The Real OG by Karl Turner


In 1991, one of the most influential court cases in the history of Hip Hop took place when singer/songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan sued rapper Biz Markie over the use of a sample taken from O’Sullivan’s song “Alone Again (Naturally).”

At this time, sampling was used heavily in Hip Hop and was featured in the songs of a large majority of artists in the genre. Groups like The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and De La Soul all had numerous songs with samples that were not always cleared with the original creators of the work being sampled. Up until Biz Markie’s case, most claims of unauthorized sampling were settled out of court.

As a result of Biz Markie losing this case, every single sample had to be cleared with the original artist and any other right’s holders. This limited the freedom of Hip Hop artists immensely and many records, including Biz Markie’s, were forcibly pulled from record stores and either rereleased with only cleared samples or scrapped because of the cost of clearing the samples.

My installation is meant to be a critique/protest of Gilbert O’Sullivan and the  ridiculousness of United States copyright laws.


Full Installation
Full Installation
Gilbert O’Sullivan Print
5′ x 10′

This five foot by ten foot print of O’Sullivan is meant to be an overwhelming and ominous artifact

of the man who forever changed sample based music.

Top Left – Gilbert O’Sullivan “Alone Again (Naturally)” 7″ Vinyl Single
Top Right – Casting Resin copy of the O’Sullivan Single
Center – Silicone Rubber mold of O’Sullivan Single

These pieces show the process I have taken in order to pirate the original O’Sullivan vinyl single.

The materiality of the resin and the imperfectness of my hand mean that the pirated record

will never sound the same as the original, therefore making it a unique record in it’s own right.

Audio Feature

In this 44 second sound loop the original 11 second sample, in question during the above mentioned court case, is juxtaposed

next to two different interpolations I have created. The first is a midi sound file I created using the tabulation software Guitar Pro 6.

The second is a recording of myself playing an electric piano and an electronic drum kit.

Both of the interpolations I tabulated and recorded are linked below and are FREE to download and use as you please.

Audio Sample Download Links:

Guitar Pro 6 Tab Version

Self Recorded Version


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