Sampling… “Taking images from diverse places”

One major part of Hip Hop culture is sampling. Listening to records, finding one part of a song and extending that into a totally different form of art. Sampling is a technique that intrigues me. Most of my favourite songs have stemmed from samples. As I’ve become more infatuated with Hip Hop I’ve started to compile a list of songs I want to sample. Below are twenty-five songs which have parts which I want to create “diverse images”* from. Some of the songs listed below have been sampled by others many times before, especially Simon and Garfunkel’s – The Sound of Silence.

Songs to sample:

  1. Kate Miller Heike – Yours Was the Body
  2. The Beatles – Flying
  3. Japanese Wallpaper – Forces
  4. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Everybody Loves the Sunshine
  5. D12 – How Come
  6. Jay Z – A Week Ago
  7. The Poppy Family – Of Cities and Escapes (“I’m caught in the grip of the city… Madness”)
  8. Robert Miles – Children [Dream Version] (In fact, some of the other versions of this song would also work for sampling)
  9. The Script – Breakeven
  10. The Eagles – New York Minute
  11. Troye Sivan – DKLA (Instrumental)
  12. Enya – Only Time – Original Version (From 0:40)
  13. Illy – One For the City (feat. Thomas Jules) (“The cities tell the story of a lifetime“)
  14. Aronchupa – I’m an Albatraoz
  15. Jay Z – Empire State of Mind (“Welcome to the melting pot”, “Welcome to the bright light”, “The city never sleeps”)
  16. Illy – More Than Gold
  17. Jay Z – The City Is Mine (Feat. Blackstreet)
  18. 50 Cent – The Good Die Young
  19. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise (feat. L.V.) (“Tell me why are we so blind to see / That the ones we hurt are you and me?”)
  20. Michael Hunter – Soviet Connection (With this song it’d be cool to incorporate it into a cool instrumental; the song has a very New York, Bronx vibe – Hip Hop undertones)
  21. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
  22. 50 Cent – In Da Club (“If you talking about money homie / I ain’t concerned”)
  23. Obie Trice – The Setup
  24. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality“)
  25. Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence (Original version from 1964) (“Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again“)
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