Before copyright laws targeting the practice of sampling, it was free and open practice which laid the foundations of hip hop and all genres that emerged, including house and electronic.

Digging deep into the archives, we came across a short documentary from 1988 produced for Australian TV, which features the likes of Cold Cut, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Beastie Boys, and Ice T discussing the practice. In this balanced documentary, both the pros and cons of sampling are addressed, as well as much in depth insight into its birth and early philosophy.

So, give the beow video a watch and remember the days when music production was a bit simpler before Capitalism got its ruthless hands on another emerging expressive form of artistic creation.