If you’re going to use samples in your next hip hop hit, you’re going to need to find the right songs to sample. Going out to your local record store to hit the crates can unearth the gem that you need to take your songwriting to the next level. Here are some tips to help you find that diamond of a sample!
Follow the Pros
If a musician you love has sampled a particular artist, there’s a good chance there are more hot breaks that you can use in your own music. In the same way, pay attention to the producers of hits you already like. These producers may have gems with other musicians that you may not have discovered yet.
Use Your Resources
The internet has given us tons of resources for crate digging that we can carry in our pocket through smartphones. Online databases of samples, Wikipedia, and Youtube are all fantastic resources that can help you find that sample.
Make Friends with Other Crate Diggers
Crate digging is usually seen as a solitary and very secretive pursuit. However, making friends with other diggers can help expand your knowledge and perhaps turn you on to other breaks and samples. You and your friends can bounce ideas off of each other, and you can keep each other informed of new digging spots.
Buy a Portable Turntable
This is a purchase that will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. You can avoid purchasing worthless records by listening to them first. Sometimes you may even find yourself buying records you might have passed over without the ability to hear them first!
Develop Your Love of Music
Having a true love of a music and an open ear is the single most important way to make your crate digging adventures better. You’ll be able to identify musicians and their own musical style and utilize their works in many different ways when constructing your own songs. Don’t just hit the hip-hop and soul sections! Cultivating a love of music will make your songs much better and perhaps lead you to become an artist that other crate diggers will soon try to find for their own work!
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