Gold Digging: As Sampled By Jay-Z Import
2006 two CD compilation featuring 20 of the original full length tracks that Jay-Z used samples from to create some of his modern day solo and collaboration masterpieces. Jay-Z is one of the most successful American rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s, managing to maintain both commercial appeal and street credibility. Includes Soul and Funk from Bobby Bland, Al Green and Tom Brock, Reggae from John Holt and straight-up pop from The Jackson 5 and The Waitresses. The album also features the massive Chi Lites sample from the worldwide hit `Crazy In Love' (Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z). Harmless.
1. Chi-Lites / That's How Long I Love You: sampled for "December 4th"
2. Tom Brock / There's Nothing In This World That Can Stop Me From Loving You: sampled for "Girls, Girls, Girls"
3. Chi-Lites / Are You My Woman (Tell Me So): sampled for "Crazy In Love"
4. John Holt / I Will: sampled for "Encore"
5. Bobby Byrd / I'm Not To Blame: sampled for "U Don't Know"
6. Steve Cropper / Crop Dustin': sampled for "So Ghetto"
7. Los Angeles Negros / Tu Y Tu Mirar... Yo Y Mi Cancion: sampled for "My 1st Song"
8. Al Green / Free At Last: sampled for "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)"
9. Jackie Moore / If: sampled for "The Ruler's Name"
10. David Ruffin / Common Man: sampled for "Never Change"
1. Hossam Ramzy / Khusara Khusara: sampled for "Big Pimpin'"
2. Billy Squier / The Big Beat: sampled for "99 Problems"
3. Labi Siffre / I Got The...: sampled for "Streets Is Watching"
4. Rick James & The Stone City Band / Give It To Me Baby: sampled for "I Just Wanna Love U"
5. The Jackson 5 / I Want You Back: sampled for "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
6. Manu Dibango / Soul Makossa: sampled for "Face Off"
7. Bobby Bland / Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City: sampled for "Heart Of The City"
8. The Waitresses / I Know What Boys Like: sampled for "I Know What Girls Like"
9. Meli'sa Morgan / Fool's Paradise: sampled for "Can't Knock The Hustle (Remix)"
10. Dorothy Ashby / Cause I Need It: sampled for "A Million And One Questions"
Anyway, most if not all of my favourites are here, including the sources of such hits as "December 4th", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)", "Never Change", "Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) and "99 Problems". They even threw in the source of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love" which of course featured Jay-Z, for good measure. Hmm.
Anyway, I'm a soul & jazz fan in the main and to hear songs by people like the Chi-Lites, Bobby Byrd and Al Green all on one album is magic. I'm very glad I bought this one and I think any Jay-Z fan would be interested in having a copy. Whatever one might say about hip-hop, these guys and their producers sure know their music. Five stars easily.