With production credits from the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and dozens more Hip Hop icons, Buckwild is one of Hip Hop’s most prolific and acclaimed producers. Now, in a recent interview with Gasface, the D.I.T.C. beatsmith recalls his early production career.
Buckwild recalled the secretive nature of sampling in the ’90s and every producer’s desire to find the rarest sample. He said that while he would horde samples – even buying 25 copies of a single Dorothy Ashby record – he would always trade vinyl records with his D.I.T.C. partners Lord Finesse, Showbiz and Diamond D.
“Back then, sampling was secrecy and it was like who had the hottest sample – the Holy Grail, the rarest sample,” he said. “My biggest [find] was going [to] Chicago to see No I.D. with VIC, we went digging and I found a box of Dorothy Ashby [records]. It was [The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby], the one with the rug. I found like, 25 sealed copies, so I took them back to the Roosevelt and sold them for $250 a pop. I gave some away – I gave Finesse one, I think I gave Diamond one, I’m not sure, I think I gave Showbiz one. I gave away a few to my friends, and the rest I took them to the convention and traded them.”
He continued, “We always shared; if I had a beat that I didn’t like, I could go to Finesse’s house and we would something called a junk pile. That’s something that might not be hot to him, but it might be hot to me, so I might rummage through his junk pile, and he might come to my house and rummage through my junk pile. He might find something with that and the same thing, or if he had a record that he wanted to flip, we might do the same thing.”
Check out the full interview below.