Some of the greatest songs in music have been sampled multiple times. The Notorious B.I.G.’s breakout single “Juicy” contains a sample from the 1983 single “Juicy Fruit” by Mtume. Keyshia Cole and Tamar Braxton also sampled Mtume’s track for songs of their own. While they did not receive criticism for sampling, rapper Saweetie cannot say the same. She’s been trending for her last three singles being samples from other artists’ music. Many are criticizing the rapper, saying that she lacks originality and talent.
Fans blast Saweetie for sampling others music and some call her a horrible rapper
Saweetie released her new single “Tap In,” which samples rapper Too Short’s 2007 hit “Blow The Whistle.” Prior to “Tap In,” Saweetie rose to popularity with other hit singles that were also sampled from other artists.
Her 2019 hit “My Type” sampled Petey Pablo’s 2004 club banger “Freek-A-Leek.” Pablo even performed with Saweetie during the 2019 BET Awards.
Though her songs are catchy, many are frustrated that she uses samples from other artists and have been speaking about their frustrations on Twitter.
“Somebody make a petition that too short needs to slap saweetie for that disrespectful ass Blow the Whistle remix,” wrote one.
“Saweetie go with a whole migo and can’t rap on her own beats …..hate to see it,” another chimed in.
Others say that not having original beats makes her less of an artist. There are also critics who feel that Saweetie lacks true rap skills and attribute her success to her good looks.
“We love you Saweetie, but this is a lie. Her appearance has gotten her this far. Her music is ok, but it definitely didn’t get her this far,” wrote one in response to a quote of the rapper saying that her talent is what made her a success.
“Quavo got to help Saweetie with her songwriting and actually get her some original beats,” another suggested as Saweetie is dating the Migos member.
Charlamagne Tha God defends Saweetie and Saweetie responds to the backlash
One person with influence who came to Saweetie’s defense was The Breakfast Club host, Charlamagne. During his co-host Angela Yee’s popular “Rumor Report” segment, Yee explained that Saweetie was trending for her new single, with music lovers criticizing her for using another sample and being considered to have less talent than other artists.
Charlamagne found nothing wrong with Saweetie sampling popular music from other artists, nothing that some of the biggest hits from musical legends are sampled.
“I’m not gonna lie, I be mad confused when I hear those arguments. Like, Diddy was the king of that at one point,” he said. “Everybody does that. People sample old music all the time.”
DJ Envy also came to Saweetie’s defense, noting that Meek Mill’s new album features a few samples from old Jay-Z records.
Saweetie is canceling out all of the negative noise. In a recent interview with Complex Magazine, she explained that she won’t allow the criticism to defeat her.
“I flip songs really well so I will continue to flip songs for the rest of my career,” she said. “It’s my specialty, it’s what I’m good at…as for what my critics say about me, if it wasn’t that good, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Saweetie also hinted that she believed in the idea of bad press is good press, as her name is currently trending and bringing more awareness to her music.