17 Drake Songs That You Didn't Know Contained Samples But Really Should

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Its no secret that Drake is a fan of sampling. 

Everybody's favourite Canadian rapper frequently looks to other artists for inspiration, from vintage tracks to some more modern artists that may surprise you.

Whether you're a die-hard Drake fan or just want to know where that  particular vocal sample was taken from, take a look at this list to see what Drake's been up to.

(Warning: some of these songs contain strong language that some people may find offensive.)
 

1) 'Hotline Bling'

First up is Drizzy's 2015 smash hit 'Hotline Bling'. The video went viral due to Drake's 'dad dancing', which sparked thousands of internet memes. However something that isn't commonly recognised, is the sample used throughout.
 

'Hotline Bling' samples 'Why Can't We Live Together' by Timmy Thomas

This 70's soul anthem runs through the entire track. Timmy Thomas provides the hooky melody and funky bassline, contributing to the song's success.

 

2) 'Poundcake' feat. Jay Z

Taken from Drake's third studio album 'Nothing Was The Same', the rapper enlisted the help of Jay for 'Poundcake'. But there is also an unlikely guest appearance from this track's featured singer...
 

'Poundcake' samples 'Don't Say A Word' by Ellie Goulding

Yep, that heavenly vocal sample is from none other than Brit-pop singer Ellie Goulding. The star admitted that she struggled to "play it cool" when she heard Drake had used her voice on 'Poundcake'.

 

3) 'Work' with Rihanna

Hip-Hop's ultimate OTP teamed up earlier in the year for this Dancehall banger. Along with it's infectious beat and raunchy video, there's also a rather special sample that helps add to the track's iconic status.
 

'Work' samples 'Sail Away' by Richie Stephens and Mikey 2000

That consistent, rhythmic bassline running throughout 'Work' is actually a sample taken from the 1998 track 'Sail Away'.

 

4) 'One Dance' 

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, it's unlikely that you've been able to escape Drizzy's record-breaking track 'One Dance'. But WHO exactly does that angelic singing voice belong to?
 

'One Dance' samples 'Do You Mind (Crazy Cousins Remix)' by DJ Paleface feat. Kyla 

It's British house music singer Kyla, that's who. She is featured on the Crazy Cousinz house song 'Do You Mind', which was released in 2008.

 

5) 'Started From The Bottom'

Released in 2013, 'Started From The Bottom' documents Drake's early upbringing and the beginnings of his career. The song earned Drake a BET Hip-Hop Award and two Grammy nominations, and has been remixed countless times.
 

'Started From The Bottom' samples 'Ambessence Piano & Drones 1' by Bruno Sanfilippo and Mathias Grassow

This ambient piece runs through 'Started From The Bottom', adding to the atmosphere and consistent tone of the track. 

 

6) 'Take Care'

'Take Care' marked the second collaboration between Drake and Rihanna. Five years on, and the relationship rumours are still flying, with the pair even getting matching shark tattoos. But 'Take Care' isn't actually a truly original song...
 

'Take Care' samples 'I'll Take Care of U (Remix)' by Jamie xx and Gil Scott-Heron

With the help of Jamie xx himself, Drake managed to turn the English producer's remix of Gil Scott-Heron's 'I'll Take Care Of U' cover into an R&B classic.
 

It also samples 'It's My Party' by Lesley Gore

Drake reworked some lyrics from 'It’s My Party' into 'Take Care' - “It's my birthday, I'll get high if I want to / Can't deny that I want you / But I'll lie if I have to,” the rapper sings.

 

7) 'Summer Sixteen'

Used to promote 'Views', 'Summer Sixteen' caused a stir in the Hip-Hop world as the song acted as a diss track towards Tory Lanez and Meek Mill. Following Meek's swift response, they have continued feuding since.
 

'Summer Sixteen' samples 'Glass Tubes' by Brian Bennett

This sample used in 'Summer Sixteen' has been slowed down from the original instrumental. Drake's version also features the uncredited vocals of none other than DJ Khaled.

 

8) 'Views' 

Taken from the international smash hit record of the same name, 'Views' rounds off the album with this flowing yet hard-hitting track. But where is that sample from? And where have we heard it before...
 

'Views' samples 'The Question Is' by The Winans 

The Winans are an American Gospel music quartet, and provide 'Views' with it's iconic intro and stunning layered harmonies throughout. Drizzy also used the same song in the intro to his 2016 tour.

