Ten iconic Cuban samples and reworks
with links and brief description
Once again the team at WhoSampled.com have clued is in to some audio appropriation of Cuban gems by your favorite popsters. It is a remarkable effort by the folks whose mission is to “Explore the DNA of music.” A big thanks to Chris Read and the folks at WSW, the
research they do is stellar!
Nightmares on Wax rework Omara Portuondo’s strings into a downbeat groove on ‘Thinking of Omara’.
Hip Hop revivalists Jurassic 5 bring a dubby feel to Los Van Van.
Miguelito Valdes forms an unlikely sample for Fat Joe and Lil Wayne’s high energy street raps.
4. Kid Capri and Nas sample ‘Something’s-Gotta-Give’ by the Afro-Cuban-Band in ‘Soundtrack to the Streets’
New York hip hop veterans Kid Capri and Nas give a rugged mixtape feel to this Afro-Cuban Band sample.
5. Cuban band Charanga 76 sample McFadden & Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ on ‘No Nos Pararan’
Charanga 76 put a Latin spin on the McFadden & Whitehead Disco classic.
Bodega Bamz delivers raps over repetitive horn stabs from Sonora Matancera.
Wyclef Jean and fellow Fugee Lauryn Hill enlist Celia Cruz for a reinterpretation of the Joseito Fernandez classic.
Underground hip hop favorites The Pharcyde put their spin on the Buena Vista Social Club classic.
Cuba born rapper and Cypress Hill affiliate Mellow Man Ace samples Santana for some American-Latin flavour on 1989’s ‘Escape from Havana’.
A brief passage from Beny More’s ‘Que Te Hace Pensar’ appears in an interlude from this DJ Premier produced 90s hip hop classic.