Has Hiphop and Sampling Killed Music?

a wonderfully written blog post, that should be turned into a newspaper or magazine article.

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It’s gotten to the point when I hear a new record that I dig — which is rare — my first thought is, “I wonder where they stole this from?” It’s really a shame that it has to be a point of consideration, but given the growing climate of musical plagiarism these days, it’s a valid concern.

What’s Really Going On Here?

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As usual, I pissed some folks off with my last two posts about the Robin Thicke sues Marvin Gaye thing. See? Just to see that in print doesn’t feel right in my body. How the hell you gon’ sue an ancestor that you straight-up swaggerjacked? Though T.I. and Pharrell are involved in the claim, I directed most of my criticism towards Thicke because it’s his record and he stands to benefit the most from all of the publicity. It’s already the most listened to song on the radio…

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Bill Cosby’s Thoughts On The #BAM Movement

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In a recent interview Richard Scheinin asked Bill Cosby the
following (even though I’m not on a campaign to get rid of the word “JAZZ”):

Richard Scheinin: Trumpeter Nicholas Payton has a campaign to get rid of the word “jazz,” and replace it with “Black American Music, or BAM.” What do you think of that?

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Cosby: I think that’s a wonderful idea. Since the Caucasian publications of European classical music refuse to identify that they’re talking about Caucasian people in Europe — they call it “classical,” in the sense of the world. So it’s like Major League Baseball: “And the Yankees are the World Champions!” (They) didn’t play Japan. They didn’t play Cuba. They didn’t play Puerto Rico.

OK, so this is a wonderful idea that Nicholas Payton has — and Max Roach said it, too. And Art Blakey said it, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk said it. I just wish they would all stay with it so that, when I’m listening to WBGO, they…

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