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15 Rap Songs Influenced By Middle Eastern And Southeast Asian Music

“Paid In Full” (The Coldcut Remix) Eric B & Rakim
Sample: Ofra Haza – “Im Nin’alu”
Israel’s own Ofra Haza was responsible for making Eric B & Rakim’s “7 Minutes Of Madness” possible. Once the volume was pumped on “Paid In Full,” she chanted “Im nin’alu” in the smooth poetic sample. What does it mean? Well the full line is “Im nin’alu daltue n’divim daltei marom lo nin’alu,” which in Hebrew means, “Even if the gates of the rich are closed, the gates of heaven will never be closed” (thanks Wikipedia). Wow, a sample that actually makes sense to the song. What a genius concept.

“Addictive” Truth Hurts Featuring Rakim
Sample: Lata Mangeshkar – “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai”
So here’s the story with this one. DJ Quik produced the track for fallen Aftermath soldier Truth Hurts. When his wife used to yell at him, he would turn the Indian TV station up really loudly, and one day during their yelling sessions, Lata Mangeshkar’s “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai” was the blaring song of choice. Quik liked the song, recorded a snippet, and used it on “Addictive.” The sample was never cleared and a $500 million lawsuit followed. The end.

“Indian Flute” Timbaland & Magoo
Feature: Raje Shwari
Kudos to Timbaland for attempting to speak Punjabi on “Indian Flute” as he says, “Aaja sohniye mein pyar kiya,” which basically means, “Come here, Beautiful. I love you.” He probably got that flirting tip from Raje Shwari who was aligned with his camp for a bit until she wasn’t. She rocked on a few other hip-hop tracks that you’ll be reading about soon enough if you keep clicking this list.

“Give It To Me” Mobb Deep Featuring Young Buck
Sample: Alka Yagnik, Manpreet Akhathar & Udit Narayan – “Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aaye”
In addition to the hypnotic beat, you can find the “Ahh Ahhs” from “Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aaye” faded in the background of Mobb Deep’s “Give It To Me.” They could have chosen any “Ahh Ahhs” in the whole entire world, yet they chose those. Good choice, guys. It made a good song even better.

“React” Erick Sermon Featuring Redman
Sample: Asha Bhosie & Mohammed Rafi – “Chandi Ka Badan”
Hot song, but here’s a big problem with sampling songs in a language you don’t understand. Once the sample rolls in on the hook, Erick Sermon and Redman cheerily chant, “Whatever she said, then I’m that.” Um okay. What if she said, “Anyone who samples my voice and doesn’t speak my language is a loser”? What if she said that, guys? She didn’t so they’re safe. But what if?

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