Music: When rappers sample songs you know (Part Two)

Hip Hop by Tom NashIf you didn’t catch Part One when it went up (there’s less pointing and laughing… About the same amount of Phil Collins though), or you fancy refreshing your memory, click here.

This post has caused me issues. It seemed so easy at first; think of some horrendous rap songs that sample a well-known track in the backing beat. What could be easier, right?


The first three choices blooooooow, of that there can be no doubt. And there was no chance I was putting a link to anything featuring Professor Green’s strange nasal accent on my website (when he says ‘ahhhhh’, he means ‘eye’, apparently- I know, mind= blown, right?) so his decimation of Where is My Mind by The Pixies is something you are going to have seek out and be outraged by on your time. But if I’m completely honest, it got tough quick, as the majority of songs I remembered as being terrrrrrrible, actually had a weird novelty value upon revisiting.

You try playing that X-to-tha-Zee track below and not cracking a smile when he starts dropping knowledge over that loop. Go on. It can’t be done, unless you’re dead inside.

Who knew Toto’s Africa would work as a rap track? And how awesome is DJ Premier for including the ‘biff, baff, POW’ Batman sound effects in that beat for Snoop Dogg? All the awesome, that’s what. You know what I mean.

Now let’s get these first few out the way so we can chuckle at the last two:

Fort Minor ft Juelz Santana, Ryu & Celph Titled – SCOM

S.C.O.M. by Fort Minor on Grooveshark

I apologise.

Sweet Child Of Mine by Guns N' Roses on Grooveshark

Now, calm down. You know that song exists now, there’s no unlearning that information. For that, I am deeply sorry. The next should make you laugh though…

Bone Thugs N Harmony ft Phil Collins – Home

Oh yes. The dream team, eh?

Home by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on Grooveshark


Take me home by Phil Collins on Grooveshark

Yep. This happened. Not happy with just looping a bit of one of his tracks, BTNH went that extra mile and invited everyone’s least favourite deaf drummer tax exile to belt out the chorus too. Look; there’s a bad video and everything!

You see Big PC’s ice grill at 0:33? Hi-larious.

Slaughterhouse – Get Up

Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce da 5-9 together in a group? Fuck yeah. Ali in the Jungle by The Hours? Also fuck yeah.

Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce da 5-9 rapping over Ali in the Jungle by The Hours? Fuck NO.

Get Up by Slaughterhouse on Grooveshark


Ali in the Jungle by The Hours on Grooveshark

So, awesome + awesome = AAAAAHHHHHH MY EARS!!! Who knew?

Now, those guilty pleasures. You may cringe when you hear them, but here goes:

Xzibit – Heart of Man

Heart of Man by Xzibit on Grooveshark

As if you need telling which certified ’80s banger this loops…


Africa by Toto on Grooveshark

Motherfuckin’ TOTO, that’s who!

Snoop Dogg ft Lady of Rage & RBX – Batman and Robin

No words do this song justice. Just bask in it:

Batman & Robin by Snoop Dogg on Grooveshark


Batman theme by Neal Hefti on Grooveshark

Duh. Surprised?

I found quite a lot of ‘so bad it’s good’ so check back soon for more.

Do any songs with famous samples make your balls retract? Feel free to share. I bet Clash fans die a little inside every time they hear Paper Planes by MIA, for example…

2 thoughts on “Music: When rappers sample songs you know (Part Two)

  1. Tom

    OMG – that Snoop is awful – I’m a minister of religion, so I reckon the words I’d like to use are way off limits! Did they even have the beat clicker in his cans when recording that, ’cause the beat doesn’t even sound like it matches?! I can see where they wanted to go with it but in the end it’s just a total car crash, by which I mean the kind that leaves all lanes of the M25 between the M3 and the M4 closed on a Friday afternoon! Two that really make me cry, and not with happiness:

    1) P-diddy’s mutilation of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” – I know he was mourning, but that’s no excuse, B.I.G. deserved something much better as a musical eulogy!

    2) Puff-diddy again, this time that awful “Come with me” from Godzilla, using the truly great Led riff from “Kashmir” – as a rock fan (I like all kinds of music, including a great deal of Hip Hop and RnB, but rock and indie rock are my lifeblood) this one truly appalls me, and the fact the legend that is Jimmy Page willingly put his name to it makes me… well given what I said above there are probably no metaphors available that would be considered appropriate in a public environment!

  2. Tom Post author

    Ha. It’s an acquired taste- I’ll give you that!

    Come With Me- of course- nothing sends Led Zepp fans into a rage quicker.

    The Diddster has sampled a few tracks successfully- there’s one that uses a Rocky OST sample that is AMAZING.

    Thanks for your input again, Tom.

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