The Last Poets Live at Jazz Cafe London: Win Tickets

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Born out of the American civil rights movement in the late 1960s, The Last Poets fused rhythmic poetry with sparse percussive soundtracks, delivering revolutionary messages in support of freedom and equality via a series of albums released throughout the 1970s. Frequently cited as ‘founding fathers’ of hip hop, their unique brand of rhythmic poetry has been sampled by artists including A Tribe Called Quest, Notorious BIG, N.W.A and many more.

Group member Jalaludin M. Nuriddin also recorded under the alias Lightnin’ Rod, a moniker he would use to record ‘Hustler’s Convention, a proto-rap concept album now more than 40 years old. (You can read WhoSampled’s interview with Jalal about the album and its making here.)

On Sunday 19th July, The Last Poets perform a rare UK show at London’s world famous Jazz Cafe with support from WhoSampled DJs.

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away. For a chance to win, all you need to do is answer the following question:

“The Last Poets collaborated with Common on which Kanye West produced track?” [Clue: The answer can be found on WhoSampled!]

Email your answers to with ‘Last Poets Competition’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 8th July 2015. Winners will be notified by email. Please note winners will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the venue.

For those not lucky enough to win, tickets can be purchased here.


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Magnum Opus: The Making of Gang Starr’s Mass Appeal

The latest edition of Complex Magazine‘s ‘Magnum Opus’ series puts the making of Gang Starr’s 1994 classic ‘Mass Appeal’ under the microscope with interview footage from DJ Premier,  those involved in the record’s creation and DJs of the day including Stretch Armstrong and many more.

Watch below:

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House Music’s Top 10 Most Sampled Sources mixed by Chris Read


Words: Zoe Stoll / Chris Read

The phrase House Music means a variety of things to a variety of people. In the current landscape of sub-genres of sub-genres it can be used either as an umbrella term for a myriad of splinter scenes or a term attached to those styles of dance music that stay closer to house music’s origins. Whilst sampling almost certainly plays a less prominent role in house music’s over all make up today than it did 25 years ago, sampling has been central to the genre’s development, particularly in its formative years. From iconic disco and useful acapellas to house music’s tendency to borrow from its own classics, here we review the top 10 most sampled sources in house music:

r60124_201367_14283592049910. Lyn Collins – ‘Think’

With over 1,200 listings across all genres (and plenty more to come), Lyn Collins iconic ‘Think’ breakbeat and its famous ‘wooh-yeah’ breakdown has found usage in almost all fields of dance music in some form. As the only breakbeat to feature in this Top 10, more so than any other, the ‘Think’ break was ubiquitous in house music’s sample based roots and was a staple of the late ’80s / early ’90s Hip-House sound in particular. Notable uses include Tyree’s ‘Let The Music Take Control’ and Fast Eddie’s ‘Yo Yo Get Funky’.

sr418_201025_112561596739. Loleatta Holloway – ‘Crash Goes Love’ (Yell Apella)

The first of two entries in our Top 10 for Loleatta Holloway, this Acapella track taken from the 1992 Warlock 12 inch release of Loleatta Holloway‘s ‘Crash Goes Love’ contains a throaty gospel-esque vocal with sassy spoken passages that makes it a perfect sample source. However, it is the brief ‘whoop’ that appears a little under a minute into the track and its subsequent repetition later in the track that is the most sampled, having been used by artists ranging from New York house icon Armand Van Helden, to less credible dance acts including Euro-house hitmakers 2 Unlimited, the Vengaboys and David Guetta.

r2_2008122_16551624878. Raw Silk – ‘Do It To The Music’

Released in 1982 on West End records, Raw Silk‘s mid tempo post-disco cut ‘Do It To The Music’ found favour as the backbone to a number of early house cuts and was frequently plundered in late ’80s hip hop. A stand out record in its own right, notable uses include early proto-house cuts from the likes of Jack N Madness and Mr. K (the former a drum machine led electro outing, the latter a cut and paste style edit) both of which played some part in the lineage of records that led to the popular explosion of the sample based house sound in the late ’80s. Other popular uses include 2 In A Room‘s late 80s acid-esque ‘Music’s Hypnotizing’ and UK hardcore pioneers Shut Up And Dance‘s uncharacteristic hip hop cut ‘Rap’s My Occupation’, b-side to the rave classic ‘£10 To Get In’.

r6314_201015_09477293427. Class Action – ‘The Weekend’

Class Action‘s 1983 boogie outing ‘Weekend’, released on New York’s Sleeping Bag Records with its useful acapella passages quickly found its way into a plethora of early house releases including Cuoco’s 1984 proto-house edit mix ‘Circus’, New York house legend Todd Terry‘s 1988 Todd Terry Project release simply entitled ‘Weekend’ and UK DJ Simon Harris‘ 1989 hit single ‘Bass, How Low Can You Go’. The record went on to be sampled in a plethora of early 90s underground house cuts.

