5 Hip-Hop Songs That Sampled George Michael

English pop singer George Michael left crates full of infectious singles after he passed away at 53 from heart failure. The singer, songwriter and producer who rose to global acclaim as a member of the duo Wham! in the 1980s. The British hitmaker helped release household classics like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Careless Whisper" before embarking on his own solo career, which yielded the hit records "I Want Your Sex," "Father Figure," and "Faith." 

Michael's musical impact can be found in the unsuspecting melodies of hip-hop cuts from former collective The Firm's "Time" to a Future and Nicki Minaj collaboration. Revisit some of Michael's notable samples in hip-hop below.

Song: AZ, Nas & Nature "Time" (2004)

Sample: George Michael "Careless Whisper" (1984)

Song: Future feat. Nicki Minaj "Rock Star" (2014) 

Sample: George Michael "Careless Whisper" (1984)

Song: Slim Thug "Miss Mary" (2005)

Sample: George Michael "A Moment With You" (1998)

Song: Freddie Gibbs "Careless" (2015)

Sample: George Michael "Amazing" (2004)

Song: LL Cool J "Father" (1997)

Sample: George Michael "Father Figure" (1988) 


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.