“Following “The Payoff Mix,” also known as “Lesson 1,”
Steinski and Double Dee (as they dubbed themselves) assembled their
second piece, “Lesson 2 (James Brown Mix)” – the second in their highly
influential trio of hip-hop history lessons. A modern listener will
recognize most of the samples in this one, with everyone from Pop Will
Eat Itself to Missy Elliott copping them in the years since. “Lesson 3
(History of Hip Hop),” from 1986, rolls up jazz, funk, films and sound
effects into a rowdy, insane collection of beats and chopped-up songs.
These three mixes came to be known as “The Lessons,” and have been inspirational to countless bands since then, though the songs themselves have remained somewhat shadowy in great part due to the legal concerns. With literally a hundred samples or more each, getting clearance is probably impossible. These works of genius are living examples of the problems with existing copyright laws, and, since their release, have been more or less impossible to purchase. But that hasn’t stopped them from spreading and inspiring artists like Coldcut, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist.” – Dusted Magazine
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