Popular Sampling: Did you know?

Many music lovers are aware that several popular songs in hip hop are sampled from other songs in funk and soul. However, many of the songs that are sampled are not easily noticed. In 2009, Million Dollar Bill was a single released by the late great Whitney Houston. The song was written and produced by Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, who sampled the 1976 R&B song We’re Getting Stronger by Loleatta Holloway. The song keeps all of the same musical progressions and the bassline. The modern take on the production and the new melody are the most notable changes to the song. Beatz and Keys took a unique take on an school groove to create a brand new hit for a legendary singer in Whitney Houston.

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