Sample Stories with Bob James

Have you ever asked yourself, ‘where would Hip-Hop be without Bob James’? You probably should. The man’s work has been sampled on countless Rap recordings throughout the years, providing a foundation on which resourceful Hip-Hop producers built legendary records. From N.W.A to PM Dawn, Run DMC to Jay-Z, there aren’t too many artists out there that haven’t borrowed from Bob’s catalog. Although he’s come to terms with his influence on the genre, his relationship with Hip-Hop wasn’t always on the best terms.

In this first installment of our #SampleStories series, we spoke with James about his own influences, his desire to break new ground in Jazz, the lawsuit he filed against DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince over the unauthorized use of his song “Westchester Lady”, his relationship with Rob Swift and much more. Of course, he also breaks down the creation of one of his most well known recordings, the highly influential “Nautilus”.

Click here to read Sample Stories with Bob James

Previously: In The Lab with Pete Rock | In The Lab with Roc Marciano


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13 Responses to “Sample Stories with Bob James”

  1. Danny Ocean Says:

    yo…

    that Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar collaboration “Nosestaliga” is kinda sorta incredible

  2. Cypher Says:

    This new Aubrey…

    I want my bandwidth back.

    Straight Emoticon music…

  3. TS-LTE Says:

    Yup.

    Aubrey <<<<<<

    SN- only people I've ever known who had the name Audrey were women.

    Son is the rap game's Frank Ocean.

  4. TS-LTE Says:

    Was waiting for homie to start rappin’, “Mercedes in a row. Winding down the road. I hope this white skin don’t smear this black Tuxeedddoooooo”

  5. spirit equality Says:

    If you downloaded a Drake album in 2013 and didn’t know what to expect, you don’t deserve to own a computer.

    I feel like NWTS is the closest he’s come to So Far Gone, personally, as a complete sonic package. If you ever liked Drake, his new album is the one to buy.

  6. TS-LTE Says:

    If you downloaded a Drake album in 2013 and didn’t know what to expect, you don’t deserve to own a computer.

    ^

    ……k

  7. Cypher Says:

    This new Aubrey the worst yet nigga on a downward spiral.

    Each release worst then the last.

    Music to tend gardens and make origami too

  8. Dr. $ Says:

    Drake the new Missy

  9. Keebler Says:

    This samplestories content is some really good stuff. Looking forward to more.

  10. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Honest Cowboy is one gay album name

  11. PastorKerneyThomas Miwacles Says:

    Willie The Kid – Aquamarine >>>>>>NWTS

    it is yung owls best album tho. He didn’t go all the way fairy wit it

    Waitin on this ios7 to drop while at work tho <<<<

  12. pax Says:

    2nd album from bob james was my favorite.. farandole is the shit, still hasnt been done justice sample wise

  13. Belize Says:

    aye u old eskay nigga

    good write up..keep em coming

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