Inspiration for a cool sample

One of my favourite Aussie rappers is Urthboy.  He’s upbeat and positive, he’s also pretty aware of currents issues, as exampled in his song “Nambucca Boy” dedicated to Phil Hughes and his family.



The inspiration for a cool sample comes from his 2012 album “Smokey’s Haunt” ( track 10 “Glimpses” feat. Jane Tyrell and Jimblah.

Throughout the song there is a really good vocal sample in the background that plays during the chorus and outro. I’ve read the liner notes and it doesn’t mention where the sample is from or who did it, however, the producers are Elgusto and Countbounce. I immediately started to really enjoy the sample and how it added to the mood of the song and also the effects applied to it.

Smokey’s Haunt at JB Hi-Fi

Smokey’s Haunt on iTunes


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“)
Read more about Sampling here:

“It’s the one and only D.R.E!”

Dr.Dre.jpgDr.Dre is one of my favourite Hip Hop producers! Which is a common phrase among HipHopHeads! Along with DJ Yella, he helped to produce N.W.A’s classics and has been the driving production force behind artists such as Eminem, Xzibit, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Tupac and more! He is also the pioneer of the classic G-Funk sound. ( This video has his Top 50 Songs*

*As of 2008