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ITT: Famous Music "Samples," Covers, and Straight Up Ripoffs


Stylish Dinosaur
Jul 15, 2009
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Thought this would be a fun idea for a thread. I always enjoy this sort of thing:

I'll start with "Apache," which became "Jump on It."

The original:


The cover by the Incredible Bongo Band (my favorite version):


Sampled by the Sugarhill Gang:

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Stylish Dinosaur
Jul 15, 2009
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George Harrison was successfully sued over this:



Stylish Dinosaur
Jul 15, 2009
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"Yeah, the beginning of that bloody Phantom song is from Echoes. *DAAAA-da-da-da-da-da*. I couldn't believe it when I heard it. It's the same time signature—-it's 12/8—-and it's the same structure and it's the same notes and it's the same everything. Bastard. It probably is actionable. It really is! But I think that life's too long to bother with suing Andrew fucking Lloyd Webber."

-Roger Waters

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White Hispanic
Aug 18, 2006
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Belinda Carlisle's Heaven is a Place on Earth and Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer. Nearly identical chords.


Stylish Dinosaur
Jul 15, 2009
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Most sampled song ever:


A Tribe Called Quest - "Seperate / Together"
Above the Law - "Murder Rap"
Above the Law - "Untouchables"
Above the Law - "What Cha Can Prove"
Allison Williams - "Sleep Talk"
Another Def Creation - "The Beat Keeper"
Awesome Dre - "Frankly Speaking"
Beastie Boys - "Shadrach"
Big Daddy Kane - "Mortal Combat"
Biz Markie - "Spring Again"
Black Rock & Ron - "Stop the World"
Breeze - "Great Big Freak"
BWP - "A Different Category"
Cash Money & Marvelous - "Drawers"
Choice MC - "Bad A-s Bitch"
Chubb Rock - "Bump the Floor"
Chubb Rock - "Talkin' Loud, Ain't Sayin' Jack"
Coldcut - "Say Kids, What Time is It?"
Compton's Most Wanted - "The Final Chapter"
Compton's Most Wanted - "Wanted"
Convicts - "I Like Boning"
CPO - "Flow to the Rhythm"
Criminal Nation - "I'm Rollin'"
Criminal Nation - "Insane"
Criminal Nation - "It's a Black Thing"
Criminal Nation - "The Right Crowd"
De la Soul - "Oodles of O's"
Deep Forest - "Deep Forest"
Depeche Mode - "My Joy"
Derek B - "Get Down"
Derek B - "Human Time Bomb"
Digable Planets - "Where I'm From"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "2 Damn Hype"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Hip Hop Dancer's Theme"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Jazzy's Groove"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Magnificent Jazzy Jeff"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Pump up the Bass"
DJ Mark the 45 King ft Lakim Shabazz - "When a Wise Man Speaks"
DJ Master T - "Wind Me Up"
DOC - "Let the Bass Go"
Domination - "Back at it Again"
Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride"
Eazy-E - "We Want Eazy"
Enigma - "Carly's Song"
Eric B and Rakim - "Lyrics of Fury"
Eric B and Rakim - "Relax with Pep"
Father MC - "Ain't it Funky"
Fine Young Cannibals - "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be"
Freddie Foxx - "F. F. is Here"
Fresh 4 - "Wishing on a Star"
Gang Starr - "2 Deep"
George Michael - "Waiting for That Day/You Can't Always Get. . ."
Geto Boys - "Mind of a Lunatic"
Geto Boys - "Read These Nikes"
Goats - "TV Cops"
Gus Gus - "Purple"
Guy - "I Like"
Hard Knocks - "A Blow to the Head"
Heavy D - "Peaceful Journey"
Heavy D - "We Got Our Own Thang"
Hi-C - "Take a Ride"
HWA - "Trick is a Trick"
Ice Cube - "Endangered Species"
Ice Cube - "Jackin' for Beats"
Ice T - "I Ain't New Ta This"
Ice T - "Original Gangster"
Ice T - "Radio Suckers"
James Brown - "She Looks All Types A' Good"
Jaz - "The Originators"
Kid 'N Play - "Foreplay"
Kid 'N Play - "Slippin'"
