For decades the almighty sample has carried the Hip-Hop game far and wide. The works of yesteryear’s most talented artists helped craft melodies for some of today’s biggest stars, courtesy of producers who have an ear for quality sound.

Not all past musicians have been tapped to lend their sound to present day creations. But since the 80’s names such as James Brown, George Clinton and Aretha Franklin have had their work constantly tapped by creative DJ’s and producers who built massive hits around sometime the smallest of pieces of their original tune.

But biters beware, if you don’t get the proper permission and paperwork to borrow the samples you tasted and employed into your dish, you can kiss that track, and the profits, goodbye.

In honor of Black Music Month, HipHopWired and Metro PCS present to you the most sampled artists in Hip-Hop history.

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