Jazz Legend and Hip-Hop Inspiration: Nina Simone – The Best Rap Samples



There’s no doubt that hip-hop is an apple off Jazz’s tree & the roots run deep. Rebel with a cause & Jazz matriarch Nina Simone’s prolific voice still weaves throughout Hip Hop’s culture. Simone’s music and image were laced with unabashed pride in Blackness which has resonated with artists over several decades and generations. In celebration of her birthday enjoy ten of Hip-Hop’s best Nina Simone samples.

Jazz Roots

10. Flying Lotus- Until the Quiet Comes (Sinnerman)


9. Styles P- Rocks out Here (Work Song)

8. Kanye West- Blood on the Leaves (Strange Fruit)

7. Common-Misunderstood (Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood)

6. The Game- The Ocean (Baltimore)

5. Fashawn- The Ecology ( I Can’t See Nobody)

4. Lil Wayne- DontGetIt (Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood)

3. Kanye West- Famous (Do What You Gotta Do)

2. Jay Z- The Story of O.J. ( 4 Women)

1. Talib Kweli- Get By (Sinnerman)