A Tribe Called Quest ‘The Low End Theory’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read


Today (24th September 2016) marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of A Tribe Called Quest‘s classic sophomore LP ‘The Low End Theory’. Alongside 1993’s ‘Midnight Marauders’, the album vies for pole position on most Tribe fans’ lists of the group’s best LPs. The album also marks a pivotal moment in the group’s evolution, with founding member Jairobi departing to pursue the culinary arts, Phife steps to the fore as Q Tip‘s principal companion on the mic. The album’s sample material draws heavily on jazz pairing the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and Jack McDuff with pounding drums and, of course, pushing the low end.

In keeping with tradition, we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mix of album tracks, alt versions, interview snippets and, naturally, original sample material, mixed by Chris Read:


1. Chris Read – ‘Theme #3’ (Scratchapella)
2. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Scenario (Remix Instrumental)’
3. Heatwave – ‘Star of a Story’ (Sampled in ‘Verses from the Abstract’)
4. Q Tip Interview Extract (Taken from the movie ‘Beats Rhymes & Life)
5. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Verses from the Abstract’
6. Grant Green – ‘Down Here on The Ground’ (Sampled in ‘Vibes & Stuff’)
7. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Vibes & Stuff’
8. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’
9. Five Stairsteps – ‘Don’t Change Your Love’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’)
10. Jimmy McGriff – ‘Green Dolphin Street’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’)
11. The Shades of Brown – ‘The Soil I Tilled For You’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Excursions)
12. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Excursions’
13. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – ‘A Chant For Bu’ (Sampled in ‘Excursions’)
14. The Last Poets – ‘Time Is Running Out’ (Sampled in ‘Excursions’)
15. Dr. Lonnie Smith – ‘Spinning Wheel’ (Sampled in ‘Buggin Out’)
16. Phife Interview Extract (Taken from the movie ‘Beats Rhymes & Life)
17. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Buggin Out’
18. Jack De Johnette’s Directions – Minya’s The Mooch’ (Sampled in ‘Buggin Out’)
19. The New Birth – ‘Keep On Doin’ It’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Rap Promoter’)
20. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Rap Promoter’
21. Weather Report – ‘Young and Fine’ (Sampled in ‘Butter’)
22. Chuck Jackson – ‘I Like Everything About You’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Butter’)
23. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Butter’
24. Gary Bartz – ‘Gentle Smiles (Saxy)’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Butter’)
25. Cannonball Adderley – ‘The Steam Drill’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘The Infamous Date Rape’)
26. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘The Infamous Date Rape’
27. Jackie Jackson – ‘Is it Him or is it Me’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘The Infamous Date Rape’)
28. Average White Band – ‘Love Your Life’ (Sampled in ‘Check The Rhime’)
29. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Check The Rhime’
30. Minnie Riperton – ‘Baby, This Love I Have’ (Sampled in ‘Check The Rhime’)
31. Biz Markie – ‘Nobody Beats The Biz’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Check The Rhime’)
32. Lafayette Afro Rock Band – ‘Hihache’ [Loop] (Sampled ‘Check The Rhime’)
33. Funkadelic – ‘Lets Take It To The People’ (Sampled in ‘Everything Is Fair’)
34. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Everything Is Fair’
35. Willis Jackson – ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Everything is Fair’)
36. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Skypager’
37. James Brown – ‘Funky President (People It’s Bad)’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Show Business’)
38. The Fatback Band – ‘Wicki Wacky’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Show Business’)
39. Aretha Franklin – ‘Rock Steady’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Show Business’)
40. A Tribe Called Quest feat Lord Jamar, Sadat X & Diamond D – ‘Show Business’
41. Paul Humphrey – ‘Uncle Willie’s Dream’ (Sampled in ‘What?’)
42. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘What?’
43. Brother Jack McDuff – ‘Oblighetto’ (Sampled in ‘Scenario’)
44. Jimi Hendrix – ‘Little Miss Love’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Scenario’)
45. A Tribe Called Quest feat Leaders of the New School – ‘Scenario’
46. BONUS TRACK: Simba & Milton Gulli – ‘Scenario (Chris Read Rap Renaissance Remix)’