 

9) 'Legend' 

'Legend' is the down-tempo opener to Drizzy's fourth mixtape, 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late', and features the iconic lyrics 'If I die, all I know is I'm a mother******g legend'. PARTYNEXTDOOR produced the banger, but we bet you can't guess who the 6 God sampled in this one.
 

'Legend' samples 'So Anxious' by Ginuwine

That's right, Drake enlisted the help of R&B legend Ginuwine and his Timbaland-produced slow-jam 'So Anxious'. The 1999 track helps give Drake's track its true 'Legend' status.

 

10) 'Unforgettable'

Throwing it back to some early Drake, 'Unforgettable' was featured on 'Thank Me Later' - can you believe Drizzy's debut album was released 6 years ago? The song also features the voice of Jeezy and one other very special artist.
 

'Unforgettable' samples 'At Your Best (You Are Love)' by Aaliyah 

Hip-Hop royalty Aaliyah was sampled in this early Drizzy track. The late singer recorded her own version of the classic Isley Brother's tune in 1994 and Drake is just one of her many huge fans in today's urban music world. 

 

11) 'Fancy' feat Swizz Beatz and T.I.

This collaborative effort is classic, old-school Drake down to a Tee. This track screams Summer 2010, and with the help of T.I. and Swizz Beatz, Drizzy was bang on the money with 'Fancy'.
 

'Fancy' samples 'I Don't Want to Play Around' by Ace Spectrum

The R&B/Soul group Ace Spectrum were churning out hits during the 70's and someone on Drake's team picked up this gorgeous tune to sample in 'Fancy'.

 

12) 'Look What You've Done'

2016 marks the half-decade birthday for Drake's sophomore album 'Take Care'. One of its down-tempo, chilled out tracks, 'Look What You've Done', is one of its stand out tracks.
 

'Look What You've Done' samples 'If U Scared, Say U Scared' by Static Major and Smoke E. Digglera 

Somewhat of a hidden gem, Drake sampled this unreleased track by the late Static Major, with Smoke E. Digglera. It was his way of paying homage to the monumental music legend. 

 

13) 'Fake Love'

Taken from his upcoming musical project 'More Life', which is due to drop in December, 'Fake Love' is one of four brand new tracks from Drizzy. The other tracks include features from 21 Savage and British rapper Dave, but 'Fake Love' is a little bit different...
 

'Fake Love' samples 'Back Stabbers' by The O'Jays

Legendary R&B group The O'Jays hit it big with this track. The part-originators of old-school Philadelphia Soul, it's no wonder Drake sampled 'Back Stabbers' - the lyrical theme completely mirrors that of 'Fake Love'. 

 

14) 'Too Good'

Another one to add to the AubRih collection, 'Too Good' is the ultimate follow-up to 'Work'. Not only is it catchy and hugely popular, it also features a sample from an another unexpected guest.
 

'Too Good' samples 'Love Yuh Bad' by Popcaan

Drake owes a portion of the track's success to Jamaican artist Popcaan, after sampling a section of his lyrics from this dancehall hit.

 

15) Controlla

Drake has been impossible to miss this year thanks to the countless hits on 'Views' - and 'Controlla' is no exception. Three guesses for who that far-off voice belongs to (fast forward to 2:03 to have a listen).
 

'Controlla' samples 'Tear Off Mi Garment' by Beenie Man

If you got it, you're good. Drake samples Beenie Man's 'Tear Off Mi Garment', which has it's own little solo mid-way through 'Controlla'.


16) 'Worst Behaviour'

Drizzy's 2014 summer smash 'Worst Behaviour' remains memorable due to it's punchy bassline and iconic video (which features his father, Dennis). But there's one feature that you might not have noticed.
 

'Worst Behaviour' samples 'Mo Money Mo Problems' by The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy, Mase and Kelly Price.

In 'Worst Behaviour', Drake raps an extended version of Ma$e's verse from 'Mo Money, Mo Problems', the legendary Notorious B.I.G. track. Who knew! 

 

And finally...

17) '6 God' 

A stand-out song from 'Views', the self-entitled 6 God himself sampled an unexpected piece of music for this number. 
 

'6 God' samples 'Haunted Chase' by David Wise - from the Donkey Kong soundtrack.

Yep, Drake took the instrumental of '6 God' directly from a video game. And it's amazing! 
 

And there you have it! Nice work, Drake. 

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