Sampling has been part of the making of rap music from the very beginning, but the practice can be very expensive for the artist.
Reportedly, Travis Scott experienced that situation with his single “Antidote” off Rodeo.
Toronto producer Eestbound worked on the song, and he revealed the sample from Lee Fields & The Expressions’ “All I Need” cost Scott half of the track’s publishing.
“When Travis Scott released the song on SoundCloud which is a not for profit organization – they still make money but it’s for free pretty much. There’s no money being generated. When he released it on Soundcloud, we didn’t even know,” Eestbound told BeatStars. “Before that, we didn’t even get any paperwork or anything or an email saying he’s going to release it.”
He continued, “After he released it, it was kind of an issue because the people from the sample told Travis that they want 50 percent of the record, which is normal because Travis didn’t clear it at first. They had to come to him. It was actually generous that they gave us 50 percent because most people could have easily said 75 percent, and he’d just have to take it.”
Travis Scott’s “Antidote” was co-produced by WondaGurl.
As of April 2017, the song has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA.
It peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.