James Brown: The most sampled man in showbiz is a data vizualization of the top 400 popular records that sampled James Brown’s records, as recorded on WhoSampled.com, illustrating the legacy of his funk music.
How I did it
Inspired by a music history class I took in university, I collected data on James Brown and his most sampled music. According to WhoSampled.com, James Brown has been sampled over 10,000 times—almost twice the amount of samples that I discovered when I first printed this project in 2012. I knew that James Brown had a huge influence on hip hop music and I wanted to visualize that.
One of the project constraints was the large dataset. I narrowed the dataset down to James Brown’s top 20 sampled records and their top 20 popular records then manually constructed the chart using Illustrator and InDesign.