In the past year there’s been a lot of songs that sample other songs. With songs like “Goodbye” by Kristinia DeBarge and basically every song Flo Rida has released in the past year, have made a visible impact on the charts. Sampling can sometimes lead to big legal issues, but for my debate on whether or not sampling music is a good or a bad thing I’m not going to pay attention to that stuff. I’m looking at the actually quality of the music.
Lately it seems as if raper Flo Rida has become the king of sampling. This year he has had two big hits with his songs “Right Round” and “Sugar”, both of their choruses sample other songs. The former turns pop classic “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive into a sleazy ode to pole dancing, while the later poorly uses a sample of the the song “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65. Both songs are great arguments for why people shouldn’t sample other songs in their own. Both manage to nearly ruin the songs they sample.
There are some songs though that use their sampling to the best of their ability. A good example of this would be Madonna’s “Hung Up”, which uses a sample of ABBA’s “Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! (A Man After Midnight”. Maybe the reason “Hung Up” works much better than the other songs I mentioned is because it only samples the song’s beat and not it’s lyrics, or maybe Madonna has more talent her pinky than in all of Flo Rida’s body.
I know these are only two arguments, but they are good cases for both sides. If anyone else has any examples please share and even if you don’t feel free to state your opinion on the matter. Personally I’m leaning more for the against, but if the producer, or songwriter if it’s sampling lyrics, can make it work then the results can be great. The key word here being IF.