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Editorial: Who Sampled It Better? #3 (Two Entries This Time)
Posted by Steve Juon at Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

[DJ Premier courtesy Wikimedia]Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: It's time for round three! With our second edition of "Who Sampled It Better?" I asked the audience to vote on the producer and/or rapper who made the best use of a loop in a song, and shared the results a week later.

This time to make it easier for everyone involved, both me as the writer and you as the reader, I've narrowed it down from four samples to vote on (with two examples per each) to just two samples. I've had a few good suggestions along the way and I'm going to put them to use in future editions, but there's one I have to do right away and it's going to be a little... quirky.

* Jay-Z vs. Biggie: The Isley Brothers - "Between the Sheets"

I realize we did this once before for Da Brat vs. Keith Murray but I decided this classic R&B sample needed to be done again with much HIGHER stakes this time. Unfortunately due to Shawn Carter being a stickler for not letting unauthorized copies of individual songs from his albums play on most streaming platforms, I had to find a REMAKE of the song in question, and it's an instrumental version only. Nevertheless I think you'll have enough to go on for voting purposes when you compare the two tracks at hand.

a.) Notorious B.I.G. - "Big Poppa"

b.) Jay-Z f/ Beanie Sigel - "Ignorant S--t"

* Redman vs. Schoolly D: Maceo & the Macks - "Soul Power 74"

I have a feeling this will be an easier choice for the voters than it was for me narrowing it down to just TWO examples of using this break, but in doing so I picked two all-time favorite hip-hop songs. These days Jesse Bonds Weaver Jr. may be better known for his cameos on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but before that Schoolly D was a hip-hop pioneer and some say the "original" gangster of rap. Either way Reggie Noble bodied the track just as hard as he did, which should make this vote really interesting!

a.) Redman - "Rated R"

b.) Schoolly D - "Am I Black Enough For You?"

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