PBS’s docuseries Soundbreaking recently dug into the history of Hip-Hop sampling with Chuck D, Q-Tip, RZA and more.
In the sixth episode of their Soundbreaking series, PBS provides a well thought out story of the origins of sampling in Hip-Hop and how the technique has permeated throughout popular music.
With commentary from Hank Shockley [Public Enemy], RZA, Rick Rubin and many other sound architects we get to see how the greatest Hip-Hop producers mastered the art of taking different sounds and creating a new one. Many highlights are discussed here ranging from the creation of songs like “Rapper’s Delight,” “Planet Rock” and “Fight The Power” as well as the legal ramifications of sampling that came after albums like Beastie Boys‘ Paul’s Boutique.
Check it out below.