Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop

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Based on ten years of research among hip-hop producers, Making Beats was the first work of scholarship to explore the goals, methods, and values of a surprisingly insular community. Focusing on a variety of subjects—from hip-hop artists’ pedagogical methods to the Afrodiasporic roots of the sampling process to the social significance of “digging” for rare records—Joseph G. Schloss examines the way hip-hop artists have managed to create a form of expression that reflects their creative aspirations, moral beliefs, ...

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Based on ten years of research among hip-hop producers, Making Beats was the first work of scholarship to explore the goals, methods, and values of a surprisingly insular community. Focusing on a variety of subjects—from hip-hop artists’ pedagogical methods to the Afrodiasporic roots of the sampling process to the social significance of “digging” for rare records—Joseph G. Schloss examines the way hip-hop artists have managed to create a form of expression that reflects their creative aspirations, moral beliefs, political values, and cultural realities. This second edition of the book includes a new foreword by Jeff Chang and a new afterword by the author.

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“The best thing about Making Beats is its assiduous in-depth coverage of the topic. The breadth of Schloss’s work is remarkable.”—Philip Ewell, Popular Music
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819566966
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Series: Music Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH G. SCHLOSS is an adjunct associate professor of Black and Latino studies and sociology at City University of New York. He is the author of Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York. His writing has appeared in URB, Vibe, The Seattle Weekly, The Flavor, and the anthologies Classic Material and Total Chaos. JEFF CHANG is the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts + Committee on Black Performing Arts at Stanford University. He is the author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, winner of the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeff Chang
“It’s about playing records”: History
“It just doesn’t sound authentic”: Live Instrumentation vs. Hip-Hop Purism
Materials and Inspiration: Digging in the Crates
Sampling Ethics
Elements of Style: Aesthetics of Hip-Hop Composition
The Outer Circle: From Samplers to Ears
Interviews by Author
Discography
Afterword

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