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"It's a context issue, because not every sample is a huge chunk of a song. [...] An example that's often brought up in court when we get sued over sampling is a Biz Markie track where he more or less used a whole Gilbert O'Sullivan song. Because it was such an obvious sample, it's the example lawyers use when trying to prove that sampling is stealing. And that's really frustrating to us as artists who sample, because sampling can be a totally different thing than that."
Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys, on the legal issues of sampling.

Taking a portion of an existing audio recording, usually a musical work, and putting it in a show, video, or another musical work.

If it's in a show or movie, it doesn't count if it's meant to be part of the soundtrack. It has to be lifted from something else.

It's mostly associated with Hip-Hop, House Music and other types of popular music (such as industrial and electronic music), but can appear in some Fan Work, like Abridged Series (as long as there is no profit, it can fit under fair use laws).

Now it's unoriginal by definition, but it's not copyright infringement as long as the source is either public domain or properly licensed out. And when done right, it can be a great way to add mood to an extra work. Indeed, most early uses of sampling were with found sounds or sounds made in the studio, exploiting Everything Is an Instrument to full effect (for instance, Peter Gabriel's Security liberally included recordings made from playing around in a junkyard). Sadly, copyright law is still extremely murky when it comes to sampling other songs: most rap producers in The '80s ignored the laws without consequence, it wasn't until the Grand Upright Music Ltd. vs. Warner (Bros.) Records Inc. case of 1991 that authorization from the original copyright holders became legally required. The practice of sampling copyrighted songs and performances consequently wouldn't reemerge until the 2000's, when artists and producers could finally afford the immense legal fees.

There are many methods of sampling, but the most widespread nowadays and the one attracting the most Hatedom is the "loop-it-and-leave-it" method, which basically implies sampling a part of or a whole song, repeating it, and then rapping over it. This often attracts criticism because of its "lazy" and "unoriginal" nature. Compare, for example, "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy, with its telegraphed-from-a-mile-away easily recognizable sample (from "Every Breath You Take" by The Police), against the Bomb Squad's work with Public Enemy, with its dense layers of samples that aren't easily recognizable.

If you're interested in lists of who sampled what and where, The-Breaks and Who Sampled are great reference sites.

While sampling in the 2020s is typically done digitally, in The '70s disco era, DJs would isolate sections of a song by finding them on a record and playing them on a turntable. Jamaican DJs would take a favored section of an existing song and have it pressed onto vinyl as a dub plate. A "toasting" vocalist could then improvise boasts and patter over the sample on the dub plate note . The Jamaican practice of "toasting" is the antecedent of American rapping.

Rock Me, Amadeus! is a Sub-Trope. Sampled Up is where the sampler eclipses the samplee.

Is often confused with interpolation, which is the act of recreating a portion of an existing song with one's own equipment, or singing different lyrics over its vocal melody. For example, Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio is an interpolation of Pastime Paradise by Stevie Wonder, but it's not a sample, because it's not the same audio recording.

Examples should be either non-straight, due to the widespread use of it, or particularly notable:

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  • Negativland , led by sound collage master Don Joyce, refined this to an art form. In possibly their best known escapade, they got in trouble with Island Records for sampling U2. The album with songs sampled from such band would get re-released 10 years later as These Guys Are from England and Who Gives a Shit, which you can find on YouTube. There's much more at the Internet Archive. Their book Fair Use, discussing the U2 sampling controversy, is also freely available there.
    • Casey Kasem was probably less than thrilled with the use of some of his swearier outtakes— one of which provides the album title above.
  • Beck's album Odelay (which was recorded with Paul's Boutique producers The Dust Brothers) features a wide variety of samples from often obscure hip-hop, funk, jazz, and rock songs. The Dust Brothers would later work with Beck on Guero, which also contained sampling, though not to the same degree as Odelay.
  • Big Audio Dynamite runs on this trope, sampling movies and speeches as well as other songs. Some notable examples:
    • "Medicine Show" samples the "Get three coffins ready" and other lines from A Fistful of Dollars, and the "Wanted in 14 counties of this state ..." speech from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
    • "The Globe" samples "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", from band leader Mick Jones' previous group, The Clash.
  • Faith No More's "Midlife Crisis" samples the handclaps from "Cecelia" by Simon & Garfunkel and the intro to "Car Thief" by Beastie Boys (which, in turn, was built around an altered sample of "Drop the Bomb" by Trouble Funk).
  • Radiohead makes some interesting usage of samples:
    • "Idioteque" samples "Mild und Leise" by Paul Lansky and "Short Piece" by Arthur Krieger. The Lansky sample was so vital to the song that the band sent him a letter telling him they'd sampled him for the track and wanted to make sure it was okay with him.
      • The song's bizarre beat and the background chirps were reportedly created from playing a ton of records all at the same time (creating white noise) and feeding them through a drum machine.
    • "Kinetic" samples the drums from "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" by Miles Davis.
    • "Cuttooth" samples the bassline from "If I Needed Someone." This is speculated to be the reason that the track (well-liked by the band and a favorite among fans) was left off of ''Amnesiac'' and relegated to the "Knives Out" single- Beatles samples are notoriously expensive, so hiding the track someplace where only hardcore fans would find it would get the song out there, but decrease the likelihood of the band from being sued.
    • "Dollars and Cents" samples an Alice Coltrane song for the bass.
    • There's a very well-hidden sample in "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy." The recurring downward melody appears to be played by a keyboard or distorted string instruments- but if you speed the song up, it's revealed to be a loop of a choir doing vocal exercises.
    • "Motion Picture Soundtrack"'s harp parts are sampled from various old Disney movies.
    • "Give Up the Ghost" and "Codex" feature sampled bird noises, which serve to transition from the former to the latter.
  • Pepe Deluxé began their existence as a sample-heavy trip hop ensemble. Over the years, they transitioned to psychedelic pop, and various licensing hassles convinced them to stop using samples. However, they like the sampling aesthetic so much that they continue to record and mix so their (original) songs sound like they were built from samples.
  • Fall Out Boy:
  • "Pity Party" by Melanie Martinez uses lyrics from Lesley Gore's hit "It's My Party". The original song is about a girl mad after she catches her boyfriend cheating on her birthday, while "Pity Party" is a Sanity Slippage Song about a One-Person Birthday Party.
  • Starting with Summer's Last Sound, Disco Inferno's music was largely sample-based (whether that be actual sampling or, more prominently, found sound); for example, "A Rock To Cling To" is based around a looped sample from Galaxie 500's "It's Getting Late", and the outro section features the blipping guitar solo from Talking Heads' "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)".

