Kanye is renowned for his exceptional production skills and clever use of throwback samples in many of his songs. So I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Throwback Thursday post to some of those classic songs that he’s used. After the cut for the compilation of songs.
1. Chaka Khan – Through The Fire
Easy to guess which song he uses this sample in, Through The Wire. His first single from his debut album, College Dropout which seems like a lifetime ago now.
2. Blackjack – Maybe It’s The Power Of Love
Now this one is a hell of alot harder to figure out till you hear the bridge;
‘When it comes to needing you
I call your name
And you’ll be there, you’ll be right there
Shining through the pouring rain
When it comes to seeing through
The fool in me, the thing I found
One thing I’ve found
Lover, you never let me down’
He uses it in 8th song off College Dropout ‘Never Let You Down‘ which features Jay-Z and J. Ivy. It’s one of my favourite songs EVER. Pure lyrical fire.
3. Ray Charles – I Got A Woman
‘Well I got a woman way over town that’s good to me oh yeah
Say I got a woman way over town good to me oh yeah
She give me money when I’m in need
Yeah she’s a kind of friend indeed’
Jamie Foxx sings this verse on Kanye’s classic ‘Gold Digger‘. Ray’s original is a lot better but hey, Kanye makes it work.
4. Hank Crawford – Wildflower
The saxophone solo at the start is incredible. This song has been sampled a few times by Hip Hop artists; 2pac ‘Shorty Wanna be a Thug’, Eminem ‘No One’s Iller’ and of course Kanye in ‘Drive Slow’ if you haven’t guessed already. ‘Drive slow homie, you never know homie.‘
Until next time,