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Jay Z: The Blueprint 15th Anniversary [Samples Playlist]


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September 11th 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of Jay Z‘s sixth studio album ‘The Blueprint’. Notable for its sample content, the album features production from Kanye West, Just Blaze, Timbaland and Trackmasters among others. Kanye produced 5 and Just Blaze 3 of the 13 tracks. The album is credited with placing both artists on the map as mainstream producers. The choice of samples places its emphasis on popular soul classics with The Jackson 5, Al Green and The Persuaders all featured. Funk greats including Bobby Byrd also appear as does jazz fusion great Stanley Clarke and less expectedly leftfield rock giants The Doors.

Listen to the playlist below:


Segura Viudas Cava team up with DJ Anna Lunoe for ‘Sip It’ Music Video

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Spanish Cava producers Segura Viudas known for their authentic approach and remarkable quality, have collaborated with Beats1 presenter, DJ and producer, Anna Lunoe to create a new track inspired by the drink and utilizing the sounds associated with it. The bubbly house track samples sounds direct from the bottle, from the pop of the cork to the fizz of the pour and the resulting track “Sip It” brings together the wine’s rich history and Lunoe’s musical innovation.

Of her composition Lunoe says

“One of my favorite ways to approach music is as a soundtrack to a feeling, mood or moment so this kind of project is really fun for me! Once I had the sounds of the Cava, the track came together easily. I tried to make something bouncy, lighthearted and not too serious.”

The accompanying video gives an insight into the creative process behind the track and the party feel it invokes.

Watch the video here.

In Memory of Aaliyah [Samples Playlists]


Today marks the 15th anniversary of the death of nineties R&B icon Aaliyah. During her productive but sadly brief career Aaliyah put her name to high profile collaborations with the likes of R Kelly, Missy Elliott and Timbaland, in the process riding a wave of innovations in the R&B sounds of the day from the traditional Hip Hop-Soul of the early nineties to the more stripped down, downtempo, digital soundscapes of the late nineties for which Timbaland is famed and which set the scene for many of the popular movements in Hip Hop and R&B in 2016.

In rememberance, we’ve compiled a pair of playlists, the first of Aaliyah classics and the second of our pick of the many artists to have sampled her work, among them Frank Ocean, Drake, Hudson Mohawke and The Weeknd:

Aaliyah: The Classics

Aaliyah: The Influence Of

Pete Rock & CL Smooth at 25 mixed by Mr Thing


Those of you who follow our activities on Mixcloud will be aware from our ‘All Souled Out’ 25th Anniversary mix last month that this year Pete Rock & CL Smooth celebrate 25 years in the business. In celebration of that anniversary the Mount Vernon duo are embarking on a tour, and will be touching down in London on 2nd and 5th September for a pair of shows for The Doctors Orders. In support of those shows former DMC champion and BBE Music recording artist DJ Mr Thing has put together a great mix looking back on Pete & CL’s 25 year career comprising classic tracks alongside original samples.

Ticket info for London shows here.


