The good folks over at DJbooth.net compiled a list of producers who have used the most samples in the history of hip hop. Care to take a guess who tops the list?
#1 DJ Premier: 1,458 Tracks Sampled
Premo isn’t just the number one sampler in hip-hop history, he’s number one by a mile and a half. Granted, he has been steadily making beats for decades, but he still has an astounding number of flips. I mean, 1,458 is more than double 9th Wonder, who I consider to be one of the best producers ever. I guess every scratch counts, but still, this amount of sampling is mind bottling. Dude even beat out Girl Talk, who makes his money on unimaginatively taking other peoples tracks. All hail the king!
You can check out the rest of the list, which includes Girl Talk, DJ Shadow, Dr. Dre and more, here.