How to use samples in your music with legal permission

“Music sampling refers to the process by which a musician or record producer uses a portion of an existing song in a brand new recording, looping it and layering it with new music in a new context.” (MasterClass, 2022) Hip Hop has been the music genre which has most frequently used music samples since the 1980's but over time the use of this tool has become more and more frequent in genres such as Latin, Pop and R&B. In fact, between 15 and 25% of the most popular songs listed on Billboard contain samples and 83% of top producers have released music containing samples during their careers. World-renowned artists such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Lil-Nas, Doja Cat, Drake and many more, have used samples in their most popular songs. While some of them did use them legally, many did not. Numerous artists use samples unintentionally and if intentionally, don’t utilize them legally because they think they can save paperwork and money. The truth is that the process of using a sample legally is simple, cost-effective and will avoid legal problems. Here you will find all you need to...