Sampling 101: Michael Henderson – Let Me Love You

Who Sampled It Best ?

Sampling 101:

Michael Henderson – Let Me Love You

Michael Henderson is master bass guitarist who rose to fame playing for Stevie Wonder which landed him working with the icon, Miles Davis.  By the time the 70’s arrived, he started honing in on his vocal skills which landed him on projects with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Dramatics along with a host of others. His second album, Goin Places featured the sensual “Let Me Love You.”  Hip hop would soon take notice of this ballad and began sampling with varying results. Let’s check a couple of them out.

Michael Henderson – Let Me Love You

Who Sampled It Best ?

1. Danny Boy – Come When I Call

Crooned Danny Boy, Death Rows back up crooner.    1992 was the year Death Row Records put out the movie and matching soundtrack to Murder Was the Case.  Lots of 90’s nostalgia here. Danny Boy sang his way through the awesome, “Come When I Call.” This DJ Quik production made perfect use of “Let Me Love You” for Danny Boy to give his instructions to  the ladies.

I may be very young

But a bitch is sprung, if you let me play wit your pearl tongue.

Danny Boy – Come When I Call

2. DFC Ft MC Eiht – Caps Get Peeled

DFC first blasted on the scene as MC Breed’s co-defendants on his debut MC Breed & DFC.  They are two rappers: Al “Alpha” Breed (MC Breed’s cousin) and T-Double-E.  Breed’s solo career was starting to take off, so the duo dropped their debut: 1994’s Things in Tha Hood.  Album was decent and had some heavy hitters contributing to the project.  The D.O.C., Warren G, Nate Dogg and MC Breed all provide assistance. DJ Slip from CMW laced their first single “Caps Get Peeled” while MC Eiht shows up and gave us his vintage flow.  Clearly the best single on an average album, murder never sounded so smooth; thanks to the Michael Henderson sample.

DFC Ft MC Eiht – Caps Get Peeled

3. Compton’s Most Wanted – Hood Rat

Speaking of Compton’s Most Wanted, they also sampled “Let Me Love You” a couple years prior.  Their third offering,  Music to Driveby aka 1992’s most underrated album, had an album chock full of heat.   An ode to the lovely ladies, “Hood Rat” was also created by DJ Slip and the sample was slowed down even further which gave the song a more sinister version than “Caps Get Peeled.

Related: Compton’s Most Wanted “Music To Driveby” Anniversary Throwback

Compton’s Most Wanted – Hood Rat

4. Tracey Lee – Give It Up Baby

A few years went by where use of this sample went dormant.   It reemerged in 1997 on Tracey Lee‘s debut Many Facez.   D Dot and  “Amen-Ra” Lawrence from the Bad Boy production team, cooked up a nice uptempo version for Tracey Lee and female rapper Erica Kane to trade barbs on  his second single”Give It Up Baby.

Related: Check out our “Who Dat Rapper” spotlight featuring Tracey Lee.

Tracey Lee – Give It Up Baby

Sampling 101: Michael Henderson – Let Me Love You

Hoodrat” does it best

Hoodrat” just edges out “Caps Get Peeled”.  The latter has a jazz club vibe complete with violins, piano solos, and that signature bassline.  And the slowed down version on “Hoodrat” is just too ominous and devious to ignore.  The saxophone solo scattered throughout the song jettisons this to the top to the list of artists who sampled “Let Me Love You

Now there were a couple other west coast artists who sampled this timeless track.    Above The Law drafted Kokane on “Playin Your Game”.    Dangerous Music affiliate FM Blue also used this sample. A few other peeps used this familiar backdrop for their music.  Answer this, whether your choice is above or not…Who Sampled It Best?

Who Sampled It Best? is a weekly column that delves into the background of sampling and Hip-Hop culture by taking a deeper look at it’s roots.

Have a suggestion? Hit us up with your favorite tracks that used the same sample and we’ll break it down.

Sampling 101: Michael Henderson – Let Me Love You

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