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Tracks That Sample Diana Ross, the Legendary Vocalist for The Supremes

Learn about the tracks that sample Diana Ross along with a look at her impact on the music industry.


Sep. 5 2023, Published 11:43 a.m. ET

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Diana Ross is a singer and performer whose music has the power to transcend age. Many popular artists of today have created tracks that sample Diana Ross — and for good reason. The legendary singer is iconic for her catchy tunes that captivate audiences worldwide.

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Who is Diana Ross?

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Diana Ross performs onstage at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 2nd Annual Gala presented by Rolex at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Diana Ross is a powerhouse in the music industry. The legendary singer is recognized as the lead singer of The Supremes, a Motown girl group that garnered international acclaim. The group shot to fame following the success of their hit songs "Where Did Our Love Go?," "Baby Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," and "Back in My Arms Again."

The Supremes produced many other hits throughout their career. As a result, the group became one of the best-selling girl groups in world history.

Eventually, Ross would go on to become a solo artist, earning worldwide success. She quickly became known for her popular songs "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Upside Down," and "I'm Coming Out."

Diana Ross has earned several awards and titles throughout her Hollywood career. And as one of the only celebrities to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the legendary singer is cemented as one of the most iconic performers in music history.

5 Tracks that Sample Diana Ross' Music

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Diana Ross performs on the Pyramid stage during day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2022 in Glastonbury, England.

Much of today's music uses new and old styles to reach a wide audience. Diana Ross is a popular artist whose music is often sampled by other creatives, and thanks to her legendary discography, we can enjoy some of the hottest songs out today. To learn more about which tunes the "Chain Reaction" singer helped inspire, here are five tracks that sample Diana Ross:

"Mo Money Mo Problems" By The Notorious B.I.G. (feat. Ma$e and Puff Daddy)

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Rapper Notorious B.I.G. performs at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois in April 1995.

Almost every music aficionado is familiar with the popular song "Mo' Money Mo' Problems." The 90s bop quickly became a mainstream hit, especially with its infectious hook. But many people don't know that this track samples Diana Ross' 1980s song "I'm Coming Out."

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"So Fly" By Childish Gambino

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Donald Glover attends the 2023 GQ Global Creativity Awards at WSA on April 06, 2023 in New York City.

Childish Gambino is a heavyweight in Hollywood, creating everything from TV shows to music. The "Redbone" artist certainly has an ear for good music, which is why he sampled the legendary Diana Ross tune, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," as part of his 2010 song "So Fly."

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"Morning Paper" By Juicy J, Project Pat, and French Montana

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Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia performs during 2023 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 16, 2023 in Manchester, Tennessee.

If you like the rap song "Morning Paper" featuring Juicy J, Project Pat, and French Montana, you can thank Diana Ross for the inspiration. Her 1971 classic "Did You Read the Morning Paper" can be heard in the background of this popular rap banger.

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"Just Cruisin'" by Will Smith

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Actor/rapper Will Smith attends the "Concussion" New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on December 16, 2015 in New York City.

Even though Will Smith is no longer a rapper, the "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" artist has left a mark on the music industry. In 1997, the "Fresh Prince" of rap released a song called "Just Cruisin" that samples Diana Ross' 1978 hit "Ease on Down the Road."

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Everything (Hold You Down) by Killer Mike

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Killer Mike performs songs from his new album MICHAEL at the GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live on August 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Killer Mike is a master in the rap game. His heavy-hitting lyricism over a catchy beat has earned him millions of fans. But even some of the biggest fans of Killer Mike don't know that he sampled "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross for his 2011 song "Everything (Hold You Down)."

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