There are few people that can eclipse the legacy of Hip Hop monolith 9th Wonder — but due to his contribution to the musical artform, “Nautilus” architect Bob James is one of them.

The Legendary American keyboardist’s music has been sampled by over 1,500 artists including the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah, Redman and countless others.

James recently entrusted music licensing company Tracklib with over 20-tracks from his music catalog and is now joining forces with veteran producer and music executive 9th Wonder for a one-of-a-kind challenge for producers all over.

The Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist is hosting a Tracklib Beat Battle calling all beatsmiths to flip his iconic “Nautilus” record for a chance to win a critique session with 9th Wonder.

Details of the competition are as follows;

  1. Make a beat by sampling ‘Nautilus‘ by Bob James
  2. Upload a video of your beat to Instagram (max 60 seconds) before the end of the day, Sunday the 14th of March, 2021 (all timezones included)
  3. Include your Tracklib account username or email in the description of the Instagram post
  4. Tag the video with #tracklibbeatbattle
  5. Tag at least two producer friends in your post who shouldn’t miss out on this Beat Battle
  6. Follow Tracklib on Instagram

In an exclusive conversation for Tracklib, 9th Wonder and Bob James recently discussed sampling and how “Nautilus” and many of Jame’s other hits turned into Hip Hop classics like Ghostface Killa’s “Daytona 500” and more.

Revisit the full video below.

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