Without a doubt, last week was a tough week for Melania Trump, following the controversy of her supposedly plagiarized speech. It’s been a while since the unfortunate scandal and instead of beating up on her like everyone else, we’ll take a different route.
People borrow from each other all the time, whether legally or otherwise, especially in the music industry. Today’s playlist, inspired by Melanie, is a list of songs that contain samples of songs that have come before them.
[ 1] Sade by Adekunle Gold – I’m almost a hundred percent sure that Adekunle Gold did not get Simon Cowell’s permission to use the instrumental for one of One Direction’s hit single, Story Of My Life, for his alternative track. Surprisingly, the blend of genres works out to churn out one of the biggest hits of 2015.
[2 ] Stronger By Kanye West – When Stronger was firstly released in 2007, it was hailed for being avant garde and ahead of its time. What many did not know was that Mr. West, the king of sampling, actually borrowed a vocal sample for his song from Daft Punk’s Harder, Bester, Faster, Stronger which was released in 2001. It should be noted, however, that Mr. West legally got the rights to sample the song and inspired many producers during that time to sample recordings from other artistes.
 Kabiyesi By Dr Sid – Dr. Sid’s pop dance track samples one of the most sampled Juju tracks of all time, Olomi Gbo Temj by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey. Since Nigeria still doesn’t have an official recording body, the mavin star cannot be blamed for sampling or otherwise.
 Be Happy By Olamide – One of the filler tracks from Olamide’s highly anticipated 2015 album, Eyan Mayweather, heavily samples Beyonce’s Run The World (Girls) by Beyoncé . The irony of this is the fact that Beyoncé also sampled, Pon De Floor by Major Lazer for the 2011 hit. So I guess, Olamide actually sampled Major Laser not Beyoncé, depends on who you ask.
 Tears Dry On Their Own – We round off today’s playlist with one of my favorite songs and one of the best samples of all time. The 2007 Salaam Remi produced track makes excellent use of Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell’s 1967 Motown Classic, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Amy’s awesome song writing skills and eclectic vocals breathe a new dimension to the popular track. Amy’s team ensured that they got all the necessary paperwork for the sample, making the song a legitimate hit.
That would be all for this week’s edition. If you think there’s a song we should feature in next week’s playlist, kindly drop it below. Till then, #Staycrowned〽️
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