Sometimes people can’t simply enjoy a good thing given to them. This is the case throughout the history of hip-hop due to the constant argument about the inclusion of sampling. Many see sampling others’ music in your own as stealing creative ideas due to an inherent lack of creativity on your part and believe that to call a song your own you have to build it from the ground up as a completely original idea which only embroils you in another musical argument about whether or not any music can be considered completely new and unique nowadays. However; there’s those of us who don’t hate life and actually like to enjoy music and see sampling as a way of not only enjoying others’ music but also sharing it with more people. Many artists find that including a sample in their music acts as a sort of shout out to the original artist while other artists use it as a way to involve themselves in the history of the original music.
I’ve said before that I was brought up on a lot of classics, many of which from the Motown era of soul and funk and I think this was one of the key elements that brought me to hip-hop. It’s a natural connection culturally when you look at the content of these genres together, both often deal with inequality and black peoples’ struggle in America. Sampling brings generations with similar beliefs together meaning newer generations are introduced to classics thanks to the likes of Kanye West’s masterpiece Graduation and the likes. You also get this incredible melting pot of genres so all of a sudden you’ve got hip-hop heads listening to J. Cole but they’re also enjoying Cults thus expanding their musical tastes in an effortless discovery.