Love him or hate him, Kanye West does a great job of making catchy songs from classic samples. For me, being primarily a rock producer, I often neglect the inspiring sounding board that an excellent sample can be. This video demonstrates the original samples used in some of Kanye West’s hits both in their original and new contexts. I found it inspiring.
Notice how changes in pitch change, sometimes just a semitone, change the key and shift the whole mood of the music into a new space. Very cool.