Singer Suzanne Vega performs in a benefit concert to raise funds for fighting breast cancer at Hard Rock Cafe Madrid on October 28, 2010 in Madrid

Singer Suzanne Vega performs in a benefit concert to raise funds for fighting breast cancer at Hard Rock Cafe Madrid on October 28, 2010 in Madrid

*Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega – the artist whose 1987 song Tom’s Diner” has been sampled at least 36 times by other artists, including by Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Danger Mouse and the Black Eyed Peas – is now the one doing the sampling.

The New Yorker borrows the track from 50 Cent’s song, “Candy Shop” in a song featured on her upcoming album, due in February.

While recording the song “Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain” for her new disc, Vega said she was reminded of the rhythms in “Candy Shop,” which itself borrows from the Salsoul Orchestra. She asked her producer, Gerry Leonard, if they should contact 50 Cent’s producer to work on the track; Leonard suggested just sampling it.

“I said, `Oh, I hadn’t thought of that,'” Vega said.

So she contacted 50 Cent, who said he was a fan and gave the OK.

“Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain” is under consideration for the first single from Vega’s album, her first studio recording of new material in seven years. Called “Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,” it will be released on Vega’s own imprint.

Below, a live version of “Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain.” The guitarist hits the “Candy Shop” groove at 1:15.