How many of you remember the first time you heard a rap song play on the radio? Was there something different about it, was there something familiar that made you keep listening?
I remember the first time that I heard Rapper’s Delight by the Sugarhill Gang. The record was a straight sample of Chic’s Good Times that was spun between 2 turntables in order to skip the vocals and allow the rappers to continue to rhyme over the instrumental.
Hank Shocklee took this concept even further with the production of Public Enemy’s first album, where songs were created with pieces of multiple songs to create a sort of collage for Chuck D and Flavor Flav to rap to.
Creative sampling is still good for Rap Music!!!
Over the last 10 years rap music as a whole has seemingly migrated from a sample based sound to a more pop and techno driven sound.
The character of the music is being destroyed to align with cooperate goals of sales and popular consumption trends, causing a genre that was once trend setting to become trend following.
My audience should listen to me because I have years of experience listening and creating to rap music, and I am presenting this information from the prospective of an industry professional and also a fan of the music.
I challenge you to compare sample based rap music from the 90’s to the rap music of today and that music to the pop music of today and see which is more distinctive.
Preview three main points that will support your big idea: 1) Rap music was more creative and distinctive when created with samples; 2) Sampling introduced older music to a younger generation of listeners that may not have heard music otherwise; 3) sampling gave rise to rap music professionals that broke barriers in the music industry
Point One: Rap music was more creative and distinctive when created with samples.
Evidence: Rap music was full of different groups, styles and talent. Each bringing its own sound to the industry yet some even using the same samples in their songs.
Point Two: Sampling has helped introduce countless youth to the music of the past and helped reintroduce artist into the industry
Evidence: I have expanded my musical listen and collection by reading and researching the liner notes of rap albums.
Point Three: Sampling gave rise to rap music professionals that broke barriers in the music industry.
Evidence: Dr. Dre is one of the most prominent producers in rap as well as DJ Premier, both of which have even crossed over to produce sample based music for non-rap artist.
Call to Adventure: Read your rap album liner notes and discovery the ingredients used to help created your favorite songs, then research those songs used in other sample-based music.
Summarize the main points: Rap music was created and thrived on the concept of sampling older music to create newer music. The sampling of this older music introduced younger listeners to the music of old
. Young musicians from inner cities were able to get their ideas heard and have become professionals at turning old music into something new, and becoming famous for it.
Creative sampling is still good for Rap Music!!!
Realize that the authenticity of rap music is lost without the use of sampling. Stop, look, and listen.
1. Do you remember the first rap song you heard on the radio?
What was different?
What was familiar?
2. Remember Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper Delight?
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Remember Chic’s Good Times?
Rapper’s Delight is a sample of Good Times
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Hank Shocklee took sampling even further……
Sampling multiple songs to create songs for the group Public
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Creative Sampling Is Still Good For Rap Music!!!
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In the past 10 years…
Rap music has relied less and less on sampling…..
In order to achieve a more pop driven sound.
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Cooperate sales and Popular consumption trends….
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Why Should You listen To Me?
I am a fan and also producer of the music…
With over 14 years of insight into the indusrty.
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Listen and compare today’s popular rap
With that of the past.
Can You tell a difference??
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1) Rap was more creative when created with samples
2) Sampling introduced younger listeners to older music
3)Sampling gave rise to professionals that broke musical barriers
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Rap music was more creative and distinctive when created
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With So Many different players in the game…….
Even using the same samples can provide
infinitely different results.
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Sampling Introduces youth to music of the past…
And help make past or unknown artist relevant.
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My own record collection was built by reading
My favorite albums liner notes
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Sampling gave rise to professionals that broke barriers in the
15. Dr. Dre and DJ Premier have both built
Successful careers that began from
Sampling old and obscure music.
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Read your liner notes
What songs where sampled in your favorite rap song?
Who used the same sample material?
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Rap Music Thrived on sampling from the past…
It also introduced listeners to older forms of music
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Young musicians have become professional at and
Famous for creating new music from
Classics of yesterday…
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Creative Sampling is Still Good For Rap Music
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Realize that Rap Music is lost without the use of