15 Rap Songs Influenced By Middle Eastern And Southeast Asian Music


“The Bounce” Jay Z & Kanye West
Feature: Raje Shwari
Sample: Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun – “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai”
Wow, how’s that for a double whammy? Timbaland produced the beat, had his girl Raje Shwari on the hook (it was her hip-hop debut), singing a sample from a song called “Choli Ke Peeche Kya.” And there you have it. It’s no surprise Timbaland has a vast knowledge of Indian music samples. He knows everything else, so why not that too, right?


“All Y’all” Timbaland Featuring Magoo & Tweet
Sample: Solas – “Maid On The Shore”
The cool part about this sample is that Timbaland took the beat and then kept the melody for his own song, so he maintained the integrity of the original sound recording. The confusing part here is that with a beat that so obviously has a Southeast Asian influence, why not feature an artist to help out?


“Beware Of The Boys” Jay Z
Feature/Sample: Punjabi MC – “Mundian To Bach Ke”
Okay, the real scenario is that Punjabi MC released a song called “Mundian To Bach Ke,” and then Jay Z jumped on the track as a feature so they translated it into the English “Beware Of The Boys.” Sure Punjabi MC is awesome and so is his song, and everything Hov touches turns to Gold, but let’s be honest here: The real winner is the opening beat. Whenever the club hears the instrumental, lives are changed.


“Don’t Phunk With My Heart” Black Eyed Peas
Sample: Asha Bhosle – “Aye Naujawan Hai Sab Kuchch Yahan”
Not only is the beat sampled on Black Eyed Peas’ hit single, but Fergie sings that “Oh na na na don’t phunk with my heart” in the same melody as Asha Bhosle’s. The Black Eyed Peas must be Bhosle fans, because they sampled “Kisi Ki Jaan Lete Hain” for “My Humps” as well.


“Jimmy” M.I.A
Sample: Parvati Khan – “Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja”
M.I.A.’s “Jimmy” is almost like a cover of Parvati Khan’s disco-fied track, considering almost everything from the beat to the hook is identical. When M.I.A. was featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Fallon was convinced that Maya Arulpragasam wrote that song for him. Not quite, dude.

  • BrianRaider

    Look At E Double Rockin The Throwback Pistons Jacket & T!!! Also Damn I Love That Truth Hurts Joint Hate They Got Sued!!! Quik Is A Genius Mayne!!!

  • BrianRaider

    Wylding The Fuck Out To This Petey Pablo!!!! Cot Damn Timbo!!!! Timbo Da King!!! Damn He Was Almost The Whole Article. OK So I Didn’t Know Raise Up Was A Sample!!! This Shit Still Goes!!! Timbaland … WE WANT MORE!!!! dAMN TIMOTHY!!!!

  • BrianRaider

    “I Don’t Die Slow, Put Them Rags Up Like Petey Pablo!!!”

  • Tony Pattawon

    Solas – “Maid On The Shore” sample Timbaland used for All Yall is an Irish Sample not Asian

  • Tay

    Should of had “Be Easy” by yukmouth ft ray j….that song has a sick middle eastern sample and hook