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Here’s How Tory Lanez Cleared Every Sample on ‘Chixtape 5’

Tory Lanez’ fourth studio album, Chixtape 5, boasts 17 earworms built on the back of classic samples. As the fifth installment in the Chixtape series, Tory continues his trend of flipping old-school and iconic R&B samples. For those keeping score at home, this means bringing Chixtape 5 to DSPs …

Soul Samples Bring Out the Best in Your Favorite Rappers

Through the work of JAY-Z and Kanye West, Drake, and Young Thug, among countless others, young, naïve hip-hop fans across the globe have come to learn of the work of legendary artists such as Otis Redding (“Otis”), Lauryn Hill (“Nice For What”), and Elton John (“High”).  It’s through sampling …

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s ‘Bandana’ Sample Clearance Took “Almost a Year”

Bandana season is here, and it was hard won. The Freddie Gibbs and Madlib sophomore collaboration was not without its challenges. According to Keep Cool’s Tunji Balogun, the hardest part of getting the album to fans was the sample clearances. “I was scared because I thought [this album] was …