Listen to these 10 cuts featuring Nina Simone, one of the most sampleable vocalists of all time.
We are in the midst of a mini-Nina Simone revival. Netflix recently released a documentary on the singer’s life called “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and Nina Revisited…A Tribute to Nina Simone, featuring covers from Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Common, Usher, Mary J. Blige, and more, might change the compilation album game forever when it drops on July 10.
Simone is the eighth most-sampled jazz artist of all-time. as producers have long since realized that her rugged, leathery vocal style is brimming with flavor and ripe to be positioned as a counterpoint to or base for 16 bars.
Check out 10 of hip hop’s best ever uses of Nina Simone incomparable voice.