The Ultimate List of Sample Breakdowns by Tracklib: The Best Chops & Flips Of All Time


The Ultimate List of Sample Breakdowns by Tracklib: The Best Chops & Flips Of All Time

Tracklib's Sample Breakdown celebrates the art of sampling. The series visualizes the sampling techniques behind the songs. From iconic golden-era hip-hop samples to today's biggest hits.




August 30, 2023

Made With Tracklib

From Kendrick Lamar to Kaytranada: a who's who of artists used Tracklib as an integral part of the production process to dig, flip, and license samples. Below you find an overview of hits made with Tracklib.


Produced by: Sounwave, DJ Dahi, Bekon, Beach Noise, Duval Timothy, Victor Ekpo

Sample: Hoskins 'Ncrowd - You're Not There


Produced by: Jansport J, Hit-Boy

Sample: Keys - Lovin Cup


Produced by: MashBeatz

Sample: James Monroe - Frontiersman of the Galaxy (1977)

Full Album Breakdowns

Time to get deep. These Sample Breadowns uncover nearly ALL of the samples on Daft Punk's Discovery, Kanye West's Graduation, and Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city.

Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city

Sample Breakdowns: Extended

In tutorial-style videos, the Sample Breakdown Extended series explains which sampling techniques were used for some of the biggest hits and hip-hop classics.

The Most Iconic Hip-Hop Sample of Every Year (1973-2023)

The Eighth Note Technique J Dilla Used for 'Donuts'

How Havoc Created Iconic Beats like "Shook Ones Pt. II"

The Simple Trick that Made Daft Punk's "One More Time" an Infectious Hit

Sample Breakdowns: Hip-Hop

The art of sampling is deeply ingrained in hip-hop music. This overview takes you through old-school classics and new-school hits. You can also jump straight to the subcategories Boom Bap, Lofi Hip-Hop, or Trap, Drill & Grime.

50 Years of Hip-Hop Sampling: The Most Iconic Sample of Every Year (1973-2023)

Produced by: Kanye West

Sample: Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness (1966)

Produced by: Boi-1da

Sample: Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds - Fallin' In Love (1975)

Produced by: Warren G

Samples: Bob James, Michael McDonald

Produced by: DJ Dahi, Sounwave, Terrace Martin, Anthony 'Top Dawg' Tiffith

Sample: Bruno Mars - 24K Magic (2016)

Produced by: OutKast

Sample: The Chambers Brothers - So Tired (1967)

Produced by: A$AP Ty Beats

Sample: The S.O.S. Band - No One's Gonna Love You (1984)

Produced by: Kanye West

Sample: The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back (1969)

Produced by: The Alchemist

Sample: The Lovers - La Prima Volta (1976)

Produced by: The Alchemist

Sample: Continent Number 6, Cold Grits & King Crimson

Produced by: Evilgiane

Sample: Alabaster DePlume & Bon Iver

Produced by: Hollywood Cole

Sample: Connie Laverne - Can't Live Without You (1974)

Produced by: Trackboyz

Sample: Queen - We Will Rock You (1977)

Produced by: Big Jerm, ID Labs

Sample: Aquarian Dream - Yesterday (Was So Nice Today) (1978)

Produced by: Madlib

Sample: Z.Z. Hill - That Ain't The Way You Make Love (1975)

Produced by: DJ Dahi

Sample: Beach House - Silver Soul (2010)

Produced by: Scoop DeVille

Sample: Janet Jackson - Any Time, Any Place (1993)

Produced by: No I.D., Jay-Z

Sample: Nina Simone - Four Women (1966)

Produced by: Logic, Steve Wyreman, Rob Kinelski

Sample: Bill Withers, Eazy-E & Grant Green

Produced by: Kanye West

Sample: Donny Hathaway - Jealous Guy (1972)

Produced by: Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and OjiVolta

Sample: Beyoncé - 1+1 (2011)

Produced by: Kanye West, 88-Keys

Sample: Jerry Butler - Take the Time to Tell her (1974)

Produced by: Jack Harlow, Charlie Handsome, Jasper Harris, Angel Lopez, Rogét Chahayed

Sample: Fergie - Glamorous (2006)

Produced by: Inflo

Sample: Smokey Robinson - The Agony and the Ecstacy (1975)

Produced by: Kanye West, Mike Dean

Sample: Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (2001)

Produced by: J Dilla

Sample: 10cc, Beastie Boys, Mantronix, Sweet Charles

Produced by: Masego, Noah "40" Shebib, Maneesh, Oliver El-Khatib

Sample: The Singers Unlimited, The Gabriel Hardeman Delegation

Produced by: Andy Morin, Zach Hill

Sample: Papito - Yereyira (2010)

Produced by: Clams Casino

Sample: Imogen Heap - Just For Now (2005)

Produced by: Rick Rubin

Sample: Wilson Pickett, Billy Squier

Produced by: Tyler, the Creator

Sample: H-Town - Back Seat (With No Sheets) (1994)

