The videos above are all of songs that include sampling, but do so in different ways. "Hard Knock Life" by Jay-Z samples Annie's "It's The Hard Knock Life" in the way he keeps the chorus intact while rapping over the beat. Yet, in Kanye West's "Stronger," he basically takes Daft Punk's whole song and raps over it. Mac Miller takes the song "Fireflies" by Owl City and uses the melody as a background along with the chorus. I find that while the sampling is affective in making the song enjoyable, it does have its implications. I feel that in songs like these, the original artist isn't always recognized. If someone were to listen to one of these songs, they might not recognize the sample and just assume the production came solely the sampling artist. However, this really isn't the case in Jay-Z's song because the sampling comes from an extremely popular children's movie. He was able to evolve the childish tune into a song that's completely his own. Also, in Kanye's "Stronger," he explicitly gives homage to the original artist in the video. The members of Daft Punk are featured in the video and makes it seem like the song is more collaborative than sampling. The fact that an hip-hop artist samples a song gives the original artist recognition. Yet, in Mac Miller's "Don't Mind If I Do," he uses a song that is very different from the genre of hip-hop which may make it difficult for a listener to identify the sample. I'm really on the fence on my view of sampling, what do you think about it?
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Sampling, yay or nay?
The art of sampling music began around the 1960's, but with the growth of hip-hop, it has become more and more prevalent in music. Although hip-hop is not the only genre to sample music, the art form has become increasing popular and seems to have caused a dispute between listeners. Some argue that the use of samples makes the song unoriginal and that the artists are stealing other artists' talent. However, others argue that samples enhance the music by allowing the artist to make it their own. I somewhat with both.