• Paul's Boutique and Fear of a Black Planet: Digital Sampling and Musical Style in Hip Hop

    Author(s):
    Amanda Sewell (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Subject(s):
    Musicology, Hip-hop
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    musical borrowing, Hip Hop
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6DS0S
    Abstract:
    The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique (1989) and Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet (1990) often draw comparisons because of their profuse and eclectic use of digital sampling. These two hip hop albums, however, use sampling in markedly different ways, a fact that is obscured because no well-developed language exists to differentiate how and why their sampling styles differ. To account for these differences, this article proposes a typology for sample-based hip hop, a systematic terminological and conceptual approach to this repertory. Using these two classic albums by the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy as case studies, this typology offers a way to describe and distinguish in concrete terms the richly varied musical styles that make up sample-based hip hop.
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