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Subject: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: thenewtattoo on 06/06/13 at 9:13 am

In the later part of the 90s  a crap load of  80's  hits were being sampled in rap hits.
A big example being this.


Forget me Nots - 1982
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2XhhuM9GZo

Now what alot of you don't know this song was sampled for Will Smith's Men in black in Early 1997.

Men in Black 1997

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRuHk6Drj2U


A bunch of other songs with Mase & puff daddy also used songs from the 80s as samples.
So why exactly where the 80s retro so soon?  What exactly happened?




Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: nally on 06/06/13 at 12:04 pm

I don't know, but it seemed to happen a lot, even in later years. ::)

Another notable example is M.C. Hammer's 1990 hit "U Can't Touch This" sampling the 1981 Rick James hit "Superfreak."

As well as P-Diddy's 1997 hit "I'll Be Missing You" (a tribute to Notorious Big) sampling the Police song "Every Breath You Take" ('83), with the chorus having almost the same melody (albeit slightly slower, with different lyrics of course).

Another example, although not a rap song, is "Hippychick" by Soho (1990), which utilizes the intro from "How Soon Is Now" by The Smiths (1984); this sequence is backed by a technobeat the rest of the way.

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: Katluver on 06/06/13 at 12:24 pm

Set Adrift On Memory Bliss--PM Dawn (1991)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AOVf9p9ht4

Sounds like a remix of...

True--Spandau Ballet (1983)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR8D2yqgQ1U

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: nally on 06/06/13 at 12:31 pm

Another non-rap example:

Mariah Carey's 1995 hit "Fantasy" samples the rhythm track and musical backing of the Tom Tom Club's 1982 hit "Genius Of Love"... and even contains an interpolation of a few lines of that song late in the recording.

The rhythm track from "Genius Of Love" (just the drumbeat) seems to also appear in Mark Morrison's "Return Of The Mack" (1997 in the US).

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: amjikloviet on 06/06/13 at 12:51 pm

I guess it was the thing to do back then. Didn't bother me at all. *shrugs*

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: Katluver on 06/06/13 at 4:28 pm

Ice Ice Baby--Vanilla Ice (1990)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rog8ou-ZepE

Sounds very similar to...

Under Pressure--Queen feat. David Bowie (1981)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUW_8cWG7YA

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: Howard on 06/06/13 at 7:22 pm

sampling was hot at the time in the 1990's, rap artists wanted to take an 80's song and mix it in their lyrics.

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: snozberries on 06/06/13 at 8:53 pm


And some 80s songs had sampling a of 70s songs. 

My guess is they have a good beat and you can dance to them so why not?

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: whistledog on 06/06/13 at 9:31 pm

80s songs that were used as samples was much bigger in the 2000s

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: nally on 06/07/13 at 12:41 pm


80s songs that were used as samples was much bigger in the 2000s

Such as Rihanna's 2006 hit "SOS", which samples Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" throughout.

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: yearofthemonkey on 06/07/13 at 8:39 pm

Jermaine Dupri feat. Nas & Monica (2000) samples Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer (1986)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aU3Rgookgs

Tupac Shakur - Changes (1992) samples Bruce Hornsby and the Ranges - The Way It Is (1986)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL5sdu3pNrU

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: Howard on 06/08/13 at 5:10 am


80s songs that were used as samples was much bigger in the 2000s


and they're still used today.

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: Katluver on 06/08/13 at 4:03 pm

Not just rap songs...

If You Buy This Record Your Life Will Be Better--The Tamperer feat. Maya (1998)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFNcBB3nZok

Sampled from...
Material Girl--Madonna (1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNSUOFgj97M

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: warped on 06/08/13 at 7:05 pm


Not just rap songs...

If You Buy This Record Your Life Will Be Better--The Tamperer feat. Maya (1998)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFNcBB3nZok

Sampled from...
Material Girl--Madonna (1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNSUOFgj97M


And Madonna stole that from Marilyn Monroe.

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: Howard on 06/08/13 at 7:17 pm


And Madonna stole that from Marilyn Monroe.


you mean the outfit she was wearing?

Subject: Re: What is up with so many 80s songs being sampled in the 90s

Written By: Starde on 06/27/13 at 11:25 am


And some 80s songs had sampling a of 70s songs. 

My guess is they have a good beat and you can dance to them so why not?



Pretty much. I can name a number of songs sampling 80's songs, but I can't say the same for 90's songs being sampled. Goes to show that 80's nostalgia is still prevalent. Here's another 90's tune that sampled an 80's song:

I Can't - Foxy Brown ft. Total
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BIINDAWXtg

Sampled from...
Everything She Wants - Wham!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf_Lwe6p-Cg

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