As more and more people begin to deep-dive into the world of music, we begin to discover how many of our favorite hip-hop songs use samples of indie music as a technique in music production.
Sampling music is no secret in the world of hip-hop and provides a new layer or atmosphere for artists to divulge when creating their music. What’s cool about this technique is that it also showcases the skills of music producers and artists alike. With sampling, artists can use a wide range of genres to make an entirely new tune with their spin on it. Here are five indie songs that were sampled by hip-hop artists.
1. “Cherry” by Chromatics
This indie tune gets sampled in “Man Of The Year” by ScHoolboy Q. One of our personal favorites, this song on its own is just perfectly out of this world. The iconic intro is what gets sampled in “Man Of The Year” and we totally get why. The song radiates an ethereal vibe that you can’t get out of your head.
2. “Silver Soul” by Beach House
This beautifully sad song gets reversed, sped-up and more in “Money Trees” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Jay Rock. Like “Cherry”, this song’s intro becomes the opening of “Money Trees”. Beach House is no stranger to hip-hop artists, as they’ve been sampled several times by others like The Weeknd, and we hope to hear more “collaborations” like this one in the future.
3. “6 8” by Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Both Drake and one of his go-to producers Noah “40” Shebib sampled this low and slow track in “Jungle” to provide the foundation for one of Drake’s fan-favorites. Garzón-Montano’s soothing vocals pair well with Drake’s style of production.
4. Aquarium – Nosaj Thing
“Man On The Moon” by Kid Cudi gets it soft atmospheric background by sampling this song by Nosaj Thing. “Aquarium” is made up of a lot of layered elements including soft whispers and echoey acoustic guitar chords. Cudi’s words on top of all the layering come together to form a masterpiece.
5. Don’t Come Home Today by Good Morning
This mesmerizing tune gets sampled by A$AP Rocky in “Kids Turned Out Fine”. Rocky is known to sample music and use certain sounds that fall under a hypnotizing melody to fit his aesthetic. “Don’t Come Home Today” by Good Morning makes a perfect fit for Rocky to put his spellbinding twist on it.
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