r58473_2013718_1546107867366. Kraze – ‘The Party’

The popular vocal to Kraze‘s 1988 piano house cut ‘The Party’ comprises for the most part the crowd rousing shouts of what would now be termed a hype man. It’s not hard to see why cries of ‘hey DJ’, ‘pump up the bass’ and ‘give me a beat’ lifted from the acapella version became staple sources in a variety of early house cuts. Many tracks take their name from vocals lifted from Kraze’s cut, Gabinete Calighari’sPump Up The Bass being just one such example.

sr2403_201053_2113175990595. Rhythm Controll – ‘My House’

Chuck Roberts’ spoken word intro to Rhythm Controll‘s 1987 underground anthem ‘My House’ formed a sort of unofficial manifesto for the ‘feeling’ of house music of the day. Delivered in a style not unlike that of a preacher before a congregation, the iconic line “In the beginning there was Jack and Jack had a groove and from this groove came the groove of all grooves…” and its following sermon has been sampled in house music throughout the years by artists ranging from Todd Terry to Deejays United to Julio Bashmore. The most famous use however is Larry Heard’s ‘Can You Feel It’ released under his Fingers Inc. moniker, the 1988 track being largely responsible for popularising the acapella’s use.

sr7_2008925_190167404734. Yazoo – ‘Situation’

Yazoo’s early 80s UK #1 synth pop hit ‘Situation’ vocaled by Alison Moyet bucks the trend of our Top 10 so far. Not only is it the first track to sit stylistically outside the confines of disco, boogie and early house, it is also the first (other than ‘Think’) not to have appeared on one of the editions of the popular ‘Acapella Anonymous’ bootleg series, a prominent source of sample material for DJs and producers of the day. Notable uses of ‘Situation’ include UK house hits from the likes of S’Express and Simon Harris as well as US hip house cuts from Twin Hype amongst others. Most heavily sampled is the laughter that appears around 2o seconds into the track which has graced tracks as diverse as Rhythim is Rhythim’s ‘Nude Photo’ and, outside the realms of house, King Sun’s ‘Lethal Weapon’.


3. Loleatta Holloway – ‘Love Sensation’

The second entry in our Top 10 for Loleatta Holloway returns to familiar territory, a disco cut with a powerful gospel tinged vocal, the acapella to which also appeared on an edition of the Acapella Anonymous series. With a concentration of use in late ’80s / early’ 90s house, use of the track experienced a renaissance in the early ’00s with appearances in a number of Drum & Bass releases and into the current decade has been used by the likes of Skream amongst others.

r1584_2009614_1234515076362. Indeep – ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’

Indeep‘s early 80s ‘Sound of New York’ released smash ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ is an anthem. A timeless DJ record in its own right, the punchy open drums of the intro, the catchy bass groove, the vocal breakdown and of course the subject matter all give this track the hallmarks of a well used sample source. Used in house and hip hop in near equal measure, notable examples range from Bomb the Bass‘s late 80s proto-house hit  ‘Beat Dis’ to Todd Edwards late 90s rework ‘Saved My Life’.

r13465_201114_1330156544071. First Choice – ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’

If there is one track in our Top 10 that typifies sample trends in early house then this is probably the one. Originally released in 1977 this mid tempo disco outing contains the particular brand of warm soulful vocals that make for ideal house music sample material. Remixed in the early 80s by house music / remix royalty Frankie Knuckles and Shep Pettibone, the acapella version also appeared, predictably, on one of the Acapella Anonymous compilations. House icons who have sampled ‘Let No Man…’ are almost too numerous to mention but amongst them are Royal House‘s Todd Terry produced 1988 underground smash ‘Can You Party’ and early Masters at Work production ‘Mondolay’.

Check out our mixtape of these classic tracks mixed by Chris Read on Mixcloud:

House Music's Top 10 Most Sampled Sources mixed by Chris Read by Whosampled on Mixcloud

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Happy Birthday Kanye: Celebrate with our Mix of his Greatest Samples

kanye_samples_mix_400x400Today being Kanye‘s birthday, we thought we’d revisit our ‘Kanye: The Samples’ mixtape, first posted upon the release of Yeezus back in 2013. Listen here or via the embed below to take a trip through some of Ye’s more memorable sample sources, from Super Beagle‘s dancehall adlibs used in the 2012 smash ‘Mercy’ to Shirley Bassey‘s hook from ‘Diamonds from Sierra Leone’ via Lauryn Hill, The Emotions and more:

Kanye West: The Samples mixed by Chris Read by Whosampled on Mixcloud

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Win CTI Records Book / CD Box Sets!

