Hip Hop Rap Samples

Pete Rock: Behind The Boards w/ Cypha Sounds

DJ Cypha Sounds drops a very important interview with none other than Pete Rock during the second installment of his Behind The Boards series, which aired this week on Sirius’ Shade 45.  Pete gives insight into the making some of his most notable tracks with some very entertaining commentary from Cypha Sounds.  My favorite segment … Read more

Jay Z Original Samples Mix

DJ Reggie Reg sponsors a welcomed video Jigga mix featuring original samples back to back with the Hip-Hop versions.  Highlights include joints like Bobby Bland’s “Ain’t No Love Love In The Heart of The City” (Heat of The City), David Ruffin – “Common Man” (Never Change), and The Originals “Sunrise” (Guess Who’s Back).  

King of the Crates: DJ SOULiva

We selected to DJ SOULiva to set off our inaugural King of the Crates segment, which highlights crate diggers from around the around the world. Check the video and see the secret stash of dusty gems and portable turntables.

Classic Tupac Makavelli Original Samples

This video collection of original 2 Pac samples is enough to make even the most die hard east coast fan pump their fist in excitement. Note the heavy emphasis on Zapp & Roger (Troutman),  the origin of T-Pain’s painfully cheesy vocal stylings.

Just Blaze Original Samples Mix

Get a quick taste of the Just Blaze’s skills in the crates. The Asha Bosle sample was pretty impressive, plus it’s interesting to find out that he’s a fan of Jermaine Jackson and Henry Mancini.

Havoc – “I’m The Boss” Sample Breakdown

In case you didn’t recognize the sample, it was already made famous by A Tribe Called Quest for “Luck of Lucien.” That’s ok though, it’s alright if the Tribe sample wasn’t familiar… it’s also fine, and not altogether unusual, that a classic Tribe beat was redone for fresh ears. What really threw me off was … Read more

Steely Dan Production Techniques – Deja Vu Uptown Baby – KNS, Lord Tariq, Peter Gunz

Sometimes we have to step out of the bounds of Hip-Hop to gain production knowledge and techniques from other genres. Donald Fagan and Walter Becker of Steely Dan were arguably the greatest perfectionists whose studio genius is undeniable. They were perhaps best known for their intense layering of sounds, perfect transitions, and endless studio takes … Read more

Sampling School 101

I have to give major props to my man Void from the Crate Kings forums for passing this little gem my way. Here’s a video mix broken up it into two volumes that might just be able to partially satisfy (or most likely fuel) your appetite for original breaks and samples.