Saturday, April 9, 2011

Who's Voice Been Sampled The Most: Biz, Biggie Or Nas?


I was thinking about this question the other day while listenin to some dope hip-hop tracks. Ive heard some classic joints during the golden era that featured Biz Markie, Nas Or Biggie vocal samples. All the 3 has brought certain things to game indiviually in their own right, but who knew that just their vocals alone will be good enough for other classic tracks!!

Biz as we all know is and was the clown prince of hip-hop. He was ill on the beatbox as well, but to me his rhymes was defintely on point and very overlooked. They wasnt ur typical rhyme pattern and thats what made him so unique. But who knew just his crazy adlibs will be great for other dope tracks to come. People like Erick Sermon & most def. Pete Rock took Biz's vocals and was able to craft classic records out of them. Pete Rock will tell u 1st hand that Biz's vocals just sounded so dope to him that he just find a way to use them for his beats and it sounded just right. Now we all know the reason why people cant sample for free anymore is because of Biz, but who knew he would give back by him being the culprit!

Nas exploded on the scene in '94 with illmatic. And on that LP Nas was spittin some of the best rhymes known to man in that time. I mean u could dissect what he was spittin and piece it together to sound how u want it. From '94-'95 every producer in the game was using Nas' vocals on hooks and so forth. I dont blame them for doing that at all cause look all the classics that came out of it. Prime example is Real Live's "Real Live Shit", listen how K-Def perfectly took a Nas' sample for the hook. Priceless. And im not gonna even mention Ski using Nas' vocal for Jay on Dead Presidents. Nas provided alot of hits during those days without actually spiitin a rhyme!

Now we all know what Biggie brought to the game. Its pretty explanatory. But it was his whole flow & rhyme pattern that we never heard before. He was sayin stuff that niggas wasnt even thinkin about. But all the smart producers out there knew if they could splice up what he was sayin u can make countless hits using him. Just the way Biggie sounded fit well with the track producers was makin. Prime example? Camron's "Sports, Drugs & Entertainment", "Niggas wanna escape the ghetto cause that shits hot, either they slangin crack rocks or they got a wicked jump shot". There u go right there, its gets no doper than that. Biggie's 2 LPs provided many hits for niggas that been in the game or just comin into it, he's just a gift that keeps on giving.

So who's voice has been sampled the most? Is it the Diabolical Biz Markie? Nas Escobar? or The Black Frank White Biggie Smalls? Lets ur thoughts be known!

9 comments:

hl said...

I'm willing to bet it's Nas or Prodigy.

The Dynamic Hamza 21 said...

I would say Nas out of the three. Biz's songs probably has been sampled more, beatwise though.

Anonymous said...

Na sprobably. The royalties to be paid on a biggie sample must be astronomical. BTW, how do i send yall some music to enjoy? quarterratmusique@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

What about Jay? I know Nas n Biggie were sampled a lot but even nowadays, specially in the 2000's....you had a BUNCH of dudes flipping jay's vocals on tracks, which turned into hits.

Anonymous said...

Big fo sho

MICAH said...

BIZ! how many times have you heard that "fooooonky!" sample?!

Mike Check said...

What a great debate.

I think Jay Z and Slick Rick should be in here.

I also think this is a 2 part discussion, as there's who has been sampled most, and whose voice has lent itself to making subsequent hits?

A quick check of http://www.whosampled.com/ suggests that BIG has been sampled the most, but some of these samples are beats not rhymes etc.

ted said...

SLICK RICK, KANE

Anonymous said...

Method Man no doubt.. deep deep underground