You ever hear a song and think “I’ve heard that before.”? Chances are, you have. Artists sample from older records all the time. Sometimes it’s just a quick snippet, sometimes it’s the entire beat. Here are 10 songs that use samples, along with the original songs!
Now, I could do 3 posts alone on Beyonce, Kanye, and Drake…so I’ll leave them out of this one. I could make this a weekly thing.
1. Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa
I’m sure you all know this track. What do you think it sampled?
I’ll tell you.
It’s the entire beat of the 1983 baby-maker, Between The Sheets by the Isley Brothers.
Here are both songs so you can hear it for yourself.
Man, both of these songs are great. There’s a possibility that I was conceived to Between The Sheets, but I don’t want to think about that.
2. Rihanna – S.O.S.
This one may be obvious.
Here’s a hint:
If you know 80’s music, you should hear the sample from Tainted Love by Soft Cell.
Check it out!
3. Mary J Blige – No More Drama
This one isn’t quite as obvious for everyone. You have to be a big fan of soap operas to get this.
Blige sampled the theme song for The Young And The Restless, titled Nadia’s Theme. If you check the songwriters on No More Drama, you will find the names Perry Botkin Jr. and Barry De Vorzon, the writers of Nadia’s Theme.
4. Panic At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
Panic frontman Brandon Urie was influenced by a ridiculous song from the 80’s. He said he heard it when he was younger and thought “This is a party”
That song is Rock Lobster by the B-52’s.
You’ll hear that guitar riff throughout the song.
5. 2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre – California Love
I remember thinking I was cool blasting this song in my car…in Erie, PA. The least California-like place on the planet.
Pac and Dre used a sample from So Ruff, So Tuff by Roger Troutman, which isn’t the most obvious one on the list.
6. Mariah Carey – Honey
Mariah sampled not one song, but two on Honey.
The Body Rock by the Treacherous Three and Hey DJ by The World’s Supreme Team.
Let’s see if you can spot them.
7. Cardi B and Bruno Mars – Please Me
One baby-maker turns into another. Please Me samples Freek’n You by Jodeci. This one is pretty easy to spot.
8. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
It took a bit of time for Stevie Wonder to approve of this sampling of Pastime Paradise because of all of Coolio’s swearing. He finally got approval after he cleaned it up. This one is SO obvious.
9. Fall Out Boy – Centuries
This is one of many songs that sampled from the first song to ever be converted to MP3, Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega. You’ll hear the “duh duh duuuda duh”
10. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
This song is FULL of samples. Not one or two…four.
James Brown demanded approval of the lyrics before he would allow Jackson to sample Papa Don’t Take No Mess because he was pissed at rap groups for using his songs with foul language. Janet got approval pretty quickly for this one.
She also uses samples from Impeach The President by The Honey Drippers, If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) by B.T. Express, and Georgy Porgy by Toto.
Here are all 5 songs for you.
Conclusion: 10 Songs That Use Samples That You May Recognize
There we have it. 10 songs that use samples that you might recognize. There are countless more out there, so we will do this regularly. It’s fun to hear the songs side by side.
Hope you all enjoyed it and lets all have a great week!
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Welcome to another edition of Le Café Music Blog’s Indie ArtistInterview Series. Today, we will be joined by multi-lingual, 18-year-old German pop artist, CassMae!
Cassie’s story is as incredible as her voice and I am so happy she is here to share it with us today. Let’s get right to it.
Ryan: Welcome, Cassie! Thanks for joining us today. How about a little intro for our readers?
CassMae: Hey everybody, I’m CassMae. I’m 18 and I sing and write songs here in Duisburg, Germany. Since I”m really into the Indian culture with its music and food, I integrate this spirit in my songs.
Born Blind: CassMae’s Musial Journey
Ryan: I think it’s amazing how you have incorporated Indian culture into your music. The sound you create is unlike anything else I’ve ever heard. When I watched your video for My Inner Peace, I was really intrigued, so I did a little research and read that you were born blind. Can you tell us a bit about your journey in music?
