As part of Pop Tech‘s lecture series, DJ and Grammy-nominated producer Young Guru used Bobby “Blue” Bland’s 1974 record “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” and Al Green’s 1972 record “I’m Glad You’re Mine” to demonstrate the difference between legal sampling and outright stealing.
Watch Young Guru’s lecture below.
Kendrick Lamar sat down with the folks at Life+Times and discussed the story behind the powerful song, “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” from his debut LP, good kid, m.A.A.d. city.
Watch Kendrick Lamar breakdown the track below.
The art of sampling has been ingrained in Hip-Hop from the very beginning. It has not only introduced us to records that we would’ve probably never heard otherwise, but kept those songs alive. Check out this mini-documentary exploring the early stages of sampling in rap music with appearances from Cold Cut, Prince Paul, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Ice-T and more. This segment was shown on an Australian TV station around ’89, before the sampling litigation.
Watch the mini-documentary below.
In this new episode from Jay-Z‘s Life+Times segment called Decoded, RZA breaks down the lyrics for “Unspoken Word,” from his ’98 alter-ego LP titled RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, and his verse on Wu-Tang Clan‘s classic ’94 record, “Protect Ya Neck.”