Samples vs. Original Beats
9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Just Blaze, The Heatmakerz, Kanye West; all of these producers have made their respected careers out of heavily using samples. The question is; should we give them as much credit as they have been receiving? Now sampling has been a large part of hip hop for as long as I can remember but, should we be applauding the producers who painstakingly work to bring us listeners a new kind of sound? I’m not saying that producers who use samples do not work hard, I’m just saying it takes a lot more creativity and originality to make a beat from scratch. I mean, if you compare a lot of the samples that 9th Wonder uses to the final product, there isn’t that much of a difference sometimes. Or if you listen to Diplomatic Immunity produced by Heatmakerz, you realize that most of the beats are just sped up versions of the original sample with pitch changes here and there. Maybe I’m being a little too harsh on these producers, but as a fan of hip hop and music in general, I look for creativity and originality. You know, producers like The Neptunes or Danger Mouse that can make beats from scratch and create a sound that is totally new and original. In a time where most are complaining about the lack of originality currently existing in hip hop, maybe it’s time we shift some of the blame from the performers and to the people behind the scenes.