CassMae: When I was three years old, I had already destroyed my feet by constantly “drumming” them on the ground, so my parents found me a Djembé teacher. At the same time I got really obsessed with Chopin, so naturally, it didn’t take me too long to also learn the piano. I wrote my first song for my dad (in German) when I was six, started writing in English when I was ten. Eventually, I applied for a scholarship to the 5-Week-Performance-Program at Berklee where for the first time I got in touch with Indian music. Returning to Germany I started googling for Indian songs and entered an Indian music school for learning Tabla. From there I knew I wanted to mix sounds from the East and West.
Indian Culture and Her Music
Ryan: What is it about Indian culture that fascinates you?
CassMae: India fascinates me due to the variety of languages and religions. Their approach to music as something very divine, and of course I fell in love with the food.
Ryan: The food is incredible. Mutton Rogan Josh is so good. Have you ever been to India?
CassMae: No, never been to India but it’s definately top on my bucket list. I already started planning my stay there with an organization, but naturally, this is on hold now.
Ryan: I hope you are able to safely go soon. I miss traveling. So you sing in English, German, and Hindi. How many languages to you speak?
CassMae: German is my mother tongue. My mom was partially raised in Acton, Massachusetts, so I spoke English very early. In school, I took French and Spanish, which I speak fairly fluently. Of course, I now learn and speak Hindi, and I’m very interested also in Bengali, Tamil, Hebrew and Sanskrit.
Ryan: Wow. I’m lucky if I can ask where the bathroom is in more than 4 languages.
Release and Influences
Ryan: Tell us about your latest release and your upcoming project.
CassMae: On my very first album PAST LIFE which was released in November 2020, I combined my pop music with Indian, African, and Japanese sounds. All songs are very personal and have a rather melancholic vibe. I’m now writing new originals for an EP collaborating with Golow, who produced my debut album and is working very internationally.
Ryan:PAST LIFE is a beautiful album. So unique and refreshing. Who are your biggest musical influences?
CassMae: It has changed a lot over time. I really admired Ed Sheeran for his songwriting when I was younger. I love singers like Adele, Birdy, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Aaliyah. They are now joined by great Indian artists such as Lata Mangeshkar, Shreya Goshal, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, and many more; A.R. Rahman is a great composer.
Life Outside of Music
Ryan: What do you like to do when you’re not making music?
CassMae: I talk a lot to friends. I meditate, read books and write poems. Whenever I can, I try to improve on languages, not really into sports but a little yoga.
Ryan: I need to find time to improve my French. It’s so hard to learn a language when you get old like me. haha. If music wasn’t an option for you, what would you do?
CassMae: I would probably train to become a therapist, glad I can do this with my music as well.
Ryan: Music therapy is a great option for you. I bet you were an interesting kid. What were you like when you were younger?
CassMae: I was pretty weird, having my own kind of language and a couple of imaginary friends. For some time I insisted people call me Chopin and sing everywhere I would go, would climb up every stage there was, and wouldn’t stop performing.
Ryan: Ha! Okay, Chopin. That’s hilarious. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
CassMae: I always call myself a “chicken-vegetarian,” since I can’t let go of butter chicken. So if there’s ever a great alternative I’ll give up meat altogether, but I doubt it can ever be replaced.
Ryan: How did I know it was going to be an Indian dish? Butter Chicken is delicious. If you were an animal, what would you be?
Ryan: My wife would be terrified of you. haha
Back to Reality
Ryan: How are you staying connected to your fans during COVID?
CassMae: I practically live on Instagram at the moment, trying to be creative in entertaining and reaching more people.
Ryan: That’s great. Instagram is a great tool to stay connected. If you could perform in any city in the world today, where you go?
CassMae: I would love to play in Mumbai, since it’s the city of Bollywood, but would also be glad to perform in any other huge city in India.
Ryan: That would be an amazing opportunity. I hope you get to perform there someday.
Ryan: What’s next for CassMae?
CassMae: I will hopefully be able to do a planned filming of a jam session in a very special location in May, finish the EP and shoot music videos, and be able to play the gigs that are already planned.
