Madlib, you get the gas face for asking Kevin Nottingham to take down the Madvilliany sample set. Anytime I listen to anything having to do with underground rappers and backpackers, it's always on some "today's Hip-Hop fan has no idea about its roots", and that the kids of today are uneducated. Thing of it is, your job is then to teach these niggas what time it is. In terms of Hip-Hop production, one of the cornerstones (if not THE cornerstone) is the use of samples to weave new tapestries. How can you sit there and seriously consider sample sets as a threat to Hip-Hop?
If it wasn't for sampling, not only would many fans not know about genres like Soul, classic R&B, Jazz, Reggae and others, but producers like yourself wouldn't be held in such high regard for the amazing things you DO with samples. It goes back to the black tape on the vinyl labels. DJs trying to keep their tools secret, which I can understand. And I appreciate. What I don't do is agree that someone trying to educate the masses on the originals that you flipped is somehow stopping your money. There's already been a Madvilliany, which has been critically acclaimed out the wazoo. And what, do you think no one else in the world can sample what you used? How many times have we heard the Amen break, or the Apache, or Tighten Up. These basic breaks ARE Hip-Hop, and the beauty of this music is the ability to flip known sources and make them yours and unique. If someone were to bite samples and try to recreate gems, that's something the public would sort out (i.e. bashing and annexing these bitches out of the scene). But to stop soemone from a) praising you and b) shining light? Fuck off for that shit.
You lost a lil' bit of shine in my eyes, nigga. S'all good, though. KEEP THE SAMPLE SETS ALIVE!