Top Ten Songs Sampled in German Hip Hop Songs

Much like in US hip hop, samples can be found on almost every German hip hop album of all subgenres. However, since German hip hop beats generally have a different sound, the selection of sampled genres is often a whole another than in the USA. While American hip hop most often uses soul samples, German hip hop frequently makes use of movie or TV series scores, eurodance, oriental music or even American hip hop itself. And yeah, every once in a while, a soul sample pops up over here as well. And, of course, not all beats make use of sampling.

Here's a selection of songs sampled in German hip hop.

The Top Ten

1 There Is a Star - Pharao

Sampled in "Vom Dealer zum Star" by Kollegah from the 2007 album "Alphagene".

The chorus of "There is a Star" is chopped up and can be heard in the background, also the chorus of "Vom Dealer zum Star" is sung to the same tune. - Martin_Canine

2 Come Cover Me - Nightwish

Sampled in "Outro" by Kollegah from his 2009 album "Zuhältertape, Vol. 3"

The intro of "Come Cover Me", which only features synthesizers and Tarja's singing, is pitched and sped up multiple times until barely recognizable and loops throughout the entire song. - Martin_Canine

3 Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 3. Danse des petits cygnes - Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Sampled in "Mitternacht" by Kollegah & Farid Bang from their 2009 album "Jung brutal gutaussehend".

The portion which can be heard in the second half of the listening sample on here is looped throughout the entire song. - Martin_Canine

4 Joga - Björk

Sampled in "ersguterjunge" by Bushido feat. Baba Saad from the first one's 2004 album "Electro Ghetto".

A very short and pitched down interpolation of the main string theme of "Jóga" plays throughout the entire song. - Martin_Canine

5 Wing$ - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Sampled in "Alles hat sein Sinn" by Farid Bang feat. KC Rebell from the first one's 2016 album "Blut".

The chorus of "Wing$" is slightly sped up and used as the chorus of "Alles hat sein Sinn". The beat is different, though. This was done cleverly as it reinterprets the lyrics to fit in the new context: Macklemore's song is about an addiction to expensive brand shoes that takes unhealthy proportions, and Farid's take is about migrant children in the lower class whose only hope is to make it big as a rapper. The chorus, which is about children chasing stars and flying away, fits both tunes. - Martin_Canine

6 No Good (Start the Dance) - The Prodigy

Sampled in "Hater" by Kollegah from the 2007 Selfmade Records label sampler "Chronik I".

The main synth line is sped up and gets looped throughout the song, at some parts the sung portion is also sampled, pitched down and layered over the beat. While throughout most of the song hip hop drum kits replace the original techno beat, towards the end, the sample is played unfiltered, with its stomping dance beat and in original speed. - Martin_Canine

7 Shadow of Doubt - Hajime Mizoguchi

Sampled in "Berlin" by Bushido from his groundbreaking 2003 album "Vom Bordstein bis zur Skyline".

The intro, which you can hear on the audio sample on here, loops throughout the entire song, however being back up by hard hitting drums. Songs like this formed German hip hop and made soundtrack samples in dark street centered hip hop popular. - Martin_Canine

8 Ako Ima Boga - Bijelo Dugme

Sampled in "Weg nach oben" by Favorite, Kollegah, Slick One & Shiml from the 2007 Selfmade Records label sampler "Chronik I".

All samples are heavily pitched and sped up so they sound like chipmunk vocals. The synth line of "Ako Ima Boga", as heard in the very first seconds, plays throughout the verses of "Weg nach oben". Then, during the latter song's chorus we hear the entire sung bridge of "Ako Ima Boga". Part of the sung outro is used as transition between individual parts of "Weg nach oben". - Martin_Canine

9 Omen III - Magic Affair

Sampled in "Bad Boy" by Kollegah from his 2008 self-titled album.

The main piano theme melody of "Omen III" loops throuhghout much of the song, and the chorus of "Bad Boy" is sung to the tune of that of "Omen III". - Martin_Canine

10 Sunny - Bobby Hebb

Sampled in "Easy" by Cro from his 2012 album "Raop".

Parts of the song, most notably when Hebb sings "ease the", which sounds like "easy" to the ear, are chopped up, rearranged and played throughout the entire song. The "ease the" vocal sample ends several lines of Cro's rapping. - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 The Stranger - Billy Joel

Sampled in "Junge aus der City" by Fler from his 2016 album "Vibe".

The first few seconds of "The Stranger", which feature a melancholic piano, get looped throughout the song. May I say that these few seconds, isolated, have a completely different tone than the rest of the original song. That's why Fler's trap style song actually sounds much sadder. - Martin_Canine

12 Time - Hans Zimmer

Sampled in "Aura" by Kool Savas from his 2011 album of the same name.

The intro of "Time" loops throughout the entire song. - Martin_Canine

13 Sky High - Jigsaw

Sampled in "Fahrenheit" by Kollegah from his 2009 album "Zuhältertape, Vol. 3".

The intro segment of "Sky High" loops throughout the entire Kollegah song. This gives the song one of the most Kanye West style vibes I heard on a German hip hop song. You know, the old Kanye from his first two albums. - Martin_Canine

14 Eptesicus - Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

Sampled in "Nacht" by Kollegah from his 2006 album "Boss der Bosse: Zuhältertape, Vol. 2".

The first few seconds of this "Batman Begins" soundtrack piece loop throughout the Kollegah song and give it a nice, dark touch. - Martin_Canine

15 Murphy's Body - John Frizzell

Sampled in "Der Einzelkämpfer" by Kollegah from his 2007 album "Alphagene".

The first seconds of this atmospheric "Ghost Ship" soundtrack piece are heard in the intro and verses of "Der Einzelkämpfer". In the chorus the same sample is played pitched up and sped up. - Martin_Canine

16 Monstro - Meat Loaf

Sampled in "Veni Vidi Vici" by Kollegah ftom his 2007 album "Alphagene".

The intros of both songs are almost identical, Kollegah's is a bit sped up. Then, a choir of "Monstro" can be heard throughout the entire Kollegah song, pitched up, but not as extremely as on other songs.

May I say that the "Alphagene" album, as much as I like Kollegah, has some of the most unprofessional sounding beats on any widely released German hip hop album. This, however, is a pretty damn epic beat. - Martin_Canine

17 Mourning Palace - Dimmu Borgir

Sampled in "Mittelfingah" by Bushido feat. Bass Sultan Hengzt & King Orgasmus One from the first one's 2001 underground tape "King of Kingz".

The first few seconds of "Mourning Palace" play throughout the entire song. - Martin_Canine

18 C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan

Sampled in "C.R.E.A.M." by Fler from his 2016 album "Vibe".

Individual lines of the original song have been cut together to form the chorus of Fler's song. - Martin_Canine

19 Bill Gates - Lil Wayne

Sampled in "Sporttasche" by Bushido from his 2014 album "Sonny Black".

The original beat of the Lil Wayne song is layed over a more hard hitting drum kit as typical for Bushido, and is also a bit sped up. - Martin_Canine

20 Never Forget Me - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
21 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
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