View Full Version : The Art of Biting

08-26-2010, 06:27 PM
Everyone in hip hop is a biter......EVERYONE


Aight this is a long one (pause) so bear with me as I go in depth about how biting has always been and will always be a part of hip hop.

One of the (formerly?) biggest taboos in hip hop is biting. Whether itís a few lines, a flow, or an entire style or persona, swagger-jacking someone elseís shit will get you put on blast with the quickness. Well, at least it used to. More and more in hip hop we have come to accept biting someoneís shit so long as we either have no idea that itís being done, or if itís being done by someone who we consider better than the person theyíre biting. The obvious example of this is Jay-Z who has bitten basically every line (http://forums.projectcovo.com/archive/index.php/t-889055.html) thatís come out of Biggieís mouth (pause) and who continues to do so without all these clowns whoíll tell you that Biggie and Pac are the greatest of all time having any idea that heís doing it. Just check ďD.O.A.Ē again, do a google search if you need to, and surprise surprise, Hov stole some of Biggieís shit. But do we even really give a shit anymore? And honestly, wasnít hip hop essentially founded on the art of the biting?

Weíve all heard the story countless times but basically this whole genre of music was created by finding the best part of a track, looping it to death, and creating a new song out of it. At the end of the day, thatís biting. Yeah a producer might add their own drums and a bass line but the sample itself is a version of biting as youíre taking another artistís material and using it as your own. Look at a song like ďT.R.O.YĒ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiOcVWQY2bc), while we all love that track for the emotion C.L. Smooth pours out and for the tribute that it is, what really seals the deal is that beat, specifically that horn sample. Itís probably the most recognizable aspect of that song, which basically means that even though itís a Pete Rock beat with C.L. Smooth spitting, what we celebrate the most is the fact that Soul Brother #1 stole some hot shit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8kzLzNHkRw).

With the foundation for the beat consisting of biting other peoplesí shit, up next comes those tracks with cut samples for the hook. More popular with the underground crowd (although certainly noticeable (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuX_zwX3jPg) in the mainstream (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLqHe0IJ8E0) as well), cutting up other rappersí lines as your hook is a great way to find an instant audience for your track and to allow people to reminisce on some dope shit from the past (just like with the beat itself). This too is essentially biting as once again youíre stealing other peoplesí shit for your own material.

But where people get pissy is when it comes to the lyrics, unless youíre a casual fan, youíve probably caught at least one rapper biting someone elseís lines and using them without giving any type of head nod to the original rapper. Yeah Jay is guilty of it, Cam is guilty of it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OalfWs8NOLg), Iíd say Wayne is guilty of it but as we all know by now, he doesnít write his own shit (http://blip.tv/file/50844) anyway and heís as talented as Rihannaís hair dresser (http://belieber.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/screen-shot-2010-06-05-at-10-18-31-pm.png). What makes me laugh about the whole thing is that your average listener probably doesnít recognize or even care that rappers do this. In fact the shelf life for any sample these days is getting shorter and shorter. Ashanti dropped that joint (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUPrnu3BEU8&feature=av2e) that used the same sample as the old Biggie joint (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=132OAFRqoFI) and no one gave a fuck. That was years in between, but then Ja Rule and Smilez and Southstar used the same sample (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzg8Vm8rYrs) for tracks in the same year. And of course thereís the infamous Biggie jacking (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RVE_5NRS5k) from Snoop jacking (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8rGpHqM_q4) from Slick Rick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icBflcYZhpo) story. We forget shit real quick, so unless youíre a real crate digger that obsesses over the samples used in songs, you ainít gonna care if a sample is re-used cause to you itís still some new shit.

Now obviously thereís a difference between using the same sample as someone else and straight up stealing their lyrics and passing them off as your own, but in todayís rap world no one gives a shit who said what first or who steals what line from who anyway. At the end of the day as long as the track bumps weíre gonna feel it and since authenticity being a priority has been gone from hip hop for a long time now, jacking other peoplesí lyrics is pretty much acceptable at this point as well. Make no mistake, Iím not saying itís ok, but as far as getting all up in arms about it, at this point the argument is dead, no one is gonna think any less of Jay-Z because he bit someoneís shit, cause at the end of the day, heís having lunch with the Mayor of New York (http://photos.essence.com/system/images/gallery/000/414/431/full/jay-z-bloomberg.jpg) while weíre making YouTube videos documenting all his instances of being a biter not a writer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqScH2CfYTg).

So really at this point since hip hop is all recycled shit anyways, with fewer original ideas than there are people over the age of 16 still bumping the Drake album, who really gives a shit if some rapper is biting someone elseís lines? That rapperís fans donít, and so unless youíre trying to convince someone who could give a fuck less what Grand Puba said back in 1993 that their favorite rapper is a fraud (good luck), donít worry about who Jay is biting this week, focus on the Illuminati shit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7WKOnPdn44), at least thatís entertaining.

08-26-2010, 06:55 PM

08-26-2010, 08:29 PM
im starting to think buckshottheone doesn't like hip-hop or something

08-26-2010, 08:33 PM
nah he's just a faggot.

Mr. R&B
08-26-2010, 08:53 PM
http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_l7g14qUjIW1qbvlqio1_1280.gif?AWSAccessKeyId =0RYTHV9YYQ4W5Q3HQMG2&Expires=1282953306&Signature=%2FarkHc3MT1xEFlpUIFVHeFuMOlQ%3D

This is like, Street Fighter sex.

The nut he's blowing looks like one of Ryu's Shinkuu Hadoken blasts from Marvel Vs. Capcom that covers the length of the screen.

LOL @ the baby falling on his head and barrel rolling.