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In this podcast, host Aaron Thompson will connect the dots between popular songs and the samples they use. Free Samples takes you through the history of artists borrowing, or sometimes stealing, pieces from some of their biggest influences. Listening will give you a better understanding of sampling in popular music, uncover songs that you haven’t heard before, and learn the best samples behind your favorite songs.

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In this podcast, host Aaron Thompson will connect the dots between popular songs and the samples they use. Free Samples takes you through the history of artists borrowing, or sometimes stealing, pieces from some of their biggest influences. Listening will give you a better understanding of sampling in popular music, uncover songs that you haven’t heard before, and learn the best samples behind your favorite songs.

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    DAMN. Pt. 1

    DAMN. Pt. 1

    This episode covers the samples used on the first half of Kendrick Lamar's Grammy winning album DAMN.



    Songs used in this episode:

    BLOOD. by Kendrick Lamar

    DNA. by Kendrick Lamar

    Marry Jane by Rick James

    How Good is Your Game by Billy Paul

    YAH. by Kendrick Lamar

    Ha by Juvenile

    ELEMENT. by Kendrick Lamar

    Stormy by OC Smith

    Don't Let Me Down by Fleurie

    FEEL. by Kendrick Lamar

    24K Magic by Bruno Mars

    LOYALTY. by Kendrick Lamar

    PRIDE. by Kendrick Lamar

    The Heart pt IV by Kendrick Lamar

    • 9 min
    Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist

    Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist

    Discover how the Australian soul/r&b group Hiatus Kaiyote became the go-to sample for artists like Drake, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Chance the Rapper, Anderson .Paak, and Kendrick Lamar.



    Songs used in this episode:

    Breathing Underwater by Hiatus Kaiyote,

    Earned It by The Weeknd,

    Hiatus (Broadcast) by Chance the Rapper,

    Fingerprints by Hiatus Kaiyote,

    Without You by Anderson .Paak,

    Molasses by Hiatus Kaiyote,

    Building a Ladder by Hiatus Kaiyote,

    Free Smoke by Drake,

    Is there More by Drake,

    More than a Woman by Aaliyah,

    Atari by Hiatus Kaiyote,

    DUCKWORTH. by Kendrick Lamar,

    The World it Softly Lulls/Sphinx Gate (Live) by Hiatus Kaiyote

    713 by The Carters

    69 by Teyana Taylor

    Borderline with my Atoms by Hiatus Kaiyote

    • 11 min
    Bam Bam

    Bam Bam

    Sister Nancy's song Bam Bam is the most sampled reggae song ever. This episode will explore different ways the song has been sampled and become legendary over the years.



    Songs used in this episode:

    Bam Bam by Sister Nancy

    Bam Bam by The Maytals, Byron Lee, and the Dragonaires

    Famous by Kanye West

    Bam by Jay-Z ft. Damian Marley

    The Basement by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth

    BOBBY by Logic

    Do to Me by H.E.R.

    • 8 min
    Protest Songs

    Protest Songs

    This episode highlights the samples used in songs that protest racism, profiling, and the unjust policing system in America.

    For every listen this episode gets from June 17-July 17, I will donate $1 to the National Police Accountability Project to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States, to help fight systematic racism and bring justice to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others.



    Songs used in this episode:

    "F**k tha Police" by N.W.A

    "The Boogie Back" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity

    "Funky Drummer" by James Brown

    "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy

    "I Shot the Sheriff" by Bob Marley and the Wailers

    "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & The Family Stone

    "Sound of da Police" by KRS-One

    "Inside Looking Out" by Grand Funk Railroad

    "Changes" by 2Pac

    "The Way it Is" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

    "Set it Off" by Strafe

    "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar

    "Flowers of the Night" by David Freiberg, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick

    • 11 min
    Bill Withers

    Bill Withers

    This episode honors the late, great Bill Withers and his lasting impact on music.



    Songs used in this episode:



    Rosie  by Bill Withers

    Roses by Kanye West

    Grandma's Hands by Bill Withers

    No Diggity by Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen

    Let Me Ride by Dr. Dre ft. Jewell & Snoop Dogg

    Kissing My Love by Bill Withers

    The Cut Off by J Cole

    Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar

    Use Me by Bill Withers

    Player's Holiday by TWDY

    Lovely Day by Bill Withers

    • 9 min
    IGOR Pt. 2

    IGOR Pt. 2

    This episode is the second part of 2 episodes dedicated to the samples used in Tyler, The Creator's Grammy winning Album, IGOR.



    Songs used in this episode:

    "A Boy Is A Gun" by Tyler, The Creator

    "Bound" by Ponderosa Twins Plus One

    "Bound 2" by Kanye West

    "Today" by Czar

    "Puppet" by Tyler, The Creator

    "It's Alright With Me" by Part Time

    "What's Good" by Tyler, The Creator

    "Black Grass" by Bad Bascomb

    "Hey Girl" by Cullen Omori

    "Gone, Gone/Thank You" by Tyler, The Creator

    "Fragile" by Tatsuro Yamashita

    "Caramel" by Cluster

    "I Don't Love You Anymore" by Tyler, The Creator

    "Dream" by Al Green

    "Are We Still Friends?" by Tyler, The Creator

    "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

    • 11 min

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