – Funky President
Fred Wesley – Four Play
Fred Wesley – Four Play
Fred Wesley & The Horney Horns – A Blow For Me, A Toot For You

Orange Krush – Action
Orange Krush – Action
Orange Krush – Action

Rufus Thomas – Do The Funky Penguin (Pt. 1)
Rufus Thomas – Do The Funky Penguin (Pt. 2)
Rufus Thomas – The Breakdown (Pt. 2)

David Bowie – Five Years
Led Zeppelin – When The Levee Breaks
Black Oak Arkansas – Hot And Nasty

Otis Reading & carla Thomas – Tramp
Lowell Fulsom – Tramp
Joe Tex – Papa Was Too

Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long
Miami – Chicken Yellow (Give It To Me Baby)
Wild Sugar – Bring It Hear

Funk, Inc – Kook Is Back
Silhouettes – Fonky First
S.O.U.L – Buring Spear

Jackie Jackson – Is It Him Or Me
Sugar Billy Garner – I Got Some
Ohio Players – Never Had A Dream

14,822 thoughts on “300 Classic Hip Hop Drum Breaks, Samples, and Loops”

  1. Sorry if I’m missing something, but how do I go about about downloading or buying this break collection? peace

  2. Wow. This is by far the largest and highest quality collection of fat breaks that i’ve found on the net. I cried tears of joy when i stumbled upon this site. For anyone who is interested in the this stuff, the true roots of hip hop that is, check out the-breaks.com. Along with crate-kings these sites changed the way i think about music. THANK YOU!

  3. every time i open a player in this page my pc crashes,
    few days ago i can listen to the breaks in this page, not now! i don’t know why, i’m using the same computer and the same browser… have u got some problems?
    good site, thanx

  4. This is a good list…But I failed to see some breaks that I thought would’ve been nice to see on the list.

    Like Boz Scaggs- Lowdown.

    And what about the infamous Amen Brother break??? I know it’s a bit obvious, but still…

    Idk. Pretty good list, but still needs a little work.

  5. Good stuff man, I love this collection, being able to have all the classics in one spot is def worth 30 bones yo

    yo fam, why don’t you have the plugin so we can subscribe to your posts, that way folks can keep coming back when others comment…

    otherwise we just have to check back on our own and forget about it.

  6. I have a question…. where do people get cymbal and hi hat sounds from? I know you could find a sound in a drum loop from a song, but most of the time, they are timed on or flammed on the kick/snare beat.

    • Yes, there is what you call “unique” rhythms, I’ll stick to drumming/instrumentation in Hip Hop(the theme of this post, right?), LOL: ’70’s and early ’80’s, before the rise of the sampler within Hip Hop, it was Live instrumentation, listen to Sugar Hill Gang to Kurtis Blow, Lady D, Paulette & Tanya Winley. Sampler makes its rise in 1980’s in Hip Hop. There still was original Live instrumentation in Hip Hop from the likes of Rick Rubin & Stetasonic(they also used samplers). To the 90’s with the Roots, The Coup, shit even DJ Quik and OutKast started to use live instrumentaion more often. Now in the 2000’s to ’10’s, there’s been an explosion of live instrumentalists in Hip Hop, understand that the kids from the 80’s & 90’s grew up listening to Hip Hop and their families had the means to buy them instruments, maybe even lessons, and are now playing Hip Hop on their woodwinds, acoustics, percussion instruments etc., see Miri ben-Ari, Blakrok, Robert Glasper, Madlib learned to play instruments as well, I can go on… So before you make a comment out the side of your mouth about Hip Hop on the internet, 1) know that one day a Real Hiphoppa will check you on your comment, and 2) (which should of been number one to me) do your research.
      To the rest of the Hiphoppas on this site, great job posting these breaks. I’ll drop a couple of Gems: YES, I do implore All who want to sample to do it by vinyl, the low end freq. is so much more prominent from the vinyl, its so sick, at times you can even hear the background noise of the artists grunting, encouraging each other, just really jamming & having a great time(these days everything is so “perfect” it takes the “human element” away from it. Buy to Support the artist you are sampling, take the time to get to know music itself. Its also Great to Know which artist and songs you’re sampling, I personally Dislike when one of these lil producers these days got NO clue who they’re sampling, most times they fuck up the beat, thus even fucking up the original song. Plus certain songs, just by its aesthetic nature alone, shouldn’t be touched.

  7. You people need to learn how to rip audio from your computers, even though I’d encourage people to go out and find this stuff on vinyl rather than just ripping them off the web.

  8. Don’t bother purchasing / dowloading this.

    got the CD a year ago, would have been way better if noise reduction wasn’t used on the samples, which rendered alot of the breaks unusable from a production standpoint- some of the breaks sounded so watery they could have passed for 128 kbps mp3s. damn.

    As others have said, you should just use this list as a reference as to what vinyl you should buy.

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  10. I would be willing to pay for a copy of this cd or a link anything…let me kno asap…???? PLEASEEEEEEEE

  11. Why don’t you people go out and create your own drum beats and breaks instead of copying what other people do? So damn original it’s mind boggling. Stop trying to regurgitate songs and make them your own it’s a mockery.


    • Yes you can do that but the quality is going to be much better sampling it yourself (processing and all that)

      I wouldn’t sample it from the player because I like my sounds printed off a avalon or mindprint preamp before it hits my audio recorder

  12. The One –

    It’s because people are lazy and others have the mentality of “work smarter not harder” why would someone want to

    1. Go to the record story
    2. Buy records
    3. Listen to the records record drums
    4. Batch process

    This takes hours and hours to do

    When they can just take the ones that someone else has already spent the hours finding…sampling…processing and packaging?

    I’m a fan of both to be honest but people that making money in this game.. they don’t like doing that they rather have stuff already done for them (same with lazy people)

    I’m not sure where you’ve been for the last 3-5 years and being original isn’t a highway of making a paycheck

    • Not everyone is out for the check. Those out for the check probably have access to the best drum sounds or drummers themselves. People already have it easy diggin online….kind of takes the experience away from actually going out to oddspots and finding that record you can sample from. anyways….

      look at the greatest/dopest producers…they used to spend countless hours at record shops digging for sounds. It’s not always gotta be about the money…this is fucking art…a fucking experience…and way of life.

      If you wanna be that guy who follows the checks than go grab you a 808 kit and some damn synths and a female vocalist and you’ll have a hit.

      • You motherfuckers sound so corny…the “experience of diggin” LMAO fuckin geeks….stop trying to make shit mor complicated than it has to be for the sake of feeling like its fucking rocket science to make a beat sound dope.

        • its you little internet bitches with an attitude like yourself thats fuckin it all up… you got no knowledge, your too ignorant and probly bump that pop infused rap crap. experience of diggin, fuck if your laughin at that phrase then you got no place in real music. you probly still on fl studio trail edition fuckin with pre drums and fuckin with synths n pianos

      • The greatest producers did that because they had no choice that was the only way. The greatest producers that once did that no longer do that because its time consuming for them (the ones that are still current) hell most of them don’t even dig they have other people diggin for them

        I’ve been a check follower since day 1 shoot me (i hate working for people) so i make cash with affiliate businesses and Royalty checks (jingle placements) thank you MTV.

        Now synths, singers and 808s don’t equal hits these days everything has gone back to Disco (sorta) you just have to play Chords and arps with a decent hook.

        Following trends doesn’t mean doing pop rap like you hear on the radio there is a mass market for those of us who care RECREATE old school music

  13. can anyone who has purchased the cd just make a torrent so people who want to try it can? I wouldn’t mind buying them off that site if there was a download link, I don’t want to be sent the damn disc

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