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A sample is a portion of one sound recording and used as an instrument or element of a new recording. For more information, see the Wikipedia entry for sampling.
Groove Armada sampled Patti Page's "Old Cape Cod"
The Verve sampled Andrew Oldham Orchestra's "The Last Time" -- A court case decided that The Verve had used too much of a sample of the orchestrated version of The Last Time. Bitter Sweet Symphony is now credited to Jagger and Richards.
Beck sampled Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon"
Puff Daddy sampled Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" -- One of two singles from the Godzilla soundtrack
Beyoncé Knowles sampled The Chi-Lites' "Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)"
Beats International sampled The Clash's "Guns Of Brixton" -- Beats International was another Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim project and Dub Be Good To Me is actually a cover version of the SOS Band's Just Be Good To Me.
De La Soul sampled Otis Redding's "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" -- Just the Whistlin'
Tone Loc sampled Foreigner's "Hot Blooded"
Pras, Michel, ODB & Mya sampled James Brown's "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved"
Janet Jackson sampled Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi"
Cypress Hill sampled Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl"
Soho sampled The Smiths' "How Soon is Now?" -- The song was covered later by those naughty Russkies t.A.T.u
Craig David sampled David Bowie's "Let's Dance"
Big Daddy Kane sampled Three Dog Nights's "An Old Fashioned Love Song"
Sinéad O'Connor sampled James Brown's "Funky Drummer"
Puff Daddy & The Family feat. Faith Evans & 112 sampled The Police's "Every Breath You Take"
Negativland sampled U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
Beastie Boys sampled The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "EXP"
Eminem sampled Martika's "Toy Soldiers"
Will Smith sampled The Whispers' "And The Beat Goes On"
Eminem sampled Labi Siffre's "I Got The"
MARRS sampled Stock Aiken Waterman's "Roadblock"
The Fugees sampled Enya's "Boadicea"
Ja Rule sampled Toto's "Africa"
Beastie Boys sampled Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks"
PM Dawn sampled Spandau Ballet's "True"
Sugababes sampled Sting's "Shape of my Heart"
Audio Bullys sampled Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
Utah Saints sampled Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting"
Eminem sampled Dido's "Thank You"
Portishead sampled Weather Report's "Elegant People"
Kraftwerk sampled Afrika Bambata's "Planet Rock" -- Mr Bambata didn't make much money out of this early hip hop classic, but those pesky Germans did
MC Hammer sampled Rick James' "Super Freak"
Public Enemy sampled Soul Searchers' "Blow Your Whistle"
Will Smith sampled The Clash's "Rock the Casbah"
Eminem sampled Malcolm McLaren and the World's Famous Supreme Team's "Buffalo Girls"
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