I really need to get some things straight here. Sometimes my knowledge on a subject SEEMS okay, but I really want to solidify it. This is one of those times:
Given the current state of sampling (see below for links), just how taboo/faux pas is it to post sample sources on the web? The problem is that I want to be comprehensive on my website, and a LOT of the people coming into my lyrics site from Google are running searches like "acid raindrops sample", "july 3rd samples", etc.
Not that I necessarily want to appease these people, but... they've got stuff out there like whosampled.com and other sites (h3ll, even wikipedia is listing samples for some albums now... check out the Low End Theory page...), so some sample usages are sorta entering the realm of common knowledge now. "Lay Lady Lay" for Acid Raindrops, for example.
Personally, I think people should be finding out about these sources for themselves and/or from their friends at a rate that still allows for excitement when a new one is discovered... so if I put it all out there on my site, it would ruin the mystery... BUT it might make for a more comprehensive site...
...what are your thoughts?
It would be really cool if I could hear from the homies in PUTS about this (can you get the word to them, SF Knight?)
And finally, here is what I put on the "About This Site" part of my page:
"You will not, unfortunately, find out what samples were used for People Under The Stairs tracks on this website. This isn't really my choice. At home, I actually have a fairly extensive list of samples that People Under The Stairs have used. I think it would be cool if, someday, sample clearance laws in this country change, and I were free to post said list. For the time being, though...
Sampling is a touchy subject. Some artists are okay with their music being used for a hip-hop track. Some have let their copyright to certain pieces of music expire, so that music is fair game. Some artists, however, are against having their music used in any fashion. While it's true that eventually an artist may discover that an un-cleared sample of their music was used by a DJ, there's no reason to expedite the process by posting it out for all to see.
Also, part of the "fun" of hip hop is in the discovery. If it was laid out for all to see immediately, I'm not sure the journey to find the sample would be as much fun. I'm fairly sure P.U.T.S. agrees with me on this one, and I believe I remember Thes saying once that he did not want sample lists out there.
Anyway, I'm sorry if you disagree with me on this, but I hope you still enjoy the site."