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WhoSampled Guest Mix: ‘Jay Z, The Samples’

  • Release date: 2013-07-04
  • Label: WhoSampled

Coinciding with the release of Jay-Z’s twelfth studio album ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’, once again we dig in the vaults, this time to bring you a retrospective of some of our favourite source material from Jay-Z’s 20+ year career. With a little bias toward the late ’90s classics which forged his reputation as a major player, we take in samples sources from early 90s collaborations with Jaz and Original Flavor all the way through to ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’. Many of the classics are represented and a few less prominent cuts too.


1. Nick Ingman – ‘Under Pressure’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Beenie Sigel’s ‘Stick 2 The Script’)
2. Hossam Ramzy – ‘Khusara Khusara’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat UGK’s ‘Big Pimpin’)
3. Yvonne Fair – ‘Let Your Hair Down’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Where I’m From’)
4. Andrea McArdle – ‘It’s A Hard Knock Life’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem’)
5. Adrian Younge – ‘Sirens’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’)
6. Cake – ‘Arco Arena’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Guns & Roses’)
7. Nas – ‘The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Dead Presidents’)
8. Lonnie Liston Smith – ‘A Garden Of Peace’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Dead Presidents’)
9. Little Boy Blues – ‘Seed of Love’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Public Service Annoncement (Interlude)’)
10. Labi Siffre – ‘I Got The …’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Streets Is Watching’)
11. The Jeff Lorber Fusion – ‘Night Love’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Who You Wit II’)
12. Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns – ‘Four Play’ (sampled in Jaz feat Jay-Z’s ‘The Originators’)
13. Brother to Brother – ‘Hey What’s That You Say’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Friend or Foe’)
14. Young Holt Unlimited – ‘Wah Wah Man’ (sampled in Original Flavor feat Jay-Z’s ‘Can I Get Open’)
15. John Cacavas – ‘Suspense, Approach and Landing’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘A Million and One Questions (Premiere Remix))
16. Melvin Bliss – ‘Synthetic Substitution’ (sampled in Hi-Five feat Jay-Z and Ski’s ‘She’s Playing Hard To Get (Clark Kent’s Strictly Hip Hop Mix))
17. Fearless Four – ‘Rockin’ It’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown and Babyface’s ‘(Always Be My) Sunshine’)
18. Billy Squier – ‘The Big Beat’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems’ and Jay-Z feat Gwen Dickey’s ‘Wishing On A Star (Trackmasters Remix)’)
19. The Jones Girls – ‘You Make Me Wanna Love Somebody Else’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Blackstreet’s ‘The City Is Mine’)
20. Orange Krush – ‘Action’ (sampled in Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Primetime’)
21. The Whole Darn Family – ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
22. Four Tops – ‘Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got’ (interpolated in Jay-Z’s ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
23. Lafayette Afro Rock Band – ‘Darkest Light’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Show Me What You Got’)
24. Johnny Pate – ‘Shaft In Africa’ (sampled in Jay-Z’s ‘Show Me What You Got’)
25. Chi Lites – ‘Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)’ (sampled in Beyonce feat Jay-Z’s ‘Crazy In Love’)