  • Cole Swindell's "She Had Me at Heads Carolina," naturally, samples from Jo Dee Messina's "Heads Carolina, Tails California." It both samples the song directly in the opening and closing, and uses the tune with different lyrics and a remixed tempo.
  • Old Dominion's "Song For Another Time" uses the drumline from Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City," which is mentioned in the lyrics, as it's a Song of Song Titles.
  • Sam Hunt's "Hard to Forget" samples Webb Pierce's "There Stands the Glass," with lyrics in the opening...and that's pretty much it. It's an unusual choice, since the two songs are only tangentially related. Hunt's is a break-up song about running into things that remind him of his ex, while Pierce's is a break-up song about Drowning My Sorrows.

  • A prominent staple of earlier and even later Industrial music, bands like Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle take samples from settings like television commercials, religious sermons, war reports, and other recordings.
  • The album version of "U Don't Know Me" by Armand Van Helden contained a sample from (of all things) a Dial M For Monkey cartoon.
  • Art of Noise made sampling their bread and butter, regularly constructing entire songs almost entirely out of samples with the Fairlight CMI. In particular, their early material on ZTT Records picks from tracks by Donna Summer, Funk Inc., Yes, Toto, and the Andrews Sisters.
  • Virtually every track from the Goa Trance and Psychedelic Trance genres samples a movie, usually a sci-fi one.
  • The JAMS got in trouble for sampling ABBA. So they burned the albums in a field.
  • Crystal Castles often samples songs from other bands, such as Death from Above 1979, Stina Nordenstam, et Beach House. Sometimes they even sample audiobooks ("Air War" has lyrics from Ulysses) or television ("Magic Spells" and "Trash Hologram" sample V1983).
  • "Cola Bottle Baby" got sped up and sampled into "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" by Daft Punk. This wouldn't be notable, except that that song got sampled into Stronger by Kanye West, slowing back down in the process.
    • Kanye himself is one of the most prolific samplers in the industry; see his page.
    • Although West only sampled the new Daft Punk vocals, so the original melody is kind of lost.
    • Daft Punk also deserves an award for Most Unlikely Techno Sample: "Superheroes" is based around a sample from Barry Manilow (the song "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed").
      • Daft Punk does a lot of sampling, actually. It's fun to try to figure out which parts are samples and where the samples came from.
      • In fact, the reason their album Discovery received the nicknames veryDisco and Disco? Very! was partly because of the sampling on the album.
  • The string intro to "Mothers Talk" by Tears for Fears was taken from an unspecified Barry Manilow song; to this day, nobody's been able to figure out which one it was.
  • Most of Fatboy Slim's best work is the sample-based You've Come A Long Way, Baby era. Later, as part of settlement over a dispute of whether he actually had the rights to one of the samples or not, he released a compilation album consisting of sixteen of the tracks he sampled. It's actually quite freaky in places.
  • The only thing that wasn't sampled in The Residents' The Tunes of Two Cities was vocals and guitar.
    • Their Cover Version of "Kaw-Liga" by Hank Williams is based around a drum loop taken from Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" - this might have just been a Stealth Pun about Hank Williams' high profile marriage to fellow country musician Billie Jean Horton.
    • The faux-live cover version of "Love Me Tender" that appears near the end of The King & Eye eventually gets interrupted by clashing loops of The Rolling Stones' version of "Not Fade Away", The Animals' version of "House of the Rising Sun", The Yardbirds' version of "I'm A Man", and finally The Beatles' version of "Blue Suede Shoes" - this symbolizing the idea that Elvis was eventually eclipsed by The British Invasion.
    • "Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life" is a collage piece entirely made from Beatles samples in the style of "Revolution 9".
  • Girl Talk's entire discography composed solely of a dozen or so samples each. A whole host of music users thank the fair use doctrine for allowing him to do so.
  • The German duo Mouse on Mars typically avoid this, with two notable exceptions. "Die Seele von Brian Wilson" samples 'Windchimes' by none other than the Beach Boy himself, and "Stereomission" is built around two samples; one is the instrumental to "Stereomatic (Stereomagic)", a song by the duo's earlier group Yamo, and the other is a vocal sample of a Japanese woman talking about stereo equipment.
  • Neon Indian does this often:
    • Psychic Chasms: "Deadbeat Summer"'s instrumental is the same as Todd Rundgren's "Izzat Love?". Later, on the same album, a sample of Rundgren's "How About A Little Fanfare?" makes up part of the intro to "Local Joke".
    • The single "Sleep Paralysist" samples the theme to Beyond the Darkness.
    • VEGA Intl. Night School: The voice saying "Friday after dark!" in "Bozo" comes from this Cinemax ad from the 80s.
  • The French group Justice do microsampling (Using split-second samples). Their first album has over 400 samples.
  • The Avalanches are this trope personified, using sampling in all of their songs with varying success.
    • Their album Since I Left You used over 3500 LP samples to make a pièce de resistance of sampling.
  • Sampling video game music is surprisingly more common than one would think. "Diplo Rhythm" takes its beat from a most unlikely source: Ocean's NES game based on Platoon.
  • The Ur-Example of this was the first track on Yellow Magic Orchestra's first album in 1978, and their first single: "Computer Game/Firecracker", which uses the band's synthesizers to create near-exact replicas of sounds from Circus, Gun Fight, and Space Invaders (technically this would make these a case of interpolation, but they're often treated as samples due to just how accurate the recreations are). By way of return, their track "Rydeen" has since been used in many, many games since.
    • YMO themselves would later use actual sampling much more thoroughly on Technodelic in late 1981, with a custom-built PCM sampler (the first of its kind, in fact) that allowed them to make songs almost entirely of samples from found sounds or sound effects created in-studio, with even their vocals being used as samples, resulting in the album being treated as one of the Trope Codifiers of this practice.
  • The "cosmic forces beyond all comprehension" line from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was sampled in the Mixe Plural mix of Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy's "Kiss Me", and later, Freaky Chakra's "Hyperspace".
  • Basshunter based "DOTA" and "All I Ever Wanted" on Daddy DJ's self-titled song, and sampled Reel 2 Real's "I Like to Move It" in "Saturday", his latest single.
    • As a meta-example, "I Like to Move It" samples the "yeaaaaaaah" vocal from Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel".
  • Covenant's "Shelter" is built around a sample from The Atomic Cafe: "The atom bomb explodes again!" :nuclear explosion:(several times) "Atomic energy." :sirens: :birds chirping: :explosion: :explosion: :explosion: for the rest of the song.
  • The Atomic Cafe was also sampled on KMFDM's Don't Blow Your Top album, particularly in "Oh Look".
  • Todd Edwards' M.O. is taking various samples from different songs - many of them less than a second long - and creating new melodies out of them. The result is something like this.
  • The main riff of "Together" by the House duo of the same name lifts its main riff from the theme song to Beverly Hills, 90210. The vocal clip in the beginning is taken from the movie Pleasantville.
  • Vaporwave is built on this. It's made by taking a section of a song (typically an old Smooth Jazz/Pop/R&B tune from the 80's or 90's), slowing it down, looping it/glitching it up, and when that's not enough, adding various amounts of echo and reverb. For example, LeVert's "Baby I'm Ready", originally a soft Intercourse with You slow jam, was turned into an otherworldly and just slightly off-kilter yet strangely relaxing 80's-sounding synth piece in "GEO" by INTERNET CLUB.
  • Dreamwave is also this, essentially - Washed Out's "Feel It All Around" is essentially just a very, very slowed down loop of the intro to Gary Low's "I Want You", plus some synths and vocals.
  • Electronic band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark used various radio samples from the eastern bloc for their album Dazzle Ships, which was Vindicated by History.
  • Enigma's atmospheric MCMXCAD samples a lot of music from various sources.
    • The Gregorian chant and monastic plainsong used as backing music to the track (and hit single) Sade.
    • Opera singer Maria Callas is sampled for the track Callas Went Away.
    • At one point, even the rainstorm, thunder and lightning that introduces Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath is lifted.
  • Zombie Nation's sole mainstream hit, "Kernkraft 400", samples the "Stardust" BGM from the Commodore 64 game Lazy Jones, to the point where it's better known than the game.
  • The intro of Information Society's "The Prize" uses samples from Impossible Mission.
  • "I Do Coke" by electronic music producers Kill the Noise and Feed Me samples the anti-drug PSA called "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows".

