Top 10 War Sampling Hip-Hop Songs

WAR is evolutionary...
WAR is evolutionary...

The Christmas season in in full-swing, New Year's Eve is just around the corner, and the legendary band War is coming to funk up Anaheim! For the past few years, the classic sounds of singer/keyboardist Lonnie Jordan and crew echo through the walls of the City National Grove after the holidays. This Friday is no different, save for War low riding into Anaheim armed with Evolutionary their first studio album in 20 years since 1994's Peace Sign. Looking back at their acclaimed body of work, the LA-bred band created a living legacy by mixing genres with funk. Jordan calls the concoction "universal street music" and it has withstood the test of time now enjoying a multi-generational appeal.

It comes as no surprise that hip-hop producers and artists dug into the crates over decades to sample from the War. The band even gave their blessing to a 1992 album Rap Declares War dedicated to the practice. The Weekly did its own digging ahead of Friday's show in presenting the 10 best hip-hop samples of War. Enjoy! And don't let no one get you down!

10. Funky Aztecs f/ 2Pac - Slippin' into Darkness

War is the ultimate black and brown unity sound. When morphed into hip-hop, the mutual affection both communities have for the band plays out with collaborations over sampled songs. Case in point: Chicano Rap pioneers the Funky Aztecs tell grim barrio tales with 2pac taking over at the end. The chorus soulfully beams with "Slippin' into Darkness," a War classic for the ages.

9. Kid Frost - Ya Estuvo

Kid Frost used the smooth bass line of El Chicano's "Viva Tirado" for the hit "La Raza" off his 1990 debut Hispanic Causing Panic. Further down the track listing he summoned War for "Ya Estuvo." It showcases Frost as a dynamic bilingual rapper beyond his rap radio smash single. For the curious ear, the funky bass line belongs to War's "Smile Happy." And if that sounds familiar, it because years later Shaggy used it again to propel his chart topping hit "It Wasn't Me."



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