WhoSampled.com is one of those platforms you should only pay a visit if you really have hours to kill. The page has become one of the most exciting sources for music and especially hiphop know-how in recent history.
At WhoSampled.com music nerds get all the trivia they can’t get at rapgenius.com (only responsible for hypertext-ifying rap lyrics): for example where Pete Rock got that famous “They Reminisce Over You” Saxophone from or whose kitschy soul-chorus Kanye West used for “Bound 2″ without actually changing much, or am I missing something?
Check out WhoSampled-Blog’s officially curated Top 10 most sampled jazz artists of all time. As it’s hypertext based it’s an absolute joy to not only read through it, but also listen to the sampling and the sampled artists. Spoiler: Roy Ayers Ubiquity is surprisingly not on top of the list even though “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” has been sampled in 84 songs, among them tracks by Dr. Dre, Common, Mos Def and 2Pac.
The Original: Everybody loves the sunshine
The result of Masta Ace‘s recycling efforts:
Drum roll: The most sampled jazz artist of all time is…
…the undisputed champion, Mister Nautilus himself: Bob James. Sevenhundredandthirtyfour samples. 734! Nautilus alone has been used in some kind or form in 192 songs and therefore has to be one of the most cited cultural artifacts of mankind:
Second to tenth most sampled jazz artists include:
2. Quincy Jones (303 samples, Summer In The City, anyone?)
3. Herbie Hancock (282, even Madonna ”stole” form him)
4. Roy Ayers Ubiquity (257 samples, just because everybody DOES love the sunshine!)
5. Grover Washington (241 samples)
6. Lou Donaldson (201 samples, made Jesus walk and ATCQ clap their hands)
7. George Benson (176 samples)
8. Nina Simone (148 samples, see Kanye’s und Jigga’s Watch The Throne)
9. Miles Davis (146 samples)
10. Donald Byrd (135 samples, geniusly sampled by J Dilla for “Think Twice” with Dwele)
Picture via Wikimedia Commons.
This article first appeared in German at Blogrebellen.