  • Reportedly, Sufjan Stevens' album Enjoy Your Rabbit had extensive sampling... from songs that Stevens had recorded himself and never released.

    Hip Hop 
  • Biz Markie frequently sampled songs in much of his output; most notably interpolating Freddie Scott's 1968 song "(You) Got What I Need" for "Just a Friend". However, Markie's most infamous example was sampling Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" on his own similarly-named song without permission, which led to an absolutely massive lawsuit from O'Sullivan that both not only made sampling prohibitively expensive and require full permission from the copyright holder, but essentially killed Markie's career.
  • Arguable Trope Codifier - The KLF, which stands for Kopyright Liberation Foundation. They were art-terrorist types who built a musical career on silly, blatant sampling done with no permission, upsetting a lot of people. Particularly ABBA.
  • Megablast (Hip-Hop on Precinct 13) by Bomb the Bass is mostly a redo of the theme of Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). But it also had various samples, including one part of Malcolm McLaren's Double Dutchnote 
  • The groups which have used this technique to most critical acclaim are: Beastie Boys (Paul's Boutique, produced in collaboration with the Dust Brothers and sampling a whopping total of 105 songs/movies), Public Enemy (the Bomb Squad were famous for creating noisy, intense songs from lots of samples at once), DJ Shadow (Endtroducing.....), and J Dilla (Donuts).
  • Beastie Boys' "Hold It Now Hit It" samples Jimmy Castor's "The Return of Leroy (Part One)".
    • Beastie Boys sampled everybody, but one of their wittiest and most audacious grabs is the entire last line of "Finger Lickin' Good", which is taken wholesale from Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" : "I'm goin' back to New York City, I do believe that I've had enough." It rhymes. And it fits.
    • With Hot Sauce Committee Part II, they set out to make an album full of fake samples, adding record hiss to tracks or even recording a bar of original music before the part they intended to loop, to imitate how sometimes looped samples will include an artifact of the rest of the song (say the tail end of a sustained note or the sound of a vocalist taking a breath just before singing). They then went as far as to put a list of fictional songs and artists they supposedly sampled in the liner notes of the album.
  • Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" samples "Poison" by Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo and an interpolation of KRS-One's "Jimmy".
  • The Chilly Kids song "Ice Arcade" samples sound effects from Asteroids, Berzerk, and Space Invaders, and covers the Donkey Kong start theme by Yukio Kaneoka and the Pac-Man start theme by Toshio Kai.
  • Drake
  • Eazy-E's "Boyz-n-the Hood" samples Jimmy Castor's "The Return of Leroy (Part One)", Whodini’s "I’m A Ho", World Class Wreckin' Cru's "Surgery (Accapella Samples)", Original Concept's "Pump That Bass", Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff", LL Cool J’s "Three The Hard Way", Ice-T’s "Ya Don’t Quit", "Bang Zoom (Let's Go-Go)" by The Real Roxanne feat. Howie Tee, Beastie Boys' "Posse in Effect", and The Staple Singers' "I’ll Take You There".
  • The original version of the Geto Boys' "Gangster of Love" sampled the hell out of "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band, but Steve Miller wasn't too pleased, so on later releases they replaced it with samples of the riff from "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and "Gangster Boogie" by Chicago Gangsters.
  • Lil B
    • On #1 Bitch, "Cumin From Da Unda" samples the Star Wars "The Imperial March" theme by John Williams.
    • On 100% Percent Gutta, "4 Me" samples "We Found Love" by Rihanna.
    • On 05 Fuck Em, "I’m The Rap God" samples "Toxicity" by System of a Down.
    • On 6 Kiss, "X-Men" samples the X-Men: The Animated Series theme by Ron Wasserman.
    • On Based Blunts Vol. 1, "Toxic Girls" samples Toxic by Britney Spears.
    • On Blue Eyes, "Reflections" samples the Gladiator song "Now We Are Free" by Hans Zimmer And Lisa Gerrard.
    • On Free Music: The Complete Myspace Collection, "Max Payne" samples the Max Payne main theme by Kartsy Hatakka and Kimmo Kajesto, "Sonic World" samples the Sonic 2 main theme by Masato Nakamura, "Video Game Flow" samples the Sonic 2 "Aquatic Ruin Zone" theme by Masato Nakamura, and "Video Game Master" samples "Nintendo" by DJ Astro.
    • On Frozen, "Fade Up" samples "Head Over Heels" by Tears for Fears, and "Stay Frozen" samples "Who’s Crying Now" by Journey.
    • On God’s Father, "The BasedGods Layer" samples The Mission song "On Earth as It Is in Heaven" by Ennio Morricone, "Bitch I’m Bussin" samples the Donnie Darko song "Gretchen Ross" by Michael Andrews, "Flowers Rise" samples the ICO song "Heal" by Michiru Oshima And Koichi Yamazaki, "Fuck Ya Money" samples "Advice for the Young at Heart" by Tears for Fears, "Glourious BasedGod" samples "Steve McQueen" by M83, and "I Love You" samples the Final Fantasy X "Besaid Island" theme by Masashi Hamauzu.
    • On Green Flame, "Junes Confessions" samples the Chrono Cross song "Girl Who Stole The Stars" by Yasunori Mitsuda, and "Retaliation" samples the Resident Evil – Code: Veronica "Save Room Theme" by Takeshi Miura, Hijiri Anze and Sanae Kasahara.
    • On Red Flame, "New York Subway" samples Con te partirò by Andrea Bocelli.
    • On Red Flame: Evil Edition, "Hipster Girls" samples "High Fidelity" by Daft Punk, and "Lone Warrior" samples "Dearest" by Ayumi Hamasaki.
    • On Rich After Taxes, "What Do You Do" samples "Kare Wa Hurricane" by Yukiko Okada.
    • On S.S. Mixtape Vol. 1, "Retro Kids" samples "Numbers" by Kraftwerk.
    • On Water Is D.M.G. Pt. 1, "Computer Love" samples "Snowball" by Devo.
    • On White Flame, "BasedGod Fucked My Bitches" samples "One More Time" by Daft Punk, "Fed Time" samples "I Would Die 4 U" by Prince, and "In Down Bad" samples Chef Boyardee's cover of the RoboCop theme by Johnathan Dunn.
  • The Wu-Tang Clan loved using clips from old Chop Socky flicks. "Bring da Ruckus", "Shame on a Nigga", "Clan in da Front", "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber", "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" and "Protect Ya Neck" sample Shaolin and Wu Tang. "Bring da Ruckus" samples Ten Tigers of Kwangtung. "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" samples the trailer to Five Deadly Venoms. "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta Fuck Wit" samples Executioners from Shaolin.
  • A rare example of a song from an anime being sampled in a Western track would be a sample from "Rain by Yoko Kanno sped up to produce "The Rain" by indie hip hop artist TechN9ne. At the very end, the clip slows down and Mai Yamane's distinctive voice can be heard.
  • Plies' song "Bust It Baby Pt.2" sampled Janet Jackson's song "Come Back To Me".
  • Wiz Khalifa's song "Never Been" samples "Schala's Theme" from Chrono Trigger.
  • As mentioned above, Kanye West is practically sampling's poster boy.
    • He outdid himself when producing "Comfortable" for Lil Wayne, which sampled "You Don't Know My Name" by Alicia Keys. The catch being that Kanye also produced "You Don't Know My Name", sampling "Let Me Prove My Love To You" by The Main Ingredient. In other words, he sampled a track HE made using a sample.
    • "Niggas in Paris" by Jay Z & Kanye West samples dialogue from Blades of Glory.
    • "4th Dimension" from Kids See Ghosts , his team-up album with Kid Cudi, samples "What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swinging')" by Louis Prima which is a Christmas song from 1936.
  • Mr. Scruff likewise builds a great deal of his music out of samples. Probably his best-known — since it was used in several commercials — is "Get A Move On", which tears down and reconstructs an old Moondog track, "Bird's Lament".
