Dark Light

WhoSampled is one of the greatest websites ever. A hip hop head can spend hours on end just browning through the different samples in history. Here are the 29 most sampled hip hop tracks of all time.

“Christmas Rappin'” by Kurtis Blow

Sampled in 189 songs

Released: December 7, 1979

Album: N/A

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Hold It Now, Hit It” by Beastie Boys (1986)
  • “Body Rock” by Mos Def feat. Q-Tip and Tash (1998)
  • “Miuzi Weighs a Ton” by Public Enemy (1987)
  • “Without a Doubt” by Black Sheep (1994)
  • “The Game” by Def Squad feat. Biz Markie (1998)

“Microphone Fiend” by Eric B. & Rakim

Sampled in 195 songs

Released: July 25, 1988

Album: Follow the Leader

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “N 2 Gether Now” by Limp Bizkit feat. Method Man and DJ Premier (1999)
  • “Put It in the Air” by M.O.P. feat. Jay-Z (2003)
  • “Hip Hop Hooray (Pete Rock Remix)” by Naughty by Nature (1993)
  • “Microphone Preem” by PRhyme feat. Slaughterhouse (2014)
  • “Lethal Weapon” by Ice-T (1989)

“The Bridge” by MC Shan

Sampled in 196 songs

Released: 1986

Album: Down by Law

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “The Food” by Common feat. Kanye West (2004)
  • “Bitches Ain’t Shit” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg feat. Daz Dillinger, Kurupt and Jewell
  • “South Bronx” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)
  • “L.A., L.A. (Kuwait Mix)” by Capone-N-Noreaga feat. Tragedy Khadafi and Mobb Deep (1996)
  • “Back When” by Nas (2012)

“It Takes Two” by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock

Sampled in 196 songs

Released: February 1, 1988

Album: It Takes Two

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Rock That Body” by Black Eyed Peas (2009)
  • “I Wanna Rock” by Snoop Dogg (2009)
  • “I Wanna Rock” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (1993)
  • “Play Ya Cards” by Mac Miller (2011)

“I’m Good” by YG

Sampled in 204 songs

Released: May 2, 2011

Album: Just Re’d Up

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “I Don’t Fuck With You” by Big Sean feat. E-40 (2014)
  • “Ballin'” by DJ Mustard feat. Roddy Ricch (2019)
  • “Needed Me” by Rihanna (2016)
  • “Show Me” by Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown (2013)


“Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie” by DJ Grand Wizard Theodore and The Fantastic Five

Sampled in 212 songs

Released: 1983

Album: Wild Style Original Soundtrack

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Waves” by Kanye West feat. Chris Brown and Kid Cudi (2016)
  • “Who Got Da Props” by Black Moon (1993)
  • “Bring the Noise” by Public Enemy (1987)
  • “Turn It Up” by Busta Rhymes (1997)

“Gangsta Gangsta” by N.W.A

Sampled in 224 songs

Released: September 5, 1988

Album: Straight Outta Compton

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “The Ni**a Ya Love to Hate” by Ice Cube (1990)
  • “R.I.P. by Young Jeezy” feat. 2 Chainz (2012)
  • “No More Fun and Games” by The Game (2005)
  • “My Brother’s a Basehead” by De La Soul (1991)
  • “Funky for You” by Common (2000)

“Eric B. Is President” by Eric B. & Rakim

Sampled in 226 songs

Released: 1986

Album: Paid in Full

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “You Wouldn’t Understand” by Nas feat. Victoria Monet (2012)
  • “Got My Mind Made Up” by 2Pac and Redman feat. Daz Dillinger, Kurupt and Method Man (1996)
  • “Clap Yo Hands” by Naughty by Nature (1995)
  • “The Illest Brother” by Gang Starr (1992)

“Sound of Da Police” by KRS-One

Sampled in 231 songs

Released: December 6, 1993

Album: Return of the Boom Bap

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Takeover” by Jay-Z (2001)
  • “Welcome to My Hood” by DJ Khaled and T-Pain feat. Lil Wayne, Plies and Rick Ross (2011)
  • “Slim’s Return” by Madlib (2003)
  • “We Run N.Y.” by Redman feat. Hurricane G (1994)
  • “Trouble” by Cypress Hill (2001)

“Who U Wit?” by Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz

Sampled in 235 songs

Released: October 21, 1997

Album: Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Started From the Bottom” by Drake (2013)
  • “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” by Rick Ross feat. Styles P (2010)
  • “I’m Different” by 2 Chainz (2012)
  • “Hella Hoes” by A$AP Mob, A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky feat. A$AP Nast (2014)

“It’s Funky Enough” by The D.O.C.

