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Which Producers Used the Most Samples in Hip-Hop History?

The last few weeks I've been having a grand ol' time getting into some serious rap nerdery, and it seems like y'all have been right there with me. Rap nerds unite! But while the last few times I've really gone... Read More
Posted 2 months ago
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Behind the Boards: S1 on Kanye’s “Power,” His Album With Lupe, Samples & More

"Kanye is loving your stuff. He says he's about to change your life'. The following day, I get an email saying my flight leaves for Hawaii in like three or fouir hours. I look up and I'm on a plane... Read More
Posted 2 months ago
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Every Sample on Chris Brown’s “X” Album (An Accidental Music Licensing Lesson)

I'll be honest.  Lately I've been writing about samples a lot, and when I started I assumed there'd be me and 12 other people excited to talk about that one second of "Funky President" that gets used... Read More
Posted 3 months ago
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Behind The Boards: THX on Smoking With Snoop, TV & Movie Placements & More

(Photo via Instagram) As the great twentieth century philosopher Marshall Mathers once said, "You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow." Corny as it may be, it is good advice, especially in the music... Read More
Posted 3 months ago
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Yeah! Louder! From Kanye to Vanilla Ice, the History of the “Long Red” Sample

A few weeks ago I did an absurdly detailed breakdown of the "hey!" vocal sample in James Brown's "Funky President."  Turns out y'all really dug the article because you're gigantic rap nerds very awesome human... Read More
Posted 3 months ago
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Hey! From Kanye to Gambino, Breaking Down Rap’s Most Popular Sample

Years ago now, when "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" first exploded into our collective ears and I was happily (and obsessively) listening to it note by note, I noticed Kanye using a vocal "hey!" sample on... Read More
Posted 4 months ago
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Worst Comes to Worst: DJ Babu on the Fight to Make Dilated Peoples’ New Album

"Maybe we don't have it anymore." Sixth grade. A friend says he's got the new Dilated Peoples. "You mean Dilated pupils?" I ask. "Uh no," he responds, "peoples." Then I said, "No, I really... Read More
Posted 4 months ago
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F**k Wells Fargo: EOM on Wax, Chamilionaire and Sample Flips

It was hot and muggy, I was jet lagged (and hadn't slept for more than two hours), and I was tired of hearing Yellowcard (although I may secretly love "Ocean Avenue"). Welcome to the Warped Tour, ladies and... Read More
Posted 4 months ago
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Behind The Boards: Seven on Strange Music, Live Instruments & More

Remember that scene in Back To The Future where Marty plays an "oldie" in Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" at the dance? Well, it's eerily reminiscent of how Strange Music's go-to producer, Michael "Seven" Summers,... Read More
Posted 5 months ago
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Behind The Boards: Pop Wansel on Major Label Connects, Being Overlooked & More [Interview]

Producers are a lot like the offensive line of a football team. They can make the superstar quarterback look great, but rarely do they get the credit they deserve. Well, here at The DJBooth we say no more. Behind The... Read More
Posted 6 months ago
 

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