Video Game Music Used for Sampling in Other Music?


#1

So i’ve been catching up with the huge discography of KOOL AD, and a couple of tracks stood out to me from Paradiza Infiniti. The first:

in which the Gannondorf fight from Ocarina of Time is sampled quite prominently.

And the second:

which I think also references OoT, but I’m not sure?? Something about the background reminds me of that game as well, but I could totally be making that up.

Anyways, I’m curious to know if you all know of any other tracks where this sort of sampling comes up? No remixes please :slight_smile:.


#2

Yannick LeJacq at Kotaku wrote a while back about how Drake sampled Mario (inadvertently) and Donkey Kong (advertently) in two different tracks.

Sammus’ (incredible) album ANOTHER M is more or less an entire record of Sammus rapping over Metroid tracks, which is pretty incredible. I highly recommend Mae Jemison, which is just a banger no matter how you slice it.

This sort of thing is also all over the place in electronic music, I’m partial to Ollygon personally but a quick trip down soundcloud will find a bunch of really cool videogamey tracks


#3

Terrorist Threats by Ab-Soul samples the Bastion OST. There’s another much less known rapper called SB The Moor who sampled the Psychonauts OST pretty heavily on his first album.


#4

Drake is really good at doing this

Also Trinidad James talking about his beat sounding like 007 on N64 has always made this song enjoyable for me


#5

#6

Yeah Lil B is a great example:


#7

WOWOWOWOW! Drake sampling THE TITLE SONG FROM SONIC '06 IN HIS LATEST ALBUM IS BLOWING MY MIND HOLYYYYYY SHIITTTTTTT!!!


#8

Wiz Khalifa - Never Been having a sample of Chrono Trigger (Schala’s Theme by Yasunori Matsuda) always blew my mind


#9

Schala’s Theme from Chrono Trigger

EDIT: Goddammit @equitasinvictus

Guess I’ll just have to post Never Been Part 2 which samples Secrets of the Forest


#10

What are the odds we basically post within the same minute?! It’s all good though haha, worth posting twice for Schala’s Theme and Chrono Trigger!


#11

@equitasinvictus @Devour Yeah I saw you both post the same song and refreshed cuz I thought it was a bug at first haha. Also this is really making me want to listen to the Chrono Trigger OST again it’s so good :cry:


#12

one of the only things that reliably makes me cry whenever i see it is the clip at the end of that video

also here’s another Lil B entry with a hot Ico sample


#13

Here is one of my personal favourites

Burial’s Archangel

And Opening Infiltration from the MGS2 OST


#14

For a veryyy extensive overview of this kind of stuff:
http://www.whosampled.com/song-tag/Video%20Game/1/


#15

Not sure if anyone has mentioned that Kanye West sampled the “Perfect” sound effect from Street Fighter 2 in Facts.


#16

This is perfect, thanks for the link!


#17

surprised I didn’t think of this sooner


#18

More with Chrono Trigger:

Also from 2006, Omarion - ‘Ice Box’ samples ‘Sealed Door’ and also includes clocks in the imagery.


#19

Del the Funky Homosapian once sampled Darkstalkers:

And then there’s this one that’ll get stuck in your head:


#20

wow this similarity just blew me away but i regret to inform you the actual sample is from a smooth jazz track nobody knows (skip to like 3:30 to hear that piano riff)