So, as I'm sure many of you are, I'm getting sick of sampling in pop music.
Let me clarify, I don't really have a problem with sampling itself, since some of the songs are actually kind of clever re-interpretations of the original song. My problem is with the credit given, or lack thereof, to the original artist.
My thoughts are, if you're going to sample the hook from another song and use it as the hook in your song, it's not your song. Ideally, it should be given credit to the original artist, and you get credit as a "remixer". I've heard some really cool remixes that barely sound like, but are clearly built around the original song. The problem with these hip hop artists that are doing it, is they're taking 100% of the credit, and 90% of people never find out that it samples something else, or who wrote the original. If you like the song enough to remix it into your own song, give credit to the original songwriter/performer. By all means, take credit for re-imagining it, but give credit to who inspired it, and whose performance you're using.
The final straw for me:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBI3lc18k8Q]YouTube - Jason Derulo - Whatcha Say - Official Video[/VIDEO]
Which, to any Imogen Heap fans, is obviously a remix of this song:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32uLBL9o-Pc]YouTube - Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek[/VIDEO]
It's a clever remix, and is catchy, and has caught on like the plague. But would it have hurt sales to put "featuring Imogen Heap" in title somewhere? The original song was released in 2005, which isn't that long ago. Maybe even a new record for how recent of a song was used for one of these hip-hop, hook-steal songs.
Not to mention Imogen Heap can actually sing, really well, and this Jason Derulo guy clearly relies on the crappy autotune effect everyone's using to turn themselves into instant stars.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay8fE6B_a0g]YouTube - Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek - Live at Fearless Music[/VIDEO]
I LOVE Imogen Heap and the guy can go fuck himself. He ruined a great song!