The 10 Best Rock Samples In Hip-Hop

Categories: Pop Life

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Rocks Off just finished reading Ian Christe's 2007 Van Halen biography, Everybody Wants Some, which chronicles the band's history from the Van Halen boys' entry into the U.S., the upbringing of David Lee Roth, and devastating, fatal 1985 crash into Mount Sammy Hagar. Sad stuff if you're a Roth purist, like we are.

Another thing we read was that the band was one of the first rock groups (other than Aerosmith) to be sampled by a rap artist. Tone Loc's 1989 hit "Wild Thing" features the riff from Halen's 1978 classic-rock staple "Jamie's Cryin'." Milli Vanilli also sampled the same song, but they sucked. At least Tone Loc was in Blank Check, which makes him an infinitely better person.

Van Halen only chargeed a base rate for Loc to use that riff in his No. 2 pop hit, but after they saw how much money can be made with the right sampling skill, it got a lot more expensive to pilfer Eddie Van Halen's guitar prowess for rhyming purposes. Probably the second best use of a Van Halen sample was 2 Live Crew using "Ain't Talking 'Bout Love" interpolated with The McCoys' "Hang On Sloopy" in "The Fuck Shop." Wholesome shit.

This whole thing got Rocks Off into a week-long odyssey looking into some other instances of rock bands as sampled in hip-hop, which brings us to this list of ten of our favorites. For a proto-metal band from Birmingham, England, you would be surprised how rap-friendly Black Sabbath is.

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10. Ol' Dirty Bastard, "I Want Pussy"

Samples: Blood, Sweat & Tears, "You've Made Me So Very Happy"


9. Kanye West, "Stronger"

Samples: Daft Punk, "Harder Better Faster Stronger"


8. Geto Boys, "Gangsta of Love"

Samples: Steve Miller Band, "The Joker"


7. The Jungle Brothers, "Beeds on a String"

Samples: Black Sabbath, "Behind the Wall of Sleep"


6. Blackalicious, "Blazing Arrow"

Samples: Harry Nilsson, "Me and My Arrow"



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DUDENHTOWN
DUDENHTOWN

 GANXSTA NIP'S "PARANOID" SAMPLED TED NUGENT'S "STRANGLEHOLD" & REMEMBER THE GETO BOYS DID A REMAKE OF GANGSTER OF LOVE WITH THE "SWEET HOME ALABAMA"MIX-SKYNYRD OF COURSE

Joshua Siegel2
Joshua Siegel2

Paul's Boutique wins this game and it's not even close.

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Eric B. & Rakim "Eric B make em clap to this', sampled "Those shoes" by The Eagles

Tribe Called Quest "Description of a fool", sampled Jimi Hendrix(can't remember which song)

Gang Starr Can't remember the name of the song, but the very beginning uses a very crafty interpolation of "Up on cripple creek" By The Band.

I guess it is not a rock sample, but Madlib's little brother, Oh No, made a whole album only using samples of compositions from Galt MacDermot

Chris D
Chris D

Does Slayer/Ice T - Disorder, Exploited - War count??And 20 something years later STILL cant find all the samples from Beastie Boys/ Paul's Boutique...

King
King

What? No "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly? So good that Nas sampled it twice. And both were for singles!

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Run-D.M.C.'s "Here We Go", Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin'", Jay-Z's "99 Problems", and Dizzee Rascal's "Fix Up, Look Sharp" all make excellent use of Billy Squier's "The Big Beat".

Organic Baby
Organic Baby

For a proto-metal band from Birmingham, England, you would be surprised how rap-friendly Black Sabbath is.

Aaron
Aaron

Paul's Boutique is one of the best albums ever made.

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