This contains one of the most sampled drum breaks in the history of Hip-Hop music, most famously by Jay-Z for his 2003 mega-smash "99 Problems
." Kanye West also tapped the tune for two tracks from his Graduation
album, "Barry Bonds" and "The Glory", and Common for the intro of his 2007 single "The People." As a result, Leslie West is now a hip-hop star with two platinum records and a gold record on his wall. He told us: "I'm really happy because you'd never figure a Jewish kid writing the top rap songs in the world, so you never know who's going to end up doing your songs."
West added: "Well, you know what? It's great. Because I always thought to myself, why don't they use heavy guitar in rap? Rick Rubin produced that album, The Black Album
, Jay Z's album that "99 Problems" is on. And I think it may have been his idea, because he's a big fan of Howard Stern and I'm always on the Howard Stern Show
. Jay Z was going to retire, and then Rick Rubin talked him into doing one more, and The Black Album
became the biggest selling album of his whole career. You gotta be lucky besides being talented, if you know what I'm saying."
Lana Del Rey also sampled West's voice and features it in the beginning, middle and end of the worldwide smash "Born To Die
." (Check out our interview with Leslie West