Ryan: One more question before I let you go. Do you have anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
CassMae: Give some Indian music and butter chicken a try and never lose hope. Thanks for this loverly interview, Ryan.
Ryan: No, thank YOU for the loverly interview, Cassie! You’re welcome to come back any time!
Yesterday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH released their list of 2021 nominees. Let’s break the list down!
This is the order that the artists currently stand in the voting. If your favorite is at the bottom, get to voting!
The 81-year-old megastar looks like a shoo-in for the Hall this year. Tina Turner is a 12-time Grammy winner and has sold over 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling artists of all-time.
Turner also broke barriers as the first black artist AND the first female to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.
She is best known for her singles Proud Mary, What’s Love Got To Do With It, and The Best.
Here is Tina Turner singing Proud Mary live at Wembley in 2000.
Formed in 1994 by former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl as a solo project, the Foo Fighters picked up a few more members, and have released hit-after-hit since.
Dave Grohl is a true rockstar and he is someone I have always admired. I am truly excited for this nomination. He is one person I would absolutely love to sit down with and just talk about music.
Here are a couple of my favorite Dave Grohl moments:
Quite possibly the greatest songwriter of our generation, Carole King has either written or co-written 118 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
118. That’s ridiculous. Wow.
King has 4 Grammys and has also been inducted to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, written by Douglas McGrath, opened on Broadway. The show starred Jessie Mueller as Carole King. You know you made an impact when someone writes a musical about you.
Here is Carole King singing Natural Woman live in Oakland, 1972. Also the highlights from the Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
This British heavy-metal band was formed in 1975 by Steve Harris, the band’s bassist.
Iron Maiden has sold well over 100 million records, worldwide…which is crazy considering the minimal air-time they received.
In a 2016 article on Loudersound, Paul Branigan hilariously explains how rock bands, including Iron Maiden, are tools of Satan and must be stopped. US Christian groups labeled the band as “Satanists” and called for people to destroy copies of their album The Number of the Beast…which is just hilarious, in my opinion.
Here is the controversial hit, The Number of the Beast live from The Forum in Las Angeles, 2008.
The LA-based, all female new wave band was formed in 1978. Led by vocalist Belinda Carlisle, The Go-Go’s sold over 7 million albums worldwide.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Jane Wiedlin discussed what it was like for all female bands in their time. She said:
“If you look at a band like the Runaways, they’re all talented people, especially Joan [Jett], whom I consider a genius, and yet they were basically created by a really creepy man [Kim Fowley] who forced them into their image, who wrote their songs for them. I feel like those girls were really degraded. And so I guess I just feel lucky that we came about organically and kind of kept our own power.”
Here is The Go-Go’s hit single, We Got The Beat.
Rage Against The Machine
RATM, the LA-based rock band formed in 1991 is on the nominee list for the third time since 2017.
The band, consisting of Tom Morello, Zack de la Rocha, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk, is known for their leftist anti-authoritarian and revolutionary views in their music.
Rage has won 2 Grammys and is hoping the third time is the charm for the Hall of Fame.
Here is Rage Against The Machine with one of my favorite songs to rock out to, Killing In The Name, live at PinkPop 1993.
The 73-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer from Philadelphia played a diverse range of styles and genres. Rundgren was responsible for the first interactive television concert in 1978, and the first interactive album, No World Order, in 1994.
Rundgren also produced tracks on Meatloaf’sBat Out Of Hell, Hall and Oates‘ War Babies, and Grand Funk Railroad’sWe’re An American Band, just to name a few.
Here is Todd Rundgren’s 1973 hit, Hello It’s Me.
This Akron, OH rock band was formed in 1973. In 2021, Devo looks to return home to Cleveland and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They are known for their science fiction themes and social satire.
Devo played a heavy hand in the beginning of music videos, creating LazerDisk format clips in their video for Whip It, which was played on MTV at the very beginning of it all.
When MTV played music.
Here is the innovative 1980 video, Whip It.
Now 80-years-old, Warwick is more than deserving of a place in the Hall. Known for her single That’s What Friends Are For, she is one of the most charted female vocalists of all-time with 56 singles reaching the Hot 100.
