It’s no secret that I’m slightly opinionated when it comes to Hip-Hip, but luckily I think the right has finally been earned. After dedicating years to developing my flare scratch, memorizing production credits, and hunting down obsolete vinyl discs, I feel sucker punched when famous producers jack an obvious sample or dig for records by scanning the 1973 top ten pop charts.
Obviously, the primary reason for making music is to make heads nod; however, an often ignored motive for sampling is to show off your style, taste, digging skills, and record collection while baffling listeners and causing fellow producers to scratch their heads in amazement. A sampling producer’s task is to simultaneously open up ears and pay homage to an earlier sound while performing a sonic sleight of hand intended to confuse listeners about a track’s origins. Although that was, and still is, my view of Hip-Hop production, not too many seem to share that same philosophy anymore. Unfortunately, it’s become commonplace to rework classic and untouchable Hip-Hop beats two, three, or four times before a violation is declared. We’ll steer clear of the whole ethical argument about clearing samples for now, but let me just say that looping up 8 bars from a Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” simply won’t be taken lying down (shame on producer Missy Elliot) .
With that said, it’s official… the following have been outlawed as of today! In no particular order, here’s a partial list of artists (feel free to add yours) that have been used, abused, or otherwise over-pillaged and are now considered off limits for sampling. Sort of like crack rock… oversampling will give you a quick production high, but in the end leave you with a crippled heart, withering soul, and bankrupt morals that only the Bush family could rival.
- James Brown
- Zapp & Roger (Troutman)
- Miles Davis
- John Coltrane
- Michael Jackson (Jackson 5 is still fair game when done well. Ex. producers J Dilla, Kanye West, and Wayne-O)
- Marvin Gaye
- Stevie Wonder
- The Doors
- Parliament Funkadelic
- Ohio Players
- Roy Ayers
- The Beatles (Including all solo projects)
- Jimi Hendrix
- Barry White
- The Crusaders
- Al Green (especially his drums)
- Earth, Wind, & Fire
1,918 thoughts on “17 Artists That Should Never Be Sampled By Hip-Hop Ever Again!”
Forgot Diana Ross and the Stylistics lol.
i heard the intruders a lot by the heatmakers, and what about the spinners, O’Jays (alothough i will still sample any track i get my hands on with those sick horn and string combos), rick james.. (I sampled a lot of his shit, but only half of them u were able to tell it was a rick james song, but that’s still too much) Shirley Murdok, i see someone mentioned the Stylistics and Diana Ross (I would have also). i can keep on going…..
I say STFU and let people sample what they want. you are a retard if you think because you can scratch you have a say in this. end of the day, if a beat knocks, all power to the producer.
theres only so much soul we can sample. its not like people are making it anymore.
im gonna whip up some beats using samples from EVERYONE on that list RIGHT NOW just to piss you off.
I agree wit ya ima go do that too
“im gonna whip up some beats using samples from EVERYONE on that list RIGHT NOW just to piss you off.”
and I’m gonna sample him doing it!
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