1. Les McCann – ‘Talk To The People’ (Sampled in ‘Anger in the Nation’)
2. Ambassadors – ‘I Ain’t Got The Love (Of One Girl On My Mind)’ (Sampled in ‘I Got A Love’)
4. Mel & Tim – ‘Groovy Situation’ (Sampled in ‘I Got A Love’)
5. The Coasters – ‘Down Home Girl’ (Sampled in ‘Skinz’)
7. Willie Henderson – ‘Soulful Football’ (Sampled in ‘It’s Not A Game’)
9. Harvey Scales – ‘Sun Won’t Come Out’ (Sampled in ‘Sun Won’t Come Out’)
12. Stan Getz – ‘Keep Dreamin’ (Sampled in ‘Tell Me’) 
14. Tyrone Washington – ‘Submission’ (Sampled in ‘The Main Ingredient’)
16. Big Daddy Kane – ‘Just Rhymin’ With Biz’ (Sampled in ‘I Get Physical’)
18. George Benson – ‘Face It Boy, It’s Over’ (Sampled in ‘I Get Physical’)
19. 9th Creation – ‘Bubblegum’ (Sampled in ‘Soul Brother #1’)
22. O’ Donel Levy – We’ve Only Just Begun (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
23. Heavy D & The Boyz – ‘Gyrlz, They Love Me’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
24. Ernie Hines – ‘Our Generation’ (Sampled in ‘Straighten It Out’)
26. Eddy Senay – ‘Cameo’ (Sampled in ‘Act Like You Know’)
29. Freddie McCoy – Gimmie Some (Sampled in ‘For Pete’s Sake’)
30. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘For Pete’s Sake’
31. Eddie Kendricks – ‘Girl You Need a Change of Mind’ (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
33. O’Donel Levy – ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
34. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
35. S.O.U.L – ‘Burning Spear’ (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
36. Fred Wesley and the J.B’s – ‘You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I’ll Be Straight (7″ Version) [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
37. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Go With The Flow’
38. Tom Scott – ‘Today’ (Sampled in ‘They Reminisce Over You’)
40. Beginning Of The End – When She Made Me Promise (Sampled in ‘They Reminisce Over You’)
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COMPETITION: Win J Dilla ‘The Shining’ 7″ Vinyl Boxsets! / Launch Party Info


August 22nd 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of J Dilla seminal BBE Records long player ‘The Shining’. Featuring Busta Rhymes, Common, Pharoah Monch, Black Thought and Dwele among others, the album was largely complete at the time of Dilla’s untimely death with the finishing touches added by Karriem Riggins and Dilla’s circle of collaborators shortly after his death. In celebration of the LP’s 10th year, BBE Records are releasing a 7″ vinyl boxset of the complete album!

COMPETITION! We have 5 copies of this stellar boxset package to give away! All you need do for a chance to win is answer the following question:

“On the track ‘Love’ featuring Pharoah Monche, J Dilla sampled a group led by which well known soul singer?” [Clue: The answer can be found on WhoSampled]

Email your answers to competitions@whosampled.com with ‘Shining Boxset Competition’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 25th August 2016. Winners will randomly selected from the correct answers and notified by email.

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



London hip hop promoters The Doctor’s Orders host a launch party for the release this coming Sunday (21st August) at Strongroom Studios in London with DJ Sets from BBE’s Mr Thing & Marc Mac, J Dilla collaborator Morgan Spacek and many more:

Purchase tickets here!

Cypress Hill ‘Cypress Hill’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by DJ Matman


This week (13th August 2016) more precisely marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Cypress Hill‘s self titled debut LP, the album which launched the career of one of the West Coast’s most successful hip hop groups. Produced by Soul Assassin DJ Muggs, the album is heavy on the funk samples, providing a drum heavy backdrop to B-Real‘s nasal delivery and Sen Dog‘s trademark adlibs.

In keeping with tradition we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mixtape of album tracks, alternate versions and of course original sample material, mixed by DJ Matman.

Track list:

