Blueprint honors ’90s hip-hop staple, the soul sample chop
The hip-hop artist identifies his five favorite soul songs to sample
Published: May 14, 2014
Melvin Bliss – “Synthetic Substitution”
This song is incredible by itself – so great that you can just listen to it over and over again without even thinking about sampling it. But where’s the fun in that? There are just too many parts of this song that have been sampled already, and sampled well. From the piano loop to the drum break to the vocal samples – it’s all been done before. Yet, there are still a few spots in this song that I’m sure could be freaked even more creatively.
James Brown – “Funky Drummer”
No list of soul samples in hip-hop would be complete without giving tribute to the most sampled artist in hip-hop, James Brown. Clyde Stubblefield’s drums are unmistakable, and personally, I think it should be a requirement that anybody calling themselves a hip-hop producer chop this drum break up at least once. Even though it’s been used thousands of times, there are still creative ways to flip it.
Betty Wright – “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do”
The horns on this joint were most famously used by Beyoncé on “Upgrade U,” but the rest of the song was surprisingly left untouched. That’s where I come in. I started with the horn sample but used really small chops from other parts of the song to create my track “True Vision.” It took quite a while to get it to sound right, but it’s one of those beats that make me really proud.
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