On Hip Hop Mixtapes a rapper will often take a beat from another song and rap over it. How should that be linked to the original song?
- A cover is obviously not the right thing, as the music is not rerecorded and the newly recorded part (the lyrics) are often completely different.
- A remix isn’t right, as nothing of the original song is re-mixed. The beat is just taken as is.
- A sample is not correct either if you take the whole instrumental track and don’t change it at all.
- Mash-up would be right if the lyrics also come from a previously recorded track.
- Karaoke Version - I can’t really imagine this relationship type would ever be used, but I guess it would somewhat fit if the rapper rapped the same lyrics over the jacked beat (but that never happens afaik).
- If the lyrics are at least similar to the original (like an homage to the original track) a remix or cover relationship might be right, but what if they are not?
E.g. this track uses this recording (or rather this instrumental version). Currently the only link is “produced by CYNE” which feels very wrong as “CYNE” is not a producer, it’s a group consisting of 1 (back then 2) rappers and 2 producers and they always cite the production credits on their works as “produced by Speck and Enoch” (or one of the two), but never as “produced by CYNE”.
I don’t think jacked beats should have production credits at all, as no new music was produced.
PS: There is also the “work is based on work” relationship, but the guidelines for that clearly state “The new work must be a new composition, not just an arrangement or the same music with different or translated lyrics.” But it doesn’t say what to use instead.