Top 10 Hip Hop Songs That Sampled Quincy Jones

by Raheem Karim
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones Influence On Hip Hop Music

Quincy Jones is one of the most accomplished musician in the recording industry with a career spanning over seven decades. Jones is a record producer, musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, and film and television producer earning a record of 80 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys, and a Grammy Legend Award.

Jones rose to prominence in the 1950’s performing with jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, he going on to work with some of the biggest names in music such as Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and many more. Quincy Jones has left an inedible mark in world entertainment and music.

When hip hop music was scrutinized by conservative media and musical gatekeepers in the late 1980s, he advocated for this new generation of artist. He started Vibe magazine to help showcase hip hop and bring into the mainstream.

Sampling is a foundation of hip hop music when producers in the 1980s began sampling funk and soul records. Quincy Jones has been so influential, some of your favorite hip hop artist has sampled Jones hits to create their own.

I have listed my top 10 hip hop songs that sampled Quincy Jones.

1. Body Heat – Quincy Jones feat. Leon Ware (1974)

Sampled By – 2Pac feat. K-Ci & JoJo – How Do U Want It (1996)

2. Summer In The City – Quincy Jones (1973)

Sampled By – The Pharcyde – Passin Me By (1993)

3. The Lady in My Life – Michael Jackson Produced by: Quincy Jones (1982)

Sampled By – LL Cool J – Hey Lover (1995)

4. Strawberry Letter 23 – The Brothers Johnson Produced by: Quincy Jones (1977)

Sampled By – Big Sean and Metro Boomin – No Hearts, No Love (2017)


5. I Can’t Help It – Michael Jackson Producer: Quincy Jones (1979)

Sampled By – De la Soul – Breakadawn (1993)

6. Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson Produced by Quincy Jones (1987)

Sampled by – Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta (2015)

7. Roots Mural Theme – Quincy Jones (1977)

Sampled by – Juelz Santana – Mic Check (2005)

8. Kitty With the Bent Frame – Quincy Jones (1971)

Sampled by – Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Part II (1994)

9. It’s My Party – by Lesley Gore Producer: Quincy Jones

Sampled By – Drake feat. Rihanna – Take Care (2011)

10. One Hundred Ways – Quincy Jones feat. James Ingram (1981)

Sampled By – MF DOOM – Rhymes Like Dimes (1999)

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