“What Is Love” and Eminem’s 5 Other Most Random Samples

06/08/2010 1:38 PM |

Eminem samples tracks

Yesterday, perhaps to make up for his lame first single, Eminem dropped the hotly-anticipated Lil Wayne collabo “No Love” from his upcoming Recovery record (June 22). In addition to the stellar verses by both MCs (Em wins, as I see it, but Weezy sounds great), the best thing about the track is that it features a snippet of Trinidadian singer Haddaway’s 1993 hit “What Is Love,” which is some seriously ballsy sampling. Listen for it, it’s pretty hard to miss:


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That said, Eminem and his producers have always been pretty adventurous in their sampling tastes, as this fun listicle will demonstrate! (NSFW language, obvs.)

“Cum on Everybody” off The Slim Shady LP samples Le Pamplemousse’s “Gimme What You Got,” for that 70s porn movie score beat.
The original:

Em’s version:

“Under the Influence” off The Marshall Mathers LP samples Michael Jackson’s “Give In To Me” for that ridiculously catchy guitar loop.
The original:

Em’s version:

“Till I Collapse” off The Eminem Show samples Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” for that massive and addictive drum loop.
The original:

Em’s version:

“Without Me” off The Eminem Show samples Malcolm McLaren’s “Buffalo Gals,” for the line “Two buffalo gals go ’round the outside, ’round the outside, ’round the outside,” but who knows where McLaren got it from. Seriously, anybody know?
The original:

Em’s version:

“Like Toy Soldiers,” off Encore, samples Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” for the melancholic acoustic riff.
The original:

Em’s version:

(NahRight)

One Comment

  • i don’t know. everytime i hear “what is love?” i think of a spastic Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell at the Roxbury. I don’t think hard core gangster rap. Sorry Eminem but I’m giving this song “No Love.”