One of the things I’ve always loved about rap is sampling. Putting a few bars of another song on repeat and putting some lyrics (and the occasional scratch or synth) over it can result in very catchy and classy sounding tunes. I know some people view this as butchering or trashing music. However, I’ve noticed more and more people getting into jazz and funk after hearing a chopped up beat from a rap/hip-hop tune. And there’s absolutely nothing bad about getting into jazz!
Now this list could go on and on and on. If you have any favorites, please do share! I personally have a soft-spot for West-Coast style rap, so any more examples of that would be appreciated! A few more things to check out: