Sample This – documentary

Sample This is a documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of Hip Hop music when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.

Everyone from Grandmaster Flash, the Beasty Boys to Nas has used it. But where did it actually come from — or better yet, who created it? In the documentary, “Sample This,” filmmaker Dan Forrer explains the mystery behind the most sampled record in hip-hop: “Apache” from The Incredible Bongo Band.

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On the streets of the Bronx in the summer of 1973, DJ Herc took the percussion breaks from an obscure album and extended them by playing them back to back. The song he used: “Apache” is considered the national anthem of hip hop and is one of the most sampled tracks in the history of the genre. “Sample This” tells the true story of how an unknown music producer and the greatest studio musicians of the 70’s entwined to create of one of the most influential albums in history.

Who knew a drum-centric tune from an obscured 70s album by a little-known instrumental group would play an important part in the birth of a new genre of music — not to mention the wedding entertainment industry. Check out the film’s trailer, but be warned: head bobbing will be a must!!.

Check out the trailer!!

 

 

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