CTIBookset_400The impact on sample based music of the output of Creed Taylor‘s CTI imprint is near unparalleled, many of jazz and funk’s most sampled names having recorded for the label during their careers. From the Hubert Laws flute loop which backed J. Cole‘s 2013 smash ‘Power Trip‘ to Bob JamesNautilus and its appearance on countless hip hop classics of the 80s and 90s,  the label’s releases have provided the backdrop to some of sample based music’s most memorable moments. Other artists on the label’s roster include the likes of  Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard and Eumir Deodato (you can check our interview with him here) among many others, all of whom are of course also much sampled.

Looking back on the label’s stellar catalogue, Sony have produced a fantastic 4 CD retrospective, ‘CTI Records: The Cool Revolution’, housed in a hardback book which offers extended liner notes, photographs of the label’s artists and original sleeve artwork.

We have copies of this fantastic box set to give away to 5 lucky readers! For a chance to a win, all you need to do is answer the following question:

This CD set includes Deodato’s most commercially successful CTI release, a track which achieved fame as the title music to Stanley Kubrick‘s 1968 movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. That track is a cover version of a 19th Century classical piece by which composer? [Clue: The answer can be found by searching on WhoSampled!]

Email your answers to with ‘CTI Comp’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 6pm BST on 4th June 2015. A winner will be randomly selected from the correct entries and notified by email.

If you’re not lucky enough to win, fear not – you can get your hands on a copy of this great set here.

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DJ Format interviewed for WhoSampled

For the latest edition of the WhoSampled interview series, we speak with renowned UK digger, DJ and producer DJ Format about his 20+ year career which takes in several high profile album releases, official mix albums for the likes of Fania and Fabric Live, collaborations with vocalists Phill Most Chill, Abdominal, Jurassic 5 and even a stint driving J5’s tour bus. Tune in for tales of digging, recording and life on the road!

Listen here or below:

DJ Format interviewed for WhoSampled by Whosampled on Mixcloud

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WhoSampled Launches Movie & TV Sample Listings!

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We are very pleased to announce that for the first time samples of dialogue and sound effects originating from movies and TV shows are now available on WhoSampled!

This much requested feature will allow users to identify connections between their favorite music and its on-screen inspiration. From Al Pacino‘s iconic monologues in Brian De Palma‘s 1983 Gangster classic ‘Scarface‘ to comedy quotables in ‘Seinfeld‘, movie and TV show samples have helped provide some of the most memorable moments of popular music in recent years.

A valuable addition to the existing database of over 310,000 tracks, WhoSampled now allows these iconic movie and TV references to be explored and shared with scenes available to view alongside the music that has sampled them.

New and regular users of the site are invited to view our updated submission guidelines which explain all you need to know about submitting movie and TV samples.

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DJ Rashad Remembered


Last year Chicago lost two of its brightest lights; both of whom were legendary record producers, world-renowned DJs, and pioneers of their craft; both Frankie Knuckles and DJ Rashad will be remembered for years to come for their innovation and dedication to pushing forward their respective musical boundaries. Knuckles’ productions were largely original electronic compositions and while Rashad also incorporated synthesised sounds into his signature sound palette, his most memorable and effective work came in the form of frenetic sample manipulation. As the week closes out we remember a year ago to this weekend that we lost DJ Rashad and the incredible impact he had on both the Footwork genre and the wider musical community.

Founding member of the Ghettoteknitianz (which later evolved into the Teklife crew) Rashad has been credited for promoting the Footwork sound from the local dance scenes in Chicago and introducing it to the rest of the world, his musical output was continuing to strengthen from release to release, and having secured some high-profile remixes, as well as touring alongside Chance The Rapper in 2013 things were looking big for Rashad making his passing feel all the more tragic.

We’ve dug through the site and pulled out 5 of Rashad’s most impressive sample collages from over the years and some special tracks that encapsulate his sound:


Somethin ‘Bout The Things U Do (2014)

Released last year shortly after his death, this release is as good a starting point as any highlighting Rashad’s sonic style. Co-produced by Dance Mania legend DJ Gant-Man this straightforward flip of Chaka Khan‘s ‘I Feel for You’ undergoes an anti-chop & screw and comes out more jubilant and dancefloor friendly than the original

album-1382046947Let U No (2013)

A collaboration with long-time partner DJ Spinn from 2013’s Double Cup LP, this flip of Floetry‘s ‘Say Yes’ showcases his use of snappy percussion (this same overdriven kit can be heard across most of his output), deep sub-bass and 303 programming all coming together seamlessly

Love U Foundjust-a-taste-vol-1 (2011)

Another track from an earlier Rashad release, Just a Taste Vol. 1, this track feels like a perfect legacy to the musician, particularly the moment around 1:30 when the sample opens up and the loops reach a hard-hitting climax

DJ-Rashad-Rollin-EPRollin’ (2013)

