Friday, June 26, 2009

What's playing in my deck

Something, anything, with a little hint of the late King of Pop. It's no surprise that Michael Jackson left his substantial musical imprint all over hip hop, too.

Here's a list of my five favorite hip-hop joints that include samples from Jackson's unparalleled catalogue:

1. It Ain't Hard to Tell by Nas. Jackson sample: Human Nature. A couple of classics from a pair of artists who were, in a sense, pioneers of their genre. Obviously, Nas ain't touching Mike on a number of levels. But nonetheless, Nas has built quite a legacy in hip hop. This was the song that pretty much launched his career and turned Illmatic into a classic.

2. It's All About the Benjamins by Puffy, Biggie, The Lox and Lil' Kim. Jackson sample: It's Great to Be Here. If you're wondering where the sample comes in, it's the last verse of the song. Biggie's verse. And he kills it. As usual.

3. OPP by Naughty by Nature. Jackson sample: ABC. "OPP" is a song that has held up well over the years. Nothing feels dated about it.

4. You Ain't a Killer by Big Pun. Jackson sample: With a Child's Heart. The first Pun single that I ever heard. I was a fan from jump.

5. Breakadawn by De La Soul. Jackson sample: I Can't Help It. One of my favorite hip-hop acts rhyming over my absolute favorite Michael Jackson song. Both songs put me totally at peace.

Honorable mentions: All That I Got is You by Ghostface (Maybe Tomorrow); Izzo (H.O.V.A.) by Jay-Z (I Want You Back); Hey Lover by LL Cool J and Boyz II Men (The Lady in My Life).


G.D. said...

Breakadawn might be my favorite De La track. And you're right, both those songs will mellow you out real quick.

blackink said...

You know, I think it might be through De La that I got turned on to "I Can't Help It." Like, I hardly ever listened all the way through Off The Wall.

Damn. I was so ignorant as a kid. I missed out on so much.