Sampling

Madonna Comes For Tory Lanez For “Illegal Usage” of ’80s Hit

Madonna comes for Tory Lanez for sampling her 1985 hit "Into the Groove." Tory Lanez won't be catching a break… Read More

December 28, 2021

How the Sample Snitch Won

Hip-hop's code of silence pits producers against an obsessively resourceful block of fans. With the crate-digging community thriving online, there’s… Read More

August 20, 2021

Questlove Breaks Down The Daft Punk Sampling Controversy

Questlove outlines crucial flaws in the sampling system that almost ensure musicians and their catalogs get ripped off. Earlier this… Read More

May 8, 2021

Disco Artist Sampled In Daft Punk’s “One More Time” Says He Hasn’t Received A Dime

Eddie Johns, the disco artist behind the song "More Spell on You" that's sampled on Daft Punk's "One More Time,"… Read More

May 7, 2021

Nicki Minaj Pays Tracy Chapman $450,000 To Avoid “Sorry” Trial

A judge had previously decided that Nicki Minaj using Tracy Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You" for "Sorry" was fair… Read More

January 8, 2021

Erykah Badu Recalls How J Dilla Taught Her How To Sample On An MPC 2000

Fun fact: the song that J Dilla showed Erykah Badu how to sample ended up being the basis for her… Read More

November 19, 2020

Nicki Minaj Wins Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Tracy Chapman

"A ruling uprooting these common practices would limit creativity and stifle innovation within the music industry," the judge overseeing the… Read More

September 17, 2020

What’s At Stake For Sampling In Tracy Chapman & Nicki Minaj’s Lawsuit?

Tracy Chapman's lawsuit against Nicki Minaj could have real implications toward hip-hop if a ruling is made in her favor. Since… Read More

August 26, 2020

Early 2000s Hip-Hop & R&B is Defining Modern Rap

More hip-hop artists are repurposing classic rap moments with modern percussion and techniques. Is sampling early 2000s hip-hop records rap's… Read More

March 5, 2020

“It’s Not About Grails…it’s About Serendipity:” DJ Shadow on Sampling & Digging in The Discogs Era [Interview]

Ahead of his expansive sixth studio album, Our Pathetic Age, the legendary producer, DJ, and record collector, reflected on his… Read More

November 15, 2019

Could Juice WRLD’s Yellowcard Lawsuit Be Rap’s “Blurred Lines?”

In a post-"Blurred Lines" world, popular songs are more susceptible to litigation. Will Juice WRLD face a similar outcome? Juice… Read More

October 28, 2019