I saw a video of Kanye West the other day and it got me thinking. Kanye is a producer that is known to sample songs in the songs that he makes, in fact a lot of producers sample songs in the beats that they make but I’ve noticed that some people don’t respect sampling. I hear and see comments that say that sampling is ripping off music, it contributes to some overproduced bullshit or the very worst one that a producer isn’t very good if they use this method (I’m not a producer and even I know this is BS).
(Most) Samples sound very similar to the original song which no one is going to argue but that’s the point (or at least I thought it was) and it’s not a bad thing either. Sampling is a bridge between generations when you think about it. A lot of songs use samples of songs that were made decades prior so already the fanbase that the sampled song is aimed at will have no idea of the original song and that’s a chance for them to listen to it and understand what their parents were listening to (if they do the research of course). For some people you’d think that a sampled song would be a throwback. Even when looking at the success of some songs, you’ll see that they bring the song that they sampled back into the limelight for a little bit. I don’t think anyone can tell me that when they heard “Stronger” by Kanye West they didn’t want to listen to “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk.
One really great thing about sampling is that it allows a song to be reinvented for a younger generation so really it contributes to the legacy of the original song (as long as the song is good). With the way music is, it’s always had its critics which is why I can understand some of the comments that people make but at the same time it does look as if sampling gets an unfair reputation. Of course this is just my thought though.