Sample Genealogy

Artists have been sampling each other’s music for a very long time. One of the most famous examples of one artist directly using an excerpt from another song is in Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby sampling Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie. Basically the entire baseline from Under Pressure is used throughout Ice Ice Baby. Since it is the baseline, it provides the basis for both songs. This is probably my favorite example of sampling in different songs because of Vanilla Ice trying to deny the use of the baseline from Under Pressure. He tried saying that it isn’t the same baseline because the one he uses in his song has an eighth note pick up into each bar. Even if there was an extra eighth note, it is still essentially the same exact baseline.




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