Beyonce Samples Led Zeppelin on New Album
The credits on Beyonce‘s just-released sixth album Lemonade read like a who’s who of current stars, including the Weeknd, Jack White and Kendrick Lamar. Dig deeper, however, and you’ll find none other than Led Zeppelin.
Turns out Beyonce has joined a burgeoning list of artists who have sampled “When the Levee Breaks,” blending a portion of 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV classic into her new tune “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” Led Zeppelin’s song, itself an update of an old ’20s-era blues track by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, features one of drummer John Bonham‘s most recognizable rhythm signatures.
You can listen for the sample in the above video.
Lemonade debuted over the weekend as an audio-visual film on HBO, then was issued as an exclusive stream on Tidal. The project includes 11 new songs, alongside the previously released “Formation,” which Beyonce performed during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. She previously released the documentary Life Is but a Dream on HBO in 2013; the network aired a concert special focusing on her On the Run tour with husband Jay Z in 2014.
Newer artists like James Blake and Diplo are also among Beyonce’s collaborators on Lemonade; elsewhere she samples or makes overt references to Isaac Hayes, Outkast, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and historical recordings by Malcolm X and Alan Lomax’s field recordings.
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