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Today, April 2, would have been the 75th birthday of the late legendary Marvin Gaye, one of the most influential and talented artists of his generation. His death 30 years ago yesterday was one of the biggest losses in American music history, but luckily for us, he left behind a legacy that has continued to be the gift that keeps giving. One of the most sampled men in hip-hop—alongside James Brown and George Clinton—Marvin's legacy has been filtered through the rap ranks for decades, with artists as diverse in content and time as Kool G Rap and Lil B flipping his songs to make beats. To commemorate what would have his 75th birthday, XXL pulled together a list of 75 of the greatest hip-hop songs that sample Marvin Gaye. —Dan Rys, Michael Carlos, Kyle Kramer, Tim Larew and Eric Thurm
Today, April 2, would have been the 75th birthday of the late legendary Marvin Gaye, one of the most influential and talented artists of his generation. His death 30 years ago yesterday was one of the biggest losses in American music history, but luckily for us, he left behind a legacy that has continued to be the gift that keeps giving. One of the most sampled men in hip-hop—alongside James Brown and George Clinton—Marvin's legacy has been filtered through the rap ranks for decades, with artists as diverse in content and time as Kool G Rap and Lil B flipping his songs to make beats. To commemorate what would have his 75th birthday, XXL pulled together a list of 75 of the greatest hip-hop songs that sample Marvin Gaye. Dan Rys, Michael Carlos, Kyle Kramer, Tim Larew and Eric Thurm
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75 Of The Best Hip-Hop Songs That Sample Marvin Gaye

Latest Singles: "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX
Number Of Delays: Around 4
The Holdup: Label issues. She's bounced around a bit since her debut mixtape in 2011, having been affiliated with Interscope and Grand Hustle before eventually finding a home with Mercury/Def Jam.
Latest Singles: "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX
Number Of Delays: Around 4
The Holdup: Label issues. She's bounced around a bit since her debut mixtape in 2011, having been affiliated with Interscope and Grand Hustle before eventually finding a home with Mercury/Def Jam.
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“GETTIN’ MONEY (GET MONEY REMIX)” (1996)


“Is Brooklyn in the house? Without a doubt/I’m the rapper with clout everybody yap about”
“Is Compton in the house? Without a doubt/I’m the rapper with clout other niggas yap about” —GAME, “PUT YOU ON THE GAME” (2005)

“GETTIN’ MONEY (GET MONEY REMIX)” (1996)



“Is Brooklyn in the house? Without a doubt/I’m the rapper with clout everybody yap about”
“Is Compton in the house? Without a doubt/I’m the rapper with clout other niggas yap about” —GAME, “PUT YOU ON THE GAME” (2005)
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"Ghetto Qu'ran"
Artist: 50 Cent
Producers: Trackmasters
Release Year: 2000
Song Sampled: "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"
Sample Release Year: 1973
Sample Effect: Marvin's backing vocal and subtle groove gets augmented by 50's bouncing drums and a more pronounced bass, giving it more drive than the original.
Why The Song Is Dope: Well the song itself is dope on music alone, but the lyrics are what probably led to a couple shootings amongst some of the hip-hop heavyweights in Queens. It's the track that got 50 labeled a snitch, and might have led to him getting shot nine times, as well as contributed to his feud with Ja Rule and Murder Inc. But, you know, the things you gotta do for hip-hop superstardom... —DR

"Ghetto Qu'ran"

Artist: 50 Cent
Producers: Trackmasters
Release Year: 2000
Song Sampled: "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"
Sample Release Year: 1973
Sample Effect: Marvin's backing vocal and subtle groove gets augmented by 50's bouncing drums and a more pronounced bass, giving it more drive than the original.
Why The Song Is Dope: Well the song itself is dope on music alone, but the lyrics are what probably led to a couple shootings amongst some of the hip-hop heavyweights in Queens. It's the track that got 50 labeled a snitch, and might have led to him getting shot nine times, as well as contributed to his feud with Ja Rule and Murder Inc. But, you know, the things you gotta do for hip-hop superstardom... —DR

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