01. Village Callers – ‘Hector’ (Sampled in ‘The Funky Cypress Hill Shit’)
03. The Bar Kays – ‘Humpin’ (Sampled in ‘Real Estate’)
04. Tony Alvon & The Belairs – ‘Sexy Coffee Pot’ (Sampled in ‘Real Estate’)
06. Booker T. & The MG’s – ‘Boot-Leg’ (Sampled in ‘Born To Get Busy’)
08. Lowell Fulson – ‘Tramp’ [Matman’s Killa Man Remix] (Sampled in ‘How I Could Just Kill A Man’)
11. Curtis Mayfield – ‘Future Shock’ (Sampled in ‘Something for the Blunted’)
12. George Benson & Harlem Underground Band – ‘Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba’ (Sampled in ‘Something for the Blunted’)
14. Grant Green – ‘Down Here On The Ground’ (Sampled in ‘Stoned Is The Way of the Walk’)
18. Muddy Waters – ‘Tom Cat’ (Sampled in ‘Ultraviolet Dreams’)
20. Chuck Cornish – ‘Ali Funky Thing’ (Sampled in ‘Pigs’)
22. The Pazant Brothers – ‘A Gritty Nitty’ (Sampled in ‘Latin Lingo’)
25. The Meters – ‘Look-Ka Py Py’ (Sampled in ‘The Phuncky Feel One’)
26. The J.B.’s – ‘La Di Da La Di Day’ [Matman’s Phuncky Remix] (Sampled in ‘The Phuncky Feel One’)
28. Fred Wesley and The J.B.’s – ‘More Peas’ (Sampled in ‘The Phuncky Feel One’)
29. Kool And The Gang – ‘Good Times’ (Sampled in ‘Light Another’)
31. Gene Chandler – ‘Duke Of Earl’ (Sampled in ‘Hand On The Pump’)
34. Jimmy McGriff – ‘The Bird’ (Sampled in ‘Hole In The Head’)
36. John Roberts – ‘Sophisticated Funk’ (Sampled in ‘Tres Equis’)
38. Willie Hutch – ‘Foxy Lady’ (Sampled in ‘Psychobetabuckdown’)
40. Grand Wizard Theodore – ‘Military Cut’ (Sampled in ‘Break It Up’)
42. Jack Margolis – ‘History Of Mariijuana’ (Sampled in ‘Born to Get Busy’)

Obama’s Summer Playlists: The Samples [Playlist]


This weekend Barack Obama showed the world the music that makes him tick when he dropped a pair of eclectic summertime playlists via Spotify. His ‘Daytime’ playlist takes in acts as varied as Wale, Damian Marley, Jay Z and The Beach Boys, whilst its ‘Nighttime’ counterpart contains classics from D’Angelo, Method Man, Chance The Rapper and Miles Davis.

While the playlists contain their fair share of sampled classics (see for example Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rock Steady’ – sampled 89 times), we’ve compiled a playlist of our own, digging for the original tracks behind Obama’s selections! Listen below:

Track list:

1. Chet Baker ‘My Funny Valentine’ (Covered in ‘My Funny Valentine’ by Miles Davis)
2. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’ (Replayed in ‘I’ll Be There for You / You’re All I Need’ by Mary J. Blige & Method Man)
3. Pedro Infante ‘Cucurrucucú Paloma’ (Covered in ‘Cucurrucucú Paloma’ by Caetano Veloso)
4. Mulatu Astatke ‘Yegelle Tezeta’ (Sampled in ‘As We Enter’ by Nas & Damian Marley)
5. Charles Mingus ‘Haitian Fight Song’ (Covered in ‘II B.S.’ by Charles Mingus)
6. Elton John – ‘Your Song’ (Replayed in ‘The Man’ by Aloe Blacc)
7. Minnie Riperton ‘Memory Lane’ (Replayed in ‘So Ambitious’ by Jay Z feat. Pharrell)
8. Iggy Izalea feat Charli XCX – ‘Fancy’ (Sampled in ‘Classic Man’ by Jidenna)
9. Paul Simon ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’ (Sampled in ‘Forever Begins’ by Common feat Bilal)
10. Sol Bloom – ‘Streets of Cairo’ (Sampled in ‘Criminal’ by Fiona Apple)
11. Les Baxter – ‘Sinner Man’ (Covered in ‘Sinnerman’ by Nina Simone)

In Memory of Isaac Hayes [Playlists]


Legendary singer, songwriter and producer, Isaac Hayes passed away on this day 2008 at the age of 65. Hayes is the 18th most sampled artist of all time with just under 900 sample listings (and counting) on WhoSampled. His work has been sampled by artists ranging from Portishead and Massive Attack to The Geto Boys and The Notorious B.I.G. Isaac is also a special artist to us, being the very first to be listed on the site! Tricky‘s 1995 Trip Hop anthem ‘Hell Is Round The Corner’ and its sample of Ike’s Rap II was our very first listing when the site launched back in 2008.

