Five 2Pac tracks that sampled classic Hip Hop songs

June 17, 2018


5. "Peewee's Dance" By Joeski Love


Listen closely to the song that starts off 2Pac's 27 track double LP, "All Eyez On Me" and you'll hear the drums from Joeski Love's 1986 single "Peewee's Dance". As a bonus note the Daz produced, "Ambitionz Az A Rida" also borrows vocal harmony's from Dr. Dre's "Stranded On Death Row".


"I won't deny it I'm a straight rida

you don't wanna f*ck with me"  


"I'm not bragging but I'm just sagging

I bet you don't wanna see the d-o double g."


4. "Better Off" by Johny J and Mel-Low ("I Aint No Joke" Eric B. & Rakim) 


Although the beat for 1996's "Picture Me Rollin" will always be linked to Pac the identical 2 bar loop was first released as the instrumental for "Better Off" by Johny J and Mel-Low in 1994. Johny J, who's credited as producing both songs, made great use of the 808 pattern found on the first couple bars of Eric B. & Rakim's "I Aint No Joke".



3. "Step In The Arena" Gang Starr


2Pac even went as far as giving Primo a shout out for allowing him to use the horn loop on "I Get Around". Unfortunately those horns belong to Fred Wesley which one has to assume is still collecting royalties for one of Pac's biggest commercial hits. 




2. "Top Billin" Audio Two



Arguably one of the best musical compositions found on "All Eyez On Me" the song "Only God Can Judge Me" features bay area's Rappin 4tay and utilizes another iconic drum pattern from the vaults of 1980's hip hop.  




1. "Y? (Be Like That) (Jay Dee Remix)" The Pharcyde


Easily the most controversial on the list. The post-humous Pac release, "Do For Love" not only samples but blatantly steals the vibe set by Jay Dee (AKA J-Dilla) on the Pharcyde's Labcabincalifornia remix. Produced by Danish duo, Soulshock and Karlin "Do For Love" contains a sample from blue eyed soul artist, Bobby Caldwell, ironically the same artist Dilla would sample on Common's "The Light".   







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