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pointless sampling - flava_in_ya_ear
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pointless sampling
t.i. - why you wanna
sample:
http://www.towerrecords.com/product.aspx?pfid=3401813&title=King+%5bExplicit+Lyrics%5d+%5bLimited%5d+*&artist=T.I.

fergie f/ will.i.am - here i come
sample:
http://www.towerrecords.com/product.aspx?pfid=4455329&title=The+Dutchess+%5bExplicit+Lyrics%5d&artist=Fergie+(US)

mobb deep - got it twisted
sample:
http://www.towerrecords.com/product.aspx?pfid=2947433&title=Amerikaz+Nightmare+%5bExplicit+Lyrics%5d&artist=Mobb+Deep


notice something here? these songs sample other, older songs. there's nothing wrong with sampling. i think it can be very creative. reinterpreting a sample is one of the coolest things one can do. however, i don't think these guys do anything creative with their samples whatsoever. i'm only speaking from personal experience here, but when i listen to them, i scratch my head and wonder, "why did they sample that?"

t.i.: he samples crystal waters's early 90's hit "gypsy woman". it was an alright song. she did much better a few years later with "100% pure love". the sample t.i. uses just feels unnecessary. like the producer was lazy and didn't feel like making a new beat, so he found some random song, switched it up, and added some drums or something. that's the only reason i can think of that would justify taking a song about a homeless woman and changing it into something else entirely.
sample, "gypsy woman":
http://www.towerrecords.com/product.aspx?pfid=2546048&title=20th+Century+Masters%3a+The+Millennium...+*&artist=Crystal+Waters

fergie: call me old fashioned, but no one should be able to sample the temptations. they're too big, too recognizable, too legendary to separate who they are from whatever the artist intends to do. when i hear this song, i only think about how kind of awkward the beat is, and it only makes me want to hear "get ready". who allowed her to clear this?
sample, "get ready":
http://www.towerrecords.com/product.aspx?pfid=1611840&title=20th+Century+Masters%3a+The+Millennium...&artist=The+Temptations

mobb deep: let's talk about nonsensical samples. "she blinded me with science"?? somehow, mobb deep turns this into a song about threats and boasts. much like t.i., this only leaves me confused. maybe this producer felt lazy too? wouldn't it be weird if it was the same producer? yikes.
sample, "she blinded me with science":
http://www.towerrecords.com/product.aspx?pfid=1767589&title=The+Golden+Age+Of+Wireless&artist=Thomas+Dolby


that's all. a nice little short entry.

Current Mood: confused confused

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blazinsoamazin From: blazinsoamazin Date: November 9th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
do you think you could link to original song clips by any chance?
flava_in_ya_ear From: flava_in_ya_ear Date: November 9th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
good call. done and done.
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