Top 5 Aerosmith Samples of All Time
Wednesday, September 3rd, Aerosmith play the Prudential Center. While much has been written about their extensive catalog and presence in the media, their influence on early hip-hop has been somewhat understated. The drum breaks from tracks like "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion" were some of the earliest bricks that built rap, and their embracing of hip-hop in the mid-80s lead to the profile of the genre being raised. It also lead to a career resurgence for Aerosmith themselves. It is with equal admiration for the hip-hop revolution and the band behind Revolution X that we look back at the top five Aerosmith samples of all time.
YouTube Screen Capture Steven Tyler, making his mind up about Run-DMC
5) BLESTeNATION - "Sweet Emo Shun"
New York rap trio BLESTeNATION clearly wanted to make their mixtape standout amidst one of the biggest mixtape years in 2007, so for their first FuckAMixtape installment, they took to remaking tracks like Faith No More's "Epic" and, our favorite, Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion." Redubbed "Sweet Emo Shun," the beat is built off of extending the opening seconds with a well executed blend into the hook and back again.
4) Big Sean - "Dreams"
Aerosmith-sampling fever must have been an epidemic in 2007 because it also gave us Big Sean channeling "Amazing" for his mixtape track "Dreams." While seven years is about three lifetimes in rap years, it's staggering how wildly different Big Sean sounds here. His rhyme style at the time works perfectly in terms of properly working the track's concept over the sample.
3) Juelz Santana - "Daddy"
Steven Tyler himself has expressed regret over recording "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" for 1998's Armageddon, but he may take some solace in knowing it was used to make a Juelz Santana song that's meant quite a lot to many people. 2005's "Daddy" lifts the way Tyler screams "breathing" for a track all about the love between a father and his infant. Given how many homemade videos of parents and their babies exist set to this song on YouTube, it seems to have struck a chord even without images of Liv Tyler.