Foreword Reviews

Bring That Beat Back

How Sampling Built Hip-Hop

2020 INDIES Finalist
Finalist, Performing Arts & Music (Adult Nonfiction)

"Bring That Beat Back" traces the development of the transformative pop-cultural practice of sampling, from its origins in the turntable-manning, record-spinning hip-hop DJs of 1970s New York through forty years of musical innovation and reinvention. Nate Patrin tells the story of how sampling built hip-hop through the lens of four pivotal artists: Grandmaster Flash, Prince Paul, Dr. Dre, and Madlib.