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Since the beginning of the culture, hip hop music has been built off the back of sampling other genres.

From The Sugarhill Gang interpolating Chic’s “Good Times” to Kanye flipping ’70s funk-soul to Travis Scott pulling up Goodie Mobb for Astroworld, sampling makes up a fundamental part of hip hop’s DNA.

Now, before we get into this list, we’re not talking about breakbeat samples like “Funky Drummer” or “Impeach the President”, that’s a whole other different article. For this list, we’re focusing more on melodic samples.

Alright let’s get into it, here are 54 rap songs that use the same sample.

Willie Hutch – “Hospital Prelude of Love Theme”

Album: Foxy Brown (soundtrack)

Released: April 5, 1974

Songs sampled in:

  • Mobb Deep – “Still Shinin'” (1995)
  • Masta Ace – “Good Ol’ Love” (2004)
  • Rick Ross feat. Cee-Lo Green – “Tears of Joy” (2010)
  • Nipsey Hussle – “Blue Laces 2” (2018)

Hank Crawford – “Wildflower”

Album: Wildflower

Released: 1973

Songs sampled in:

  • 2Pac – “Shorty Wanna Be a Thug” (1996)
  • Kanye West feat. Paul Wall & GLC – “Drive Slow” (2005)
  • J. Cole – “Dreams” (2009)

The Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”

Album: Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5

Released: October 7, 1969

Songs sampled in:

  • Eric B. & Rakim – “I Know You Got Soul (Six Minutes of Soul – the Double Trouble Remix)” (1987)
  • The Notorious B.I.G. – “One More Chance” (1994)
  • Rappin’ 4-Tay – “A Message for Your Mind” (1995)
  • Jay-Z – “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” (2001)

Freddie Scott – “(You) Got What I Need”

Album: N/A

Released: 1968

Songs sampled in:

  • Biz Markie – “Just a Friend” (1989)
  • Ghostface Killah – “Save Me Dear” (2004)
  • GOOD Music – “G.O.O.D. Friday” (2010)

Linda Clifford – “Never Gonna Stop”

Album: Here’s My Love

Released: 1979

Songs sampled in:

  • 2Pac – “All Eyez on Me” (1996)
  • Nas – “Street Dreams” (1996)

Chi-Lites – “Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)”

Album: I Like Your Lovin’ (Do You Like Mine?)

Released: December 1970

Songs sampled in:

  • Kool G Rap & DJ Polo feat. Big Daddy Kane – “#1 With a Bullet” (1992)
  • Beyonc√© feat. Jay-Z – “Crazy in Love” (2003)

Soul Mann & The Brothers – “Bumpy’s Lament”

Album: Shaft (Music From The Soundtrack)

Released: August 1971

Songs sampled in:

  • Lil’ Kim – “Drugs” (1996)
  • Dr. Dre feat. Hittman, Kurupt, Nate Dogg & Six-Two – “Xxplosive” (1999)
  • Pusha T – “Santeria” (2018)

Sister Nancy – “Bam Bam”

Album: One, Two

Released: 1982

Songs sampled in:

  • Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “The Basement” (1992)
  • Lauryn Hill – “Lost Ones” (1998)
  • Kanye West – “Famous” (2016)
  • Jay-Z feat. Damian Marley – “Bam” (2017)

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson – “Flashbulbs”

Album: The Education of Sonny Carson (Soundtrack)

Released: 1974

Songs sampled in:

  • Travis Scott feat. Quavo – “Oh My Dis Side” (2015)
  • 21 Savage – “Bank Account” (2017)

Mala – “Changes”

Album: N/A

Released: 2007

Songs sampled in:

  • The Game – “Holy Water” (2012)
  • XXXTENTACION – “Look at Me!” (2015)

Isaac Hayes – “Walk On By”

Album: Hot Buttered Soul

Released: July 1969

Songs sampled in:

  • The Notorious B.I.G. – “Warning” (1994)
  • 2Pac feat. Dramacydal – “Me Against the World” (1995)
  • Wu-Tang Clan feat. Isaac Hayes – “I Can’t Go to Sleep” (2000)

Lonnie Liston Smith – “A Garden of Peace”

Album: Dreams of Tomorrow

Released: 1983

Songs sampled in:

  • Jay-Z – “Dead Presidents” (1996)
  • Rick Ross feat. Nas – “Usual Suspects” (2009)
  • Meek Mill – “Respect the Game” (2018)

Zapp – “Be Alright”

Album: Zapp

Released: November 1980

Songs sampled in:

  • Poor Righteous Teachers – “Shakiyla” (1990)
  • Big Daddy Kane – “Prince of Darkness” (1991)
  • 2Pac feat. Dave Hollister – “Keep Ya Head Up” (1993)
  • Kendrick Lamar feat. GLC – “Poe Mans Dreams (His Vice)” (2011)

Bobby Bland – “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right”

Album: His California Album

Released: 1973

Songs sampled in:

  • Pusha T feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Nosetalgia” (2013)
  • Travis Scott feat. Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug – “Mamacita” (2014)

Esther Phillips – “That’s All Right With Me”

Album: From a Whisper to a Scream

Released: 1972

Songs sampled in:

  • Mobb Deep feat. Big Noyd – “Give Up the Goods (Just Step)” (1995)
  • Jeru the Damaja – “Whatever” (1996)
  • J. Cole – “St. Tropez” (2014)

Creative Source – “I’d Find You Anywhere”

Album: Consider the Source 

Released: 1976

Songs sampled in:

  • Jadakiss – “By Your Side” (2004)
  • The Game feat. Kanye West – “Wouldn’t Get Far” (2006)

The Impressions – “Man Oh Man”

Album: N/A

Released: 1965

Songs sampled in:

  • Freeway feat. Nate Dogg – “All My Life” (2003)
  • Young Jeezy feat. Jay-Z – “Go Crazy” (2005)

Darondo – “Didn’t I”

Album: N/A

Released: 1972

Songs sampled in:

  • Big Sean – “Outro” (2015)
  • Vic Mensa – “Say I Didn’t” (2017)
  • Curren$y and Harry Fraud feat. Wiz Khalifa – “The Count” (2018)
  • Choosey and Exile – “I Did” (2019)

Deodato – “San Juan Sunset”

Album: Love Island

Released: 1978

Songs sampled in:

  • Lord Finesse feat. Marquee – “Gameplan” (1995)
  • Lupe Fiasco – “Paris, Tokyo” (2007)

Ponderosa Twins Plus One – “Bound”

Album: 2 + 2 + 1 = Ponderosa Twins Plus One

Released: 1971

Songs sampled in:

  • Kanye West feat. Charlie Wilson – “Bound 2” (2013)
  • Tyler, the Creator – “A BOY IS a GUN” (2019)
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