Produced by: Bink!
Samples: Al Green “Free At Last” (1973)
Honorable mention(s): Project Pat’s “Easily Executed”
Complex says: Maybe the break on the title track to The Blueprint isn't as blatant as some of the others on this list. The break can be hear at the 2:16 mark on "Free At Last" and it's not immediately obvious when you hear "Blueprint." But there's really no way we could make a list about soul samples and not bring up Jay's seminal sixth studio album. After all, the record pretty much made sped-up soul samples in vogue and made stars out of producers like Kanye West and Just Blaze. Too bad Bink—who actually produced this song—didn't become a household name like them.
Jay-Z “Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)” (2001)