100% !!! I too always feel like I’m “cheating” when I use O.P.S. (other people’s samples ) but I KNOW that tons of commercially successful tracks are built on/with sample pack elements.
I once saw an interview with I think it was 9th Wonder and he talked about sampling (from records) vs playing your own instruments.
His point was along these lines:
people have put in an amazing amount of energy to take parts (instruments, players, studio time, mixing engineer, compressors, mood lamps in the studio :), mastering etc) and transform them into a coherent, good sounding whole (eg a vinyl release). When he samples, he thinks of this whole being his new part, charged up with all this energy that he then redirects into a new vision as he adds his own energy on top of that.
I sort of liked that and it made me think of sampling less as “playback” (which I think is a bit of a sub-/meso-conscious prejudice around sampling) on more as “repurposing wholes as parts in order to make a new whole” — so now when I audition samples or when I sample my own I try to think of what I am recording as a single note of eg a plucked guitar and take it from there.
When it comes to drum loops etc unless I hear something that has this energy that 9th Wonder talked about or something I couldn’t recreate with the tools I have, I don’t use it. And as I have plenty of one-hit drum samples, I rarely use such loops