Kid Sensation - "Emergency"
King Sun - "King Sun with the Sword"
Kool G Rap - "It's a Demo"
Kool G Rap - "The Butcher Shop"
Kool Moe Dee - "Bad, Bad, Bad"
Kool Moe Dee - "I'm Blowing Up"
Kool Moe Dee - "Knowledge is King"
Korn & the Dust Brothers - "Kick the P.A."
Kris Kross - "Jump"
Kris Kross - "Lil' Boys in Da Hood"
Kwame - "The Rhythm"
Lakim Shabazz - "Black is Back"
Leaders of the New School - "Sobb Story"
Leaders of the New School - "Teachers, Don't Teach Us Nonsense"
LL Cool J - "Boomin' System"
LL Cool J - "Fast Peg"
LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out"
LL Cool J - "Nitro"
LL Cool J - "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
Low Profile - "Make Room for. . ."
Maestro Fresh Wes - "Let Your Backbone Slide"
Mantronix - "Fresh is the Word"
Mantronix ft Wondress - "Got to Have Your Love"
Marky Mark - "Good Vibrations"
Master Cylinder - "It's Rhythm Part 1"
Masters at Work - "Jus' a Lil' Dope"
MC Lyte - "Brooklyn"
MC Shan - "So Def"
MC Shan - "So Fresh"
MC Smooth - "Blow the Whistle"
Mellow Man Ace - "Hypest from Cypress"
Mellow Man Ace - "River Cubano"
Michel'le - "No More Lies"
Michie Mee - "Jamaican Funk Canadian Style"
Ministere Amer - "Traitres"
Mistress & DJ Madame E - "Hypergroove"
Mistress & DJ Madame E - "Show 'em How We Play"
MMG - "Only the Strong Survive"
Mobb Deep - "Flavor for the Non-Believes"
Nas - "Get Down"
Naughty by Nature - "Hot Potato"
Naughty by Nature - "Ready for Dem"
New Order - "Ruined in a Day"
Nikki D - "Freak Accident"
Nikki D - "Gotta up the Ante for the Panties"
Nine Inch Nails - "Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)"
No Face - "Half"
NWA - "Fuck tha Police"
NWA - "Quiet on tha Set"
P-Funk All Stars - "Dope Dogs"
Paperboy - "The Nine Yards"
Paris - "I Call Him Mad"
Paris - "On the Prowl"
Paris - "The Devil Made Me Do It"
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - "Go with the Flow"
Pharcyde - "Officer"
Prince - "Gangster Glam"
Prince - "Gett Off"
Prince - "My Name is Prince"
Prince Johnny C - "Comin' to Get Ya"
Prince Johnny C - "Kevey Kev is a Dancer with Soul"
Public Enemy - "Bring the Noise"
Public Enemy - "Bring the Noise"
Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"
Public Enemy - "Hazy Shade of Criminal"
Public Enemy - "Rebel Without a Pause"
Public Enemy - "She Watch Channel Zero"
Public Enemy - "Terminator X to the Edge of Panic"
Public Enemy - "The Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx"
Queen - "We Are the Champions"
Redman - "Rated R"
Roxanne Shante - "Have a Nice Day"
Run-DMC - "Back from Hell"
Run-DMC - "Beats to the Rhyme"
Run-DMC - "Run's House"
Run-DMC - "Word is Born"
Salt-N-Pepa - "Let the Rhythm Run"
Scarface - "Born Killer"
Sinead O'Connor - "I Am Stretched on Your Grave"
Sir Mix-A-Lot - "No Holds Barred"
Slayer & Atari Teenage Riot - "No Remorse (I Wanna Die)"
Slick Rick - "The Moment I Feared"
Smooth Ice - "I'm Coming"
Smooth Ice - "Without a Pause"
Sons of Bazerk - "One Time for the Rebel"
South Central Cartel - "Neighborhood Jacka"
Stetsasonic - "DBC Let the Music Play"
Stetsasonic - "Sally"
Stetsasonic - "Speaking of a Girl Named Suzy"
Stetsasonic - "The Hip Hop Band"
Stop the Violence Movement - "Self-Destruction"
Style - "Victim to the Vinyl"
Sublime - "Scarlet Begonias"
Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud - "Do the James"
Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud - "Let the Drummer Get Ill"
Sweet T - "My Beat"
Tim Dog - "Goin Wild in the Penile"
Tim Dog - "Low Down Nigga"
TLC - "Shock Dat Monkey"
True Mathematics - "For the Lover in You"
Tung Twista - "No Peace Sign"
Tupac ft Richie Rich - "Lie to Kick It"
Ultramagnetic MCs - "Give the Drummer Some"
Ultramagnetic MCs - "Moe Love on the One & Two"
Vanilla Ice - "Stop That Train"
Wagon Christ - "Filthy Drummer"
WC & the Maad Circle - "Ghetto Serenade"
Yomo & Maulkie - "Mockingbird"
YZ - "Return of the Holy One"
Z-Trip - "Rockstar"
Z-Trip - "Rockstar 2"
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