Produced by: Guy Larence (of Disclosure), Jon Brion

Sample: The Four Freshmen - It's A Blue World (1955)

Produced by: Bangladesh

Sample: A Tribe Called Quest - I Left My Wallet In El Segundo (Norman Cook Vampire Mix)

Produced by: Jermaine Dupri

Sample: The Jackson 5, The Honey Drippers, Ohio Players, Cypress Hill

Produced by: Timbaland, Big Tank

Sample: David Pomeranz - Greyhound Mary (1976)

Produced by: D/R Period and Mafia Boy

Sample: The Commodores - Easy (1977)

Produced by: WondaGurl, DJ Dahi, Mike Dean

Sample: Rigol, Kanye West, Bill Withers

Produced by: WondaGurl, DJ Dahi, Mike Dean

Sample: Ironside, The Streets of San Francisco

Produced by: Just Blaze

Sample: Billy Stewart - Cross My Heart (1967)

Produced by: DJ Shadow

Sample: Caterina Valente - Ol' Man River (1968)

Produced by: B!nk and Mike Dean

Sample: Smokey Robinson - Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (1973)

Produced by: Cool & Dre

Sample: The Trammps - Rubber Band (1972)

Produced by: Mike Zombie, Noah "40" Shebib

Sample: Bruno Sanfilippo & Mathias Grassow - Ambessence Piano & Drones 1 (2008)

Produced by: 88-Keys, Kanye West, Mike Dean

Sample: Phil Manzanera & Spooky Tooth

Produced by: Like

Sample: Grant Green, Bill Withers

Produced by: J Dilla

Sample: The Escorts - I Can't Stand To See You Cry (1973)

Boom Bap

Produced by: J Dilla

Samples: Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfá, Run-DMC, Woody Herman, James Moody

Produced by: Naughty By Nature

Samples: The Jackson 5, Melvin Bliss

Produced by: Pete Rock

Samples: Tom Scott & the California Dreamers, James Brown

Produced by: RZA

Samples: The Charmels, The Delfonics

Produced by: Pete Rock

Samples: The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Emilio Santiag

Produced by: DJ Premier

Sample: John Dankworth - Two-Piece Flower (1967)

Produced by: J Dilla

Sample: Dorothy Ashby - Django (1962)

Produced by: Pete Rock

Sample: Ahmad Jamal Trio, Jimmy Gordon, The Rimshots

Produced by: Q-Tip

Sample: RAMP, Rotary Connection, Little Feat

Produced by: DJ Premier

Sample: Donald Byrd, Joe Chambers, Kool & The Gang

Produced by: Havoc

Sample: Chick Corea - October Ballade (Griffith Park Collection Live Version) (1983)

Produced by: Havoc

Sample: Daly-Wilson Big Band, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock

Produced by: Ayatollah

Sample: Aretha Franklin - One Step Ahead (1965)

Produced by: DJ Premier

Sample: The Fatback Band - Baby I'm-a Want You (1972)

Produced by: Erick Sermon

Sample: Kool & The Gang, Stevie Wonder, Grover Washington Jr.

Produced by: J Dilla

Sample: Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Ain't Got Time (1971)

Produced by: DJ Premier

Sample: The Kay-Gees, Marc Hannibal, Gang Starr, The Lady Of Rage

Produced by: A-Plus

Sample: Billy Cobham - Heather (1974)

Produced by: MF DOOM

Sample: Sade - Kiss Of Life (1992)

Produced by: Q-Tip

Sample: Weldon Irvine, The Sons of Champlin, Charles Earland

Produced by: Erick Sermon

Sample: Gladys Knight & The Pips - Help Me Make It Through The Night (1970)

Produced by: DJ Premier

Sample: Masaru Satoh, Rubert Holmes

Produced by: DJ Premier

Sample: John V. Rydgren & Bob R. - What Child Is This? (1966)

Produced by: Havoc

Sample: The Barry Harris Trio & Al Cohn - Skylark (1976)

Produced by: 9th Wonder

Sample: Ted Taylor - Be Ever Wonderful (1978)

Produced by: 9th Wonder

Sample: The Stylistics - One Night Affair (1979)

Produced by: J. Cole

Sample: The Honey Drippers, The Family Circle

Trap, Drill & Grime

Produced by: Metro Boomin

Sample: Carlton Williams - Prison Song (1976)

Produced by: J. White Did It, Tainy, and Craig Kallman

Sample: Pete Rodriguez - Oh That's Nice (1967)

Produced by: BanBwoi, Noah "40" Shebib

Sample: B.G.O.T.I. - Give Me Your Lov'n (1995)

Produced by: Yung Gud

Sample: Spectrasonics & DÉ DÉ MOUSE

Produced by: Budd Dwyer

Sample: Butterfly Boucher & Joeski Love

Produced by: Christo, DJ Scheme, Nuri

Sample: Aretha Franklin - One Step Ahead (1965)


Sample: Miguel - Girl With The Tattoo Enter.lewd (2010)