In remembrance of Isaac’s unique and influential career, we’ve prepared two playlists, one of his most sampled classics and another of biggest records to have sampled his work, featuring artists such as Jay Z, Mary J Blige, Wu Tang and Public Enemy. Listen below.

Isaac Hayes – The Classics:

Isaac Hayes – The Samples:

A Tribe Called Quest ‘Beats Rhymes & Life’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read


30th July 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest‘s 4th and penultimate studio album, ‘Beats Rhymes & Life’. Produced almost entirely by the Ummah, a production outfit featuring a young J-Dilla, it’s rich in samples and displays a bass heavy, more stripped down production sound than previous albums. Also heavily featured is Consequence whose career was largely kickstarted by the release. Released 3 years after the group’s seminal ‘Midnight Marauders’ with recording said to have been affected by internal differences in the group, the LP failed to gain the critical acclaim of previous offerings at the time of release, critics suggesting it lacked the chemistry evident on earlier albums. 20 years on however it remains a great listen.

In keeping with tradition we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mixtape of album cuts, alt versions and of course original sample material mixed by Chris Read.


1. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Stressed Out’ (Raphael Saadiq Remix) (Instrumental)
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Keeping It Moving’
4. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Crew’
5. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Stressed Out’ (Baby Phife Version) (Instrumental)
6. Anita Baker – ‘Good Love’ (sampled in ‘Stressed Out’)
7. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Stressed Out’ (Baby Phife Version)
8. James Brown – ‘Funky Drummer’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Motivators’)
9. Michal Urbaniak Group – ‘Irena’ (Sampled in ‘Motivators’)
10. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Motivators’
11. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Jam’ (Instrumental)
12. The Howard Roberts Quartet – ‘Dirty Old Bossa Nova’ (Sampled in ‘Jam’)
13. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Jam’
14. Rodney Franklin – ‘The Watcher’ (Sampled in ‘Word Play’)
15. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Word Play’
16. The Emotions – ‘Blind Alley’ (Sampled in ‘Phony Rappers’)
17. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Phony Rappers’
18. The Cyrkle – ‘The Visit (She Was There)’ (Sampled in ‘Get A Hold’)
19. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Get A Hold’
20. Funkadelic – ‘Get Off Your Ass and Jam’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
21. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Steve Biko (Stir It Up)’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
22. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘God Lives Through’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
23. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Electric Relaxation’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
24. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Buggin’ Out’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
25. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Hot Sex’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
26. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Award Tour [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
27. A Tribe Called Quest feat Afrika Baby Bam – ‘If The Papes Come’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
28. A Tribe Called Quest feat Leaders of the New School – Scenario [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
29. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
30. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Midnight’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
31. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘The Chase Part II’ (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
32. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘We Can Get Down’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
33. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Verses From The Abstract’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
34. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Pressure’
35. Henry Franklin – ‘Soft Spirit’ (Sampled in ‘The Hop’)
36. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘The Hop’
37. Thunder & Lightning – ‘Bumpin Bus Stop’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘The Hop’)
38. Kool & The Gang – ‘N.T’ (Sampled in ‘Mind Power’)
39. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Mind Power’
40. Jack Bruce – ‘Sam Enchanted Dick’ (Sampled in ‘Baby Phife’s Return’)
41. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Baby Phife’s Return’
42. Manzell – ‘Midnight Theme’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Baby Phife’s Return’)
43. Ohio Players – ‘Pain’ (Sampled in ‘What Really Goes On’)
44. James Brown – ‘Make It Funky’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘What Really Goes On’)
45. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘What Really Goes On’
46. Cannonball Adderley – Untitled [Extract] (Sampled in ‘1nce Again’)
47. A Tribe Called Quest feat Tammy Lucas – ‘1nce Again’

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