Sister Nancy and her classic “Bam Bam” track has been sampled dozens of times in Hip-Hop music and beyond. In a recent interview, the Dancehall Reggae legend spoke about Jay-Z and Kanye West using the record for their respective songs while also capturing what she’s done over the course of her career.

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For decades the almighty sample has carried the Hip-Hop game far and wide. The works of yesteryear’s most talented artists helped craft melodies for some of today’s biggest stars, courtesy of producers who have an ear for quality sound.

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The backbone of modern Hip-Hop music took a creative turn in the mid-1980s with the introduction of sampling, which is the act of using snippets of original compositions to formulate a backing track. Improving upon the breakbeat trend of the 1970s, the sampling of R&B, funk, soul, rock and jazz artists transformed Hip-Hop’s entire soundscape […]


Depending on whom you ask, Pharrell and Robin Thicke getting peeled for $7.4 million after copying a Marvin Gaye track without permission is either justice being served or a bad legal precedent. The “Magic Man” doesn’t come cheap, but his classics can be legally sampled.

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Kool & The Gang songs have transcended several musical generations and as most Hip-Hop fans were likely unaware that they were enjoying “their parents music.”

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Sir Mix-A-Lot recently conducted a Reddit AMA where he disclosed to fans that he thought it was absolutely amazing that Nicki Minaj sampled “Baby Got Back” in “Anaconda.”


In the closing quarter of 1991, A Tribe Called Quest released a game-changing LP in The Low End Theory. After garnering acclaim the year prior with the Queens, New York group’s debut, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths Of Rhythm, the trio (Jarobi had left) looked to stand apart sonically from their Native Tongue siblings […]

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Today marks the 17th anniversary of Life After Death, The Notorious B.I.G. and Bad Boy‘s final album together. To commemorate the project’s legacy, we take a look back at the classic samples used to imbue soul into Big’s second effort.

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Wordsmiff, a rising MC from Brooklyn, presents his debut project, Bars Over Everything. Eight tracks deep, he gives listeners a feel reminiscent of the 90’s when gritty Hip-Hop reigned supreme.

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This is a sad day for Jazz music and Hip-Hop music. The legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd passed away on February 4, but his nephew confirmed his death today.

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Let’s preface this story by saying that this is a mixtape. A mixtape! As in, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y will not be making a single penny from this free music that they are giving away (thanks a lot, Lord Finesse). In any case, the three year anniversary of Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y’s How Fly mixtape […]