Beat Battle: Sampling with Scott Storch


Beat Battle: Sampling with Scott Storch

We’re very happy to announce that the superstar producer Scott Storch is the latest addition to our advisory board, joining legends Erick Sermon, Prince Paul, Drumma Boy & Zaytoven. To celebrate, this month’s Beat Battle with a 70s Ru-Jac soul sample is judged by the man himself...




July 1, 2020

This competition has officially ended and all further submissions will be disregarded. The winners will be announced during fall 2020. Thanks to all who submitted!

How it works

  1. Make a beat by sampling 'Changes Part 1' by Saturday, from the Ru-Jac records Archive.
  2. Upload a video of your beat to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (max 60 seconds) on or before the 9th of August 2020.
  3. Tag the video with #tracklibbeatbattle
  4. Tag at least two producer friends in your post

You are only allowed to share a 60-second version of your track online as part of this competition. To share or release a complete track you need to purchase a sample license.


**First prize:
**A one-year Tracklib Professional subscription (value $299.90)
+ a Category C Sample License (value $50)

**Second prize:
**A one-year Tracklib Standard subscription (value $139.90)

**Third prize:
**A one-year Tracklib Essential subscription (value $59.90)


Your Instagram profile needs to be public for us to be able to see your post. Only entries using the #tracklibbeatbattle tag with at least two friends are tagged, will be entering the competition.

Your music is still yours. We do not own any of the entries to this competition and will not use them for any other advertising purposes. We will, however, repost your tracks to promote the competition itself.

The first prize will be awarded a full sample license to monetize their work for free. The winner will, however, still have to pay the original rightsholders their share (5, 10 or 20% depending on sample time) of any eventual revenue earned on the new song.

No purchase is necessary to participate, but the samples need to be downloaded using a personal account on Tracklib. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable and will be added to the winners Tracklib account.

If you have any further questions about the rules of this competition - just ask us at

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About Scott Storch

Part of Scott Storch’ decade-and-a-half-long winning streak are hits for Dr. Dre ("Still D.R.E." and six other tracks on 2001), 50 Cent ("Candy Shop"), Beyoncé ("Naughty Girl"), Fat Joe ("Lean Back"), and The Roots (“You Got Me” with Erykah Badu). The latter is where he started off his career as a keyboardist, on the then low-profile indie release of their 1993 debut, *Organix.*Followed by contributions to albums by other Philly acts such as Schoolly D and G. Love & Special Sauce, and rising to global fame as an in-demand hitmaker from there. In our short interview (see at the top of this page), Scott Storch tells about the sonics of sampling, his own interpolation on the keys, and how a beat-up piano got him into recreating music as an 11-year-old.

About Ru-Jac Records

The ammo for this Beat Battle, ‘Changes Part 1’ by Saturday, comes from the vaults of Baltimore-based label Ru-Jac Records, who were active from the early 60s up to 1980. The fact that they logged more releases than most local labels in the entire US during that time period, says something about their vast archives in soul and R&B. A best-of selection was re-released as The Ru-Jac Records Story in 2018 by Omnivore Recordings, and now is the first time the Ru-Jac catalog is officially available for sampling.


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