Sample from Haddaway’s “What is Love”

Haddaway’s “What is Love” was made famous by A Night at the Roxburyand reemerged in popular culture with Eminem’s “No Love”. This is an older track, but like fine scotch it only gets better with time. This song is the ultimate diss to haters, many of which Eminem had when he took his four year sabbatical. Hip hop fans world wide celebrated his return, and verses like the one on “No Love” put rappers in a state of panic. No need for them to worry, Em likes to play nice now (you can get out from under your covers Ja Rule). “No Love” pretty  much sums up Em as a rapper: Lil Wayne intro’s the song to get the listeners warmed up, and then the G.O.A.T. steps in and blows their minds. I can’t think of another rapper who can spit fire like Em, but this time he takes it to a whole other level. The fans agreed and the album (Recovery) ended up selling 5 million copies. Not bad Marshall, not bad at all. Check out the tracks below and let us know what you think.

Haddaway’s “What is Love” 

Eminem’s “No Love” 

Sample from Guy’s “Goodbye Love”

It’s been a long time since Nas has released a truly great album. While I haven’t listened to it all the way through, the critics agree, Life is Good is Nas’s return to greatness. XXl gave the album a XXL, a rare feat that only accompanies truly great albums. I love a good vocal-sample, and while they’re frequently over used, this one is definitely on point. That’s what you get when you have a superstar like No I.D. producing your tracks. It can be hard for producers to find samples that aren’t played out, but “Goodbye Love” brings the perfect sound to this track. There’s just no way around it, No I.D. provided Nas with a jam that’s just begging for one of the greats to lay bars on it. I guess we all got what we wanted. Check out both the tracks below and let us know what you think.

Guy’s “Goodbye Love” 

Nas’s “Bye Baby”

Sample from Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out”

It’s been almost one year since Yelawolf dropped Radioactive, and I gotta say that in the past 12 months I haven’t hear too many albums that I liked as much as this one. For whatever reason people didn’t just didn’t buy this album, and that’s despite XXL rating the album an XL. It’s too bad, if anyone deserves the success it’s Yelawolf. No one works as hard as him, he puts out tape after tape. I’ve seen dude live, and let me tell you, man’s a straight beast. Not to worry though, he has a second Shady Records release coming out in 2013 called Love Story, I’m anticipating greatness. To hold the fans over he’ll be dropping his collaborative project with Travis Barker titled Psycho White Ep in just one week. Best of all: IT’S FREE. Anyways, back to Everything I Love the Most”. This track is great, it’s totally original and perfectly walks the line between country and hip-hop. The sample is provided by an absolute legend in Billy Joel, from his track “Movin’ Out”. Check out both of these classic songs below and let us know what you think.

Bill Joel’s “Movin’ Out”

Yelawolf’s “Everything I Love the Most” 

Sampled from MFSB’s “Morning Tears”

To warm us up for his studio album “Live From the Underground”, K.R.I.T. gave his fans a free mixtape title “4Eva N a Day”. Now a lot of people will say that his album was a disappointment, and I’m going to disagree with that, but if you weren’t feeling the album then like Joe Budden said: shit in the basement and listen to the mixtape.  Seriously though, K.R.I.T. kills “Boobie Miles”. For whatever reason the dude loves Friday  Night Lights, check out “Hometown Hero”. The sample comes from MFSB’s “Morning Tears” and it’s killer. Check out both tracks below.

MFSB’s “Morning Tears”

Big K.R.I.T.’s “Boobie Miles”

Sample from Hans Zimmer’s “Sorrow”

 Machine Gun Kelly’s first major label release “Lace Up” debuted with disappointing critical reception and equally underwhelming sales figures. Truth is, MGK ain’t half bad. His record label (Bad Boy) on the other hand, well they’re notorious for pushing out garbage. No I’m not talking about Biggie, I’m talking more along the lines of Gorilla Zoe’s “King Kong” and the disaster-piece titled “Last Train to Paris”. Diddy got at least one thing right on this album, and that was enlisting the help of the legendary DMX. Yes, I said legendary. DMX jumped on “D3mons” with MGK, and received production from Dame Grease to create one of the weirdest songs I’ve heard in a while. The sample comes from Hans Zimmer’s “Sorrow”, Hans is best known for his musical scores on some of Hollywood’s biggest films (Dark Knight, Inception). Check out the tracks below.

Hans Zimmer’s “Sorrow” 

MGK’s “D3mons”

Sample from Imogen Heap’s “Little Bird”

Before I start talking about “Flip a Bird” I want to make one thing clear: “Welcome To: Our House” is the best rap album of 2012. Sorry Kendrick, but it’s true. This album is great on so many levels. For one, it’s mixed like a movie. Literally, this album is a three part movie, and not some Michael Bay piece of crap, but a Martin Scorsese masterpiece. Second and most importantly, the lyrics are outstanding on verse after verse.  I could go one about this one for days, but let’s just talk about the track. “Flip a Bird” is the part of the story where the Slaughterhouse crew’s music fails and they are all forced back into dealing drugs. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album and I have to say the beat, produced by Black Key Beats, Zukhan, and Eminem, is out of this world. It samples Imogen Heap’s “Little Bird”. Check out both tracks below and let us know what you think.

Imogen Heap’s “Little Bird”

Slaughterhouse’s “Flip a Bird” 

Sample from Beach House’s “Silver Soul”

After much anticipation, Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid M.A.A.D City” finally dropped about two weeks ago. I can’t remember a major-label debut album getting this much hype since 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin'”. That album ended up moving 10 million copies and became and instant classic. Kendrick’s album didn’t put up those kind of numbers, but it has been getting some serious critical acclaim. Did the album really live up to the hype? Some say yes, some say no  (whattup Shyne). Regardless, Kendrick absolutely killed “Money Trees”. Dj Dahi masterfully produced this track by sampling Beach House’s “Silver Soul”. Check out both tracks below and let us know what you think.

Beach House’s “Silver Soul”

Kendrick Lamar’s “Money Trees”