The 10 coolest bassline samples ever

Grandmaster Melle Mel of Granmastrer Flash and the Furious Fiveand WOnder Mike of The Sugar Hill Gang join Living Colour backstage during The Million Man Mosh II at the Highline Ballroom on January 21, 2013 in New York City.
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Ever since The Sugarhill Gang first stitched together Rapper’s Delight, the sampling of other people’s records has been a source of constant creativity. “The way that we used to make records was this,” says Sugar Hill bassist, Doug Wimbish. “On Fridays we would go to the club and check out how the crowd responded to a bassline or a riff, which could have been from wherever, it didn’t matter. 

“On Monday we’d go in the studio and cut it – the rappers had already been writing their ideas, and so they already had a concept by the time they came into the studio. At one point there were two studios, and we were cutting at both: one up the hill and one down the hill about a mile from each other.”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.