Kanye West's Surprising Sample Sources

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Can you name the interesting or surprising artists sampled by Kanye West?

Featured Jun 18, 2013

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Kanye's introduction to many listeners—his production of ''Takeover'' from Jay-Z's The Blueprint—samples ''Five to One'' by this Jim Morrison-led classic rock band
Kanye and Raekwon traded verses on a remix of ''Runaway Love'' by this pop star whose worldwide fame has probably confused you if you're over the age of 16
Kanye slowed down one of this robotic French dance duo's biggest hits for ''Stronger''
This Chicago soul/funk legend is one of Ye's frequent inspirations; his ''Move On Up'' is used in ''Touch the Sky''
Kanye felt some kinship with this prog-rock titan's ''21st Century Schizoid Man'', so he took its hook for ''POWER''
Jamie Foxx did his best impression of this artist for the intro to ''Gold Digger'', but the rest of the track samples the original ''I Got a Woman''
Tony Stark and Kanye both must love this band for their classic ''Iron Man'', re-used in Kanye's ''Hell of a Life''
This entertainer has won four Grammys, three Emmys, three Golden Globes, and a Tony, but we bet she was still honored to hear her ''Mr. Rockefeller'' sample on Ye's ''Last Call''
The royalties from Ye's use of ''Someone Saved My Life Tonight'' on ''Good Morning'' probably don't make much of a difference when you're the best-selling English solo act ever
''Paris'' by Kanye and Jay-Z features dozens of quotable lyrics, but it starts with an excerpt from Blades of Glory spoken by this comedic actor and Old School SNL vet
These jazz-rockers, led by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, asked Kanye if he realized he was a ''Champion'' through a sample
Kid Cudi's Ye-produced ''Make Her Say'' revolves around this modern diva performing ''Poker Face'' acoustically
Damo Suzuki, the Japanese vocalist of these German krautrock legends, was probably pretty surprised when Kanye turned an unintelligble lyric of his into ''Drunk and Hot Girls''
This band's ''Happy Together'' still plays on radio stations around the world, but their lesser hit ''You Showed Me'' caught second wind after showing up in Kanye's ''Gorgeous''
These English new-wavers scored a big hit with ''Everybody Wants to Rule the World'' but may be best known by a new generation by their sample on Kanye's ''Coldest Winter''
This Irish electronic innovator is best known for aggressive tracks like ''Come to Daddy'' and ''Windowlicker'' but Ye looped some piano from ''Avril 14th'' to make ''Blame Game''
''Paper Planes'' by this artist sampled The Clash and became a huge summer hit in its own right before inspiring the Kanye-produced ''Swagga Like Us''
This Miracle-uous Motown icon is a favorite of hip hop producers, but Kanye's only used his cover of The Shirelles' ''Will You Love Me Tomorrow'' on ''Devil in a New Dress''
Few indie rockers share the stage with the world's biggest MC, but this artist and Ye are best buds now that the latter sampled his ''Woods'' on ''Lost in the World''
Ye and Jay sampled this legendary vocalist's ''Try a Little Tenderness'' so liberally they decided to just name the resulting track after him and give him a co-performer's credit
Kanye had rapped over samples by this soul musician and poet on a few occasions, but he let him have the track all to himself on ''Who Will Survive in America''
Phil Manzanera played lead guitar for these English glam-rockers decades before his own ''K-Scope'' formed the menacing backbone of ''No Church in the Wild''
Ten years after releasing his Tubular Bells album, this artist asked ''can we get much higher?'' Kanye West still wonders the same thing on ''Dark Fantasy''
Kanye re-appropriated Tony Montana's theme from Scarface, written for the film by this Italian disco icon, for his verse on the GOOD Music posse cut ''Mercy''

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