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Blues lost a legend this week.

With less than 24 hours until HBO premieres their Bessie “Empress of Blues” Smith biopic, the music industry is devastated to learn that one of the greatest blues musicians of all time, B.B. King, died at the fruitful age of 89 yesterday.

Over the course of his career, B.B. King released 50 albums, won 15 Grammys, and once performed an astonishing 342 one-night stands. But most importantly, B.B. King inspired artists from different genres and various generations.

From Christina Aguilera and Jimi Hendrix to Kendrick Lamar and Tina Turner, B.B. King’s music inspired some of the greatest artists to ever do it.

In honor of his legacy, we rounded up 9 hip-hop artists who’ve sampled B.B. King over the years. The most obvious record rappers love to sample is B.B.’s 1970s classic “Chains and Things,” but there were plenty of other soulful cuts that hip-hop producers like to flip.

Check them out below. Rest In Power, B.B.

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Kendrick Lamar

Album: good kid, m.A.A.d city

Year: 2012

Song: “m.A.A.d city”

Sampled From: “Chains & Things”

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Ice Cube

Album: Death Certificate

Year: 1991

Song: “A Bird In The Hand”

Sampled From: “Chains & Things”

Action Bronson

Action Bronson

Album: Dr. Lecter 

Year: 2011

Song: “Buddy Guy”

Sampled From: “Sweet Thing”

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Sir Mix-A-Lot

Album: Swass

Year: 1987

Song: “Square Dance Rap”

Sampled From: “Rock Me Baby”

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50 Cent

Album: ThisIs50 Volume 1: Return of the Body Snatchers mixtape

Year: 2008 

Song: “The Mechanic”

Sampled From: “Chains & Things”


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Big Daddy Kane

Album: Taste Of Chocolate

Year: 1990

Song: “Who Am I”

Sampled From: “Ain’t Nobody Home”

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Album: Digital Bullet

Year: 2001

Song: “Can’t Lose”

Sampled From: “Chains & Things”

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Album: Dirty Money

Year: 2001

Song: “Ain’t That A Bitch (Ask Yourself)”

Sampled From: “Chains & Things”

Kool G Rap

Kool G Rap

Album: Wanted: Dead Or Alive

Year: 1990

Song: “Jive Talk”

Sampled From: “You’re Losing Me”


9 Hip-Hop Artists Who’ve Sampled B.B. King Through The Years  was originally published on globalgrind.com