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A Breakdown of the Samples Used In Jay Z's '4:44'

July 1, 2017

 

 

One of the greatest Hip Hop artists of our time released his thirteenth solo album yesterday and, to no surprise, it is the topic of conversation for music lovers everywhere. The album is refreshing and exactly what we needed to inspire and break the monotony that has been occurring in Hip Hop today.

 

Jay Z's poetic flow undoubtedly confirms why he's considered one of the greatest of all time, but the production from producer No I.D. is what really makes this project such a classic. If you look at the credits, you can see that No I.D. really did some digging to create this masterpiece. Here's the list of songs that were sampled to create '4:44'.

 

 

Kill Jay Z

Uses samples from Alan Parsons Project's "Don't Let It Show"

 

 

The Story Of OJ

Uses samples from Nina Simone's "Four Women"

 

Also uses samples from Kool And The Gang's "Kool's Back Again"

 

 

Smile

Uses samples from Stevie Wonder's "Love's In Need Of Love Today"

 

 

Caught Their Eyes

Uses samples from Nina Simone's "Baltimore"

 

 

4:44

Uses samples from Hannah Williams and The Affirmations' "Late Nights And Heartbreaks"

 

 

Family Feud

Uses samples from the Clark Sisters' "Ha Ya"

 

 

Bam

Uses samples from Sister Nancy's "Bam Bam"

 

Also uses samples from Jacob Miller's "Tenement Yard"

 

 

Moonlight

Uses samples from The Fugees' "Fu-Gee-La"

 

 

Marcy Me

Uses samples from Quarteto 1111's "odo O Mundo E Ninguém"

 

 

Legacy

Uses samples from Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free"

 

Also uses samples from Raekwon's "Glaciers Of Ice"

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