Hall & Oates: The rock & soul sampler

otaylor@thestate.comMarch 10, 2013 

Darryl Hall and John Oates


  • If you go Hall & Oates

    When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

    Where: Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St.

    Tickets: $58 and $73

    Information: www.thetownship.org

Hall & Oates, the rock ’n’ soul pioneers, might not have songs on the popular music charts, but the duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates are prominently featured in popular music. Like James Brown’s catalog, Hall & Oates’ releases have become a source in hip-hop production.

From De La Soul to Wu-Tang Clan to Kanye West to Lil Wayne, rappers continue to craft verses over Hall & Oates samples. Attendees at Tuesday’s Hall & Oates concert at Township Auditorium will get to hear originals, but here are 10 of the best Hall & Oates samples. (To hear songs, some of which contain strong language, visit thestate.com/living.)





1. “ Fight with the Best, " Kanye West, Rhymefest and Mikkey: Kanye West is known for interpolating vocal samples — “ Otis” (Otis Redding) and “ What You Need” (James Brown) from “Watch the Throne,” his collaborative album with Jay-Z; “ Stronger” (Daft Punk); and “Slow Jamz” (Luther Vandross), just to name a few — and on this song he chose a departing shot by Hall. “I can fight with the best / But I can only go / So many rounds,” Hall sings.

Sample: “ Grounds for Separation"





2. “ I’ll Do Anything,” Heavy D: The drum beat is left intact, but everything else is removed from the original. Still, there is no mistaking what song it samples.

Sample: “ I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)





3. “ Never Get It,” Lil Wayne: Oates’ bouncy guitar chords are repurposed in this song from one of Wayne’s popular mixtape series.

Sample: “ Wait for Me





4. " Say No Go," De La Soul: “3 Feet High and Rising,” the trio’s debut album, turns 25 next year. This song and video introduced the peace-and-daisy loving hip-hop group to a generation of fans, and it is infinitely more resonant than any D.A.R.E. campaign message. The phrase “Say, no, go” is repetitiously used as the song’s chorus.

Sample: “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”





5. “ Blowin’ My Mind,” Vanilla Ice: If you were on the fence about whether or not Vanilla Ice was lyrically challenged, listen to this song. But it can’t be denied he had taste. He sampled Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” for “Ice Ice Baby” and then this.

Sample: “ Sara Smile





6. “I’m Winning,” Soulja Boy: It’s more of what has become expected from the cyclical rapper. He talks about acquiring money and the things he acquires by spending the money he’s acquired. But he has a gift for spreading his repetitive rhymes over catchy beats.

Sample: “Sara Smile”





7. “Fa Ha,” LL Cool J: No surprise here, this year’s Grammy host is rapping about a girl. A vocal snippet — “take what is given you” — is looped throughout the song.

Sample: “ Rich Girl





8. “No Guarantees,” Danny!: On the rapper and producer’s debut album “The College Kicked-Out,” the longtime Columbia resident sped up a Hall & Oates sample to reinforce his frustration with the music industry — and local response to his music. (Danny! is now signed to Questlove’s Okayplayer Records and he performed on “ Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” so one hopes the frustration is nearing an end.)

Sample: “Grounds for Separation”





9. “ Rich Girl,” Trina: On an episode of MTV’s “Cribs,” Trina displayed her taste for gaudy, material excess. Money isn’t an issue because she swims in it, she raps on this track. Another beauty, “What is an overdraft / I just laugh.” Now that she hasn’t had a hit in a few years, whose money is she relying on now?

Sample: “Rich Girl”





10. “ Method Man,” Wu-Tang Clan: Is there a more appropriate manner for a rapper to make sure a listener gets their name than by spelling it out? “M-e-t-h-o-d Man” is how the hook goes. It’s a salute to a method Hall & Oates spelled out.

Sample: “ Method of Modern Love


Reach Taylor at (803) 771-8362.

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