Hip Hop Rap Samples

Stax: The Soul of Hip-Hop – Cover and Tracklist

Stax: The Soul of Hip-Hop drops Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 to commemorate the seemingly endless number of classics churned out by Isaac Hayes, Booker T & The MGs, The Emotions, William Bell, David Porter, and more.  Consisting of tracks sampled by notable hip-hop artists, the compilation seeks to honor the musical tradition and amazing roster … Read more

Hip-Hop Songs That Sampled Video Games

The Examiner put together a list of the "Top 10 Hip-Hop Songs that Sampled a Video Game."   I personally never been a fan of video game samples (always felt they were a little cheap), but the skill behind joints like Oh No‘s "The Ride" and Percee P’s "2 Brothers From The Gutter" can’t be forgotten. … Read more

CTI Records September Mix by DJ Ian Head

DJ Ian Head drops the September edition of his monthly mix series.  This time he tackles the beloved CTI catalog and give us all a taste of that classic Creed Taylor/KUDU goodness.  As a mix that will keep you busy with enough classic samples and breaks to cause massive inspiration, this comes with full fledged … Read more

Propellerhead Releases Free Bob Moog Inspired Refill

To show support and respect for synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, Propellerhead has compiled and released a free refill for all registered Reason 4 owners. Industry pro’s (and Reason experts), Craig Anderton, Mark Vail and Gordon Reid donated their best Moog-style patches, built using Reason’s Thor synthesizer. The intent is to shed some light onto the … Read more

Comprehensive Sampling Dictionary Compiled By Model Art Tokyo

No more complaints from slackers in the back row, you’re sample homework has already been done for you!  For the more studious (or lazy depending on your point view) producer types, Freddy Fresh Model Art Tokyo delivers the 2008 installment of the Sampling & Re:Sampling Dictionaries.  With over 250 pages, the Sampling Dictionary features listings … Read more

J Dilla On The Making of Pharcyde’s “Running”

A little something for a Sunday morning… J Dilla talks about working with The Pharcyde, the making of "Running", and arguments about the filters on the Akai S950 vs. the ASR-10.  There’s also a little taste of the sample originally used in the track.

DJ Ian Head & Verbal Math – July ’08 Mixtape (Download)

Crate diggers and vinyl fans will appreciate the latest monthly installment of Hip-Hop and original samples offered up by DJ Ian Head & Verbal Math.  No tracklist… you’ll have to do your own homework on that one. Download: July 2008 Summertime Cookout Dollabin Style Also check out Everyday Beats for archived mixes and original music.

History of Sampling v1.2: Graphic Digging?

For those with a passion for graphs, Jesse Kriss drops a Java based visual history of Hip-Hop sampling.  Both significant original works and their Hip-Hop versions are represented in the application.  By no means is it a complete history, but it still does a nice job of touching on some of the more important moments … Read more

Sued For Samples: Kanye West, Common, Method Man And Redman

The latest significant sample lawsuit to hit the streets is brought to us courtesy of Kanye West, Common, Method, Redman, and a bunch of folks over at the Universal Music Group.  Seems like Kanye West just can’t escape the sample clearance lawsuits lately.  This time the daughter of Jazz saxophonist Joe Farrell has sued for … Read more