The “Amen Break” is the watershed groove that birthed hip-hop beats, jungle/rave beats, and many other current forms of sampling.  Here’s a 20-minute lecture on this important moment in drum history and it’s subsequent manipulations…

I don’t totally agree with his commentary on the UK usage of samplers as a “high brow” and “absurd” art form, as that UK stuff is super interesting/inspiring to me, and my main influence in the solo stuff I’m working on.

HT: Travis Faust

PS.  Some colorful language from NWA (surprise), so heads up there.