Gamble and Huff to Hip-Hop Producers: “Keep Sampling…”

JLBarrow • March 26, 2008 • 1 Comment

Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff recently gave the verbal thumbs up to producers such as Kanye West and the late Disco D who have sampled their catalog of classics.

As previously reported on, a Samplology volume is being released featuring Gamble and Huff’s work.

“I thought it was really nice the way they did it,” says Gamble. “I hadn’t heard a lot of the records; Jay-Z, Kanye West, Tupac…I think we’ve got the most sampled catalog except for maybe James Brown.”

As creators of the famed “Philadelphia sound” the composers and songwriters created lush arrangements for The O Jay’s, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes and McFadden and Whitehead that have become the source material for a long list of hip-hop favorites like Gang Starr’s “You Know My Steez,” Method Man’s “Bring The Pain,” and Jay-Z’s “This Can’t Be Life.”

“It keeps us current and introduces us to a whole other generation of people,” says Huff. “Keep on sampling…they went deep into our catalog to come up with that “Coca-Cola Bottle Baby” (used by Kanye West on “Stronger”). If they weren’t really into our music then they wouldn’t be digging that deep to find obscure songs we completely forgot about. And here they come and sample it and create a whole new life for it.”

Keep checking back to for more news on Gamble and Huff and a feature interview.

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  • D_MarZ • 13 years ago

    Now those are two artists who really love music. Mad love to both of them!