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Is Hip Hop Sampling Lazy or Creative?


Entertainment commentators BRKDWN ask the classic question: is hip hop sampling lazy or creative?

Sampleface was started on the basic concept of a collective facial expression, similar to a “gas face” but in a different type of context. Simply, a “sampleface” is defined as “a facial expression made when a piece of music is deemed worthy of sampling”. In some cases, it can describe the reaction to hearing an original sample in a song. Without sampling, especially hip hop sampling, we wouldn’t be here and you wouldn’t be reading this. So when BRKDWN asked the question “is hip hop sampling lazy or creative?”, we felt compelled to answer: “both”. The question might be a little misleading/vague, hence the “both” response and I will explain. Reiterating what Cynthia and Jon say in the video, there are a number of sampling producer who keep the game fresh with their techniques and sample choices but there are quite a few who sample for reasons outside the realms of creativity and those who just steal altogether, putting in nothing of their work into it. Picasso may have said “good artists borrow, great artists steal” but I don’t think he meant it literally, not in relation to this anyway.

So to answer the question fully, I may have to alter the question. For the question “is current mainstream/commercial/whatever you want to call it hip hop sampling lazy or creative?”, overall I’d say lazy. For everything else, it’s pretty creative if you know where to look.

What do you think? Stream the video below. And yes, will.i.am IS a thief.