Here are two of the most iconic, well known scratch samples for you to download and start scratching with using Serato / Traktor / other DVS software.
The “Ahhh” and “Fresh” sounds are sampled from Fab Five Freddie – Change The Beat, specifically Side B; Beside – Change The Beat. Listen to the full track here:
Ahhh (this stuff is really) fresh sample appears at 3:35.
Courtesy of Wikipedia, for those of you who want to dive deep and know your history:
“Change the Beat” is a song written and recorded by Fab Five Freddy, and one of the most sampled songs in music history. It was recorded at Martin Bisi’s OAO Studio in Brooklyn, New York, United States, (later, BC Studio) and released as a 12″ single on the Celluloid label in 1982. This release and all subsequent pressings of the single feature two versions of the song, one on Side A and one on Side B. The official length of the tracks varies depending on the specific pressing of the single, with some releases mislabeling the running times entirely.
The Side A version is 7:40 minutes in length and features Fab Five Freddy rapping in both English and French. He also performs the chorus of the song, utilizing a vocoder with a white noise carrier to achieve a gritty, robotic effect.
The version of the song that appears on Side B is considerably shorter than the A-Side track, clocking in at 3:42. Aside from the chorus, which, like the Side A, was performed by Fab Five Freddy through the vocoder, the lead vocals are performed by female rapper Beside and rapped entirely in French, making this single one of the first multilingual hip-hop releases. Beside was credited as ‘Fab 5 Betty’ on the earliest pressings of the vinyl.
At the end of the Side B version, there appears the phrase “Ahhhhh, this stuff is really fresh,” spoken through a vocoder. The first and last words are two of the most widely used samples for scratching. These samples have been used in over 2070 songs, the earliest of which was the 1983 Herbie Hancock single “Rockit”, which featured scratching by pioneering DJ and turntablist Grandmixer DXT (then known as GrandMixer D.ST).
Although most people familiar with the record believe the sample comes from the processed voice of Fab Five Freddy, that account is disputed by producer Bill Laswell, one of the musicians credited on the record. Laswell states that it was his manager Roger Trilling who recorded the sample during earlier sessions for another project. According to both Laswell and Trilling himself, Trilling was imitating a record executive who would reportedly exclaim “this stuff is really fresh!” whenever he heard a song he liked. The sample, then, is an imitation of this executive by Roger Trilling and spoken through a vocoder.
If you don’t know, now you know!
Want more scratch samples?
If you want even more samples for scratching, you can check out my Ultimate Scratch Samples which features a ton of skipless scratch samples.
As you listen, know that these tracks are skipless and the samples change every minute.
Skip to the 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute mark, and so on etc to hear the next sample.
Now you know where the classic Ahhh and Fresh samples originated and you can start scratching with these today.
Have fun, keep practicing!
Happy Scratching! 😀
– Emma Short-E
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