Dissecting the Prodigy: 25 Samples Behind ‘The Fat of the Land’

XL Recordings released a deluxe version of Prodigy’s 1997 album The Fat of the Land this week, 15 years after it helped break the U.K.-based big beat outfit to the mainstream. Hooked around a brash and sample-heavy fusion of post-rave breakbeats and ballsy guitar riffs stitched together by Liam Howlett, plus manic raps and rants from Keith Flint and Maxim Reality, the album became a defining part of the ’90s music scene. This mentality of clashing sounds together to create an even more raucous outcome is also something that’s remained detectable in the work of today’s wave of electronic dance magicians; smartly connecting the dots, the reissue of The Fat of the Land contains a coda of bonus remixes courtesy of Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Baauer and the Glitch Mob. In celebration of the record’s sassy approach to sampling, here are the top 25 musical flips that underpin the Prodigy’s most iconic recording.

“Smack My Bitch Up”

Ultramagnetic MCs, “Give The Drummer Some”

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