Hip-Hop Songs That Sample Classic Rock Tracks

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Musical genres have constantly taken inspiration from one in the sense that the art music and the study of sound have a lot in common. The styles of singing, instruments playing, production, and so on have changed throughout the years, bent and transformed into what they required to become to make something that was a masterpiece at the time. Hip-hop as a genre been greatly influenced by sampling music from the past, while simultaneously changing the sound of sampling in the present. In the beginning, sampling consisted of instrumental and vocal tracks of songs which were cut and then repurposed in another track. As time passed, the process changed to changing the pitch and creating new music completely and has now become a an integral part of the evolution of rap. In hip-hop‘s time, there are numerous popular rock songs that are used in some of the best hip-hop music and are now integral to the most popular hip-hop songs.

In 2000, the singer-songwriter released the hit single “What Means The World To You,” from his album S.D.E. (Sports, Drugs & Entertainment). The track’s pace and laidback style, paired with the technical skills of Cam and his quick-paced rapping gives the track the “pull and push” feeling. The vibe that he chose when he released “What Means The World To You” won’t be as effective exactly the same way if not an example of the guitar riff from The Police’s hit song of 1978 “Roxanne.” The combination of rap and rock was not something that was new in 2000 however its way of being utilized to perfection here from producer Armando Colon put the Cam’ron in a different perspective. A strong and powerful rapper with a great lyrical voice who was also able to make radio hits.

Then, two years later Eminem came out with his fourth studio album the Eminem Show The Eminem Show includes the track “‘Till I Collapse” with Nate Dogg. The track, which is a threatening song with a lyrical element and a well-known sound track, was one of the biggest tracks by Em ever, even though it was never an album. The iconic “boom boom clap” refrain from Queen’s ubiquitous hit song the 1977 hit “We Will Rock You” can be heard. Through the years, the Queen classic song has been played at almost every sporting event in some way, shape or manner. It was for Eminem who was already an iconic performer in his own right making a song from the song and creating an original beat that would later popular has all the sanity around the globe.

Take a look at the following list for more rap tracks which sample the classic tracks of rock.

  • The Diddy’s “Come With Me” featuring Jimmy Page


    Samples Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”

  • Jay Z’s “Young Forever” featuring Mr. Hudson


    Samples Alphaville’s “Forever Young”

  • Eminem’s “Sing for the Moment”


    Samples Aerosmith’s “Dream On”

  • A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?”


    Samples Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”

  • Jay Z’s “Takeover”


    Samples The Doors “Five to One”

  • Juelz Santana’s “Bandana”


    Samples The Coasters’ “Down in Mexico”

  • Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek’s “It’s Alright”


    Samples Talking Heads’ “Once In A Lifetime”

  • Dame Dash, Kanye West, Young Chris, Cam’ron, Beanie Sigel and Twista’s “We Are The Champions”


    Samples Queen’s “We are the Champions”

  • Cam’ron’s “What Means The World To You”


    Samples The Police’s “Roxanne”

  • “Amen” by Meek Mill “Amen” featuring Drake and Jeremih


    Samples The Doobie Brothers’ “Minute By Minute”

  • Nas’ “Hip-Hop is Dead” featuring will.i.am


    Samples Incredible Bongo Band’s Version of Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”

  • The Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By”


    Samples Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced?”

  • “‘Till I Collapse” by Eminem “‘Till I Collapse” featuring Nate Dogg


    Samples Queen’s “We Will Rock You”

  • Ice Cube’s “When Will They Shoot?”


    Samples Queen’s “We Will Rock You”

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