Nelly Furtado’s “Do It” is from a Video Game Music Competition

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I’m on a roll with these illegal sample clips. Here’s one of my favorites. Nelly Furtado’s “Do It” (produced by Timbaland), is actually from a song called “Acidjazzed Evening” by Janne Suni, who goes by Tempest, and it was an entry in a Danish video game competition.

“Do It”:

“Acidjazzed Evening”:

Timbaland defends his sampling in this interview, where he actually says “it’s from a video game”:

Basically, he argues that it’s not stealing because “everybody samples from everybody every day.” He says he doesn’t check to see if things are in the public domain, and he uses everything. Read more about the controversy on Wikipedia.

Also, the song “KernKraft 400” by Zombie Nation was sampled from a song called “Stardust” included in the Commodore 64 game called Lazy Jones.

First, here’s the song by Zombie Nation (which you might recognize from European dance clubs or Shaun of the Dead):

The full soundtrack to Lazy Jones, which include snippets of all the songs played in the game, including a few illegal samples of its own such as Nena’s “99 Luftballoons”:

Click here if you want to go directly to the part that Zombie Nation used or here if you want to hear the Nena sample.


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