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 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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The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower’: The Samples [Video]


Released 8th July, ‘Wildflower’, the second full length album from elusive Australian plunderphonics outfit The Avalanches, has been one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated LPs. Their first release since 2000’s ‘Since I Left You’, interest in the samples behind the album, which includes features from Danny Brown, MF Doom and Biz Markie among others, has equaled that in the album itself.

In our latest video we break down the key samples from the album from the catchy Calypso stylings of King Houdini which back ‘Frankie Sinatra‘ to the Sesame Street samples in ‘Harmony‘:

Listen to all of the samples from the album in full here.


De La Soul ‘Stakes is High’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read


This month (2nd July more precisely) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of De La Soul‘s fourth studio LP ‘Stakes is High’. A departure from the sonic identity of previous long play offerings, the album addresses social issues and the changing state of hip hop in ’96 over production from the likes of the late great Jay Dee and ATCQ collaborator Skeff Anselm among others. Guest vocals come courtesy of Common and a young Mos Def. In celebration we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mixtape featuring tracks from the LP, alternate versions, remixes and of course original sample material used in the the creation of this much loved classic. (Mixed by Chris Read).

Track list:

1. De La Soul – ‘Intro’
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Milt Jackson & The Ray Brown Big Band – ‘Enchanted Lady’ (sampled in ‘Dinninit’)
4. De La Soul – ‘Dinninit’
5. Jan Hammer Group – ‘Peaceful Sundown’ (sampled in ‘Dog Eat Dog’)
6. De La Soul – ‘Dog Eat Dog’
7. Aretha Franklin – It Only Happens (When I Look At You) (sampled in ‘Long Island Degrees’)
8. De La Soul – ‘Long Island Degrees’
9. Craig Mack – ‘Get Down’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘The Bizness’)
10. De La Soul feat Common – ‘The Bizness’
11. Commodores – ‘High on Sunshine’ (sampled in ‘Sunshine’)
12. De La Soul – ‘Sunshine’
13. Bayete – ‘Free Angela’ (sampled in ‘Sunshine’)
14. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Swahililand’ (sampled in ‘Stakes is High’)
15. De La Soul – ‘Stakes is High’
16. De La Soul – ‘Stakes Is High (Jay Dee Remix)’
17. James Brown – ‘Mind Power’ (sampled in ‘Stakes is High’)
18. De La Soul feat Mos Def & Truth Enola – ‘Stakes is High (Remix)’
19. Walter Wanderley – ‘Summer Samba’ (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
20. Jimmy Spicer – ‘Adventures of Super Rhyme’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
21. Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick – La Di Da Di [Extract] (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
22. De La Soul – ‘Supa Emcees’
23. Wilson Pickett – Get Me Back On Time, Engine #9 [Extract] (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
24. De La Soul feat Mos Def – ‘Big Brother Beat’
25. Kurtis Blow – ‘These Are the Breaks’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘The Brakes’)
26. De La Soul – ‘The Brakes’
27. James Brown – Funky Drummer [Loop] (sampled in ‘Betta Listen’)
28. De La Soul – ‘Betta Listen’
29. Jeff Beck – ‘Come Dancing’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Down Syndrome’)
30. James Brown – ‘Talkin Loud & Sayin Nothing’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Down Syndrome’)
31. De La Soul – ‘Down Syndrome’
32. De La Soul feat Truth Enola – ‘Pony Ride’
33. Lou Donaldson – ‘Who’s Making Love’ (sampled in ‘Wonce Again Long Island’)
34. De La Soul – ‘Wonce Again Long Island’
35. Malcolm McLaren – ‘Hobo Scratch’ (sampled in ‘Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby’)
36. De La Soul feat Jazzyfatnastees – ‘Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby’
37. Chico Hamilton – ‘A Rose for Booker’ (sampled in ‘4 More’)
38. Jungle Brothers – ‘Jimmy Bonus Beat’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘4 More’)
39. De La Soul feat Zhane – ‘4 More’

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WhoSampled Presents ‘Six Degrees of Music Separation’


We are pleased to announce the launch of ‘Six Degrees of Music Separation’, a music discovery engine that enables users to connect any two artists in the musical universe through samples, cover songs, remixes, collaborations and credits!

Visit the Six Degrees page and meet 6­-D, the brain behind the Six Degrees search engine. Enter the names of any two artists to reveal the musical path that connects those artists and listen to the songs in each of the steps along the way. You can then share your newly found journeys on Facebook and Twitter. We challenge you to beat 6­-D by finding two artists that are not connected within six steps -­ not an easy task given 6-­D’s knowledge of hundreds of thousands of tracks and millions of data points!

Reveal a world of fascinating facts and quirky journeys across eras and genres with surprising and unpredictable outcomes by exploring the connections between your favorite artists, whether well known or obscure. Kanye West and Metallica for example are just one step away ­ from one another, both have collaborated with producer (and husband of Alicia Keys) Swizz Beatz. Artists as diverse as Ariana Grande and Slayer are also just one step away (being connected via super producer Rick Rubin). Other journeys take longer to unfold (dance music superstars Daft Punk and US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are two steps away, connected via 50 Cent and Jennifer Lopez). Drake and Taylor Swift? Just two steps apart:


Take up the challenge here!


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