    • Also in Orbital's "Don't Stop Me".
  • Puff Daddy and his Bad Boy record label often get the worst criticism for simplistic sampling methods. One example is "Come With Me", which samples from "Kashmir" (and correspondingly credits Jimmy Page; they even performed it together on Saturday Night Live), and "I'll Be Missing You", a sample from the Police's "Every Breath You Take" from Synchronicity. A oft-repeated joke theory is that Puff Daddy - or whatever he's going by this month - keeps changing his nickname so he can steal his own music.
  • Rapper A-1 did an album, After School Special, where each song samples the theme song of and is about a show he used to watch as a kid, including Reading Rainbow, Nickelodeon's All That, and Pokemon.
  • Rapper Fabolous samples "Dance of Curse" from The Vision of Escaflowne in the song Body Bag.
  • Producer The 45 King sampled the chorus "It's a Hard Knock Life" from The Musical Annie for Jay-Z's song "Hard Knock Life". He also turned the first two lines of Dido's "Thank You" into the chorus of Eminem's song "Stan".
  • Flo Rida garnered a truly legendary amount of backlash and hatedom over his songs "Right Round" and "Sugar", which shamelessly sample Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" and Eiffel 65's "Blue" respectively.
    • Flo Rida also has sampled 3 songs in a row twice. Etta James' "Something's Got A Hold on Me" was sampled by DJ Avicii in "Levels", which Flo Rida sampled as "Good Feeling"; and Brenda Russell's "Piano in the Dark" was sampled by DJ group Bingo Players in "Cry (Just A Little)", turned by Flo Rida into "I Cry"
  • Rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony samples fighting game Eternal Champions for the songs "Eternal" and the original mix of "Crossroads".
  • Play the Public Enemy instrumental "Security of the First World" to anyone who was alive and listened to radio/watched MTV in 1990. Ask what song it's from. Don't be surprised if they say it's from Madonna.
  • Eminem samples Soulcalibur's "Cervantes’ Theme" for the song "Hellbound"
  • Kool G Rap sampled the Final Fantasy VII battle theme in "We Gs". Yes, really.
    • Another FFVII example, rapper Cam'ron samples "One Wing Angel" in "Troublemakers".
  • This rap samples the track "Star of Darkness" from Secret of Mana.
  • Eminem has done 2 songs sampling the Batman theme - one (with 50 Cent) is called "Gatman and Robbin'".
  • Jay-Z samples Justice in "On To The Next One".
  • Busta Rhymes has a few: "Touch It" famously samples "Technologic" by Daft Punk; "This Means War!!!" samples "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath note  ; and "Dangerous" samples the first four lyrics from "We're Not Candy", a 1983 Long Island Regional Poison Control Council Public Service Announcement warning children that pills are not candy.
  • Childish Gambino sampled "Slow Moon Theme" from Streets of Rage 2 in "Hold You Down."
  • A couple of examples from producer Friendzone:
  • G-Eazy's "Lost In Translation" samples "PONPONPON" by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
  • Nicki Minaj
    • The big bottom anthem "Anaconda" samples what could be considered the most famous big bottom anthem out there, Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back".
    • "Dark Fantasy" has Nicki reciting the spoken-word poetry of Roald Dahl's "Cinderella" from Revolting Rhymes.
    • "Technologic" is sampled in "The Boys".
    • "Truffle Butter" by Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne, samples "What They Say" by Maya Jane Coles.
    • The "Oh-wha-oh!" from The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" was sampled for "Check It Out" by Nicki Minaj featuring
    • "Your Love" samples Annie Lennox's version of "No More I Love Yous", specifically the "du bu du bu dub dub dub... ooh".
    • "Barbie World", her duet with Ice Spice, samples Aqua's "Barbie Girl".
  • The Da Nang hooker, played by Papillon Soo Soo in Full Metal Jacket, is sampled in Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back", and 2 Live Crew's "Me So Horny", which samples "Firecracker" by Mass Production, and Richard Pryor's "Which Way Is Up?"
  • Pharoahe Monch's 1999 hit "Simon Says". Yes, he sampled Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth for this one. One of the rare examples of the "loop it and leave it" that sounds awesome.note 
  • Ice Cube has sampled a number of beats over his career, but he was nice enough to warn everybody with the track "Jackin' For Beats", where he compares his sampling to flat-out robbery, while fittingly cycling through about half a dozen beats in the song itself.
    Give me that beat fool, it's a full time jack move
    Chilly Chill, yo homie mack the track move
    And I'll jack any Tom, Dick and Hank
    That's the name of the suckers I done ganked!
  • Warren G's "Regulate" samples Young Guns.
  • Yo Gotti's "Down in the DM" is believed to sample The Legend of Zelda dungeon theme.
  • Done several times in The Hamilton Mixtape, sampling from the show Hamilton. Given Lin-Manuel Miranda's involvement in both, it's not surprising.
    • "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" samples "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)".
    • "Wrote My Way Out" samples "Hurricane".
    • "Say Yes to This" uses the instrumental track for "Say No to This". It could almost be considered a parody/cover, except the beat and meter used in the two songs is completely different.
    • The beginning of "An Open Letter" samples the piano part for "Wait For It", which makes sense, because it immediately follows Usher's cover of the song on the album.
    • "Take a Break - Interlude" and "Stay Alive - Interlude" sample/remix the songs of the same name.
  • DJ Khaled:
    • "Wild Thoughts" samples from Santana's "Maria Maria".
    • "Just Us" samples Outkast's "Ms. Jackson".
  • Rihanna's "Jump" uses lyrics from "Pony" by Ginuwine but censors the more explicit portion of the quote (the original is "If you're horny..." not "If you want it").
  • Juice Wrld was sued for sampling Sting's "Shape Of My Heart" on "Lucid Dreams".
  • Numerous songs have sampled or interpolated "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm Mc Laren:
    • An iconic scream used in the track was used in "I Wish" by Skee Lo, "Doin' Time" by Sublime, and "Workinonit" by J Dilla.
    • "Buffalo Stance" by Neneh Cherry is based around the track, and samples it for its background.
    • Even Eminem, while he didn't sample the track per se, interpolated some of the lyrics (with some changes) in the opening of his track "Without Me".
  • Kid Rock's Hip-Hop and Rap Rock album The Polyfuze Method had as many as 8 known samples on a single song, and at least 6 identified samples on two other songs. Not just the typical 1970s Funk and Soul songs often plundered for sampling in that era, but also contemporary Alternative Rock and Post-Punk tracks, as well as cartoons and local TV, including commercials, as part of a sampledelia sound.
    • Kid Rock's later Country Rock song "All Summer Long" samples "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon. The songwriters from both songs receive co-writers credit.
  • Ryan Celsius and Emotional Tokyo, two producers of visual mixtapes built mostly around phonk, vaporwave & lo-fi music that is filled with samples.
  • "That's My People" by Suprême NTM samples Prelude op. 28 #4 by Fryderyk Chopin as well as the lyrics 'That's ma people' from "What The Blood Clot" (1994) by Method Man and 'I make music for my people' from "Intro" (1996) by Keith Murray.
  • In La Haine, the guy played by DJ Cut Killer blasts a sampling of a 'Nique la police' ('Fuck the Police') lyric by JoeyStarr (of Suprême NTM), KRS-One's "Sound of da Police", Assassin's "Je glisse" and... Édith Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette rien".

