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

Overview

Despite having created one of the most important musical cultures of the last fifty years, hip-hop composers who use digital sampling are rarely taken seriously as artists. But hip-hop deejays and producers have collectively developed an artistic system that features a complex aesthetic, a detailed array of social protocols, a rigorous set of ethical expectations and a rich historical consciousness.

Based on ten years of research among hip-hop producers, Making Beats is the ...

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Overview

Despite having created one of the most important musical cultures of the last fifty years, hip-hop composers who use digital sampling are rarely taken seriously as artists. But hip-hop deejays and producers have collectively developed an artistic system that features a complex aesthetic, a detailed array of social protocols, a rigorous set of ethical expectations and a rich historical consciousness.

Based on ten years of research among hip-hop producers, Making Beats is the first work of scholarship to explore the goals, methods and values of this surprisingly insular community. Focusing on a variety of subjects—from hip-hop artists’ pedagogical methods to the Afro-diasporic 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.

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What People Are Saying

Mark Anthony Neal
"Making Beats is a leap into the future of hip-hop studies. The book should be required reading for scholars and serious fans of hip-hop music and culture."
Mark Anthony Neal, author of Songs in the Key of Black Life
Mark Anthony Neal
“Making Beats is a leap into the future of hip-hop studies. The book should be required reading for scholars and serious fans of hip-hop music and culture.”
Cheryl L. Keyes
“Venturing in one of the most understudied areas of rap music, Making Beats is surely a comprehensive guide and a must read for serious students of hip hop and popular music studies.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819566966
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Series: Music Culture
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 831,036
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH G. SCHLOSS is Lecturer in Music at Tufts University. He received the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Charles Seeger Prize in 2000, and his writing has appeared in URB, The Seattle Weekly, The Flavor and the anthology Classic Material. He lives in Brooklyn.
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Table of Contents

“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
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