In 1982 Keni Burke released his third album "Changes". It included the track "Risin' To The Top" with the  brilliant, and now classic bass line that has influenced R&B music ever since. "Risin' To The Top" has been sampled by more than 50 (!) soul and hip-hop artists over the years...

Kevie Kev: All Night Long (Waterbed) (1983)
Two Hype: Hip Shaker (1985)
Doug E. Fresh: Keep Risin' to the Top (1988)
MC Shan: I Pioneered This (1988)
Hot Day: Hot Day's Burning (1989)
LL Cool J: Around the Way Girl (1990)
Grand Puba: Fat Rat (1991)
Queen Latifah: Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here (DJ Ad Regular Mix) (1991)
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth & Heavy D: The Basement (1992)
Redman: How to Roll a Blunt (1992)
Mel-Low feat. Redman: Blaze It Up (1993)
Mary J. Blige: Love No Limit (Puffy's Remix) (1993)
Black Moon feat. Dru Ha, Havoc and Smif-N-Wessun: U Da Man  (1993)
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: Take You There (1994)
Miss Jones: Where I Wanna Be Boy (1994)
O.C.: Born 2 Live (1994)
Lost Boyz: Straight From Da Ghetto (1995)
Three 6 Mafia: Porno Movie (1995)
Ol' Dirty Bastard feat. Ghostface Killah: Brooklyn Zoo II (Tiger Crane) (1995)
McGruff: I Know We Can Do It (1995)
Lords of the Underground feat. Keith Murray: What I'm After (Remix) (1995)
Goon Sqwad: Pass Da Puddy (1996)
Slum Village: Keep It on (This Beat) (1996)
Eric B. feat. Rakim: My Melody (1996)
Mic Geronimo feat. Monifah: Street Life (1997)
Diamond D feat. Phife Dawg and Pete Rock: Painz & Strife (1997)
Heavy D feat. Soul for Real, Lost Boyz and Method Man: You Can Get It (1997)
Molesta Ewenement Wiedziałem: Że Tak Będzie (1998)
Medina Green: Crosstown Beef (1998)
The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Method Man and Redman. Rap Phenomenon (1999)
Nas feat. Kelis and Claudette Ortiz: Hey Nas (2002)
LL Cool J feat. Amerie: Paradise (2002)
Pete Rock feat. Nature: To My Advantage (2002)
Juice (Serbian Rapper): Ti Si Ta (2002)
Mathematics feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard, U-God and Masta Killa: Break That (2005)
Private Collection: To the Top (2005)
Madlib: Pyramids (2006)
Skyzoo and 9th Wonder: Mirror Mirror (2006)
KRS-One and Marley Marl: Rising to the Top (2007)
50 Cent: I'm Rising to the Top (2008)
Ill Mentality: So Amazing (2008)
Madlib feat. Guilty Simpson: I Must Love You (OJ Simpson Remix) (2010)
50 Cent: Body On It (2011)
Tae Beast: Clouds (2012)
Tae Beast: Love Out Loud (2012)
Sean Price: Sabado Gigante (2012)
Cyhi Da Prynce feat. Miloh Smith and Kissielee: Black Pride (2014)

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Not a sample per se, but the bass line in "All Night Long" by Mary Jane Girls (written by Rick James, Motown 1983), sounds almost identical to "Risin' to The Top" me anyway.

"Risin' To The Top"
verse: C--Eb--F--Eb-F--C--G
chorus: C-Eb-C-F-Eb-C-F-Eb-C-G-G#-G#-Bb-C-G

"Risin' To The Top" on Youtube:

Keni Burke 2014