Just a quick (non-) holiday post.
I stumbled across the site WhoSampled.com yesterday, and I’m completely obsessed. The tagline, “Exploring and discussing the DNA of music”, is a good descriptor; this site makes no judgment calls on the legitimacy, legality, or ethics of sampling, but simply serves as a roadmap of where songs have come from and where they’re going. In my mind, this is an invaluable resource for heads like me who like to deconstruct not only the lyrics, but the beat of my favorite tracks. It’s also a community project, with the moderators of the site accepting submissions from just about anyone, which makes it that much more comprehensive, interesting, and — well — awesome.
Basically, you just type in an artist’s name, and you get a comprehensive list of who that artist has sampled and how, and how that artist him/herself has been sampled.
My favorite so far is Notorious B.I.G.’s catalog. I’d suggest giving the site a browse – it’s mad interesting.
I have a lot more to say about the whole sampling debate (i.e., what sampling is, what it means, why it’s not only ok, but IMPORTANT for music), but I’ve gotta peace for now.
Happy end of 2009, playas!