One of the Best 80s Songs Used for Sampling in Rap is “I Keep Forgetting” by Michael McDonald

Ever hear a rap or hip hop song and wonder what the background track they’re using is? When Will Smith was in his singing and rapping days he was probably one of the biggest culprits of this. It’s called sampling. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing at all. Hell “Ice Ice Baby” did it with Queen and Bowie’s “Under Pressure” and it worked out just fine. Sometimes it’s successful and sometimes it ends up being God awful.  But I must admit when it’s done right (hint: Beastie Boys have it down to a science) the new rap song can actually trump the song they sampled.

One of the best uses of sampling in any rap song has got to be in the song “Regulate.”  Just the other day I was listening to this tune by Warren G and Nate Dogg and remembered the background track to it. It’s “I Keep Forgetting” by Michael McDonald.   It’s really only a small sampling but it’s just used so well to make the song raw and almost “jazzy?”

Anyway, enjoy both songs and you’ll get a little smile when you hear the sampling.

Here’s the original

Here’s Regulate

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images


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