EW named Warwick the “newly minted queen of social media” last week, as she has been hilariously active on Twitter lately. Have a look at the EW video in her tweet below.
Here is Dionne Warwick with the 1985 hit, That’s What Friends Are For.
67-year-old powerhouse, Chaka Khan, is widely known as the “Queen of Funk.” She has won 10 Grammys and has sold over 70 million records since her career started in 1973.
Khan has been on the ballet for the Rock Hall twice as a solo artist, and 4 times as a member of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.
Most recently, Chaka Khan appeared on season 3 of The Masked Singer as Miss Monster in 2020…at young age of 79. Have a look at one of her performances here.
Here she is in her prime, singing Ain’t Nobody live from Germany, 1985
New York Dolls
This punk rock/glam rock band formed in New York City in 1971. The band never really received any traction in commercial music, but they did turn out 2 of the most popular cult rock albums and really predated punk music.
The New York Dolls heavily influenced acts like Kiss, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, and even Guns n Roses.
Here is their 1973 live performance of Personality Crisis.
This 62-year-old singer, songwriter, was the first female artist to claim a UK number 1 with a self-written song at the age of 19 (1978).
Bush signed with EMI Records after Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour helped produce her first demo tape. She has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards and was first nominated for the Rock Hall in 2018.
Here is Kate Bush with Babooshka.
LL Cool J
Short for “Ladies Love Cool James” which is a fun fact I just learned. The 53-year-old hip-hop artist from Queens, NY has 2 Grammys under his belt, and became the first rapper to receive Kennedy Center Honors.
Aside from his music career, LL appeared in the films Any Given Sunday, S.W.A.T., and Deep Blue Sea. He also stars in NCIS: Las Angeles.
Here is LL Cool J with the hit Doin It.
With a $1 BILLION net worth, it’s safe to say 51-year-old Shawn Cory Carter has made one hell of a career for himself.
The rapper/songwriter/executive/businessman/producer is one of the most influential names in all of hip-hop. This guy started his career in music by founding Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995.
22 Grammy Awards later, Jay Z was the first rapper inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time according to Rolling Stone.
On the business side, Jay has founded several multi-million dollar corporations, Rocawear and the 40/40 Club. He also founded the entertainment company Roc Nation and took over the streaming source Tidal.
Not to mention the fact that he is married to one of the biggest superstars of all time, Beyoncé.
I want your life, Jay Z.
I listened to a lot of Jay growing up. I actually made a point of it to eat at the McDonald’s on 145th and Broadway that he wrote about in New York State of Mind.
I used to cop in Harlem, all of my Dominicanos right there up on Broadway, brought me back to that McDonalds
Here is one of my favorite Jay Z hits from when I was a kid, 1999 hit Big Pimpin‘.
Mary J. Blige
Signed to Uptown Records in 1991, Mary’s esteemed career began. She has sold over 80 million records worldwide, won 9 Grammys, 12 American Music Awards, and even 3 Golden Globes.
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul deserves a shot at the Hall. If she doesn’t get it this year, I’d be willing to bet she will in the next couple of years,
Here is Mary J. Blige with her 2009 hit, Family Affair.
Last but not least, we have the Nigerian pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti. He was a superstar in Africa in the 1970s and an outspoken political activist.
As an artist, he was known for his showmanship and his concerts were considered to be quite wild. Fela passed away in 1997.
In 2008, Fela’s music was brought to New York in the off-Broadway production of Fela! a story of the man’s life, which opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Niell Theatre and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009.
Here is Fela Kuti’s live performance of Pansa Pansa in Germany, 1987.
There we have it. All 16 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.
I have been incredibly under the weather the last few days, so this is going to be brief.
Billboard Global 200 (Top 10)
Here are the music videos (with some alternate videos mixed in to switch it up) for the Billboard Global 200 Top 10:
1. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License
The music video has been posted a million times, so here is the first live performance of Drivers License.