Sampled in 234 songs

Released: June 16, 1989

Album: No One Can Do It Better

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s” by Eazy-E feat. B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta (1993)
  • “100 Miles and Runnin'” by N.W.A (1990)
  • “It’s Going Down” by EPMD (1992)
  • “How to Flow” by Nice & Smooth (1991)
  • “Loked Out Hood” by DJ Quik (1991)

“Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G.

Sampled in 235 songs

Released: August 9, 1994

Album: Ready to Die

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “A Dream” by Jay-Z feat. The Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans (2002)
  • “Villuminati” by J. Cole (2013)
  • “Maybach Curtains” by Meek Mill feat. Nas, John Legend and Rick Ross (2012)
  • “Super Predator” by Joey Bada$$ feat. Styles P (2017)
  • “Flux Capacitor” by Jay Electronica feat. JAY Z (2020)

“Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang

Sampled in 247 songs

Released: September 16, 1979

Album: Sugarhill Gang

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “The Breaks” by Kurtis Blow (1980)
  • “Housewife” by Dr. Dre feat. Kurupt and Hittman (1999)
  • “Players” by Slum Village (2000)
  • “You Can Do It” by Ice Cube feat. Mack 10 and Ms. Toi (2000)
  • “Chief Rocka” by Lords of the Underground (1993)

“Peter Piper” by Run-DMC

Sampled in 250 songs

Released: May 29, 1986

Album: Raising Hell

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Work It” by Missy Elliott (2002)
  • “If I Can’t” by 50 Cent (2003)
  • “The New Style” by Beastie Boys (1986)
  • “Hip Hop” by DJ Khaled feat. DJ Premier, Nas and Scarface (2012)
  • “When I B on Tha Mic” by Rakim (1999)

“Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A

Sampled in 253 songs

Released: July 10, 1988

Album: Straight Outta Compton

Notable songs sampled in:

  • AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” by Ice Cube (1990)
  • “Rated ‘R'” by Redman (1992)
  • “Who Stole the Soul?” by Public Enemy (1990)

“The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five

Sampled in 296 songs

Released: July 1, 1982

Album: The Message

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” by 2Pac feat. Snoop Dogg (1996)
  • “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” by Puff Daddy feat. Mase (1996)
  • “Check Yo Self (The Message Remix)” by Ice Cube feat. Das EFX (1993)
  • “Doe or Die” by AZ (1995)
  • “Victory” by Joey Bada$$ (2017)

“Top Billin'” by Audio Two

Sampled in 297 songs

Released: October 15, 1987

Album: What More Can I Say?

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Otis Redding (2011)
  • “I Get Money” by 50 Cent (2007)
  • “I Got 5 on It” by Luniz feat. Mike Marshall (1995)

“Shook Ones (Part II)” by Mobb Deep

Sampled in 309 songs

Released: February 7, 1995

Album: The Infamous

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “This Is Why I’m Hot” by Mims (2007)
  • “Tha Game” by Pete Rock feat. Raekwon, Prodigy and Ghostface Killah (1998)
  • “Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep (1995)
  • “Audio Meth” by Rick Ross feat. Raekwon (2010)

“The New Style” by Beastie Boys

Sampled in 310 songs

Released: November 6, 1986

Album: Licensed to Ill

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Check Yo Self” by Ice Cube feat. Das EFX (1992)
  • “The New” by J Dilla (2006)
  • “CAROUSEL” by Travis Scott (2018)
  • “C-walk” by Kurupt feat. Tray Deee and Slip Capone (1998)
  • “Radio” by Eazy-E (1988)