  • Some bands take sound clips from movies or TV shows and insert them into their songs. Dream Theater in particular does this often, a good chunk of "Space-Dye Vest" is made up of sound bites, and the first three minutes or so of "The Great Debate" is made up of samples of news clips. Exhaustive research has established that the top 5 most sampled non-musical works are: Blade Runner, NASA, Apocalypse Now, Aliens, and JFK.
  • DragonForce used the Double Dragon theme in one of their songs. Although it wasn't a direct sample. It was a guitar riff.
  • Iced Earth: Desert Rain's solo, from Night Of The Stormrider, is largely a cover of Super Mario Land Ruins theme. Also, covering Videogame Music before it was a cool thing (this album was released in 1991, a few months after Super Mario Land's release.) Solo in question starts around 2:25.
  • White Zombie is a rare (non-industrial) metal example in using extensive sampling, mostly from old B movies, with some Rush Limbaugh, Batman, and Manson Family thrown in.
  • Mr. Bungle used samples heavily in their self-titled debut, mostly from NES games, but also two infamous clips from a porno and a puppet show that share the band's name. Also, the original demo version of "Anarchy Up Your Anus" started with a sample from Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House, a Halloween album of narration and sound effects released by The Walt Disney Company - for a 2020 remake of their first demo, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, they just had actress Rhea Perlman recreate the narration from the original version, rather than go to the trouble of getting Disney's permission for the original audio.
  • Machinae Supremacy:
    • There are movie dialogue samples in some of their songs. For example, in "Hybrid:"
    • They've also used clips from television shows, such as one from the Futurama episode "Mother's Day" which opens the original version of "Attack Music":
    "In actual news, the human race was doomed to extinction today as the robot revolt turned violent."
  • Metallica famously bought ownership of the film version "Johnny Got His Gun" and commissioned a remix version of the song "One" (about the novel) that featured audio from the film mixed in with the song for it's music video. But even though they own the rights to the source material, it's never been commercially released on CD.
  • Skinless used samples on the intros to the majority of their songs. Some of the samples for their early Toilet Humor songs ended up being Nausea Fuel all on their own. The same goes in relation to the Nightmare Fuel quotient of their later Humans Are Bastards-driven work.
  • Obituary used this on their fourth album, World Demise, mixed between movie lifts and what sounds like heavy machinery (such as pile drivers).
  • On their comedic rap-metal crossover "I'm the Man", Anthrax samples a scream from the late comedian Sam Kinison, small fragments of Run–D.M.C. and Beastie Boys, and a snippet of Metallica's song "Master of Puppets".
  • Sentenced's instrumental "Golden Streams of Lapland" uses at one point the iconic "world of shit" line from Full Metal Jacket.

