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“Do the right thing” for a musician who has never seen royalties for the iconic sample.
The Amen break — the iconic loop that is at the foundation of hip-hop, jungle, drum’n’bass and beyond — is sampled from ‘Amen Brother’ by ’60s funk group The Winstons. However, despite its widespread use, the copyright holders of ‘Amen Brother’ have never received a penny for its use due to a variety of reasons (the statute of limitations, changing copyright laws, etc).
Back in 2011, BBC/1Xtra presenter Kutski tracked down copyright holder Richard L. Spencer, the lead vocalist and sax player for The Winstons and the arranger of ‘Amen Brother’, who said he would love for people to “do the right thing” and give a little something back for using the beat. (Gregory Coleman, the drummer who played the beat, never received any royalties and died homeless in 2006.)
give some cash:
This is a documentary some guy made about it
There is cool piece on Amen break from BBC Radio 1 Extra from a few years ago:
"Kutski explores the legacy of the Amen Break and tries to track down one of the original members of The Winstons to find out how he feels about creating the most influential 6 second break in music."
^ ^ you mean like this:
Wow, I never knew about this. I spend hours trying to emulate the great hip-hop loops like this on the drums. There is a reason this break became popular, it takes talent + thousands of hours of practicing. People can inherently hear it when you play and to think a bunch of rappers can steal your music just to rap over it (a skill that takes almost no talent) really pisses me off.
a dope gesture. good on anyone who ponies up some paper clams and tosses 'em at 'em. the jungle and hiphop communities should get up, get into it and get involved.
^ exactly, they have had almost £5k donated in 2 days... you would hope it shoots up a lot more - this break must have earn't millions and millions over the years for various artists
The beat that built Hip Hp
I love drum beats that can only be described with grunts and shouts.