Well, how about that? Swedish electro pop group Icona Pop request permission to use a Tupac sample by writing a letter to his mother, Afeni Shakur. We’ve heard plenty of uncleared sample stories of late, some warranted, some involving Sony *ahem* but this is refreshing to hear. Icona Pop are a Swedish electro pop group comprised of duo Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt (left and right in the photo above)…

EDM blog Do Androids Dance have written up a list of five helpful suggestions for sample-based producers. Over the past few months, we’ve discussed various sampling issues with some of the biggest names in hip hop. While obscure samples are harder to clear/easier to not clear because of their hidden nature, the bigger the sampling artist, the likelier they are to be subject to a…

Yet another copyright problem, this time from will.i.am & Chris Brown and their collaborative track “Let’s Go”. This is just pure laziness. The Voice coach will.i.am and Chris Brown are new members of the “didn’t pay the guy for the rights” club after their new track “Let’s Go” was the subject of a copyright breach allegation. The song they had been alleged to have copied…

Did I hear you right? Did I hear you saying that you’re going to make a copy of a game without paying? Don’t Copy That Floppy! It’s been a long time since floppy disks were made obsolete by (re)writable CDs, external harddrives and USB sticks so this Throwback Thursday video is dedicated to those 3.5″ plastic wonders that we all used to save our favourite…

The best things in life are free? Not according to some. Here’s our take on the culture of “free beats”. I’ve decided to give you all a full length post for a change. I hadn’t planned on writing this but a Twitter event triggered the urge. While on Facebook, I noticed a screengrab of a tweet a person named CaptainNoFreeBeats sent to a fellow producer friend…

Sampleface wouldn’t be Sampleface without the art of sampling. Producers know the feeling when they listen to a track and they just hear that hook/riff/break/loop in their head. This practice formed the foundations of hip hop and can still be found today (albeit via differing means). But before all the copyright bullshit, sampling was done freely and this documentary made by an Australian TV station back in…

Is sampling “theft”? Okay, let’s play devil’s advocate for a minute and view the use of samplers as nothing more than technological Robin-Hoodism; with producers stealing pieces of music and then playing it back for their own audience. Copyright norms generally protect the composition of a piece of music as well as the recording of it. Some would say that the samplers’ ability to capture…