  • The Amen break from "Amen Brother" by The Winstons — a song, and a band, which would have been likely forgotten if this one break hadn't been samppled over and over again. Used many times in underground techno and rap.
  • The Funky Drummer break, used an insane amount of times, and which also managed to spread beyond hip-hop and into pop.
  • John Bonham's drum break from Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" is a perennial favourite with samplers, as is the synthesizer riff from Tubeway Army's "Are 'Friends' Electric".
  • Panic! at the Disco sampled a clip from an old Sesame Street episode for the song "Vegas Lights" (one can just make out the end of The Count doing his signature laugh right at the song's start).
  • For some time between the edge of the 90's and 2008, Timbaland made a habit of sampling various Middle-Eastern songs in his productions. This has got him sued more than once, accused of plagiarism, and his production talent in general has been called into question.
  • "The Big Beat" by Billy Squier has been sampled in over 300 songs, according to WhoSampled. Some of the more notorious examples include "99 Problems" by Jay-Z, "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys, "Hip Hop is Dead" by Nas, and "Ain't No Half Steppin'" by Big Daddy Kane.

  • Probably the earliest use of sampling was The Beatles' "I Am The Walrus", on which they (with permission) used samples from a BBC Radio production of King Lear.
  • Kate Bush sampled the 1957 film Night of the Demon in her song Hounds of Love.
  • J-Pop duo Halcali's "Twinkle Star" samples the theme from The Magnificent Seven. It also samples the beat from Isaac Hayes' "Breakthrough" during the breakdown.
  • Not even Disney is safe from sampling. Listen as "Whistle While You Work" is sampled by (currently disbanded) boy band NLT in their incredibly sexual "Whistle".
  • Lana Del Rey's "Ultraviolence" contains lyrics originally from "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)" by The Crystals.
  • "Popular" from Wicked is about Glinda trying to teach her roommate Elphaba how to become popular at the start of their friendship. "Popular Song" by Mika is a Take That! at popular kids who bullied the protagonist growing up.
  • Icona Pop's "Girlfriend" uses part of the chorus to "Me And My Girlfriend" by Tupac Shakur. The former is a Friendship Song while the latter is about a man and his gun. To fit the different theme, they changed the lyrics from the original's "Down to ride to the bloody end" to "Down to ride to the happy end".
  • "Hampster Dance", like the website it was based on, is based around a sped-up sample of Alan-a-Dale's song, "Whistle Stop" by Roger Miller from the beginning of Robin Hood (1973).
  • Billie Eilish's song "my strange addiction" samples lines from The Office (US) episode "Threat Level Midnight", suggesting her "strange addiction" is the show!
  • "Hung Up" by Madonna from Confessions on a Dance Floor uses a prominent sample of "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" by ABBA. This was one of the few times that Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson have granted permission for their work to be sampled.
  • Hilary Duff's "Reach Out" samples Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus".


