In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a different sound recording of a song. These days, any computer with a decent spec can be turned into a supremely powerful sampling solution. No matter what you listen to, you will discover that every music genre samples but why is it getting so much attention now? Two words… “Harlem Shake”.
You have probably never heard of reggaetón artist Hector Delgado or rapper Jayson Musson but their voices add to Baauer’s hugely popular“Harlem Shake.” Both artists are heard at points in the song, with Hector Delgado saying “con los terroristas” and Jayson Musson voicing the phrase “Do the Harlem Shake!” Both claim their work was sampled without permission and both are now negotiating to get a slice of the cake from the song’s overwhelming viral success.
This begs the question, what other songs have been sampled like this? Our team in the office have looked at hundred of songs and here is our not-so-definitive list of songs you did not (may not) know were sampled and where they came from.
3. Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up Look Sharp
2. Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls
1. Blu Cantrell AND Dr Dre feat Eminem