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Though Otis Redding’s life was tragically cut short in a plane crash, his presence is still felt even to this day, especially when it comes to hip-hop producers in need of a hot sample. Via Complex:

His mark on music will never be forgotten and with the release of the Watch The Throne single “Otis” last summer, Kanye West and Jay-Z introduced the icon to an entirely new generation. However, looking back, they were not the first nor the last to sample Redding’s work.

Artists like Slick Rick, EPMD, Wu-Tang Clan, and Grand Puba are just a few of many musicians who’ve released records that sample Redding’s work. Take a look at our rundown of the best Otis Redding samples and learn a little hip-hop history in process. [Otis Scream]

You can check out the list here.



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