So you made an awesome music track using a sample from a song by another artist, and want to shop it to labels to release it for profit – what do you do next? Artists like Kanye West, Jay Z, and Vanilla Ice have all faced allegations of unlawful sampling. As a small time or professional music artist, how do you approach sampling and when do you decide that it’s in your best interest to get sample clearance? Sampling music is the act of reusing a portion of another song. Many music artists sample other’s music but it’s illegal and a serious issue to ignore to get permission from the original owner of the songs.