2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
3. BTS – Dynamite
4. The Weeknd – Save Your Tears
5. Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez – Dakiti
6.24KGoldn ft. Ian Dior – Mood
7. Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby – Levitating
8. Doja Cat – Streets
9. SZA – Good Days
10. Ariana Grande – 34+35
Super Bowl Halftime Show – The Weeknd
I’ve seen a lot of lazy, piss-poor takes on The Weeknd’s performance…like Mesfin Fekadu of the AP calling it “boring.” That’s literally all he had to say about it, with a couple of 3rd-grade metaphors thrown in there for flair. I hope you reached your word quota, Mesfin.
The Weeknd got up there in front of nearly 100 million people and displayed his talent: Singing.
He’s not a dancer like Bruno Mars or Beyoncé. He’s never been the type of entertainer to run all over the damn place. If you did your research, you should have known what to expect. The Weeknd is an incredibly gifted vocalist, and that’s exactly what he gave us.
I’ll give it to you…his schtick isn’t for everyone. His music is dark and some people don’t like it. I understand that. But to say it was “boring?” Come on, man. If anything was boring, it was the game itself.
What did you guys think about the performance? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
Plus: The Best…And Worst Super Bowl Halftime PerformancesOf All Time
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, the 30-year-old Canadian superstar known as The Weeknd is about to hit the biggest stage he’s ever been on. The Super Bowl averages around 99 million viewers each year, and tomorrows game likely won’t be an exception.
Super Bowl LV features Patrick Mahomes and the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs vs six-time Super Bowl winner and 43-year-old Tom Brady and his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game airs live from Tampa on Sunday at 6:30 pm EST
Starting the evening off, singing the National Anthem is country star Eric Church and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan.
The Weeknd hits the stage at halftime, joining an illustrious list of superstars to grace the Super Bowl halftime show spotlight. That list includes the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Beyonce, among others.
Abel has had a hell of a career, so far. Since being discovered on YouTube in 2010, he has sold over 75 million records, won 3 Grammys, 5 American Music Awards, 9 Billboard Music Awards, and an Academy Award.
He just recently announced the rescheduled 2022 After Hours World Tour:
It’s been reported that The Weeknd spent $7 million of his own money to make sure the show comes together as he envisions it. Performers are not paid to perform at the Super Bowl…which is total BS, in my opinion…but what the hell do I know?
What songs do you hope to see The Weeknd perform tomorrow night? Let me know in the comments!
5 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows:
The NFL Super Bowl era began in 1967, with a halftime show starring the University of Arizona and Grambling University marching bands. We’ve come a long way since then. Here are my top 5 Super Bowl Halftime Show performances:
1. Prince – Super Bowl XLI, 2007
2. Michael Jackson – Super Bowl XXVII, 2003
3. Beyonce – Super Bowl XLVII, 2013
4. Bruno Mars ft. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Super Bowl XLVIII, 2014
5. Janet Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, Nelly, P Diddy, Kid Rock, and Janet Jackson’s Right Boob- Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004
5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows
We’ve had some legendary performances…we’ve also had some legendarily bad performances. Here are the 5 worst halftime shows.
1. “Be Bop Bamboozled” ft. Elvis Presto, an Elvis impersonator that looks nothing like Elvis and happens to be a magician – Super Bowl XXIII , 1989
2. Walt Disney’s Small World Salute, ft. A Bunch of Small Children singing “You have to be a football hero to get with the beautiful girls,” Awkward Warren Moon, George and Barbara Bush, and The New Kids on the Block – Super Bowl XXV – 1991
3. Maroon 5 ft. Travis Scott and Big Boi
3. Disney’s “Reflections of Earth and Tapestry of Nations” ft. Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton – Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000
4. “Winter Magic” ft. Gloria Estefan, and Olympic figure skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill…for whatever reason. Super Bowl XXVI, 1992
5. The Black Eyed Peas ft. Usher and Slash. Super Bowl XLV, 2011
What’s your prediction for the game? Let me know in the comments!
I got Kansas City, 33-30. Patrick Mahomes will win his second straight Super Bowl MVP and retire old-man Brady.