Five Great Hip-Hop Tracks That Sample Dylan

Bob Dylan, hip-hop inspriation. Photo: Keith Baugh/Redferns

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Ever find yourself up late at night wondering whether Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” was an early prototype rap song? Us too! With Bobby D’s 35th album Tempest arriving next week, we satiated that itch to link the famed songwriter to the rap world with these five snazzy samples snatched from Dylan’s vinyl vault.

1. Juelz Santana feat. Yelawolf, “Mixin’ Up the Medicine”

Dylan might have been singing about his pal Johnny “mixing up the medicine” on “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” but it was two guys named Juelz and Yela who took the concept and ran with it for this 2009 slammer.

2. Beastie Boys feat. Santigold, “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”

The world’s foremost Bob Dylan sampling rap troupe, the Beasties tapped into “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” for ’92′s “Finger Lickin’ Good” and went the whole double-whammy on “Subterranean Homesick Blues” with the song making up parts of “Funky Donkey” and “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win.” With Santigold in tow, the latter becomes a somewhat skankin’ new workout.

3. Major Lazer feat. Mapei and Mr. Evil, “Mary Jane”

One for the bizarro sample spotting squad: Diplo’s Major Lazer unit punches in a blast of “Mr. Tambourine Man” just as the song comes to a climax.

4. Kid Cudi, “Highs and Lows”

A rap-styled singer, Kid Cudi’s “Highs and Lows” borrows liberally from Dylan’s charmingly soothing “Lay Lady Lay” to muster up a song equally as relaxing.

5. Cypress Hill, “Everybody Must Get Stoned”

Never shy of dipping into the rock world to hook up a dusty sample, here Muggs and pals pillage from Uncle Bob’s “Rainy Day Women 12 & 35″ for a song about their favorite puffin’ pastime.

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