• The 6 Best Samples of 2012 (Pt. 2)
    It's that time again! The year's almost over, so there's no better time to finish our wrap-up of the best samples of 2012 - hopefully Kanye doesn't drop something else on Christmas or something. If you missed the best samples of the first half of this year, make sure to dig in right here. Now let's get to it - here are the best hip-hop sampling songs of the last six months of 2012 (again, in no particular order).

    Diamond - At the Bar



    It's about time you get to know Diamond, the up and coming female rapper out of ATL. What better way to introduce you than the Daft Punk-sampling "At the Bar." By slowing down the indie favorite's synths and utilizing Juicy J's barking vocals in the hook, that "One More Time" becomes a perfect, trill, Southern hip-hop track.

    Kendrick Lamar feat. Jay Rock - Money Trees



    On an album full of ridiculously good samples, this is the one that floored us the most. Extracting the dreaminess of Beach House's "Silver Soul" and transporting it to Kendrick's Compton, LA has enormous effect. "Money Trees" sounds perfectly vintage, chill but heavy, and subtle enough to let Kendrick Lamar do his thing lyrically.

    Talib Kweli and Z-Trip feat. Jay Rock - The Corner



    First of all, Jay Rock got himself on some nasty beats this year. Second of all, how can you not give producer Charlemagne all the props in the world for turning your dad's favorite song into an inner-city beat? "The Corner" hits extremely hard, and that chopped up R.E.M. mandolin sounds unbelievable, not to mention the emotional outro with hand claps that closes the song.

    Kanye West - White Dress



    Here's how skilled Kanye West and the RZA are as producers - they slow-mo a hook from a song by The Game ("All the Way Gone") and match it with the R&B of The Emotions' "I Could Never Be Happy" and end up with one of the best, most complete rap songs of the year. If only Kanye figured out how to do this on Cruel Summer, right?

    Childish Gambino feat. Danny Brown - Toxic



    Sampling Britney Spears' "Toxic" has certainly been done before - most notably by Mark Ronson and Ol' Dirty Bastard - but Childish and his producer Ludwig Goransson have done the most to make it their own song. This "Toxic" is chopped, screwed, flipped, and morphed into a perfect palatte for Danny Brown and Childish Gambino to go wild in their verses. By the end you actually feel like you've been poisoned.

    A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, & Kendrick Lamar - Fucking Problem



    Doing the most with the least, Drake's producer-in-resident, Noah "40" Shebib, takes minimal slices from Aaliyah's "Come Over" and bumps out the baddest hip-hop song of 2012, a perfect beat for some of this generation's best rappers to get down. Seriously, try not to get jacked up over this hook. We dare you.

    There it is. Now you can take our first list and make up a Top 5 for 2012 or something like that. Or better yet, why don't you let us know what your Top 5 samples of 2012 are?

    Blog Entry By: Andrew Gruttadaro 



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