Jackin’ 4 Beats
I got a few e-mails the other day about the criticism Puff & The Hitmen received because of the Bad Boy sound.
I know sampling is a norm in popular music, but Puff really was “taking hits from the 80’s” and making hits.
Some critics & artists viewed it as lazy. On the other hand, some producers still take hit records, loop them and make hits that way. Is that cheating?
Personally, I’ve always thought it’s more strategic than it seems. (Plus records like Can’t You See never get old to me)
I followed this case very closely because Puff would’ve been able to win the case. This would’ve been a historic moment in music as it would have made sampling other artists without permission legal because of fair use.
Puff lost the case – as a result it made me wonder if they lost on purpose.
Imagine if you were to sample a hit record – Lady Gaga for example. You looped up Just Dance and rhymed over it, put some money behind the radio & video promotion of the single, did respectable numbers.
Madd Rapper – Thug Dance – Billboard Number 1 ? (I apologize for this example!)
In my opinion, having sampling remain a headache, gives people like Puff a competitive advantage over would be rivals.
They can afford to sample a record at a loss because the video will still be heavily promoted, his company, brand and artists will still be on BET, MTV, Hot 97. It acts more as a commercial then a record.
For example, when Bad Boy sampled The Police – Every Breath You Take, all publishing went to Sting & The Police. However, he sold millions of copies of I’ll Be Missing You, which helped to launch his rap career.
Bad Boy – Jackin 4 Beats: (I am aware some of the sampled records such as It’s Funky Enough also contain samples)