Hypnotize sample

There is more to Biggie’s most iconic sample than you might know…

Biggie’s “Hypnotize” was the first released single off of his 1997 Life After Death album. Twenty-five years later and this song is still addictive. 

“Hypnotize” was also the last song released before Biggie’s death in a March 1997 drive-by shooting, which happened a week after this song was released.

What sample Is In The Notorious B.I.G’s “Hypnotize”? 

The instrumental for “Hypnotize” samples jazz musician Herb Alpert’s 1979 Grammy award-winning song “Rise.” 

In a 2017 interview with Billboard, Randy Alpert, who controlled the publishing of the “Rise” record, said that the song was the first sample request that he cleared for an artist to use.

“Rise” was written by Andy Armer and Randy “Badazz” Alpert, and first recorded by trumpeter Herb Alpert. 

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