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Respect Sampling

I sometimes wonder (but don't really care) what traditional musicians think about hip-hop's habit of sampling in order to create beats. For those that think it's simple Danger Mouse breaks down how hard it was to create The Grey Album.

For those who don't think it's artistic enough to sample should listen to how beautiful Kanye West's College Dropout sounds or Lyrics Born's Later That Day.

UPDATE: Laze adds some thoughts to this.

March 13, 2004 in Commentary | Link Me | Related Searches | Related Music

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I have yet to sit down and review The Grey Album and Kanye; as far behind as I am, though, I think I may need to do some mini-reviews, instead of the full blown-out ones.

Kanye (and DJ Dangermouse's LPs) have got to be the most musically innovative ones in the past year, I'd say. It's been a good change of pace for a genre that's gotten too relaxed and too formulaic.

Posted by: ej at Mar 14, 2004 10:46:32 AM

True dat... The music on Kanye's disc is incredible. I'd have to put him right up there with Dr. Dre as a producer.

Posted by: Michael at Mar 16, 2004 11:16:04 AM

yeah Kanye HAS been one of the dopest producers, Up there with Primo, Dre, Em, and Hi-tek. I'm glad he finally got to prove to the world that you can do what you set your heart to.

Posted by: R-Loc at May 11, 2004 1:21:26 PM

Sampling music outside of the Hip Hop genre is essential to keep Hip-Hop innovative. Some of your better producers and Mc's realize this and utilize it. Others (no offense) stick with stagnant, less melodic tunes. Don't get me wrong original work is always great. But if you can listen to a song and dissect certain parts and piece it together and make it sound good, you have a gift. I've heard a lot of people criticize sampling, and they just don't understand that unknowingly a lot of people do it with royalty- free samples on the programs they use. Remember, it's not how you got there, it's the fact you did get there. Sampling is here to stay...


Posted by: Maynard Morgan at Sep 1, 2004 10:36:42 AM


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