Produced by: Eastbound, Wondagurl

Sample: Lee Fields - All I Need (2014)

Produced by: Reazy Renegade

Sample: Bernard Herrmann - Prelude (Psycho Theme) (1960)

Produced by: Elliott Trent

Sample: Kenji Yamamoto - Inside the Crashed Space Pirate Frigate (2003)

Produced by: Pxcoyo

Sample: Mithoon & Arijit Singh - Sanam Re (2015)

Produced by: Lookas, DJ Frank E, Andrew Cedar, Miles Beard

Sample: WAR - Low Rider (1975)

Produced by: A$AP Rocky, Hector Delgado, Friendzone

Sample: The-Dream - Mr. Yeah (2009)

Produced by: 808Melo

Sample: Peter Gundry - The Coven (2016)

Produced by: Skepta

Sample: Queens of the Stone Age - Regular John (1998)

Lofi Hip-Hop

Produced by: Nujabes

Sample: Yusef Lateef - Love Theme From 'The Robe' (1961)

Produced by: Nujabes

Sample: Aki Takase, Ivan Lins, Nana Caymmi & more

Produced by: Nujabes

Sample: Noriko Kose, Kenny Rankin

Sample Breakdowns: Electronic Music

Parallel to hip-hop, sampling is crucial to electronic music. Whether that's for classic house music or modern-day EDM bangers.

Produced by: Jamie xx

Sample: Lyn Collins, BBC Radio 1

Produced by: Pogo

Sample: Kathryn Beaumont - Very Good Advice (1951)

Produced by: Fatboy Slim

Sample: The Bobby Fuller Four, David Bowie, Just Brothers & more

Produced by: Flume

Sample: Anthony White - I Can't Turn You Loose (1977)

Produced by: The Chemical Brothers

Sample: Bernard Purdie, The Crusaders, Schoolly D

Produced by: Burial

Sample: Ray J, Harry Gregson-Williams, Norihiko Hibino

Produced by: Jamie xx

Sample: STUDIO, The Whitest Boy Alive, Freeez

Produced by: Skrillex

Sample: Sonny Moore (Skrillex) - Equinox (2008)

Produced by: Röyksopp

Sample: Bob James - You're Right As Rain (1975)

Produced by: Robbie Chater, Darren Seltmann

Sample: The Main Attraction, The Duprees, Tony Mottola & Lamont Dozier

Produced by: Robbie Chater, Tony Di Blasi

Sample: Honey Cone - Want Ads (1971)

Produced by: KAYTRANADA

Sample: I Know You, I Love You (Reprise) (1981)

Produced by: Moby

Sample: Ernest Gold - Fight For Survival (1961)

Produced by: Fatboy Slim

Sample: Camille Yarbrough, JBL Sessions LP

Produced by: Adrian Utley, Portishead

Sample: Isaac Hayes - Ike's Rap II (1971)

Produced by: Jamie xx

Sample: Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (1981)

Produced by: Otto Knows

Sample: Wyclef Jean - Million Voices (2005)

Sample Breakdowns: Pop

As analyzed in Tracklib's annual State of Sampling reports, samples are the building blocks of today's hits. Watch these breakdowns to see how chart-toppers and hitmakers use sampling for their pop hits.

Produced by: Timbaland

Sample: Zero-G: Spices of India (1995)

Produced by: Drake, Noel Cadastre, BNYX, 40 & Dalton Tennant

Sample: The Soul Superbs - Just Ask Me (1974)

Produced by: Daft Punk

Sample: Eddie Johns - More Spell On You (1979)

Produced by: Jermaine Dupri

Sample: Love Unlimited - He's All I've Got (1976)

Produced by: Kanye West

Sample: The Main Ingredient - Let Me Prove My Love To You (1975)

Produced by: DJ Premier

Sample: Teddy Pendergrass, Pierre Henry

Produced by: Rob Fusari, Beyoncé Knowles, Falonte Moore

Sample: Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen (1981)

Produced by: Frank Ocean, Buddy Ross, Francis Starlite

Sample: Stevie Wonder - Close To You - Love on the David Frost Show (1972)

Produced by: Yeti Beats, Doja Cat

Sample: Blink-182 - What's My Age Again? (1999)

Produced by: DJ Premier

Sample: The Moon People & The Soul Seven

Produced by: Skrillex, Diplo

Sample: Justin Bieber - The Most (2015)

Produced by: London on da Track, Aubrey Robinson, Roark Bailey

Sample: 702 - Get It Together (1996)

Produced by: Christopher Tyng

Sample: The Winstons, Sugarhill Gang & Pierre Henry

Produced by: Don McKinney, The Weeknd, Cirkut

Sample: Tears For Fears - Pale Shelter (1983)

Produced by: Timbaland

Sample: John Ottman - Tricks of the Trade (1997)

Produced by: Bloodshy, Avant

Sample: Lata Mangeshkar & S.P. Balasubrahmanyam - Tere Mere Beech Mein (1981)

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