70's samples
August 7, 2006 2:48 PM   Subscribe

Are there any rap or hip-hop songs that sample from 70's prog groups?

I'd like to find examples of songs sampling from early Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, etc.

I guess it doesn't have to be hip-hop or rap, any songs will do.
posted by Jesco to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I know that Mixmaster Mike (of Beastie Boys fame) is well known for having mishmashed Rush... that's a start, at least...
posted by twiggy at 3:07 PM on August 7, 2006

Edan - "The Beauty and the Beat" might be sort of close to what you're looking for; I don't think he samples any of the bands you named, most of the beats are created from 60's psych.
posted by philscience at 3:19 PM on August 7, 2006

De La Soul sampled Steely Dan's "Peg."
posted by sourwookie at 3:29 PM on August 7, 2006

I could've sworn the other day that I heard a rap song playing in a bar that used Can's "Vitamin C" as the backing loop. I may be mistaken as it was obscured in the din of bar conversation ... if I'm right then I'd love to know what this is! (I would think Can qualifies as 70's prog rock ...)
posted by General Zubon at 3:42 PM on August 7, 2006

The place you would want to look is The Breaks, which has a big database of samples.
posted by maxreax at 3:51 PM on August 7, 2006

Being kind of proggy itself, The Orb has sampled a ton of stuff from the 70s.
posted by meehawl at 4:01 PM on August 7, 2006

DJ Riko mashes yes and Schoolly D

posted by lw at 4:01 PM on August 7, 2006

I know EPMD's debut album, Strictly Business, used Steve Miller's Fly Like an Eagle. There may have been some other 1970's goodness on the album as well.
posted by NoMich at 4:03 PM on August 7, 2006

Holy crap, give maxreax the best answer award. For example, here's the EPMD page. Scroll down a ways to get to the rock 'n roll part. Very cool.
posted by NoMich at 4:06 PM on August 7, 2006

Your ticket is called Ludic Despair - there's very little info online, but it was mentioned on the Some Assembly Required blog, so you can hear some segments from it there.

It's much more art-damage-mashup than hip-hop, but a number of his collage pieces include proggy bits (been a while since I listened to it...there's Yes in there for sure).
posted by omnidrew at 4:10 PM on August 7, 2006

Steely Dan used in hip hop.
posted by Mapes at 4:17 PM on August 7, 2006

Young MC sampled several Mike Oldfield tracks on “Inside My Head.”
posted by hilker at 4:23 PM on August 7, 2006

Slum Village 2005 album has an awesome song called "Multiply" which samples from King Crimson's "I Talk to the Wind." Check that out.
posted by j-urb at 4:48 PM on August 7, 2006

'Fly Like An Eagle' was used in a Biz Markie song whose name escapes me right now. DJ Shadow samples the Alan Parsons Project, among many other things. And you might check out Monkone's 'Breakin Rocks' mix, which is dedicated to rock songs that have been sampled by hip-hop artists. But yeah, there's a subset of hip-hop folks (usually called 'crate diggers') that absolutely relish the obscure sample, the unexpected break, etc.

(Apologies if Steve Miller and Alan Parsons aren't prog--I know a lot more about hip-hop than I do about prog-rock.)
posted by box at 4:55 PM on August 7, 2006

Parsons, yes. Miller, no. (he'd be more San Francisco psyche and post-psyche, loosley speaking)
posted by jonmc at 6:12 PM on August 7, 2006

go to the-breaks.net
posted by ofthestrait at 6:42 PM on August 7, 2006

Madvillain's Strange Ways samples from a Gentle Giant song, one called Funny Ways I think.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:23 PM on August 7, 2006

Alan Parsons "Sirius" is used in Diddy's "The Saga Continues".
posted by First Post at 7:49 PM on August 7, 2006

UK group Audio Bullys sampled Elvis Costello's 'Watching the Detectives' in their song 'Way too Long'.

But whether or not Audio Bullys counts as Rap/Hip Hop is a whole other story.
posted by QueSeraSera at 7:50 PM on August 7, 2006

Oops, I missed the part about prog. Disregard the Costello.
posted by QueSeraSera at 8:48 PM on August 7, 2006

The Kleptones did it with Queen. That's 80s? Kinda close? Maybe?
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 8:59 PM on August 7, 2006

Nas samples Toto's "Africa" in "New World", and almost manages to make it sound cool. Almost.
posted by Jimbob at 9:23 PM on August 7, 2006

DJ Z-Trip did a remix of Rush's "Tom Sawyer" if that counts. I think it was on the soundtrack to "Small Soldiers".
posted by PenDevil at 4:55 AM on August 8, 2006

Queen. That's 80s? Kinda close? Maybe?

Barely. But not prog. Post-glam, maybe.
posted by Rash at 9:46 AM on August 8, 2006

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