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Using Your Composite Idea as a Guide to Capture the Essence and Feel You Envision By AMIR SAID (SA'ID) Eight years ago, my father died. He was the first person to introduce me to music... Because of his interest in "hi-fidelity" stereo systems, premium speakers, and recording equipment in general,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Art of Sampling
First-Hand Experience with and Homage to Black American Music Tradition was Part of the Secret to Elvis' Success, Not Culture-Vulture Style Appropriation By AMIR SAID (SA'ID) For the better part of the last 15 years, I've encountered people who either adore Elvis or hate him. This has always struck me... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Art of Sampling
Poly-Sample Sound Collage Laced with Agreeable Rhythms By AMIR SAID (SA'ID) James Brown’s album Black Caesar (the sound track to the motion picture Black Caesar) is a staple in many DJs and beatmakers record collections. (I have three copies of this album myself). And no matter how many times I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Art of Sampling
The Gateway Record for My Path to Deeper Diggin' By AMIR SAID (SA'ID) Gwen McCrae Just as there are gateway beat machines and beatmaking tools, there are also gateway diggin' records. Gwen McCrae's "90% of Me is You" served as such a song for me. Before I heard this record,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Art of Sampling
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Posted 6 days ago at The Art of Sampling
Organized Noise is in my top 50; I have respect for them and I dig their music. I'm glad you appreciate the BeatTips Top 30. It's good to revisit pivotal music. And for people who have no knowledge of some of this music, it's great that the BeatTips Top 30 can serve as a gateway for them. —Sa'id
Blues, Soul By AMIR ALI SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Sidney Pinchback and the Schiller Street Gang – “Soul Strokes” --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Source Material
Funk, Soul By AMIR ALI SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Marva Whitney – “What Do I Have to Prove My Love to You” --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Source Material
Rock, Soul By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Christine Perfect - "I'm On My Way" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Source Material
Rhythm and Blues, Soul By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Nate Evans - "Pardon My Innocent Heart" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Source Material
Soul By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Al Green - "I'm a Ram" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Source Material
Funk By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. John Roberts - "Sophisticated Funk" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Source Material
Jazz Fusion, Soul Jazz; Drums/Drum Break at 3:36 - 3:58 Mark By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Maceo Parker - "Southwick" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Source Material
Funk, Soul By AMIR SAID Open bongos in the intro. The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. The Boris Gardiner Happening - "Ghetto Funk" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Source Material
Thanks, Bing! Regarding Kanye, actually he did not do the Beyoncé silent album release first — or at all for that matter. The release date for 'Yeezus' was announced (well) in advance; it was common knowledge that he was working on the album; the artwork and track listings were released ahead of the album release; he debuted a video/song from the album on building walls across the world, AND he performed live on Saturday Night Live ahead of his release; there were even published reports of Rick Rubin coming into strip down the sound of the album before it was released. All of that is certainly not "hush, hush." What Beyoncé did is truly historic for a recording artist of her stature. As for R & B having a better chance of staying hidden (over hip hop), I don't agree with that. Both genres receive ample coverage, often in different ways. Plus, the ability to keep a release secret doesn't automatically improve with the genre. Keep in mind how DIFFICULT it had to be for Beyoncé to keep things secret. The assembly of the product (tracks and videos) itself and the delivery and setup of the product to the chain of distribution, i.e. iTunes, would ordinarily make it impossible for her to keep such a project a secret. But she did! I'm in awe how they were able to keep things under wraps. What it really comes down to, no matter the genre, is the individual artist's will and ability to be discrete. —Sa'id
I Dare You Not to Be Moved By the Intro By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Albert King - "I'll Play the Blues for You" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Source Material
Mid-Tempo Soul, a Lesson In Bouncing Rhythm By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Emma Franklin - "You've Been Canceled" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Source Material
A Soul Ballad Essential from Soul Brother #1 By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. James Brown - "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" (most commonly heard version) James Brown - "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" (Original) --- The Art... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Source Material
A Sure-Shot Staple from One of Detroit's Greatest Soul Men By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Dennis Coffey - "I Bet Ya" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Source Material
The Night “Otis” Leaked, Twitter Hashtag Replies Revealed Something Alarming About the Nature of Today's Beat Critiques By AMIR SAID (SA'ID) As the Jay-Z/Kanye West song “Otis” leaked and bulldozed its way to trending topic status on Twitter last year, I was surprised (well, actually not really) by the level... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at The Art of Sampling Blog
Masters of Social Commentary and Soul By AMIR SAID Very few combined social commentary with soul wrenching rhythm and melodies quite like Curtis Mayfield. "Choice of Colors" is from The Impressions' later catalog, shortly before Curtis Mayfield moved on to his solo career. While it still echoes the vocal harmonies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Source Material
A Staple From One of Kool & the Gang's Greatest Albums By AMIR SAID The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Kool & The Gang - "Funky Stuff" --- The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (Sa'id). Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Source Material
A Lesson in Shuffling By AMIR SAID "Strawberry Letter 23," by The Brothers Johnson, sits in that neverworld, shuffling tempo that automatically makes you feel good. A drawling drum arrangement, hypnotic guitar work, and velvet vocals makes "Strawberry Letter 23" one of the most recognizable hit songs of the 1970s.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Source Material
Drums at the 1:05 and 2:10 Marks By AMIR SAID While the rhythm and groove is something that you'll dig, it's the drums you want to pay extra special attention to. The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship. Sly and The Family Stone –... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Source Material
Musical Borrowing Gone Right By AMIR SAID Years of diggin' in the crates and studying different kinds of records have taught me a number of different things. And when it comes to understanding arrangement and basic drum rhythms, or spotting (often) overlooked jewels for sampling, slow soul songs have always... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Source Material