A History of Otis Redding Samples in Hip-Hop

Queen Latifah f/ De La Soul "Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children" (1989)

Album: All Hail the Queen
Producer: Prince Paul
Label: Tommy Boy
Samples: "Merry Christmas, Baby" (1967)

When Queen Latifah dropped her debut album All Hail the Queen, she teamed up with De La Soul on “Mamma Gave Birth to the Soul Children” with a sample from Otis Redding’s cover of “Merry Christmas, Baby” originally performed by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers in 1947. Latifah used the Christmas jingle for the chorus along with strong saxophone chords and a lead-in to each De La Soul verse.

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