Give the late Amy Winehouse a break. Seriously. She loved them. While the troubled London-born singer was known for her soulful voice, the other reason hip-hop was so enamored with her were the choice sample-filled beats that producers like Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson laced her with. Here are a couple that stand out:
“Cherry,” not only featured a flip of the guitars from “The Girl From Ipanema” but those unmistakeable drums from Tribe’s “Push It Along” come courtesy of Junior Mance’s version of “Thank You Fallentin Me Be Mice Elf Agin?”
“Mr. Magic” was a pitched up loop of the very popular Grover Washington, Jr. record of the same name.
“In My Bed” is usually assigned sample cred to Nas’ “Made You Look,” but I think this is a tad lazy. While Salaam’s chop really makes the beat his own, props need to be given to The Incredible Bongo Bands’ “Apache”.
“He Can Only Hold Her” benefits from the hastened pace of the Ice Men’s “My Girl (She’s A Fox)”
“Tears Dry on Their Own” samples the backing music from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s 1967 smash hit, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.