In case you are unaware or unsure of the original track, here it is:
According to Wikipedia, Faze-O was a “late 1970s funk band based in Chicago, Illinois and produced by Clarence Satchell of the Ohio Players. ”
According to whosampled.com, “Riding High” has been sampled in 78 songs.
I was reminded of how much I like this song and the various interpolations of it living in hip hop when Ice Cube’s “Record Company Pimpin'” came on my Google Play Music radio station today. I’d never heard Cube’s take on it before (I admittedly have faded in and out on Ice Cube ever since the Lethal Injection album).
There are of course other takes on it that are equally good, if not better.
For example, a discussion on this golden hip hop sample would be totally incomplete without mentioning EPMD’s contribution “Please Listen To My Demo.”
Additionally, there is Kriss Kross’ “Tonite’s tha Night.” I remember especially liking the video for this one when it came out.
Other notable mentions include:
Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Masta Killa with “Killa Lipstick”
Black Moon’s “Shit Iz Real” (although the sample used here is not as evident as the other uses across hip hop; the production uses the high strings rather than the entire melody)
Rodney O and Joe Cooley “Rollin in My Ride”
I love playing “Guess The Sample” while listening to hip hop. Although sampling has had its battles in the past, I think as long as the original artists are respected and credited for their work, this is a good way to keep their music alive.
Are there any good samples of “Riding High” that I missed? Let me know in the comments.