Cover Story | Sampling has been around for a while, but it didn’t make its name until the 90’s. Labels like Bad Boy, Death Row and others used sampling to elevate their sound and ended up giving us classic music. But there are even levels to samples. There are plenty that may have created a classic record but The DeBarge’s “A Dream” actually gave us two. Released in 1983 on the album In A Special Way “The Dream was a good song. However, it was only one of the album cuts and never released as a single, but it has been sampled in several over the years.
Don’t Leave Me – Blackstreet
On the 1997 release Another Level, “Don’t Leave” was the second single off the album. It didn’t even chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but that doesn’t stop it from getting played at all the barbecues. Produced by Teddy Riley and every man’s anthem when they trying to get their girl back, it was one of my favorites on the album before its release as a single in 98.
I Ain’t Mad At Cha – 2Pac ft. Danny Boy
I still remember the video with 2Pac talking to Bokeem Woodine from the afterlife. While it wasn’t technically released as a single in the U.S., it had a video and got play on the radio so I’m counting it. Released on the All Eyez on Me album in 1996, “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” might still be one of my favorite Pac songs. He was really one of the best poets in Hip Hop. He reminisces on his youth in the song and how things have changed over the years.
The Dream is still being used in songs today. Artists like Rihanna and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and others have continued to keep the song alive in their music. The sample is one of the most recognizable that I can think of and while I haven’t been a fan of every song it’s been used in there have been a few that still show a creative way to use it, and that’s a great way to continue to appreciate it.Leave a comment