Moomin’s Top 10 Hip-Hop Sample Flips


Since his debut album in 2011, The Story About You, Moomin has been on the scene in Berlin and its international surroundings quite consistently. Known for his melodic house sets as well as his fluid musical output, he himself is quite the sampler, ranging from 5 second sped up loops of late sixties prog rock, to Gil Scott-Heron. Moomin has been kind enough to share with us some of his favourite sampled tracks along with their sampling origins.

Some great subtle selections here, certainly some you would have missed the first time round. If anything, it goes to show just how wide the listening was of many great hip hop producers, digging through their parent’s records, and eventually sliding in their own pressings right along side.

Listen to Moomin’s selection as a Youtube playlist below, beginning with each sampled track and followed by the original, alongside accompanying words from the Berlin-based producer.

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1. I N I – Think Twice [2003] // Sampling David Axelrod’s ‘Holy Thursday’ [1968]

Produced by Pete Rock, using a David Axelrod sample. So many people flipped David Axelrods tracks, the list is endless!

2. Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep [1990] // Sampling Jean-Jacques Perrey’ ‘E.V.A.’ [1970]

So many memories with this one, by accident I heard the sample on a danish radio station (DR P3, runned by DJ Nut and Peter) in 1995 and went crazy.

3. Diamond D – Freestyle [1992] // Sampling George Benson’s ‘Footin’ It’ [1968]

Ayo wait a minute… yo that’s the shhh, Diamond D one of my all time fav producers and MCs. I heard this in 1994 and it still keeps my head nodding.

4. Large Professor – Ijuswannachill [1996] // Sampling Milt Jackson and The Ray Brown Big Band’s ‘Enchanted Lady’ [1969]

Large Pro… what more can I say ? 

5. Digable Planets – Graffiti (ft. Jeru The Damaja) [1994] // Sampling Roy Ayers’ ‘Slow Motion’ [1976]

Summer 1995 and a Roy Ayers flip … could it be better ?

6. DJ Shadow – Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt [1996] // Sampling Jeremy Storch’s ‘I Feel a New Shadow’ [1970]

The way Shadow combined his samples to create something new is still outstanding almost 20 years on!

7. Tha Alkaholiks – DAAAM! (Buckwild Remix) [1995] // Sampling Cal Tjader’s ‘Morning Mist’ [1969]

Goose bumps!! Classic Buckwild production, classic Cal Tjader sample. Buckwild, one of my fav producers at that time.

8. Main Source – Live At The BBQ (ft. Nas) [1991] // Sampling Bob James’ ‘Nautilus’ [1974]

Bob James, Main Source AND Nas?! Real classic here, Main Source’s Breaking Atoms album cover is still on my wall.

9. Artifacts – Wrong Side Of Da Tracks [1994] // Sampling Jack Bruce’s ‘Born To Be Blue’ [1971]

Great great track, with a great great flip 🙂 

10. D.I.T.C – Day One [1997] // Sampling Oliver Sain’s ‘On the Hill’ [1972]

No words, just listen!

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