Tracklib has picked up on current affairs and launched a beat contest titled “Impeach The President”. Which, coincidentally, is one of the most sampled tracks of all time, originally by The Honey Drippers.
“Impeach The President” came out in 1973, at the height of the Watergate scandal, and was directly aimed at President Nixon. With its iconic drum intro and bass / guitar vamps, it later went on to become a true sampling classic. Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Nas, J. Cole and Biggie are just a few of the over 700 artists who have used it. Due to its popularity, it’s normally in the most expensive category of tracks at Tracklib, an online library with songs for sampling.
During these turbulent times, the phrase is currently heard fairly often. It is, of course, entirely up to you whether you use your entry in the contest to send a political message. However, Tracklib do suggest that you turn the classic track into a “banger with a purpose” and that “together we can make a difference”. So it seems that they wouldn’t mind at all if you voiced your opinion.
First prize: A sampling license for “Impeach The President”
To enter the contest, download the track for free from Tracklib and use it to create a beat. When you’re done, upload a video of your beat to Instagram or other social channels, and use the hashtags #impeachthepresident and #tracklibbeatbattle. They also ask that you tag two producer friends in your post.
The contest is hosted and judged by the Grammy award-winning producer and rapper Drumma Boy. The first prize is a commercial sampling license for “Impeach The President”, which normally costs $2,500 at Tracklib. The second and third prizes are 100 or 50 Tracklib download credits, respectively.
So go ahead and download the song, have fun with it and remember: The revolution will not be televised!