Pete Rock Talks The Art Of Sampling, Names His Three Favorite Productions

The veteran producer explains how the game has changed in regards to digging in the crates.

Pete Rock has etched his name in the Hip Hop books with classic records, some featuring samples mined from obscure records. Speaking with Vlad TV, the veteran producer explained how sampling has evolved over the years and how he prefers to dig for obscure samples over ones from big name artists.

“The game got screwed up a long time ago in sampling when they caught Biz Markie out there sampling Gilbert O’Sullivan. He was still around, he didn’t want his music sampled by any rappers whatsoever. That’s when the domino effect started with the sampling,” he said. “But I want to say this too. In today’s hip-hop, you got these cats that use familiar folks. Like, big artists and sample their music. You askin’ for trouble when you do that. Me, I always liked the obscure music. Stuff that people don’t know about. It’s out there.”

Naming his three favorite productions as Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s “T.R.O.Y.,” Public Enemy’s “Shut ‘Em Down (Remix)” and Nas’ “The World is Yours,” PR bigged up Large Professor for his sample-mining skills.

“Large Professor, definitely. The utmost respect when it comes to digging. He definitely intrigued me to how to get it in. We have plenty of fun digging together,” he explained, sharing his love for records. “I like the grit of a vinyl. A vinyl record. There’s just something so hip-hop about that.”

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24 Comments

  • oskamadison

    Sample beats, trap beats, whatever. As long as it's bangin' who cares? Me personally, I lean more towards sampled joints due to the era I came up in, which includes classic soul, the stuff that most of us were listening to before we even knew what Hip-Hop was. There's cats that can get it in with samples and with keyboards like Dilla (RIP), RZA, Jake One, Dr. Dre (a replayed sample is still a sample regardless. see "The Next Episode", "Nas Is Comin'","What's My Name?", etc.) By the way, one of the best "trap" producers be gettin' a little dust on his fingers too in case you don't realize it: DJ Toomp.

  • ATL

    ny niggas still keep vinyls in milk crates n shit lol while everybody want a trap beat any one can loop a sample j dilla is wack as fuck so is pete rock

    • NY

      Just because you want those beats without sampling doesn't mean everyone else doesn't. Hip hop needs sampling it requires more focus on the beats and it's pretty evident that without sampling the beats get watered down to the point that you can make a beat in like 5 minutes and have it get radio play.

    • no

      not really bo, jus ignorant trap niggas like u, I CANT UNDERSTAND U jiggabo jibberish

    • hellrazor

      ignorance is bliss for the "trappers", their fuckin followers & the pseudo-producers. trap music is garbage

  • fuck trap

    Trap beats are the biggest bullshit ever!!! Sampled beats are the best!!!!!!

  • TAYLORD

    TRAP BEATS 100% MORE RESPECTABLE, AND 100% MORE ORGANIC. BUT OFCOURSE A DUMB NEW YORK NIGGA THINKS BUYING A VINYL = SAMPLING RIGHTS AND LEGALLY AND CREATIVELY OK. GO PICK UP A PIANO BOOK OR UPRIGHT JAZZ BASS TUTORIAL BROOKLYN ASS CORNER STORE ASS NIGGA

    • TAYLORD=GAYLORD

      bitch nigga the only keboard u touch is ur computer faggot!

    • Phil

      Looks like you're by yourself LOL..."organic" beats coming from a KEYBOARD when cats sample REAL instruments, what kind of ass-backwards logic is that, what a quaint little joke you are.

  • insanemacbeth

    'THE GAME', f/ GHOSTFACE, RAEKWON & PRODIGY is my personal favourite PETE ROCK production.

  • Quasimoto

    Pete, please release more unreleased Sp-1200 beats/remixes/songs!

  • Whiterthanmost

    Timeless songs, producer, and art. Thanks Pete!

  • Atl

    Trap Beats >>>>>> Sampled beats i like sample based beats but trap shit is harder

  • Almar

    T.R.O.Y. Is One Of The Greatest Beats Ever.

  • Anonymous

    Beats with samples are the best ones. Gimme Yours and Rather Unique were dope as fuck, too.

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ Gilbert O’Sullivan. Would have made more money allowing samples. get ya peanuts kid. lol

  • Onaje Jordan

    i love sample based beats

  • inspirmentalist

    one of the reasons why i collect vinyl today. one of my favorite producers. definitely gotta check out his new album with smif & wesson

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