A Collection of Kanye West’s first beats. All unreleased stuff.
A couple of the beats were used on random albums, (i.e. #13 was used on Talib Kweli’s “Quality”). But this shows what hard work can do for you. It’s clear that Kanye knew what he was doing, musically. But mainstream rap wasn’t ready for his style. Not that it was edge, provocative, or avant-garde. It was authentic.
I consider a good sample GOLD. “Good” meaning one with no obstructions; a vivid and clear section of a song that I can manipulate in ways no one would ever know the complexity of. In some cases I have made 3-4different sounding beats out of one section of a song, there are just so many ways to flip it. I guess what Im getting at is the idea that, if you chop a sample in a clever enough way, you can count on it never being duplicated. If you just take the first few measures to some soul song and loop it with a break, then yeah… someone will eventually figure that one out.
IMO, the complexity of a the flip shouldn’t determine how “good” a sample is. It’ll show skills on behalf of the beat-maker, but the end result is the only thing that should matter.
Just Blaze’s sampling of Haddaway for that Eminem & Lil Wayne song.
Should samples solely come from obscure soul & funk records? In it’s purest form, that leaves the most impressive result. But I always support pushing the envelope in art. Sampling 90’s one hit wonders leaves me uncomfortable though.
I will say that Lil B and Waka are smart because they know how to make people like their stuff, they make music that you just want to hype to, but they're dumb, and it is kind of societies fault for making these guys think that they're good!
True, I wouldn’t expect either of them to impress me with a conversation about anything beyond strippers. But as pure artists (and I am using that term broadly) they do push the envelope in rap. I just try to appreciate that while I’m cookin’ to that Ellen Degeneres joint.
Not everyone has a thing for the subtleties in life. Of all things in the sexy world of graphic design, a documentary about a font probably shouldn’t intrigue most people. For those of us not in the majority, the documentary by Gary Hustwit about Helvetica creates an effective portrait of the ubiquitous typeface.
The pretentious designers’ discussions about the beauty and downfall of Helvetica are almost lyrical. But that’s what one would expect from any art type. The impressive feat of this film was that it incorporated a touch of drama while discussing the development of a typeface.