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SONGS YOU (PROBABLY) DIDN’T KNOW WERE SAMPLES

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From Beyoncé to Phantogram, Will Smith to Kylie Minogue

Whether you know it yet or not, The Whispers, The Chi-Lites, and The Delfonics are responsible for some of your favorite songs. And all three groups will share a stage at 70’s Soul Jam on Saturday, November 25. That’s a big deal! But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to Beyoncé. And Missy Elliot. And Will Smith and Kylie Minogue and…

“Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé

Sampled from “Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)” by The Chi-Lites

OK this one you might already know about. It doesn’t get more ubiquitous than this #1 hit by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z. And no offense to Queen Bey and Hova, but the real stars of this track are the horns from The Chi-Lites’ 1970 song “Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So).”

Also in 2003, Jay-Z sampled The Chi-Lites’ “That’s How Long” in his song “December 4th” from The Black Album.

“Miami” by Will Smith

Sampled from “And the Beat Goes On” by The Whispers

Unless you completely avoided all radios in 1999, chances are you’re familiar with “Miami” by Will Smith. To the youth of the ‘90s, Smith’s music seemed like the sound of the approaching New Millennium (excuse me, “Willennium”). But people who remember 1980 instantly recognized the bass line, hand claps and synths from The Whispers’ “And the Beat Goes On.”

“Sock It 2 Me” by Missy Elliott feat. Da Brat

Sampled from “Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)” by The Delfonics

This 1997 hit from Elliott’s debut studio album takes us back to 1968 with samples of “Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)” by The Delfonics. And the sample is pretty true to the original: she didn’t even flip it or reverse it.

And you might recognize some of The Delfonics’ lyrics from “Ready Or Not” by the Fugees.

“Bill Murray” by Phantogram

Sampled from “The Coldest Days of My Life” by The Chi-Lites

Look, we may never know why Phantogram sampled “The Coldest Days of My Life” by The Chi-Lites and called it “Bill Murray” but it’s hauntingly beautiful, OK?

“Look My Way” by Kylie Minogue

Sampled from “Rock Steady” by The Whispers

“Rock Steady” by The Whispers was released in 1987 then used by Kylie Minogue on her debut album Kylie in 1988, before she was the dancefloor siren we know today. You probably know “Rock Steady” as it was produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Playa Hater” by The Notorious B.I.G.

Sampled from “Hey! Love” by The Delfonics

As Biggie tells us on the 1997 track, he’s taking us “back to the classics” by sampling The Delfonics’ 1972 song “Hey! Love.”

See The Whispers, The Chi-Lites, AND The Delfonics all in the same evening at the historic Majestic Theatre on Saturday, November 25! Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

Here’s a playlist of these songs and more:

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