  • Jason DeRulo's "Whatcha Say", as the title would imply, samples the famous "Mmm whatcha say" part of "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap.
    • "Don't Wanna Go Home" interpolates the chorus from Harry Belafonte's "The Banana Boat Song" and samples the backbeat from Robin S.' "Show Me Love". It also throws in a random Lil Jon line for good measure.
    • "Fight For You" heavily samples "Africa" by Toto.
  • Janet Jackson samples from SquareSoft's soundtrack of all things. Janet's China Love pretty much repeats the first few seconds of Square's Moonlight City Roa from Legend of Mana for its background, only bothering to speed it up a bit.
  • Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" samples the basic rhythm and part of the first verse of "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club.

  • The Verve: "Bittersweet Symphony", sampling a rendition of "The Last Time" by The Andrew Oldham Orchestra, originally by The Rolling Stones. The former manager of The Stones - Allen Klein, who owned the band's entire pre-1971 recordings - sued, won, got royalties and Jagger/Richards got credits on the song. The band broke up shortly thereafter partially because they'd made no profit from the song after the lawsuit. It wasn't until 2019 that Richard Ashcroft of The Verve started being able to get royalties for the song again: Klein had passed away, The Stones were under new management, and after negotiations Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to sign over all publishing to Ashcroft.
  • On two separate occasions, Eels have sampled themselves: "Efil's God" is largely based around backwards loops of earlier track "Dog's Life", while a short violin phrase in "Selective Memory" later was prominently looped in "Fresh Feeling".
  • Mark De Gli Antoni of Soul Coughing built his keyboard lines entirely out of samples from multiple sources, some from his own work pre-dating the band itself. At least two Soul Coughing songs ("Bus To Beelzebub" and "Disseminated") are built almost entirely around Raymond Scott samples.
    • "Unmarked Helicopters", from The X-Files tie-in album Songs In The Key of X, samples Mark Snow's theme music for the show - it's not immediately apparent as such because they've also reversed and sped it up.
    • For "A Plane Scraped Its Belly On A Sooty Yellow Moon", a collaboration with Roni Size for the Spawn soundtrack, the band simply submitted various isolated tracks to Roni for him to sample, including parts of their previously released songs and Mike Doughty scatting and reciting his own poetry.
  • Space absolutely loved doing this, particularly in the early days. Spiders is very heavy on samples - the one that stands out the most being the Elephant Man sample on 'No One Understands' - as are several B-sides.
  • Sublime was notorious for sampling, not just actual parts of songs but lyrics as well. The most famous example is "Doin' Time", sampling "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess. This actually led to a mild case of Screwed by the Lawyers - the rights holders to "Summertime" would only allow them to use the sample if they didn't alter the lyric "summertime and the living is easy", but Bradley Nowell had already recorded his vocals, including the originally intended Title Drop of "doin' time and the living's easy". Since Nowell died while production on their Self-Titled Album was still wrapping up, Record Producer and friend of the band Michael Happoldt had to overdub the offending line himself in order for the song to be released note . "Doin' Time" also samples "Slow and Low" by Beastie Boys. "Smoke Two Joints" samples Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, "Na Touch Da Just" by Just-Ice, "No More ?'s" by Eazy-E, and "Outside" by The Ziggens. "What I Got" samples Richard Pryor’s "Have Your Ass Home By 11:00", and "Life Is... Too Short" by Too $hort.
  • Fastball's ''"The Way" begins with a series of sampled clips amidst the sounds of a television changing channels. One of the sampled sounds is a vocal clip from Jewel's "Foolish Games".
  • "Acid Drops" by Public Image Ltd. samples "God Save The Queen" by the Sex Pistols, John Lydon's previous band. The effect is sort of interesting - because the vocal sample is being used in a song with a slower tempo and a different chord progression, it can sound like John Lydon has just started singing the line "no future" towards the end as a self-reference... Then the rest of the music drops out and it becomes apparent that it's a loop taken straight from the Sex Pistols song.
  • Paul Kantner's 1970 science-fiction concept album Blows Against the Empire features sampling from George Pal's The War of the Worlds (1953) during the part where the starship is being hijacked.
  • Pink Floyd does a lot of this. The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Final Cut in particular, to cite a few examples.
  • Primitive Radio Gods prominently sampled B.B. King's "How Blue Can You Get" in their single hit "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand".
  • Guns N' Roses: "Civil War" from Use Your Illusion II opens with sampling Strother Martin's "What we've got here is failure to communicate" speech from Cool Hand Luke.

