David Bowie: Seven Hip-Hop Songs That Sample the Icon
The world is reeling from the death of the iconic David Bowie. Nicknamed the Thin White Duke, Bowie influenced music across genre boundaries. Here are seven hip-hop tracks that make use of the legend’s catalog compiled by Billboard.
Jay Z - "Takeover"
Hov’s Blueprint track makes us of Bowie’s “Fame,” which hit number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. Bet Bowie never thought his music would be used for a diss track against Nas and Prodigy.
Vanilla Ice - “Ice Ice Baby”
The world was first introduced to the white rap phenom when he put out a track sampling Bowie and Queen’s “Under Pressure.” The future reality-TV star didn't credit Bowie or Queen at first but soon listed them as co-writers.
Crooked I - “Rap or Die”
The Long Beach rapper and Slaughterhouse member jacked the melody for “Rap or Die” from Bowie’s “Opening Titles Including Underground” from the Labryinth soundtrack.
Public Enemy - “Night of the Living Baseheads.”
Before Hov did it, Chuck D and Flavor Flav beat him to the punch by sampling “Fame.”
MC Lyte - “Put It on You”
The Queens MC also made use of “Fame,” not for a diss track like Jay Z, but for a steamy love song.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - “Dirty Run”
The Wu-Tang Clan member’s posthumous mixtape saw him putting bars over the guitars featured on the “Fame” beat.
Puff Daddy and the Family featuring Notorious B.I.G. and Mase - “Been Around the World”
One of the kings of sampling larger-than-life tunes, Puff Daddy made use of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” for the foundation of a new party anthem.