Q: Where do you live?
A: I am on an extended temporary re-location to Chicago.

Q: How long have you been collecting, and many records do you have?
A: Since about 1991. A few hundred, with a few "gems". One day I will get around to posting a complete list of my collection. By the way, I don't have most of the records in the FAQ! Obviously, there's a lot of stuff there I really wouldn't care to have.

Q: How did you get started collecting?
A: I had a copy of the "Funky Worm" 45 laying around the house I would always listen to. When N.W.A.'s "Gangsta Gangsta" came out I really realized how digging up forgotten songs got Dre so much props.

Q: Do you make beats?
A: Wack ones, yes.

Q: Do you DJ?
A: No. I had an old school funk show when I was in college, and would love to do it again, but I don't have access to a radio station any more :)

Q: What do you do for a living?
A: Professional computer geek. (UNIX, I do not touch Microsoft or PC's. I do have SOME taste...) I could not be farther removed from the music industry.

Q: What rap groups do you listen to?
A: I loved the late eighties East Coast: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Rakim, and Tribe. West Coast groups I like too, Tupac, Souls of Mischief, Too $hort and Digital Underground. Right now I'm into The Coup, Outkast, and Goodie M.O.B. Not to diss, but I never did dig Beastie Boys or DJ Shadow, who are popular with other crate-diggers, so I really can't answer any sampling questions you might have about them.

Q: How do you feel about re-issues?
A: They are second to having a cheap original. Since that's not always possible...

Q: How do you feel about CD's?
A: They are second to having a cheap original vinyl. Since that's not always possible... I am in the habit of buying all the good CD reissues, regardless of whether I have it on vinyl already or not, as I do appreciate the sound quality.

Q: How much would you pay for records?
A: I like paying $1, but you never find junk that good that often around here. I usually pay around $5 per 12".

Q: Do you have any records for sale or trade?
A: No, my collection of records for sale stinks (trust me, I keep all the good ones) so I don't bother.

Q: What if somebody gets sued because of this site?
A: I can't concern myself with that, to be honest. Information is always going to be free. Remember, I don't have some magic bag I pull this stuff out of. If you sample a James Brown record, you should know everybody and their brother is already going to know it. As far as the "rarer" stuff is concerned, remember that it really ain't so rare. You know anybody can run up into A1 or Sound Library and get the same record. People all over the world are going to talk, the only thing this site does is prevent duplication of work.
  I've talked to several folks from record companies who have looked at this site and have no interest in suing over it. People have been getting sued for not clearing samples, and will continue to do so. It's a risk all producers take, FAQ or no FAQ.

Q: Can I send you some submissions?
A: Sure you can! Send them to And like most people, I takes me forever to reply to e-mail. Do not expect an immediate response because I'm slow, please don't think that I'm ignoring you. Also, please avoid MS Word attachments, I really do prefer plain text.

Q: When's the next update?
A: Whenever life stops kicking my ass long enough for one.

Q: Are there any other beat sites like yours out there?
A: Not that I know. There are a couple of them for individual artists, but none that cover all sampling. There's still some good sites on my links page.

Q: What do you know about sample clearances?
A: I've never had to do it, no I don't know much about the subject, so I'll point you to a FAQ on the subject.

Q: What's up with your page design?
A: What? You want clutter, frames, annoying MIDI, pointless background pictures? This is supposed to be a information rich web site, so that stuff is pure distraction. This whole layout is also a protest against lamers who make webpages which are nothing but fluff, with dark blue text on a jet black background.

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