10) Wu-Tang Clan – “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta F’ Wit” (Loud, 1993)
Sample Source: Allen Toussaint Orchestra – “Theme From Underdog” (M.C.R. Productions, 1989)
Prince Paul: RZA using this is just crazy! I was around actually when they made 36 Chambers and as a result I know that there’s a little sound effect RZA triggers to cover up parts of the actual sample. He tried hiding a scratch on the record with little shakers or claps! [laughs] And you know what? It’s actually my record! RZA used it and never gave it back [laughs]. He was at the crib making ODB’s record and I came by and saw it and said ‘Yo this is mine!’ He just looked at me and smiled [laughs]. I grabbed it right back and left! [laughs]
6. Group Home – “Supa Star” (Payday, 1994) / “Supa Dupa Star (June 1994 Demo Version)” (Payday, 1995)
PRODUCER: DJ Premier
SAMPLE SOURCE: Cameo – “Hangin’ Downtown” (Atlanta Artists, 1984)
DJ Spinna: Premier is the undisputed champ of flips. He’ll take a record that nobody cares about, would never buy, and kill it. Not to say the Cameo album with this song is garbage because it’s got classic cuts on there. But his use of “Hangin’ Downtown” – the intro to that song – is not something that I think anyone would have thought to use, especially in the manner that he used it. It’s just genius, man. Premier has that inner era that’s just unstoppable and untouchable. Nobody can mess with him when it comes to chops and flips. He killed that. And with the alternate mix “Supa Dupa Star” – even more so. Very creative to think that he could revisit the sample and figure out another way to use it.
6. Gang Starr “Above the Clouds” (Noo Trybe, 1998)
Producer: DJ Premier
Sample Source: John Dankworth – “Two Piece Flower” (Fontana, 1967)
JAKE ONE: Premier probably inspired me with chopping more than anybody. I coulda listed so many of his. I remember when that beat came out I listened to the song over and over and over. And then when I found the record he sampled, I was just like, man, this record is so dumb – how did he even just listen to this and find this part and put it with these drums. I don’t know. He’s just the best ever at that – taking just some miniscule shit that’s not really great on its own and making it great.