On Wednesday night at the A3C Conference in Atlanta, Tracklib will announce a deal with the estate of soul legend Isaac Hayes to offer a select group of 20 unreleased songs on the site’s catalog. These tracks have never been released publicly, and, thus, represent a landmark catalog acquisition for Tracklib and a new way of mining the vaults for the Isaac Hayes estate. Now producers and artists can access this goldmine of previously unheard material, sample from it, and make new music.
Isaac Hayes III, son of the legend and manager of his estate, said
that his father was “with it” when it came to sampling, which explains
why he is one of the most sampled artists ever. Before his death, Hayes
befriended key producers, including the RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan.
Samples of Hayes’s material have always been part of soul and hip hop’s
backbone, including recent hits like Alessia Cara’s “Here,” Kanye West’s “30 Hours,” and “6 Inch” by Beyonce.
The chance for aspiring producers to have access to this material,
and to clear the samples easily and legally on the Tracklib platform
itself, makes this a rare opportunity for hip hop heads to go back to
their roots. Hayes III longs to see his father’s legacy grow beyond
repackaging or re-releases of material that is already, deservedly,
classic. The songs being released are all multi-tracked, meaning there
is a lot of material to play with here.
Tracklib and Isaac Hayess III have previewed the material for a
number of key producers in the sampling world, and the response has been
excitement verging on chomping at the bit to get their hands on this
material. Erick Sermon, Prince Paul, Drumma Boy, Jazee Pha, and
Organized Noise have all heard the tracks and are anxiously
anticipating getting to work with them.
Tracklib’s success within the hip-hop and producer communities made
it a natural new home for these unreleased tracks, as they have had a
recent string of high-profile releases made with samples from the
Tracklib catalog, including DJ Khaled, Mary J. Blige, and Brockhampton. Hayes III admitted Tracklib was on his radar for a long time, but their recent success with J. Cole’s “Middle Child” was the one that grabbed his attention and helped to seal the deal.
Hayes III concluded that he is “really excited for today’s producers
all around the world to get their hands on these unreleased Isaac Hayes
samples and continue his musical legacy, to create new records, new
sounds, new ideas.” With this deal with Tracklib, that goal is within
reach, and aspiring producers and fans of hip hop and soul will be all
the better for it.
Tracklib is the world’s first and only music service that offers
legal and affordable samples at scale. Music producers can easily browse
more than 100,000 tracks and purchase downloads for sampling, then
instantly get a license with an easy-to-use category and and sample
length calculation. Tracklib samples have been in hits by J. Cole, DJ
Khaled, and many others.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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