Written by: J. Logan
Seeing as Black History Month is wrapping up in a few days, I'd like to dedicate at least one post to honor a few artist in history. The artist within this post all have a an impact on today's generation whether they realize it or not. This is brought to us by the usage of great samples from hip hop and r&b artist today. Songs such as Slow Jamz by Kanye West, Fancy by Drake, and Wet Dreamz by J. Cole would be nothing without artist like Luther Vandross, Ace Spectrum, and The Honey Drippers.
Drake's Hotline Bling hit all digital platforms by storm and climbed the Billboard charts until it hit number 1 on US Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs, and number 2 on US Billboard Hot 100. His video also took the internet by storm, reaching almost 1.5 million views, so I would say huge shoutout to Timmy Thomas. Thomas recorded the song Why Can't We Live Together in 1972, and was sampled for Hotline Bling. Not too hard to hear the resemblance right?
J. Cole has been on the scene, and generating a large fan base in the process. He is seen as one of the most lyrical in the game by some and in my opinion he can only get better. He also gave props to an artist in history by using a sample of her song in his 2014 record St. Tropez. The sample was of ESther Phillips' 1971 That's All Right With Me, and they both produced amazing tracks.
And to top tonight's list off, we'll end with drake :), because why not? With yet another great track, drake gave homage to another great group of men in R&B history. Released in 2016, Drake's record Fake Love gave everyone a good song to jam to. But what brought this jam about was another one of my personal favorite old school jams Backstabbers by The O'Jays.
I believe it's important to recognize the talents we have as African-Americans, especially the creative ones. To take one great thing and turn it into something amazing is a talent within itself and I give props to all these artist.
What great samples can you think of?