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"Who Sampled It Better?" #8 - Ready or Not Here I Come
Posted by Steve Juon at Monday, July 24th, 2017 at 8:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

[Lauryn Hill courtesy Wikimedia Commons]"Who Sampled It Better?" #8 - The Delfonics' "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)"

As written by Steve 'Flash' Juon, and voted on by THE PEOPLE who read RapReviews.com!

With respect to The Delfonics we had to use an image of Lauryn Hill here for two reasons. The first is that there simply aren't any public domain images of either the group performing live or any individual members, including the late Randy Cain and Major Harris, may they both rest in peace. The second will be obvious once you hear the embedded clip of the song sampled for this week's vote.

For me that soulful singing immediately evokes memories of The Fugees' hit single "Ready or Not," where Lauryn Hill gave her own powerful interpolation of the original vocals, but using her image here is actually a bit of a red herring. This series is called "Who SAMPLED It Better" and not "Who SANG It Better" so believe it or not The Fugees are disqualified here. Now if we were talking about their sample of Enya's "Boadicea" for the backdrop of "Ready or Not" (which they almost got their pants sued off for) we'd have something to discuss. Instead listen to that intro again right before The Delfonics start singing -- sounds familiar right? Of course it does. I can give you four examples of rap artists who have sampled that intro, and after listening to all four you can place your vote below.

1.) Tha Alkaholiks - "Do It"

2.) Missy Elliott f/ Da Brat - "Sock It 2 Me"

3.) Three 6 Mafia f/ Project Pat - "Who Run It"

4.) T.I. f/ Nelly - "Get Loose"

There you have it. Four candidates for "Who Sampled It Better" who all used The Delfonics. Now is the time to let your voice be heard! Cast your WSIB ballot below and share this post/tweet so that others get a chance to vote too.

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