Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Art of Hip-Hop Sampling Vol. IV, part 7

While Kanye West popularized sped-up rock samples, in particular the Alvin and the Chipmunks style, high-speed dub sounding vocal snippets, other producers were developing the style before him. Check out the Foreigner song and classic rock staple ‘Cold as Ice.’

Now listen to MOP sampling ‘Cold as Ice,’ in their hard, typically rugged ‘Cold as Ice.’ Well, maybe this would be less of a sample and more of a re-working of the song. Not quite a cover. Incidentally, MOP really used to get me energized and ready to do stuff. Nothing too aggressive or destructive, mind you, just chores, working out, mundane daily activities. It all somehow seemed much more enjoyable while listening to Brownsville’s finest.

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