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Prince Paul’s 10 Favorite Sample Flips
July 13, 2011 1:37 PM   Subscribe

Prince Paul’s 10 Favorite Sample Flips

A little context: Prince Paul is considered one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time.
posted by AceRock (21 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite

 
Holy crap I can't believe I never noticed Get It Together used Eugene McDaniels on the hook.
posted by Hoopo at 1:46 PM on July 13, 2011


Trippin Out had a Heatwave sample from that same song (The Star of a Story). The Jeru sample was kind of unimpressive. I was already just kind of so-so on the rest of the chosen examples, and then I came across a Nelly track. Ugh. And then the Wu sample made me realize holy shit, they really are nothing to fuck with. Shook Ones was impressive too though.
posted by cashman at 2:08 PM on July 13, 2011


De La Soul is Dead changed my life forever forever in the best way possible.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 2:09 PM on July 13, 2011


The Jeru sample was kind of unimpressive.

Really? It's one of my all-time fave beats and I don't think I would ever have thought to use that sample in a track.

I don't know about top 10, but The Juggaknots use of John Coltrane's My Favorite Things deserves honorable mention.
posted by Hoopo at 2:18 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


"Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta F’ Wit" is built on an Underdog sample? That is hilarious.
posted by Blue Meanie at 2:32 PM on July 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


WhoSampled.com is probably the best source for finding interesting samples and sample chains, by the way. I've lost several hours just poking around it.
posted by flatluigi at 2:50 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Here's #5 on the list, on WhoSampled. Scroll down to check out the other ways the sample was used (and other songs used in the Jazzy Jeff track.)
posted by flatluigi at 2:53 PM on July 13, 2011


whosampled uses Youtube really effectively, but I also like the old-school charm of the-breaks.
posted by box at 3:03 PM on July 13, 2011


"Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta F’ Wit" is built on an Underdog sample? That is hilarious.

I had thought that the finger snaps on that song came from West Side Story, but the internet doesn't agree with me.
posted by Challahtronix at 3:36 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


fuck yeah, Jeru the Damaja
posted by mrgrimm at 3:39 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Underdog! surreal!
posted by eustatic at 5:09 PM on July 13, 2011


"Peas Porridge Hot" is unexpectedly great.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 5:14 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Every time we have a "listen to these amazing samples" thread on MeFi, I remember that my fondest dream of what I would do on the Internet, given my druthers, is a sample-connections blog. But places like whosampled.com have done all the real work. The territory is well trod, by smarter and more credentialed people than me.

Still love these threads/links though. Re: that Jeru sample -- a lotta good performers went on to sample that Jeru song, too. I've always been fond of the Dilated Peoples song The Platform. Babu was still putting together rich, sample-based beats way after it fell out of fashion.
posted by penduluum at 5:26 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Damn, that Peas Porridge song is actually pretty hot.
posted by penduluum at 5:31 PM on July 13, 2011


This is blowing my mind, because of how all over the place, yet completely right on Prince Paul's choices are. Jeru, Dre, the Wu and then Paul Barman? They couldn't be more different, but every track is first class sick.

I think the first two Jeru tha Damaja, "The Sun Rises in the East" and "Wrath of the Math" are two of the most slept on hip-hop classics .
posted by EvilPRGuy at 8:07 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Paul has big fat dandruff.
posted by entropone at 8:59 PM on July 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


penduluum: "Damn, that Peas Porridge song is actually pretty hot"

Peas Porridge? Hot? Now I've heard everything.
posted by DoctorFedora at 10:48 PM on July 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


elsewhere on the site is a great link to a Gil Scott-Heron mini tribute mix stream that is pretty awesome - http://www.egotripland.com/gil-scott-heron-tribute-mix/
posted by TMezz at 11:44 PM on July 13, 2011


The wu-tang/underdog one is incredible, so inventive. To me it so perfectly conjures something very precise that was wu's dark and mysterious image. I just love it when finding out about a sample's origin gives so much more depth to a track.

Choppin' heads bwoy, it ain't safe no more...
posted by pmcp at 5:56 AM on July 14, 2011


1993? Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuttin' Ta Fuck Wit' is almost 20 years old?

OMG, get the F OUT of here!


Hip-hop producers: start listening to XTC. English Settlement and Oranges and Lemons have some beats on them that I've been, like, "Damn, some DJ ought to use that one..."
posted by droplet at 8:27 PM on July 14, 2011


"Peas Porridge Hot" is unexpectedly great.

unexpectedly? that actually was one of my least favorite tracks on that album, but it's still great.

Check out Oodles of O's with a Tom Waits take on the ubiquitous Funky Drummer.
posted by mrgrimm at 8:46 AM on July 18, 2011


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