HipHopMagz's R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Reveal Their Favorite Rap Samples, First Concerts and Favorite Records


Billboard's annual record of R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players highlights the highest 100 executives and creatives who’ve made R&B and hip-hop the most well liked genres on earth. Below, members of the 2018 class share their favourite samples, recollections from their first concert events and extra reflections.


Jennifer Drake, Sony/ATV: When Ice Cube and DJ Pooh sampled The Isley Brothers’ "Footsteps within the Dark" in "It Was a Good Day." [Ice Cube] took the sound of my dad and mom however advised a narrative of his life and, subsequently, the evolution of the city black household. It was additionally a crowning jewel within the West Coast motion.”

Ron “Mills” Triana, SiriusXM​​: When Notorious B.I.G.’s "Juicy" sampled Mtume’s "Juicy Fruit." That was fly as a result of it took me to my childhood and the native curler skating rink in junior excessive. I might nonetheless see us all singing this tune as we skated, danced and hit the video video games. Nostalgia is what retains you younger.

Erika Montes, SoundCloud: The "It’s the Hard-Knock Life" pattern from [the 1977 musical] Annie in Jay-Z’s "Hard Knock Life." It’s such a intelligent pattern, and opened up folks’s eyes to the similarities between this cute redheaded lady and Jay-Z. We’re all simply making an attempt to do and be higher. Also, attempt getting it out of your head if you take heed to it.

Matt Zingler, Rolling Loud: Michael McDonald’s "I Keep Forgettin'," sampled in Warren G’s "Regulate." My dad and mom had been actually huge Michael McDonald followers. They had been all the time enjoying his data whereas I used to be rising up. I will need to have been 10 years previous the primary time I heard "Regulate," and the second I heard the beat, I instantly began dancing in every single place.

Cara Lewis, Cara Lewis Group: "Paid in Full" by Eric B. & Rakim sampled "Don’t Look Any Further" by Dennis Edwards. I’m additionally shouted-out on the track.


Coach Ok, Quality Control: The Jackson 5 in 1976. I used to be 5. My dad and mom and I all dressed up alike. We had on blue-jean outfits with cowboy boots. It was loopy and, yup, denim.

Jon Wexler, Adidas: Hurricane and Davy D., Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C.’s Raising Hell Tour in July 1987 at Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon. Watching the Beasties run round onstage prefer it was a punk rock present, after which seeing D.M.C., Run and Jam Master Jay rock a whole stadium — that blew my thoughts.”

Drew Findling, lawyer: After the whole lot that Migos went by [in 2015] — notably [Offset’s jail stint] in Georgia — I advised the protection group that as quickly because the case was over, we should always all attend their present collectively. It was the primary hip-hop occasion I’ve ever been to, at [Atlanta’s] Center Stage Theater. It was outstanding.

Dion "No I.D." Wilson, Capitol: I bear in mind [mine] as a result of I carried out at it. Myself, Common and a good friend had a rap group [named C.D.R.], and we opened up for Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A and Too $hort in Chicago. We had been simply youngsters with desires, up there with legends. If anyone has footage of that — it might be hilarious.

Ian Holder, Sony/ATV: A Kiss FM summer time present at Madison Square Garden, when all three members of H-Town dropped their pants and sang the remainder of "Knockin’ Da Boots" in mismatched silk boxers. Epic.


Ryan Press, Warner/Chappell: "I Wish It Would Rain" by The Temptations. When I went to my father’s [Temptations tenor Ron Tyson] reveals as a child, that was the primary time I bear in mind feeling one thing in my soul from a track. That intro used to provide me chills.

Pat Corcoran, Haight Brand: Puff Daddy and Mase’s "Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down" was that first "Let’s get this work" track for me. It was a grinder’s anthem, even for my 6-year-old self on the time.

Don Wynter, iHeartMedia: I bear in mind listening to the primary hip-hop file: Fatback Band’s "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" in 1979. I couldn't imagine the artwork kind that I grew up listening to had been memorialized on wax.

Dre London, London Entertainment: Biggie Smalls’ "Everyday Struggle." I bought kicked out of college, and my household thought it was over for me, not figuring out what was subsequent. So I might hop on my bike and simply hear, utilizing it form of as a soundtrack to my life.

Tariq Cherif, Rolling Loud: 2Pac’s "Dear Mama," as a result of I was raised by a single mom, so I actually simply felt him.

This article initially appeared within the Sept. 29 challenge of Billboard.