Madlib – Blades (2001)
“Bam Bam” may have brought us to the nexus of the sample universe. Let this sink in: California beat maestro Madlib sampled Sister Nancy on “Blades,” an interlude-length instrumental featured on his Stones Throw album, Beat Konducta Vol. 0: Earth Sounds, back in 2001. Fast forward to 2016, and Madlib turns up as the producer of “No Parties In LA” (a track they actually made together back in 2010) on Kanye’s The Life of Pablo — an album on which Kanye (and various co-producers) sampled “Bam Bam” on “Famous.” Funny how things come full circle.