Skip navigation
Made With Tracklib: Freddie Black & Spliftout - The Black Tape
Made With Tracklib

Made With Tracklib: Freddie Black & Spliftout - The Black Tape

Straight from the D.I.T.C. Studios in New York, emcee Freddie Black and producer Spliftout recorded The Black Tape. All samples on the 9-track release come from Tracklib, laying the soul-heavy groundwork for an album full of bangers.

By DannyVeekens

“One of the highlights of the studio session was that Freddie knocked out the whole project plus another song in three and a half hours,” tells Los Angeles-based producer Spliftout, “as well as getting a nod of approval from the legendary Showbiz himself!”

The Black Tape contains a well-balanced mix of chopped soul samples, high-pitched vocals, and hard-hitting drums. “My favorite sample on the album is ‘Alpha and Omega’ by Phil Flowers because it fits the concept of the track ‘Watch’ so well,” says Spliftout. “Once I flipped the chops, it sounded like the sample was saying the same thing as the hook by Black Robot a.k.a. Freddie Black with a vocoder [laughs].”

undefined cover art
Add track to favorites
Add or remove track from collection
Share track
Download track (1 credit)
0:24

Using Tracklib samples on all tracks of the album–with the exception of two skits–represents a bigger picture for Spliftout and Freddie Black: “When publishing companies started suing everybody for samples, artists realized they had to clear samples. That expensive ‘clearance game’ led to the fact many people didn’t want to do tracks with samples anymore. In my humble opinion, that hurt the genre.”

“I never stopped making tracks with samples though [laughs], but Tracklib has given me peace of mind as far as knowing I actually own my music myself. This allows Freddie Black and me to make a sampled-based project such as The Black Tape, without having to spend an arm and a leg before we even get out the gate.”

“For our single ‘It’s a (W)rap’ I was first drawn to the bassline in ‘Funeral’ by Magic In Threes. I chopped it up on my MPC Live and pieced it back together. From there I flipped the drum track and then layered the bassline followed by a shrieking string note, to accentuate what was already going on with the sample. I didn’t even use the individual stems on this one. But I do think it’s dope as f*ck that it’s even possible to strip a song down to its bare essential!”

undefined cover art
Add track to favorites
Add or remove track from collection
Share track
Download track (1 credit)
2:37

All tracks sampled for 'The Black Tape'

undefined cover art
Add track to favorites
Add or remove track from collection
Share track
Download track (1 credit)
6:19

Want your music to get noticed for this recurring series? Use the hashtag #madewithtracklib on social media when sharing tracks with samples from Tracklib

Sign up now and get 7 free tracks

Start your free trial now to access more than 100,000 songs and multi-tracks of real music.

Subscribe


Comments

We are unfortunately unable to offer support in the comments. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here!