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Seven dope A Tribe Called Quest samples

Long live Phife Dawg

  • Dave Turner
  • 24 March 2016

It was a sad time for hip hop this week with the passing of Phife Dawg. A founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, the rapper's death was met with poignant tributes from the world of music, from Chuck D to Gilles Peterson, and led us at Mixmag having ATCQ on the office stereo all day long. In memory of the 'five-foot assassin', we decided to put together of a list of the times the group's tunes have been sampled.

Armand Van Helden

Armand really went to town with his sampling on 1997 tune 'Hot Butter'. Q-Tip's his man of choice, repeatedly using the jittery "hot butter on what, say what, the popcorn" lyric. That plus the distinguishable pads of Gang Starr's 'Mass Appeal' equals an absolutely golden spread of hip hop 'Hot Butter' on FFRR.

Kenny Dope

Kenny Gonzalez must be a massive fan of ATCQ because the New Yorker's sampled them at least three times on 'Pick It Up'. But as 'Buggin' Out' is one of Tip, Phife and Ali's biggest hits, we thought we'd go with this one. You know that hefty bassline, right? Dope utilises it, albeit a little more subtle, from 1.03 onwards on his creeping 1992 release. Check 'Boomin' In Ya Jeep' for another one he's delved into as well.

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