Are Big Punisher samples the new Aaliyah samples? In the past year, Ariana Grande flipped the “Still Not a Player” piano into teenpop gold, and a nationally respected underground rapper from Connecticut sampled Pun’s “dead in the middle of Little Italy” tongue-twister on a track by his far-from-super group Demigodz. But, best of all, U.K. dance diva Jessie Ware included a vocal snippet from “100%” in her own “110%,” a light, bouncy electro track made for afternoon dancing and late-night come-downs. Upon its official release, copyright forced Ware to change the sample (and, logically, the title), but the vibe remains. Tonight at Irving Plaza, expect the tune to warm up the crowd before hits like “Wildest Moments” and “Confess to Me” make it go boom. With Mikky Ekko, he who was featured on Rihanna’s “Stay.”
Mon., Nov. 4, 7 p.m., 2013
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