Sep 26, 2014
One of my favorite tracks from back in the day was a mellow joint from ice Cube called “You Know How We Do it.” It rocked tight beats, a haunting baseline and lyrics to die for (“…they wanna have me in stripes like Dennis the Menace…”). Good times.
But hey, did you know this jam, like many of its era, is a testament to production prowess. Did you know that the song sampled components of earlier music by Kool & the Gang, Evelyn King, Mary Jane Girls and even a traditional folks song?
This is what Whosampled does to you. It makes you a musical researcher via it’s database of sampled music information.
Unfortunately, all this goodness is available to more people; Whosample has new app available for Android users. Excerpts from the press release:
WhoSampled, the popular music discovery website and iOS app powered by the worldâ€™s largest database of sample-based music, cover songs and remixes, today announced that the app is now available on Android as a free download. With over 270,000 tracks from over 95,000 artists, WhoSampled offers a unique experience that directly links up artists to the music that influenced them and charts their influence on contemporary music.
The launch of the Android app will help showcase how the music of the 90â€™s is influencing todayâ€™s charts, with the biggest hits of recent times having incorporated samples of classic tracks from the decade that bought us stone washed denim, Baywatch and Dumb & Dumber. The 90s resurgence is led by Nicki Minajâ€™s recreation of Sir Mix-a-Lotâ€™s 1992 then controversial classic â€œBaby Got backâ€ on her new smash hit â€œAnacondaâ€ and Iggy Azaleaâ€™s re-interpreting mid-nineties movie â€œCluelessâ€ in her video for global number one hit â€œFancyâ€.
Musicâ€™s evolution continues to be cyclical, with music producers continuing to raid their parentsâ€™ record and CD collections for inspiration. The biggest new artists of today, including Ariana Grande, Drake, Kid Ink, Jeremih and Duke Dumont, have drawn inspiration from 90s greats such as Whitney Houston and Wu-Tang Clan, as well as dancefloor anthems by Snap! and Robin S.
Users of WhoSampled can discover the â€œDNAâ€ of the music they listen to and love. The app provides detailed information on songs, including what other songs have sampled them, what artists have covered music from other artists, and what remixes were then made for a track. WhoSampled allows users to explore the musical connections in their own music collection.
The app is available for free on the Play Store.
[Source: WhoSampled Blog]