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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 19: The Queen of Soul & Living Legend Aretha Franklin performs to a SRO audience at the Ryman Auditorium on October 19, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Today the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin would have been 77-years-old. 

The 18-time Grammy Award winner passed away last year at the age of 76. Her authenticity and relentless passion for music is what helped catapult the soul singer into stardom causing her iconic influence to transcend genres. From Slum Village and Kanye West to Yasiin Bey and Rapsody,  hip-hop artists have celebrated the legend by sampling her music, over the years. Listen to a handful of hip-hop songs that have sampled the Queen of Soul below.

Slum Village’s “Selfish” sample’s Franklin’s “Call Me”. 

Slum Village - Selfish

Love this song!!!

The track comes from the Detroit group’s 2004 album, Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit).

Kanye West’s “School Spirit” samples Franklin’s “Spirit in the Dark.”

School Spirit

Provided to YouTube Music by: Universal Music Group School Spirit · Kanye West The College Dropout ℗ 2004 Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC Released on: 2004-02-10 Producer: Kanye West Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Andrew Dawson Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Rebaka Tunei Studio Personnel, Mixer: Manny Marroquin Associated Performer, Additional Vocals: Tony Williams Composer Lyricist: Kanye West Composer Lyricist: Aretha Franklin Auto-generated by YouTube.

The track comes from West’s debut album, The College Dropout, which was released in 2004.

Yasiin Bey’s “Ms. Fat Booty” samples Franklin’s “One Step Ahead.” 

Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty [Explicit]

►►Subscribe to catch all uploads WED-SAT 12pm PT / 3pm ET◄◄ From 1999 Album: "Black On Both Sides"...(Click "show more" for artist info)... Born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973, in Brooklyn, NY, Mos Def began rapping at age nine and began professionally acting at age 14, when he appeared in a TV movie.

The track is the first single from Bey’s 1999 album Black on Both Sides.

Rapsody’s “Laila’s Wisdom” samples Franklin’s “Young, Gifted, and Black.” 

Laila's Wisdom

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Laila's Wisdom · Rapsody Laila's Wisdom ℗ 2017 Jamla Records, LLC. Under exclusive license to Roc Nation Released on: 2017-09-22 Producer: Nottz Associated Performer, Keyboards: Terrace Martin Associated Performer, Additional Keyboards: Taylor Jon Shepard Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Patrick Douthit Composer Lyricist: Dominick Lamb Composer Lyricist: Nina Simone Composer Lyricist: Weldon Irvine Composer Lyricist: Marlanna Evans Auto-generated by YouTube.

The track derives from Rapsody’s second studio album of the same title, which dropped in 2017.

Outkast’s “Jazzy Belle” samples Franklin’s “Rock Steady.”

Outkast - Jazzy Belle

Jazzy Belle by Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast From the album ATLiens © 1996 LaFace Records

The track is the third single from the hip-hop duo’s second studio album, ATLiens, which was released in 1996.

The Fugee’s “Some Seek Stardom” samples Franklin’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The Fugees - Some seek stardom

this song is from the 1994 album "Blunted on reality" is sung by Lauryn Hill...she was really dope back then....damn i miss her... Lyrics: [Lauryn Hill] Ahhhhhh!

The song comes from The Fugee’s 1994 debut album Blunted On Reality.

Lupe Fiasco’s “We Love You” sample’s Franklin’s “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do).”

Lupe Fiasco Ft. Sway

Sick Tune, UK is coming through.

The track features British rapper Sway.

Nas’ “Rise & Fall” samples Franklin’s “A Song For You.”

Nas - The Rise and Fall

inspiration and wisdom

The song is an unreleased track that hit the internet around 2001.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan


Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.