The Imitation Game – Sampling In Hip-Hop

Growing up, I had always assumed that artists wrote, produced, and performed all of their music. It never occurred to me that an artist would sing a song that he or she didn’t write themselves. Up until eighth grade, I listened exclusively to a roster of sugar-sweet pop stars, which made my comprehension of the musical universe, well, interesting. Don’t get me wrong – my mother introduced me to all kinds of good music as a kid – Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen to name a few – it’s just that at the end of the day, I wound up belting the Hannah Montana soundtrack instead.

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