10 Hip-Hop Songs That Sample Miles Davis

Miles Davis
Iconic jazz artist Miles Davis would’ve turned 89 today. And while everyone knows that he’s one of the most influential jazz artists of all-time, his impact on hip-hop (and other genres) deserves more recognition.
To celebrate Davis’ birthday, HotNewHipHop put together a list of some of their favorite hip-hop songs that sample his work. The list includes classics such as Gang Starr’s “Manifest” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Suicidal Thoughts.” Check it out here.
Related: The Most Sampled Rapper Voices in Hip-Hop History

Drake Sued Over Sample Used in ‘Pound Cake’

Drake has been sued over a sample used in his Jay Z-assisted track, “Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2,” TMZ reports.
The estate of late jazz musician Jimmy Smith alleges that Drake sampled the intro to his 1982 song “Jimmy Smith Rap” without permission. While the liner notes reflect that the sample was properly licensed, the lawsuit claims that Drake never asked for permission.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Smith’s estate is suing Drake, Cash Money and others for over $300,000.


Download: Drake ft. Jay Z – Pound Cake

Legendary Jazz Musician George Duke Dies

Legendary jazz musician George Duke passed away today at the age of 67. We’re sad to hear the news and this post is dedicated to his impact on hip-hop, dance music and beyond.
While Duke’s solo catalog is impressive in itself, he also produced and performed on many albums and has been sampled by dozens of hip-hop artists. Some in the hip-hop community have already reacted to Duke’s passing, including Questlove from The Roots:

Below is one of Duke’s most well-known tracks, “Reach For It,” which was sampled for Spice-1’s “Welcome to the Ghetto” and Ice Cube’s “True to the Game.” For a comprehensive list of his samples, click here.