Daft Punk: The 5 Best Rap & R&B Songs That Sample The “Get Lucky” Duo
As the release date for Daft Punk’s highly anticipated new album Random Access Memories draws nearer, we’re reminded of all those rappers who’ve borrowed the French electro duo’s sounds in the past. (Ten bucks says will.i.am is currently trying to figure out how to make his own version of “Get Lucky” titled “#GetPower”). Some have been more successful uses of their samples than others, but one thing’s for sure: Hip-hop loves Daft Punk. Everyone from Kanye West to Janet Jackson has aped their beats and verses, and we’ve narrowed it down to the top five.
Earlier this week we gave you a roundup of Thomas and Guy-Manuel‘s most groundbreaking videos. Now head below to hear Daft Punk reinterpreted.
Kanye West, “Stronger”: This is perhaps the most famous example of an artist borrowing a beat (and, if we’re being honest, chorus) from Daft Punk. West’s 2007 Graduation single apes the French band’s “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” off their 2001 album Discovery, a buoyantly bouncy electro number that sounds much more aggressive on West’s version. Of course, the song has found itself again repurposed in will.i.am’s new single “#thatPOWER,” on which Justin Bieber tries to replicate the Daft Punk line by chanting “bigger better stronger power” (see what he did there?). When it comes to ripping off this particular song we’re #TeamKanye.
Busta Rhymes, “Touch It”: Busta Rhymes’ 2005 single “Touch It” was produced by Swizz Beatz and borrows a beat from Daft Punk’s Human After All offering “Technologic.” The borrowing here is more subtle, with Beatz pulling the robotic hook from the number and reimagining it with sultry female vocals. It certainly stands up as one of the best and more creative uses of a Daft Punk sample, especially since Beatz didn’t just slap the original onto Rhymes’ track.
Janet Jackson, “So Much Betta”: Janet Jackson goes deep into the Daft Punk catalogue on her track “So Much Betta,” sampling the duo’s “Daftendirekt,” a track off their 1997 debut Homework. Jackson doesn’t need much help being edgy and cool, but this sample certainly helped her 2008 album Discipline earn its positive reviews. The number, produced by Seal and Jermaine Dupri, never made it as a single, but remains a fan-loved album cut. Who knew Seal had such good taste in samples?
Machine Gun Kelly, “LTFU (One More Time)”: Daft Punk’s ubiquitous number “One More Time” is perhaps their most obvious song to lift from. Machine Gun Kelly’s use of the track in his fast-talking mixtape track is immediate and blatant, basically just inserting the duo’s own song behind his raps and backing beats.
What makes it work is the re-appropriation of the original as a full-on party number, one that makes full use of the lyrics “One more time/ we’re gonna celebrate/ oh yeah, all right/ don’t stop the dancing,” especially in MGK’s raucous video.
Pharrell, “The Game Has Changed”: After Daft Punk created the score to Tron: Legacy, Pharrell, who appears on the band’s latest single “Get Lucky,” decided to appropriate one of numbers as his own. “The Game Has Changed,” a dramatic song from the 2010 film’s score, becomes the backing track to a rap number of the same name. Pharrell spits lines like “In and out of dimensions I walk through walls/Just saying you can’t put me in a box, that’s all.” The lyrics aren’t necessarily connected to the surging electronic track, but Daft Punk’s music certainly lends an air of (perhaps unnecessary) drama to Pharrell’s rhymes.