Behind the Hip Hop Beats – Sampling and Samples

Behind the Hip Hop Beats - Sampling and SamplesHip-Hop genre was born and developed with samples. From old music, rare music, soul music, hip-hop has always known to feel and appreciate the spirit of the other songs, extract best samples and reassembling in a stronger and more efficient way.

In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece. Wikipedia

As with any genre, the Hip-Hop beats can be made ​​from scratch. But the importance of sampling history and urban culture and especially for the future of this style of music will not ever be ignored.

For decades hip hop producers have relied on the innovative use of existing recordings (most of which are protected by copyright), to create completely new works. Specifically, cuttin’ and scratchin’, digital sampling, looping and (most recently) mashing are all methods of creating music and are all integral parts of the hip hop music aesthetic. Collectively these creative processes are the hallmark of the type of innovation and creativity born out of the hip hop music tradition. Famous artists like M.C. Lyte to The RZA, Missy Elliott, Dangermouse and Jay Z have released numerous hits on sampled beats.

Over the years, improved sampling technology and the introduction of live instrumentation made using the same songs over and over less necessary. Nevertheless, some samples refused to die. Some are even still used to this day.

Hip Hop producers who use sampling place great importance on samples and find it difficult to countenance other approaches (such as the use of live instrumentation or synthesizers), without comporomising many of their foundational assumptions about the musical form.

Thus was born a new genre of sampled beats.

Top Sampling Artists: DJ Premier, Girl Talk, DJ Shadow, Madlib, Dr Dre, Pete Rock, J Dilla, Marley Marl, 9Th Wonder and The Alchemist.

Sampling can be an amazing way to get great sounds into your track.

You can check an awesome collection pack with 800 chopped samples already gathered by Hex Loops here: Samples for Sampling

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