Isn’t music wonderful, and isn’t it amazing how many connections there are across the board. From Stevie Wonder to Will Smith and Patrice Rushen and, just for good measures, some George Michael!

As a follow on piece to an article entitled Eminem Samples Dido and Aerosmith: Is He Talkin’ All That Jazz here we will look at some more examples of sampling in music across the years and across the genres. Sampling in music has a tendency to be looked down on by a lot of music fans. Are they right to do so? Or is there a certain level of snobbery involved there? After all, if it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander – and many music stars are very amiable to having their music sampled by others.

Take the following Stevie Wonder song for example:

Stevie Wonder – I Wish

The Stevie Wonder song appeard on his 1976 album Songs In The Key Of LifeĀ and was also released as a single, reaching number one in the Billboard charts in the US and number 5 in the UK charts. The younger generation who weren’t around when the Stevie Wonder song was riding high in the charts might well still recognise something about the song and they would be correct with that thought.

Fast forward to 1999 and the release of the Will Smith film Wild Wild West and also the release of the self-titled’theme’ song from the film, also performed by Will Smith.

Will Smith – Wild Wild West

A number one hit in the US and number 2 in the UK, this song from the film of the same name was a huge hit for actor/singer Will Smith, and as you can clearly hear from the song it samples heavily the Stevie Wonder song I Wish. The eagle eyed amongst you may well have spotted many guest appearances in the video from other singers and actors – did you manage to spot Stevie Wonder in there?

Yep, that’s right, Stevie Wonder, the man responsible for the song that Wild Wild West samples heavily features in the video. What does that tell you? Not only must Stevie Wonder have been quite happy to have been sampled, but he was so happy about it he agreed to appear in the video!

It’s not the first time that a Will Smith sung song from a Will Smith film has sampled an older song! Take the following one:

Will Smith – Men In Black

A 1997 number one hit in both the UK and the US for Will Smith, this song came from the Will Smith film Men In Black (strangely enough!). Think it sounds familiar? It might well do as it samples a song from 15 years previous.

Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots

This Patrice Rushen song hit a peak of number 23 in the US charts and number 8 in the UK in 1982. As you can clearly hear, the Will Smith song Men In Black heavily sampled the music from this song. Nothing wrong with that really, and the difference between the two songs is quite startling even though they sound exactly the same.

If those two songs have left you scratching your head about what other song you are reminded of, well let me put you out your misery then and leave you with this one;

George Michael – Fast Love


P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 31st of August 2011 and can be found by clicking HERE.