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Song sampling is a great way to bridge the gap between generations, connecting old songs to new artists and listeners.

There’s a saying that goes something like, “nothing is ever new, we just find ways to reinvent things and keep them fresh.” That can be applied to many things in life, especially in music. 

How many times have you heard a song that’s released today and instantly recognized the 80s or 90s classic that’s sampled? Throwback jams aren’t the only gems that are being preserved and showing up in today’s music. Our favorite songs from the early 2000s are also being brought back into the spotlight. Today’s artists are paying homage to their peers and artists that were at the top of the music game at the beginning of the decade.

The way that the samples are used in today’s music constantly proves that the art you create can continue to live on through other artists. Check out a few hits from today that sample songs from the early 2000s.

“Rule the world” by 2 Chainz featuring Ariana Grande
The Atlanta rapper called upon pop sensation Ariana Grande to team up on this bop for his new album, ‘Rap or Go to the League.’ If you listen closely, you hear the summertime classic of R&B singer, Amerie. The 2002 hit single “Why Don’t We Fall in Love,” is sampled throughout the song and brings back all that feel-good vibes of nostalgia.

“I Am Who They Say I Am” by Youngboy NBA
Despite the controversy of Youngboy NBA as a person and as an artist, it can’t be denied that he knows good music. In one of his recent singles, “I Am Who They Say I Am,” Youngboy pulls from the 2003 single “Rain on Me” from Ashanti. The sample can be heard at the beginning of the song and parts of the original song’s hook is looped in between verses by the rapper and his peers Kevin Gates and Quando Rondo.

“Look Back At It” by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
The rapper pulled from one of the greats and used a sample by Michael Jackson. Using the popular and catchy single from 2001, “You Rock My World,” the rapper flowed effortlessly throughout the single while taking on the same lyrical style that the late singer used throughout the song.

“24/7” by Meek Mill featuring Ella Mai 
The Philadelphia rapper teamed up with, new R&B sensation, Ella Mai for the popular hit “24/7.” However, the bop wasn’t completed without a little extra help from the Quen Bey herself. The song samples “Me, Myself, and I” from Beyonce’s debut album, ‘Dangerously in Love’.

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