  • Our Miss Brooks: At least four examples:
    • April Fools: As Time Goes By, from Casablanca, plays as Miss Brooks stalls for time.
    • Wild Goose: I Must Go Where The Wild Goose Goes plays as Miss Brooks is sent on the wild goose chase Walter Denton had intended for Mr. Conklin.
    • Weekend at Crystal Lake: a stanza of the Anniversary Song plays after Miss Brook parodies it.
    • Friendship: the song Friendship is played as an ironic chorus whenever Miss Brooks loses a friend.
  • Possibly the weirdest example ever: the opening theme song to the Hellsing OVA, "A World Without Logos," samples from "When You Wish Upon a Star." It's nigh-impossible to pick out unless you know exactly what you're listening for.
    • More specifically, listen for the flute sample at about 2:10 into the song. The surrounding strings are also part of the sample, but the flute melody is particularly distinctive.
  • Here's an obscure one for you: "Hick It Up" from the Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 soundtrack. That drum riff sound familiar? You'd half expect it to turn into a ballroom blitz.
  • The Drakengard soundtrack is actually almost entirely sampled from various classical pieces, then chopped, cut, distorted, and mashed back together to make one utterly abstract and cacophonous (but very awesome) body of work.
  • A good amount of EarthBound's soundtrack is sampled from various sources, with some songs being composed entirely of modified audio samples (such as "Megaton Walk" and "The Place", which respectively sample "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" by The Beatles and "Deirdre" by The Beach Boys). This video provides a thorough guide to the various audio samples used throughout the game's soundtrack. Notable for being one of the first video games to use this technique on a sample-based cartridge, with some people joking that EarthBound invented Vaporwave.
  • The soundtrack to the game The New Tetris for the Nintendo 64, composed by Neil D. Voss, has an impressive amount of this for being cartridge-based game. This ranges from drum breaks (you'll hear that one in particular being used a lot), to vocals, and even to melodies. One song even samples De La Soul's "The Magic Number" (in turn sampling "Three is a Magic Number" from Schoolhouse Rock!) as (in his own words) a tribute to the group's producer, and one of Voss' favorites, Prince Paul. Here's some more examples.
  • The song that plays whenever Izaya is causing mischief in Durarara!! contains many samples, including Daffy Duck and some suspicious moans.
  • The Changeling Swamp theme in Twilight Wing samples the One-Woman Wail from Metal Gear Solid's end titles, albeit pitched up a fourth, as well as sampling "Afronova" from DanceDance Revolution and the Swamp BGM from Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
  • Lord Crump's theme from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door samples the Atari 2600 Pac-Man death sound, for some strange reason.
  • The creator of LISA has admitted to using a lot of samples for his soundtrack; the most notable one would be 'Summer Love', which sampled the baseline of Divina by Toro Y Moi.
  • In The Angry Video Game Nerd II: ASSimilation, the music for the "Hang Dong '97" stage, parodying Hong Kong '97, uses a sped-up sample of "I Love Beijing Tiananmen".
  • Nintendo's games aren't known for using samples, but when Nintendo's composers use sampling, they go all out. Take, for example, Zant's battle theme from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which samples music from earlier boss battles, and Tentacular Circus from Splatoon, where pretty much every note of the main melody is some sort of wacky sample. Indeed, much of Splatoon's soundtrack is chock-full of sampling, to the point that some people suspected that Hideki Naganuma had been involvednote .
    • The most infamous example was the original Fire Temple music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which sampled a chant containing verses from the Koran. The original sound team claims not to have known what it was, and Nintendo removed it from later printings of the game to avoid offending Muslims after realizing its origin.
  • This trope is very common in Super Mario World ROM hacks. Vanilla Level Design Contest levels often use sampled music from other video games.
  • Final Fantasy VII has three cases: "Electric de Chocobo" uses part of the Surfaris' "Wipe Out" and the Chantays' "Pipeline", and "Fiddle de Chocobo" uses part of "Oh, Susanna". The third example, One-Winged Angel (yes, that one), utilizes lyrics from "Estuans Interius" and "Veni, Veni, Venias" for its Ominous Latin Chanting portions.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has a long history of sampling music:
  • A few tracks from The King of Fighters '94 - most notably "Esaka" (the Hero Team theme), "Slum No. 5" (the USA Sports Team theme) and "Showdown R&D" (one of Final Boss Rugal's themes) sample some opening voice clips from Digital Undergrounds' "Gutfest '89".
  • In the late 1990s to early 2000s, several video game composers drew chanting samples from the Heart of Africa sample library for some of their works, such as Bentley's Outpost from Spyro: Year of the Dragon, Papu Pummel from Crash Bash, and the title theme from Worms World Party.
  • The Silent Hill series made frequent use of sampling from Spectrasonics products, most notably the albums "Distorted Reality" and "Bizarre Guitar." They also made frequent use of "A Poke in the Ear with a Sharp Stick" by Rarefaction.
  • The Metroid Prime trilogy sampled much of their music from an obscure hip-hop sample CD called "Uncivilized Grooves" by the British producer ZTime.
  • Like Silent Hill, the soundtrack of both The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask took samples from "Distorted Reality" and "Bizarre Guitar" by Spectrasonics. As well as the Zero-G album "Ethnic Flavours".
  • Hideki Naganuma loves putting samples in his work.
    • The title theme of Jet Set Radio Future, The Concept of Love, takes samples from Stokely Carmichael's Free Huey speech.
    • The song "Da People" from Bomb Rush Cyberfunk also samples the same Free Huey speech like its spiritual predecessor.
  • The Postal soundtrack (if you can call it that) makes heavy use of samples from the "Ghost in the Machine" sample CD by Zero-G.

    Western Animation 
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog uses a lot of sampling for its soundtrack. Most notably with Katz's infamous theme, which is comprised of elements from the "Sand Castles" suite off of Spectrasonics' Liquid Grooves sample CD. The tracks "Laredo" and "Iron Eyes" from Spectrasonics' Bizarre Guitar CD are particularly iconic as well.
  • The Futurama episode "Fear of a Bot Planet" and The Simpsons episode "Homer Goes to College" both sample the "Intruder alert! Intruder alert!" and "Get the humanoid!" sound effects from the game Berzerk.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "K-Acme TV", the Super Pluckyo Bros. commercial samples sound effects from Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Wave Twisters samples from many sources, including StarCraft.

  • One of the very few actual hits that Baha Men actually had, "You All Dat", features a sampling from The Tokens', "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", specifically the, "Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh" line.
  • Irving Berlin sampled his own "God Bless America" for the Opening Chorus of the Broadway musical 'Call Me Madam''.
  • Episode 5 of the anime Gunbuster actually samples sound effects from the movie Ghostbusters of all things, several times.
  • The looped "Woo! Yeah!" sample from "Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins has been featured in many songs, TV shows and video games.
  • This video from Pitchfork features The Avalanches members discussing samples they liked or found particularly notable, such as the use of the theme from Underdog in "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin Ta Fuck With" or a sample from "Only One Can Win" by The Sylvers in "Two Can Win".
  • Deconstructing Beck was a compilation by various artists where every track consists entirely of unauthorized rearranged Beck samples. The compilation was largely seen as raising a point about sampling itself: Since Beck has the backing of a major label, it's relatively easier for him to use sampling in his music without legal repercussions, whereas independent artists who want to regularly engage in sampling may have to fly under the radar to avoid being sued out of existence. The producer behind the compilation actually called the forthcoming release to the attention of Beck's legal team as a publicity stunt - the lawyers took the bait and threatened legal action, only to find that the label, producer, and most of the artists were good enough at keeping their identities a secret that they couldn't figure out who to actually sue.


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Forget Not the Men in Black

Patrice Rushen's original song asks her former lover not to forget her, but Will Smith's sample asks people to do just that when it comes to the Men in Black.

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