I’m going back to the start today with the legendary Bob James’ Nautilus. Originally appearing on his 1974 release ‘One’ this track has found longevity through consistent sampling through generations which means I’ve omitted loads, check the list at the bottom. Nautilus is a nice little number, perfect for switching between the jazzier laid back sorta style to a upbeat funkier vibe. I’m sure you know it already.

Bob James – Nautilus

I think Slick Rick was the first person to record a version, chopping up the bassline to create the classic Childrens Story.

Slick Rick – Childrens Story

Run DMC took the best hook by far!

Run DMC – Beats To The Rhyme

A Tribe Called Quest got in on the action too.

A Tribe Called Quest – Clap Your Hands

And of course RZA’s crack at it was dirty as fuck.

Ghostface Killah – Daytona 500

Then we got Lemon D back in his prime rolling out this badboy number. Released on his own Test Imprint in 1999 this wasn’t a massive tune at the time as far as I remember, but I like it an it rolls with a nice momentum! A subwoofer is required equipment for optimum playback.

Lemon D – Ghost Stories

And finally this one’s a little bit tenuous but there is a sample in there around the breakdown. There’s a couple of nice bits on that Welcome to Violence LP, have restored them to the box for a while!

Hive & Gridlock – California Schemin

And here’s a quick list of all the other sampling tunes as per some random website (I’ve added a few in here and there too).

Alkaholiks – “Daaam!”
All Natural – “Think Again”
Basement Khemist – “Correct Technique”
Camp Lo – “Black Nostaljack”
Chubb Rock – “Keep it Street”
DJ Food – “Spiral Dub”
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince – “Jazzy’s Groove”
DJ Spice – Step Off
DJ Zinc – Prankster
Dream Warriors – “Voyage Through the Multiverse”
EPMD – “Brothers on My Jock”
Eric B and Rakim – “Follow the Leader”
Eric B and Rakim – “Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em”
Freestylers – “Warning”
Geto Boys – “Snitches”
Group Home – “Inna Citi Life”
Ice T – “?”
JCD and the Dawg lb – “Over Pussy”
Jeru – “My Mind Spray”
Joe Budden – “Yo, Yo, Yo”
Jungle Brothers – “Book of Rhyme Pages”
K-Solo – “Everybody Knows Me”
Keith Murray – “The Rhyme”
King Sun – “Big Shots”
Kruder & Dorfmeister – “Original Bedroom Rockers”
Large Professor ft Pete Rock – “The Rap World”
Leaders of the New School – “Show Me a Hero”
Lord Shafiyq – “My Mic is on Fire”
Lyrical Prophecy – “You Can’t Swing This”
Main Source – “Live at the Barbecue”
Mary J. Blige – “Just Mary”
Mary J. Blige ft Nas & DMX – “Sincerity”
Mekon – “Phatty’s Lunch Box”
Mike Zoot – “Scene”
Naughty by Nature – “Cruddy Clique”
Nice & Smooth – “No Delayin'”
Onyx – “Black Vagina Finda”
Onyx – “Throw Ya Gunz”
Organized Konfusion – “Stray Bullet”
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “Take You There”
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “The Sun Won’t Come Out”
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “What’s Next on the Menu?”
Poison Clan – “Paper Chase”
Poor Righteous Teachers – “Word is Bond”
Project M – “The Place to Be”
Public Enemy – “Anti-Nigger Machine”
Puff Daddy ft Busta Rhymes and Notorious BIG – “Victory”
Queen Mother Rage – “Slippin’ into Darkness”
Red Myers – “Shoplifter”
Run-DMC – “Groove to the Sound”
Salt-N-Pepa – “Doper than Dope”
Soul II Soul – “Jazzie’s Groove”
Tame One – “Torture Chamber”
The Roots ft Mos Def – “Double Trouble”
Threat – “Bust One Fa Me”
Tim Dog – “Bronx Nigga”
Tim Dog – “I’ll Wax Anybody”
Tim Dog – “Low Down Nigga”
Ultramagnetic MCs – “Ced Gee (Delta Force One)”
Ultramagnetic MCs – “Moe Love on the One & Two”
Ultramagnetic MCs – “Raise it Up”