Luther Vandross’ Greatest Rap Samples


Civil Writes / July 1, 2010

Luther Vandross may be gone, but he’s far from forgotten. Five years to the day of his death, VIBE takes a look back at the mark he’s left on music with some of his greatest hits—plus the rapper’s who’ve sampled them. R.I.P. Luther.

Take You Out 

  • “Excuse Me Miss”––Jay-Z
  • “Do You Want Me”––State Property


Glow of Love 

  • “Strobelight Honey” ––Black Sheep
  • “The Glow” ––50 Cent
  • “Just Because” ––AZ



Never Too Much

  • “Who Am I (Sim Simma)”––Beenie Man
  • “1,000 Kisses”––Will Smith feat. Jada Pinkett Smith
  • “Comin’ Up”––Pimp C feat. Z-Ro and Lil’ Flip


Don’t You Know That? 

  • “Got Me Waiting”––Heavy D & The Boyz
  • “Thug Love”––DJ Kay Slay and Ray J feat. Maino and Papoose
  • “Shrimp and Lobsta”––G.Dep and Loon feat. Styles P


Promise Me

  • “Things I’ve Been Through”––Jadakiss
  • “Mind of a Souljah”––Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  • “Closer”––Capone-N-Noreaga


So Amazing

  • “So What Cha Sayin’”––EPMD
  • “True Love”––Lil’ Romeo feat. Solange


If Only for One Night 

  • “Let Me Hold You”––Bow Wow feat. Omarion
  • “1 Night”––Z-Ro feat. Trae


Until You Come Back To Me 

  • “Ridin Swerve”––Project Pat
  • “Turn It Up”––Johntae Austin feat. Jadakiss


Better Love 

  • “No Better Love” ––Young Gunz


House Is Not A Home

  • “Slow Jamz”––Twista and Kanye feat. Jamie Foxx