December 1, 2008

Is Sampling Dead?

Is Sampling Dead?

How greenbacks and red tape are tearing the heart out of hip-hop.

The death of sampling in hip-hop has been predicted at fairly regular intervals since its inception some 30 years ago. In this special report for SPIN, the topic is approached more as a question than a proclamation. The responses from producers, emcees, record label managers, publishers, and sample clearance agents lend credence to the question—providing proof that the artform is becoming increasingly prohibitive due to rising costs and artists’ exposure to potential litigation. — Matthew Newton

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