Published Thu, May 25, 2023 at 4:35 PM EDT
Tina Turner enjoyed a long and prolific career that spans from the late 1950's and her solo work as Little Ann to her 18-year stint with her collaborator and ex-husband the late Ike Turner. The duo performed as the Ike and Tina Turner Revue with Ike's backing band, The Kings of Rhythm, and backing vocals by The Ikettes.
Ike & Tina enjoyed success with soulful hits such as "I Idolize You," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" and "Poor Fool." Their release of "River Deep- Mountain High" along with a UK tour as the opening act for The Rolling Stones gained them a loyal fanbase in Europe.
Their high energy stage show and their soulful re-workings of rock standards like "Proud Mary" (a staple for Tina that earned the duo a Grammy in 1972), "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Come Together" gained them an even more international following.
Tina filed for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences in 1976 and asked for nothing but her stage name according to her memoir My Love Story. Tina convinced Capitol Records to sign her as a solo artist, and in 1984, she released Private Dancer. The first single from Private Dancer was a remake of Al Green's 1971 classic, "Let's Stay Together," but it was "What's Love Got To Do With It" that dominated MTV, introduced her to a new generation and pushed the album to sell five million copies in the U.S., becoming her highest-selling U.S. album.
Her success launched world tours, movie roles, and her creation of soundtracks like 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and James Bond's Golden Eye. The music of Tina's 1980's mainstream comeback, as well as her more soulful output with Ike Turner, has become sampler food for producers.
Here are 5 times that Hip-Hop sampled Tina Turner.
An album cut from their 1992 release, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, "On The DL" was one of many 1990's songs to sample "Cussin', Cryin' and Carryin' On" by Ike and Tina Turner.
"Snake Eyes" from the Main Source's groundbreaking 1991 release Breaking Atoms, samples "Getting Nasty" from Ike's 1969 album A Black Man's Soul, produced by Ike & Tina Turner.
From Lakim Shabazz's underrated 1990 album, The Lost Tribe of Shabazz, "No Justice No Peace" samples "Bold Soul Sister" from Ike & Tina Turner's 1969 album, The Hunter.
Houston's Royal Flush released Uh Oh! on Rap-A-Lot Records in 1988. The single "Rulin',Schoolin & Coolin' contained a clever sample of Tina Turner's smash hit "What's Love got To Do With It."
After signing to Big Beat/ Atlantic Records Strong Island's JVC Force sampled "What's Love Got To Do With It" on their 1992 single Big Trax.