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How Copyright Law Changes Hip Hop – An interview with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Hank Shocklee  

McLeod, Kembrew, Stay Free Magazine.

Public Enemy’s music production team, The Bomb Squad, talks about the creation of their 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, in which the rap group used hundreds of sampled song and sound fragments, inventing a completely original musical sound. Contrary to modern music production custom, Public Enemy did not get permission to use most of their samples until after the songs were completed. The change in the music industry standard toward gathering artist permissions to sample songs, affected Public Enemy more than any other group, forcing them to sacrifice their musical style of meshing thousands of individual sounds into one song and evolve into a softer sound featuring little to know sampling.

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