Sample Appreciation


It’s ya boy ILLu checking back in for this week. I’m going to dedicate this post to the foundation of almost every Hip Hop song, the sample. I can’t remember the first time I realized some of my favorite songs were actually re-purposed into the beats that rang through my ears. I do remember hearing Puff Daddy’s I’ll Be Missing You and immediately knowing I had heard the source before, and as it turned out it was in fact a GENEROUS sample of The Police’s track Every Breathe You Take. Fast forward over 20 years later and I am still addicted to finding samples, my own and those used by my influences. Before I made beats, before I produced albums, before we started this label…I was a Loop Junkie. Without Hip Hop, I wouldn’t have found some of my favorite music of all time, regardless of genre. Hip Hop was my gateway to an entire world of music I had no idea about. So in appreciation to those songs I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favorite samples through the years. I hope this inspires some of you to follow the trail that I was led down. Peace, ILLu

PS - Jaky Remix coming soon

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