Eclectic Method: A Brief History of Sampling

We’re obsessed with samples here at Flea Market Funk. Whether it’s something obscure like The Battered Ornaments used by Edan, or something well known like Skull Snaps, we like them all. I mean, who doesn’t like a sample flip? Back in the day, before the internet, you had to rely on digging, some liner notes, and heads who were in the know to tell you what was up. UBB never told you what song sampled what, and it wasn’t until releases like Diggin’, Tribe Vibes, and others that spilled the beans, were samples easily identified. There was a book about 13 years ago, The Holy Book Of Hip Hop, that was printed up and released. It broke the samples down by artist and genre, listing each single sample. If we’re not mistaken, it was connected to RAP Sample FAQ, but we’re not 100%. Producers went into an uproar. I can remember Premier going on a rant on and off record:

“What’s the deal with you break-record cats that’s putting out all the original records that we sample from n’ snitchin’ by putting us on tha back of it sayin’ that we use stuff, you know how that go, stop doin’ that y’all r’ violating, straight up-n-down.. Word up man’ i’m sick of this shit.” – DJ Premier tells us how he really feels about sample snitching

Now it’s common practice though. It’s 2014. Sites like WhoSampled sit original sample side by side next to the song it’s been flipped for (even telling you at what time the sample comes in). In other words, sampling has come a long way. It’s a bit more mainstream, but the sampling is a serious business. For more on the art and business of sampling, we suggest you check out Copyright Criminals, a well written and shot documentary on sampling. Today isn’t about sampling bashing. It’s about celebrating the samples. Eclectic Method, aka Jonny Wilson, releases “internet projects, collaborations, viral videos and cool little abstract concepts, and can do it all live on stage at concerts.” He started out as a digital outlaw, working with Brian Eno and others, pushing video remixing technology to the max. What he brings to us today is A Brief History of Sampling. In three minutes and twelve seconds he highlights sampling from the Beatles using a Mellotron in the 60’s up until the 1980’s and 1990’s Hip Hop and Dance music scenes frequent use of the sample. Packed with well known vinyl record samples, he makes a seamless transition from original to flipped sampled in video form. We love this here at FMF, and you will too. Now dance to the drummers beat, fight the power, get out of my life woman, because it’s a new day.

Check out more of Eclectic Method here.

Keep Diggin’!

One response to “Eclectic Method: A Brief History of Sampling

  1. Re Premier on “Royalty”… he doesn’t even think about the impact of reintroducing new heads to the old soul and funk acts… Or the benefit to new artists who maybe don’t have a crate of old LPs up in the attic cause they got pawned off or their parents weren’t into that. He was only worried about his own skin, and that ain’t righteous. “Y’all… really don’t know what this hip hop’s all about.” Is it about keeping secrets from everybody? Making money on somebody else and not giving due credit? I didn’t think so.

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