This is a good read from a blog post in the Guardian about that moment when you stumble across the source of a sample… The author of that posts epiphanies revolve around Massive Attack, but my sample epiphanies tend to be more in the realm of finding a sample to use, that I’ve never heard before & hopefully no one else has either, especially them & their lawyers!
I call it sample mining, but its more commonly known as digging in the crates & via the comments in that article above, a site that is well worth some of your downtime, especially if you love hip hop & the heritage of those beats, is Phil Most’s World of Beats – heres the introduction:
Volume 1: The Beginning
One of the least covered aspects of Hip Hop is an intriguing subculture in which obscure old records are dug up, dusted off, and put to use to create the backdrop for one of the most powerful forms of musical and social expression of the 20th century. Known as beat-finding or “diggin’ in the crates” (a term popularized by producers Showbiz, Diamond D and their crews), this is an important part of Hip Hop that even some of the most diehard rap fans don’t know about. Sure, you’ve heard about sampling and a certain handful of music makers from the ’70s that everybody has jacked for beats coutless times (James Brown, George Clinton, Sly & Family Stone and maybe a few others) but did you know that the dope beats on some of your best-loved jams might have come from records by The Monkees, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Three Dog Night, nightclub crooner Joe Williams, or even Jello pudding salesman Bill Cosby? Or movies and Broadway shows like “Hair”, “The Lost Man”, and “Death Wish”?