22 Rappers Who Sampled James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”

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  • James-Brown
    It's been called the most sampled drum break in history, and one of the most recognizable beats in hip-hop. James Brown himself felt the funk so fiercely when drummer Clyde Stubblefield laid it down that he named the song "Funky Drummer" on the spot. The track's backbone became a platform for much of hip-hop's first generation, when DJs were cutting funk and soul and disco records for MCs to rap over, well before ProTools and Auto-Tune took the sound into a more digital direction. "Funky Drummer," recorded in 1969, could easily be considered among the most important songs in hip-hop's 40-plus-year existence.<br /><br />With the James Brown biopic, <em>Get On Up</em>, hitting theaters today, <em>XXL</em> decided to check out which hip-hop songs sampled "Funky Drummer"'s iconic drum break. From KRS-One to Nicki Minaj and everywhere in between, here are 22 rappers who sampled the Hardest Working Man In Show Business. Keep it funky.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dNP8tbDMZNE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • KRS-ONE-AND-DJ-SCOTT-LAROCK
    <h2>"South Bronx"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Boogie Down Productions</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Boogie Down Productions<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1987<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vsrOy32nJdI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • nwa
    <h2>"Fuck Tha Police"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">N.W.A</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Dr. Dre, DJ Yella<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1988<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9jOqOlETcRU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Public-Enemy
    <h2>"Fight The Power"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Public Enemy</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>The Bomb Squad<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1988<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8PaoLy7PHwk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • run-dmc-2
    <h2>"Run's House"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Run-DMC</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Run-DMC<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1988<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bCue7oKudbw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • 2-live-crew
    <h2>"Coolin'"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">2 Live Crew</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Uncle Luke<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1989<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/e70QgLcd1p0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Kool-Moe-Dee
    <h2>"I'm Blowin' Up"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Kool Moe Dee</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Kool Moe Dee<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1989<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5rlwkwEl26M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • fresh-prince-jazzy-jeff
    <h2>"Jazzy's Groove"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>DJ Jazzy Jeff<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1989<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hZl7F9JfsvA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • big-daddy-kane-1
    <h2>"Mortal Kombat"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Big Daddy Kane</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Big Daddy Kane<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1989<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SscSMTgwhaA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • LL-Cool-J
    <h2>"Mama Said Knock You Out"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">LL Cool J</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Marley Marl<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1990<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vimZj8HW0Kg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Schoolly-D
    <h2>"Where'd You Get That Funk From?"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Schoolly D</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Schoolly D<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1991<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9jpmdjz6txQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Scarface
    <h2>"Born Killer"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Scarface</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Crazy C, Scarface<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1991<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/__UsmHpmdP8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Dr-Dre-1
    <h2>"Let Me Ride"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Dr. Dre</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Dr. Dre<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1992<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-oZZ9lKg3gQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Digable_Planets
    <h2>"Where I'm From"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Digable Planets</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Butterfly<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1993<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sl-pjb7y3y0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Rakim-1
    <h2>"How I Get Down"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Rakim</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>The 45 King<br /><strong>Year: </strong>1999<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_SAChsEq_5c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • nas-1
    <h2>"Get Down"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Nas</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Salaam Remi<br /><strong>Year: </strong>2002<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cS_bDnxCnkc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • the-alchemist
    <h2>"It's Gon' Pop"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">The Alchemist</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>The Alchemist<br /><strong>Year: </strong>2006<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gjvjk6ZbVwk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • lupe-fiasco
    <h2>"The Cool"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Lupe Fiasco</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Kanye West<br /><strong>Year: </strong>2006<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pjCiKk-wHys" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • nicki-minaj-2
    <h2>"Save Me"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Nicki Minaj</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Pop Wansel, Oak<br /><strong>Year: </strong>2010<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FEINFKcDGb4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • slum-village
    <h2>"2000 Beyond"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Slum Village</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Young RJ<br /><strong>Year: </strong>2010<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tvDJuqzKhWg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • eminem-royce-bad-meets-evil-cover
    <h2>"Living Proof"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Bad Meets Evil</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Mr. Porter<br /><strong>Year: </strong>2011<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r-EHKBHmC9E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • styles-p-1
    <h2>"Street Shit"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Styles P</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Black Saun<br /><strong>Year: </strong>2011<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3G589GMTdD4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • jae-millz
    <h2>"I Gotta Eat"</h2><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Jae Millz</span></strong><br /><strong>Producer: </strong>Cashous Clay<br /><strong>Year: </strong>2013<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TcErGUXJyQ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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