1 Song, 100s Of Samples: 'Take Me To The Mardi Gras' By Bob James

Do you recognize these 12 uses?

By Megan Wolford - Apr 23, 2018
Photos by Lynae Cook
Bob James’ version of Take Me To The Mardi Gras is frequently sampled by hip-hop artists. Do you recognize these 12 uses?

There's a 100% chance that you’ve heard a sampled song before. When an artist uses a portion of a pre-existing track to produce a new beat or instrumentation, a sample is born. With that being said, it’s highly probable that you’ve also heard "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" by Bob James used in some way, shape, or form. The iconic tune has been sampled over 400 times, making it one most reworked songs in music history, especially by the hip-hop community. Sometimes it's super obvious, other times it's more subtle—but once you hear the original in full, it's impossible not to spot when it pops up on the radio next time.


It’s pretty cool to see one song give life to so many others. Check out our list below featuring some of its most infamous uses—bonus points if you can pinpoint the mark when it's first used!


1. "Hold It Now, Hit It" - Beastie Boys

Sample appears at 0:12 (and throughout)


2. "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" - PM Dawn

Sample appears at 2:29


3. "The Things That You Do (Bad Boy Remix)" - Gina Thompson ft. Missy Elliot

Sample appears at 0:28 (and throughout)


4. "Bring Dem Things" - French Montana ft. Pharrell

Sample appears at 1:58


5. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" - TLC

Sample appears at 02:38


6. "This Is Me (Remix)" - Dream ft. Kain

Sample appears at 0:02 (and throughout)


7. "Max B" - A$AP Rocky ft. Joe Fox

Sample appears at 0:28 (and throughout)


8. "Foxy's Bells" - Foxy Brown

Sample appears at 0:08 and 0:10 (and throughout)


9. "Bad News" - Bad News Crew

Sample appears at 0:10 (and throughout)


10. "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" - Club Idol

Sample appears at 0:00 (and throughout)


11. "Nuttin' But Love" - Heavy D & the Boyz

Sample appears at 1:14 (and throughout)


12. "Hot Potato" - Naughty by Nature

Sample appears at 1:13 (and throughout)


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