A History of Otis Redding Samples in Hip-Hop

De La Soul "Eye Know" (1989)

Album: 3 Feet High and Rising
Producer: Prince Paul/De La Soul
Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros Records

Samples: "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay" (1968)

De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising single was groundbreaking at the time for its use of multiple samples. The song incorporates Otis Redding’s whistling from the last 20 seconds of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” and the guitar and horns from The Mad Lads “Make This Young Lady Mine,” along with guitar, keyboard, and vocals from Steely Dan’s “Peg” and drums from “Sing A Simple Song” by Sly and The Family Stone.

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