You don’t have to be a Kanye fan to know he samples his ass off. But if you’re a Yeezy aficionado like myself, then you’re familiar with his infatuation in using the popular clip from “Long Red (Live)” by Mountain.
Those first 22 seconds are probably most used beat breaks not made by James Brown. The simple drum pattern, performed by nomadic drummer N. D. Smart, are often used in Yeezy tracks and many other rap songs; more than 150 in since 1987. From EPMD to Chance The Rapper, everyone’s used it, virtually making “Long Red” a legendary song.
The other noteworthy aspect of the clip is Leslie West’s vocals. His attempt at crowd control and MCing are also equally used snippets. The words “You out there?”, “Louder!”, and “Yeah!” are often used as expositions in songs, adding in classic Hip-Hop elements or simple beat filler (See: “Wouldn’t Get Far”).
Can you think of songs that have used this sample just off memory alone? Now that that this sample has been pointed out to you, you will hear it in many more tracks, and you’ll never listen to them the same.