The sixth episode of Soundbreaking looks at a musical revolution that was not only inspired by recording but born from its history: the art of sampling––a kind of musical equivalent of Adam’s rib.  Beginning with the pioneers of hip hop (Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, Rick Rubin), the episode tracks the way in which the practice of borrowing fragments from existing records created a new genre––a potent musical form that emerged from the margins, up-ended the establishment, and set in motion a controversy over copyright that has yet to be resolved.

Featured Stories/Artists:

  • The rise of hip hop in the Bronx
  • Run-DMC and the first rap/rock single, “Walk this Way”, a collaboration with Aerosmith
  • The rise of Public Enemy
  • The Beastie Boys come on the scene

Song List

  • 1. It’s Nasty (Genius of Love) – Grandmaster Flash
  • 2. Me, Myself, and I – De La Soul
  • 3. Stronger – Kanye West
  • 4. Always into Somethin’ – NWA
  • 5. Soul Finger – The Bar Kays
  • 6. I Can’t Quit You Baby – Otis Rush
  • 7. Play on Mr. Music – Lee “Scratch” Perry
  • 8. Space Cowboy – Jonzun Crew
  • 9. It’s a New Day – James Brown
  • 10. Funky Drummer – James Brown
  • 11. Good Times – Chic
  • 12. Rapper’s Delight – Sugar Hill Gang
  • 13. Rapture – Blondie
  • 14. Trans Europe Express – Kraftwerk
  • 15. Planet Rock – Afrika Bambaataa
  • 16. Renegades of Funk – Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force
  • 17. Run’s House – Run DMC
  • 18. King of Rock – Run DMC
  • 19. Walk this Way – Aerosmith
  • 20. Walk this Way – Run DMC (with Aerosmith)
  • 21. Bring the Pain – Method Man
  • 22. The Bridge – MC Shan
  • 23. Don’t Believe The Hype – Public Enemy
  • 24. Rebel Without A Pause – Public Enemy
  • 25. Bring the Noise – Public Enemy
  • 26. Fight the Power – Public Enemy
  • 27. No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
  • 28. Fight For Your Right to Party – Beastie Boys
  • 29. Slow and Low – Beastie Boys
  • 30. Shadrach – Beastie Boys
  • 31. Shake Your Rump – Beastie Boys
  • 32. Just A Friend – Biz Markie
  • 33. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy/Faith Evans
  • 34. C.R.E.A.M – Wu Tang Clan
  • 35. The Way We Were – Gladys Knight
  • 36. Can It Be All So Simple – Wu Tang Clan
  • 37. Where It’s At – Beck
  • 38. Still Not a Player – Big Pun
  • 39. The Way – Ariana Grande
  • 40. I’ve Seen It All – Bjork (Dancer in the Dark Soundtrack)
  • 41. Lost in The World – Kanye West