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Best Hip Hop Samples

Hip Hop is one of the most influential genres of music in the modern world. It has led to so many different styles of rap, pop, rock, everything. From classics like “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Straight Outta Compton” to modern hits like “Humble” and “Mood” you can hear so many different sounds both aggressive and calm but all full of emotion. These emotions get pushed through the sounds and Hip Hop samples used by the artists. The aggressiveness in “Straight Outta Compton” is pushed by the drums and horns. “C.R.E.A.M.” is a smooth vibe with the easy-going drums mixed with the light piano lick. You can see how the mood is affected by the beat and music in every rap song you listen to and we are going to hello you find the best Hip Hop samples for your sound. 

What To Look For When Choosing a Hip Hop Sample

One of the interesting parts of Hip Hop is how the creative side doesn’t have a limit. Almost any instrument or sound can be used in some way. Looking through different artists you hear horns, guitars, drum kits, choirs, pots and pans, literally everything can be used or sampled in, in some way. 

Pricing

Every pack you will find in this list is available through subscriptions through either Splice or Loopcloud. Using a subscription through either site is an easy way to improve and grow your own sample library every month while not spending a lot of money. 

Frequency of Use

If you are a Hip Hop producer or artist, you will get many uses out of a sample pack like any of these. A quality sample pack can help you develop and establish your sound as a beginning artist or an experienced one. 

Skill Level

Hip Hop samples can be super easy to use if you know how to integrate with your equipment. Using a midi controller or button pad, you can route these samples to individual buttons to easily tap out your beats and track. 

10 Best Hip Hop Samples

Here (in no particular order) we listed our choices for the best Hip Hop samples you can find. 

1. Lex Luger Drumkit and Lex Luger: The Sequel – Lex Luger

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above: Modern Aggression

Lex Luger knows how to create modern and innovative Hip Hop sounds. He is one of the leaders in creating minimalistic sounds that hit hard. You can hear this on tracks he did for Waka Flocka Flame, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, and many more big names. These 2 packs will set you up with only the best Hip Hop samples.

Price: Available with Splice subscription

What is included?  81 Loops and Over 200 One-Shots including

  • Rolls
  • Kicks
  • Snares
  • Hats
  • Claps

2. Stuck in the Old School and Stuck in the Old School 2 – ODD Samples

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above: 90’s beats

These 2 packs are filled with sounds of the 90’s. These are the types of sounds you would get in tracks from Dr. Dre, Method Man, and Notorious B.I.G. Be ready to find nostalgia and raw instrument sounds in these 2 packs.

Price: Available with Loopcloud subscription 

What is included? Over 400 Loops and One-Shots including

  • Keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Wind and Brass
  • Double Bass
  • Piano

3. Cassette Keys: Vintage pianos & Lofi Synths – Capsun ProAudio

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above: Vintage

While this is made of “vintage” sounds, you could use it on modern tracks easily. Most of this sample pack gives me a Chance the Rapper Vibe more than anything else. These have to be some of the best organ and piano loops you will find on this list, if only for their raw feel. 

Price: Available with Splice subscription

What is included? 324 Loops and 96 One Shots including

  • Electric Piano
  • Rhodes
  • Foley
  • Lofi
  • Wurlitzer

4. Shaolin Hip Hop – Industrial Strength

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above

This pack is one of my personal favorites because I love Wu-Tang Clan. The samples from old movies and sound effects add a whole new level of edge and aggression to a track. The tone of the track can be set with one great intro phrase and this is full of them.

Price: Available with Loopcloud subscription

What is included? 444 Loops and 188 One Shots including

  • Synth
  • Clap
  • Vocal Lines
  • Scratches
  • Foley

5. Raw Hip-Hop – Sample Magic

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above: 80’s sounds

The sounds you’ll find in this pack touch even further back to sounds from the 80’s These are sounds and samples you would hear on tracks from N.W.A. and the D.O.C. The kicks in this pack have that muted feel characteristic of those times and filtered synths and flutes bringing in the lead lines.

Price: Available with Splice subscription

What is included? 412 Loops and 303 One Shots

  • Brass and Woodwinds
  • Grooves
  • Bass
  • Electric
  • FX

6. Hip Hop Horns – Push Button Bang

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above: Horns

This pack is built mostly around horns and other brass sounds. You are still going to find plenty of samples for percussion and other instruments. But they absolutely nailed the horn sounds and earned the name of the pack. 

Price: Available with Loopcloud subscription 

What is included? 336 Loops and 64 One Shots including

  • 200+ Horns
  • 200+ Wind and Brass
  • Drums
  • Effects
  • Guitar

7. Travis Barker Drum Kit – Splice Sounds

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above

While Travis Barker is known for playing with Blink 182, he started making some incredible and intricate beats for artists like Lil Nas X, Playboi Carti, and Greedo. His fast and complex playing was the perfect addition to many rappers’ sounds and he will be for yours.

Price: Available with Splice subscription

What is included? 167 Loops and 168 One Shots including

  • Grooves
  • Snares
  • Breaks
  • Fills
  • FX

8. Smokin Scratches – Singomakers

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above

What would Hip Hop be without record scratches? Take your tracks back to when Hip Hop tracks were dj’s spinning actual records and mixing them live. Smolin Scratches is all about giving that boost of effect to make your track unique. 

Price: Available with Loopcloud subscription 

What is included? 117 Loops and 80 One Shots including

  • Vocals
  • FX
  • Drums
  • Bass

9. FKI 1st – First Time For Everything – Splice

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above

Splice was able to work with the creative mind of FKi to bring this pack to you. You know his work even if you don’t know his face. He is the producer that worked on “White Iverson” by Post Malone and “Work” by Iggy Azalea. This sample pack is inspired by his work in the past and is ready to bring you into a new realm of creativity.

Price: Available with Splice subscription

What is included? 78 Loops and 145 One Shots including

  • Plucks
  • Claps
  • Synth
  • Kicks
  • 808s

10. Alloy – Metallic Percussion One-Shots – Blind Audio

Who’s it for? Intermediate and above: Experimental Beats

This sample pack is what you thought you were making when you were a baby banging on your mom’s pots and pans. These creative sounds take the kitchen and turned it into functioning beats and percussion Hip Hop samples that you can actually use.

Price: Available with Loopcloud subscription 

What is included? 11 Loops and 346 One Shots including 

  • Percussion
  • Bells
  • FX
  • Guitar
  • Wind and Brass

Power of Hip Hop 

Hip Hop has built up many different styles of music. R&B has drawn from it, Trap, Gangster rap, mumble rap, all of these are a part of Hip Hop in some way. It has divided people and brought them together. Hip Hop has been used in so many ways, showing how powerful it can be with the right voice. Division leads to tragedies like the story behind Biggie Smalls and Tupac. Both of them had a powerful voice through Hip Hop and knew how to use it. When you make your recordings, what message do you want to spread?

If you like to work with samples and are wanting to learn about other genres and instruments, we have a plethora of articles that look at many different genres and styles of samples here.

Wanna learn about plugins to add effects to your samples? Look at our catalog of plugin reviews and comparisons here.

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