One of Rashad’s most impressive flips transforms Jagged Edge‘s neo-soul croon ‘Walked Outta Heaven’ into a dancefloor weapon. Juxtaposed with DJ Spinn’s molly referencing vocals and some brutally hard panning (headphone listeners beware…) this track’s energy sums up the global excitement around Footwork & Juke and the new rhythmic possibilities at this tempo being explored by Rashad and his Teklife crew

just-a-taste-vol-1I’m Gone (2011)

Very difficult to listen to this track nowadays if you were a big fan of either of these artists. The beauty of both this and the original source are undeniable and Rashad’s raw MPC chops and intricate syncopations compliment Gil Scott-Heron‘s incredible lyrics flawlessly


Words – Ethan Illingworth (@illersss)

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A Tribe Called Quest ‘People’s Instinctive Travels…’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read


Today marks the 25th Anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest‘s seminal debut album ‘People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm’. Following in the footsteps of De La Soul‘s genre defining ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ released one year prior, ‘Instinctive Travels’ was notable not only for its honest and in places humorous lyrical content, but also for its eclectic palette of sample material. In an era when James Brown staples were still go to sources for many producers Tribe, like De La before them, ventured into the unknown, drawing on material from the likes of Billy Brooks, Eugene McDaniels and Luther Ingram to create a melting pot of jazz, soul, funk and rock. Together with output from fellow Native Tongues the Jungle Brothers and others, it was evident that these albums were more than mere curios – a movement had been born.

In celebration of the anniversary we team up once again with Wax Poetics to present an exclusive mixtape mixed by WhoSampled‘s Chris Read comprising album cuts, alternate versions, b sides, interview snippets and of course original sample material. Track list and listen link below:

1. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix) (Extract).
2. A Tribe Called Quest – If The Papes Come (Loop)
3. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
4. Jimi Hendrix – EXP (sampled in ‘If The Papes Come’)
5. Eugene McDaniels – Jagger The Dagger (sampled in ‘Push It Along’ and others)
6. Ali Shaheed Muhammad interview for Wax Poetics
7. Junior Mance – Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin (sampled in ‘Push It Along’)
8. Grover Washington Junior – Loran’s Dance (sampled in ‘Push It Along’)
9. A Tribe Called Quest – Push It Along
10. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Why? Version)
11. Carly Simon – Why (Extended Version) (sampled in ‘Bonita Applebum (Why? Version)’)
12. Little Feat – Fool Yourself (sampled in ‘Bonita Applebum (Album Version)’)
13. Isley Brothers – Between The Sheets (sampled in ‘Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)’)
14. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)
15. RAMP – Daylight (sampled in ‘Bonita Applebum (Album Version)’)
16. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Album Version)
17. Funkadelic – Nappy Dug Out (sampled in ‘Ham & Eggs’)
18. A Tribe Called Quest – Ham & Eggs
19. Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (sampled in ‘Can I Kick It?’)
20. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix)
21. Lonnie Smith – Spinning Wheel (sampled in ‘Can I Kick It?)
22. Chambers Brothers – Funky (sampled in ‘I Left My Wallet in El Segundo’)
23. A Tribe Called Quest – I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
24. A Tribe Called Quest – Footprints
25. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke (sampled in ‘Footprints’)
26. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet feat Jesse Jackson – Walk Tall (sampled in ‘Footprints)
27. Donald Byrd – Think Twice (sampled in ‘Footprints’)
28. Sly & The Family Stone  – Remember Who You Are (sampled in ‘After Hours’)
29. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘After Hours’
30. Billy Brooks – Forty Days (sampled in ‘Luck of Lucien’)
31. A Tribe Called Quest – Luck of Lucien
32. A Tribe Called Quest – Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)
33. Earth Wind & Fire – Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo Interlude) (sampled in ‘Mr Muhammad’)
34. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Mr Muhammad’
35. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Description of a Fool’
36. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away (sampled in ‘Description of a Fool’)
37. Billy Baron and his Smokin Challengers – Communication is Where It’s At (sampled in ‘Public Enemy)
39. A Tribe Called Quest – Public Enemy
40. Reuben Wilson – Inner City Blues (sampled in ‘Youthful Expression’)
41. A Tribe Called Quest – Youthful Expression
42. Slave – Son of Slide (sampled in ‘Go Ahead In The Rain’)
42. A Tribe Called Quest – Go Ahead in the Rain
43. A Tribe Called Quest – Ham & Eggs (Outro)

Listen here or via the widget below:

A Tribe Called Quest 'People's Instinctive Travels' 25th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read by Whosampled on Mixcloud

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Explore WhoSampled Aretha Franklin: Infographic

datavisualisatiewhosampledFriend of WhoSampled Suzanne Soulier, has produced a fantastic infographic exploring the influence of Aretha Franklin‘s music on the artists of today. Click on the image above to enlarge and explore the web of connections between Aretha and artists including Mos Def, Kanye West, Nas and many more.

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