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)

In 2006, a judge ordered a removal of all copies of Ready To Die from stores because of an unauthorized sample being used. (The horn sample is almost unrecognizeable to most listeners.)

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)

Jackson 5 – I Want You Back (Bad Boy Remix) vs Black Moon – Who Got Da Props & Zapp – More Bounce To The Ounce

Puff Daddy ft Mase: Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down vs Grandmaster Flash – The Message

Puff Daddy ft R Kelly: Satisfy You vs The Luniz – I Got 5 On It

Puff Daddy ft Faith Evans & 112: I’ll Be Missing You vs The Police – Every Breath You Take

Ma$e – Feel So Good vs Kool & The Gang – Hollywood Swinging

Total: Can’t You See vs James Brown – The Payback

Shyne: That’s Gangsta vs The D.O.C – It’s Funky Enough

Puff Daddy ft Ma$e & Biggie: Been Around The World vs David Bowie – Let’s Dance

Mc Lyte ft Missy Elliott: Cold Rock A Party (Bad Boy Remix) vs Diana Ross – Upside Down

Biggie ft Ma$e & Puff Daddy: Mo Money, Mo Problems vs Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out

Puff Daddy: P.E 2000 vs Public Enemy – Public Enemy Number 1

Mario Winans ft Diddy: I Don’t Wanna Know vs The Fugees – Ready Or Not

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Posted on December 5, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Nitpicking– The Fugees sampled a song from Enya called, I think, “Orinoco Flow” for Ready Or Not.

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