Digging the Digital Crates: Syl Johnson's "Different Strokes" for Different Folks
Syl Johnson is an American blues and soul singer whose relatively obscure track "Different Strokes" (1968) has found a significant rebirth in hip-hop's golden age.
Johnson was sampled in Eric B. and Rakim's "I Know You Got Soul" (1987) @2:30.
And also in Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" (1989) @2:20
And Wu-Tang's "Shame on a Nigga" (1993)
And "The Joy" (2010) by Kanye West and Jay-Z @0:31
And "His Pain II" (2012) by BJ the Chicago Kid and Kendrick Lamar
Johnson's track has been sampled over 300 times in hip-hop history, including prominent samples by Public Enemy, EPMD, Schoolly D (first gangster rapper), 2 Live Crew, Eric B. and Rakim, Jungle Brothers, Brand Nubian, Tupac, Wu-Tang, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kendrick, Pharaohe Monche, Talib Kweli, and many others. Johnson now claims that he has gotten rich off of his track being sampled in hip-hop (https://www.laweekly.com/music/is-syl-johnson-rich-off-of-rap-samples-he-says-so-2410849). Get your money, Syl!