“C.R.E.A.M.” by Wu-Tang Clan

Sampled in 312 songs

Released: November 9, 1993

Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Mathematics” by Mos Def (1999)
  • “Notorious Thugs” by The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (1997)
  • “Respect Mine” by Pete Rock feat. O.C. (1998)
  • “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” by Drake feat. Jay-Z (2013)
  • “Good Mourning” by Reflection Eternal (2000)

“It’s Yours” by T La Rock and Jazzy Jay

Sampled in 324 songs

Released: 1984

Album: N/A

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “The World Is Yours” by Nas (1994)
  • “Paul Revere” by Beastie Boys (1986)
  • “Jazzy Belle” by OutKast (1996)
  • “Ego Trippin'” by Ultramagnetic MC’s (1986)
  • “Rockafella” by Redman (1994)

“Public Enemy No. 1” by Public Enemy

Sampled in 329 songs

Released: February 10, 1987

Album: Yo! Bum Rush the Show

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Shook Ones Part I” by Mobb Deep (1994)
  • “So Wat Cha Sayin'” by EPMD (1989)
  • “Letting Go” by Lupe Fiasco feat. Sarah Green (2011)
  • “No Chill” by Vic Mensa (2015)

“Rebel Without a Pause” by Public Enemy

Sampled in 340 songs

Released: July 28, 1987

Album: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Holler if Ya Hear Me” by 2Pac (1993)
  • “Hellz Wind Staff” by Wu-Tang Clan feat. Streetlife (1996)
  • “Jackin’ for Beats” by Ice Cube (1990)
  • “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” by Naughty by Nature (1991)
  • “Lost at Birth” by Public Enemy (1991)

“AJ Scratch” by Kurtis Blow

Sampled in 350 songs

Released: 1984

Album: Ego Trip

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Public Enemy No. 1” by Public Enemy (1987)
  • “You Be Illin'” by Run-DMC (1986)
  • “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy (1989)
  • “Brand New Funk” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (1988)
  • “South Bronx” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)

“Just Rhymin’ With Biz” by Big Daddy Kane feat. Biz Markie

Sampled in 361 songs

Released: June 21, 1988

Album: Long Live the Kane

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “MVP” by Big L (1995)
  • “I Get Physical” by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1994)
  • “Rather Unique” by AZ (1995)
  • “Poison” by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo (1988)
  • “Don’t Curse” by Heavy D & the Boyz, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth and Big Daddy Kane feat. Kool G Rap, Grand Puba and Q-Tip (1991)

“Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force

Sampled in 415 songs

Released: 1982

Album: N/A

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Institutionalized” by Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise and Snoop Dogg (2015)
  • “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy (1989)
  • “The Universal Magnetic” by Mos Def (1997)
  • “Double Trouble by The Roots” feat. Mos Def (1999)
  • “The Score” by Fugees feat. Diamond D (1996)

“I Know You Got Soul” by Eric B. & Rakim

Sampled in 434 songs

Released: July 7, 1987

Album: Paid in Full

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Try Again” by Aaliyah (2000)
  • “Can’t Knock the Hustle” by Jay-Z feat. Mary J. Blige (1996)
  • “Love” by Mos Def (1999)
  • “You Gots to Chill” by EPMD (1988)
  • “The Come Up” by AZ (2005)

“Bring the Noise” by Public Enemy

Sampled in 885 songs

Released: February 6, 1988

Album: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Everything I Am” by Kanye West feat. DJ Premier (2007)
  • “I’m Back” by Eminem (2000)
  • “Guess Who’s Back” by Rakim (1997)
  • “Crossover” by EPMD (1992)

“La Di Da Di” by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick

Sampled in 1044 songs

Released: August 13, 1985

Album: N/A

Notable songs sampled in:

  • “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
  • “Lodi Dodi” by Snoop Dogg feat. Nanci Fletcher (1993)
  • “Auditorium” by Mos Def feat. Slick Rick (2009)
  • “O.P.P.” by Naughty by Nature (1991)
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts