Something, anything, with a little hint of the late King of Pop. It’s no surprise that Michael Jackson left his substantial musical imprint all over hip hop, too.
Here’s a list of my five favorite hip-hop joints that include samples from Jackson’s unparalleled catalogue:
1. It Ain’t Hard to Tell by Nas. Jackson sample: Human Nature. A couple of classics from a pair of artists who were, in a sense, pioneers of their genre. Obviously, Nas ain’t touching Mike on a number of levels. But nonetheless, Nas has built quite a legacy in hip hop. This was the song that pretty much launched his career and turned Illmatic into a classic.
2. It’s All About the Benjamins by Puffy, Biggie, The Lox and Lil’ Kim. Jackson sample: It’s Great to Be Here. If you’re wondering where the sample comes in, it’s the last verse of the song. Biggie’s verse. And he kills it. As usual.
For the record, I’m having quite the time going through all these CDs and digital music files in the name of “research.” And when it’s all done, I plan to make bloggers beat it and scream just like Michael (headz ain’t read-ee).