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Direct Sample of Drums

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's I Wonder
Roc-A-Fella 2007
's Ambitionz Az a Ridah
All Eyez on Me
Death Row 1996
Sample appears at 0:36 (and throughout)
Sample appears at 0:06


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Producer: Kanye West

Tags: Rap, Synthpop, Orchestral, Vocoder

Main genre: Hip-Hop / R&B

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JAY Gumb$

Contributed by JAY Gumb$ (7318 submissions)

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  • Kev West
    Kev West said 3 years ago:

    He didn't sample 2pac he sampled Pee-Wee's dance. The 2pac record isn't open enough to sample but the record 2pac sampled for the drum loop is

  • pano
    pano said 3 years ago:

    @Bboom Bap:
    In that other “I Wonder” submission that apparently got removed now, you wrote, that the album booklet said, the track was sampling Ambitionz Az A Ridah, right?
    It seems like the content of the album booklet was put on the discogs release page of Graduation [1]. There is no mentioning of 2Pac or Daz Dillinger (who Produced Ambitionz Az A Ridah).

    I can only say, that the 2Pac track does not have any spot, where anyone could extract a clean snare sample from. At least I could not find one…
    There always is either 2Pac’s voice, the Keys, or a Violin sound on top of the snare, rendering it not suitable for a clean snare sample, like you can hear it in Kanye’s song (@ roughly 3:20 in Kanye’s song you can create a clean drumloop).

    My guess is, that the snare either is a sample from some kind of sample CD/drum machine, or a “regular” snare which was processed by a Compressor.
    Even all those “recreated” instrumentals of Ambitionz Az A Ridah (just google “Ambitionz Az A Ridah instrumental”) on the internet by hobby producers have the almost identical snare sound like the 2Pac and Kanye West song.

    IMHO this is in no way a *direct* sample of 2Pac’s song. :-)

    [1] http://www.discogs.com/kanYeWest-Graduation/release/1076860

  • Bboom Bap
    Bboom Bap said 3 years ago:


  • JAY Gumb$
    JAY Gumb$ said 3 years ago:

    @pano What do you think about this: http://www.whosampled.com/sample/view/95975/

    Could the loop for both songs have come from that?

  • pano
    pano said 3 years ago:

    hmm… I am not sure this really is a (direct) sample^^
    The snare does sound similar, but there is no place in the 2Pac track where the drums could have been cleanly sampled from… I listened to the whole song and also took a look at it in Audacity and could not locate any place that may be suitable…

  • MrDJSabreTooth
    MrDJSabreTooth said 3 years ago:

    Me neither, And he isn't destroying the magic of the original 2PAC song he sampled in the process :)

  • JAY Gumb$
    JAY Gumb$ said 5 years ago:

    I can't believe no one else noticed.