This video is amazing. It analyzes how a relatively unknown break at the time morphed into one of the most sampled beats ever and dives into sampling in today’s music world. I feel twice as smart as I did before I watched this. Here’s a brief synopsis from the site LifeSignsProject:
The most famous loop af all time. The “Amen Break” is a six-second drum sample from the b-side of the chart-topping single from The Winstons in 1969. This sample was used extensively in early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the basis for drum-and-bass and jungle music.
The following video does an amazing job of “breaking” down just how important this 6 second sample is in the context of music to follow.