16. Big K.R.I.T. "Hometown Hero" (2010)
Album: K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
Producer: Big K.R.I.T.
Around the same time as Adele's ascent to soul-pop superstardom, Big K.R.I.T. grabbed a sample from her first UK single, 2007's "Hometown Glory" for his own ode to his stomping grounds. Once Adele got her feet wet in the U.S. pond, the track was re-released. The timing and sentiment were equally apropos on K.R.I.T.'s part. Rap's rising star was remixing pop's rising star detailing how he puts on for Mississippi. Real heroes don't forget where they came from.
Sample: Adele "Hometown Glory" (2007)