jay z1 10 Best Tracks Sampled By Jay Z (Part One)

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“Hold up a sec, rewind. I’ve heard that sample before!” Chances are you’ve said that after hearing tracks like “Eye Know” by [lastfm]De La Soul[/lastfm] where the group heavily sampled a riff from [lastfm]Steeley Dan[/lastfm]’s classic “Peg” or when you heard the faint lyrics of Dido’s  “Thank You” while listening to [lastfm]Eminem[/lastfm]’s hit  ”Stan.”

Rap often relies on heavy sampling. The most talented rappers at this art form are [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm].  In preparation for their upcoming collaboration, we’re breaking down the best tracks sampled by each rap god.  This week we take on Jay-Z.

Kanye’s and Jay-Z’s collab Watch the Throne has a March 1st release date (Def Jam Records) and a lead single due on or before January 11th. While we wait for this highly anticipated release, we’ve rounded-up [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm]’s most popular street bangers utilizing a drum beat from an old song to a funky riff of another.  Check out our list and get yourself educated for next week’s release.  You never know what will show up in their next killer track.

trans 10 Best Tracks Sampled By Jay Z (Part One)

10. [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] – “Jockin’ JAY-Z” sampled [lastfm]Oasis [/lastfm]- “Wonderwall”

Sample starts at: 1:35

Sample starts at: 0:39

9. [lastfm]Jay-Z [/lastfm]featuring [lastfm]Foxy Brown[/lastfm] – “Aint No NO****”  sampled [lastfm]Four Tops[/lastfm] –  “Aint No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)”

Sample starts at: 1:04

Sample starts at: 0:59

8. [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] – “Can I Live” sampled [lastfm]Isaac Hayes[/lastfm] – “The Look of Love”

Sample starts throughout

Sample starts throughout

7. [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] – “Dead Presidents II” sampled [lastfm]Lonnie Liston Smith [/lastfm] – “A Garden of Peace”

Sample starts at: 0:11 (and throughout)

Sample starts at: 2:18

6. [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] featuring [lastfm]Gwen Dickey[/lastfm] – “Wishing On A Star” sampled [lastfm]Rose Royce[/lastfm] – “Wishing On A Star”

Sample starts at: 0:09

Sample starts at: 0:02

5. [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] – “Anything”  sampled [lastfm]Lionel Bart[/lastfm]- “I’d Do Anything”

Sample starts at: 0:14

Sample starts at: 1:13

4. [lastfm]Jay-Z [/lastfm] featuring Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”  sampled [lastfm]The Moments[/lastfm]- “Love On A Two Way Street”

Sample starts at: 0:12

Sample starts at: 0:05

3. [lastfm]Jay-Z [/lastfm]- “Hard Knock Life”  sampled [lastfm]Andrea McArdle[/lastfm] –  “It’s the Hard-Knock Life”

Sample starts at 0:45

Sample starts at: 0:09

2. [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] feat. [lastfm]Omillio Sparks[/lastfm], [lastfm]Pharrell[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Shay Haley[/lastfm] – “I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me” sampled [lastfm]Rick James[/lastfm] – “Give It To Me”

Sample starts at: 0:29

Sample starts at: 1:29

1. [lastfm]Jay-Z [/lastfm]- “Young Forever” sampled [lastfm]Alphaville [/lastfm]- “Forever Young”

Sample starts at: 1:05 and throughout

Sample starts at: 0:00

Check back next week for part two featuring the 10 Best Tracks Sampled by[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm].


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