The Rhodes pulses that weave through this instrumental from Kool & the Gang became a go-to sound for an entire school of hip-hop. Jazzy Jeff & the French Prince famously added a vocal hook for their summer soundtrack. Mila J throws back to nostalgia with ‘Kickin’ Back’, layering the chords over an updated half-time Dirty South-type beat. Snoop’s ‘Doggy Dogg World’ picks it out and adds a harder, G-funk knock, while Erykah Badu’s ‘Certainly’ threads it through a bebop bed of strings and piano. Cube’s ‘You Know How We Do It’ stands as the most quintessentially 'West Coast' use of the sample, with his lyrical references to Zapp and P-Funk layered on top of an Evelyn 'Champagne' King' vocal and a Dr. Dre-styled G-funk synth whistle which carries the melody.
Selda Bağcan ‘İnce İnce’
In 2015, Dr. Dre returned with Compton, his ultimate tribute to SoCal. ‘Issues’ with Ice Cube, Anderson .Paak and Dem Jointz samples ‘İnce İnce’ by Selda Bağcan, a Turkish psych-rock deep dig that was surfaced by producer Oh No and made famous in Mos Def’s album opener ‘Supermagic’ (Dre’s song also reuses bars from Ice Cube’s ‘It Was A Good Day’). Before that, K.A.R. and Fat Joe spat over it in the romantic ‘Oh Baby’ (2009), and Percee P and beatmaker Koushik let it simmer in the background of the beat for ‘Reverse Part 2’ (2007). There’s a story that gets constructed when samples are recycled through the years, an unspoken homage to the producers before them that spent hours digging through crates hoping they’d find that one rare Anatolian guitar riff to spark the inspiration for their next beat.