Big K.R.I.T. Speaks On Sampling

Since we have already started a topic that is based on the thought and use of samples in music I most certainly had to post this for all those that told me they really felt & enjoyed that piece. I hope it picks up where the other left off and keeps y’all entertained & educated regarding this regularly practiced yet extremely complex field.

Big K.R.I.T.

In a recent interview with US Rap News while on tour in France, the Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. spoke on several topics, but the one I found to be most interesting was the idea and practice of using samples in hip hop. In the interview K.R.I.T. talks about the convention of sampling both ideas & music & how its done on such a frequent basis and also discusses his opinion of whether or not sampling will remain prevalent in hip hop. Just listening to him talk about it, one can easily tell that an easy answer to the subject is hard to come by. One can also tell it is something that can be lucrative or expensive depending on how it’s done as well as far-reaching when it comes to the different genres of music employed, musicians & artists sampled, and generations from which they originated. Some of the answers he gives may surprise you, but there are still a number of things that can be learned about the theory of sampling from this sit down. And perhaps after viewing the video, you will be a bit more astute in delivering an argument either for or against it.

So enjoy the video, thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the other posts about sampling here at

– Supreme Soul

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6 Responses to Big K.R.I.T. Speaks On Sampling

  1. Tha Doc says:

    Great interview! I have no problem with sampling as long as it’s not overused or overly obvious (i.e.: P. Diddy in the 90s). I do prefer fresh production over a sample, but I also like hearing a sample used in a different way and not just taking a part of a song and looping it for three and a half minutes.

  2. politicalK says:

    Good explanation of sampling! He touched on mixtapes using sampling….Question: do you all like when other artists use known instrumentals for their songs or do you think it’s an overused practice?

    • Tha Doc says:

      I think that there is a fine line and it depends on the song. As KRIT mentioned, on mix tapes you normally have an artist rapping directly over someone else’s song. Depending on the song they can enhance it or they utterly fail. For example, there are certain classic songs that shouldn’t be sampled unless it is used correctly. Lil Wayne sampled OutKast’s “Jazzy Belle” on his song “P*ssy, Money, Weed.” Some people liked it, but I didn’t. That is a classic song and in my opinion, I didn’t think he did it justice at all. In fact, I believed that my ears were defiled by such blasphemy…ok not really, but you get the point. Now take the song B.M.F. by Rick Ross, I never got into it, but Lupe did a mixtape version called B.M.F. (Building Minds Faster) which I think is dope. So to go back to your question, if the artist sampling the record does the original song justice, or improves on it, then I am all for it.

    • Supreme Soul says:

      I think Tha Doc said it the best…as long as the song is improved upon or better as a whole in some way then I don’t really have a problem with it. But if it’s done over and over and each time the song is not that good or flat out horrible then I can do without. If you look hard enough on some of the mixtapes out there you will definitely find “some diamonds in the rough”…the issue is sifting through all the rough to begin with. Or you could just keep coming back here and we’ll tell you where to go! Just make sure you bring some friends with you!

      • politicalK says:

        @ThaDoc: I’ll have to check out that Lil’ Wayne song and compare the two. Thanks guys for your insight. I have so many questions but I’ll just wait for the next ‘class’.

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