Kanye West – Yeezus: The Samples

blame it on JES7 June 15, 2013

Fan art found at YeezyGraffiti

By now, we’re sure most of you have been giving ‘Ye’s sixth studio album multiple spins, attempting to gauge where it may fit, genre-wise and absorbing the very dark tone of the LP. Yes, the album is dark. Like 90s industrial, Nine Inch Nails dark. As one Rolling Stone writer summed it up: “at its nastiest, his makes Kid A or In Utero or Trans all look like Bruno Mars.” Some may be disenchanted by the lack of chopped soul samples, while others, like myself, may actually dig the anti-establishment, dancehall-laced, punk rock vibes of his latest outing. Either way you look at it, you can’t rule out his ear for a good sample. Peep the sample set below. No sample snitching here since all of these have been readily made available online.

Holy Name of Mary Choral Family – He’ll Give Us What We Really Need. Sampled for the soul break in “On Sight.” Can be found on the gospel compilation, The Gospel According To Budgie II by Budgie.

Capleton – Forward Inna Dem Clothes. Sampled in “I Am a God” which also uses a sample from the Bollywood film soundtrack Seeta Aur Geeta, composed by R.D. Burman.

Omega – Gyöngyhajú lány. Sampled in “New Slaves.” Omega is a Hungarian artist and the song used for the sample is considered classic Hungarian prog rock.

Kenny Latimore – Lately. Sampled in “I’m In It” featuring dancehall DJ Assassin.

Nina Simone – Strange Fruit. Sampled in “Blood On the Leaves.” Also uses a sample of “R U Ready” by TNGHT.

Pusha T – Blocka (Ackeejuice Rockers rmx). Sampled in “Guilt Trip.”

Beenie Man – Memories. Sampled in “Send It Up.” “Memories” is an interpolation of former The Impressions singer Jerry Butler’s “Memories Don’t Leave (Like People Do).

Ponderosa Twins Plus One – Bound. Sampled in “Bound 2”. Also features a sample of Brenda Lee’s Sweet Nothings & Wee’s Aeroplane.