Month: June 2011


MF Doom – My Favorite Ladies (Equal Remix)

I’ve never heard the original, unfortunately, but I’d be impressed if it’s as good as this remix. Capturing the crunchy drums and jazzy essence of much of Doom’s work (thanks mostly to Madlib, I’m guessing), Equal’s version of “My Favorite Ladies” is impressive. Doom’s verses are surprisingly coherent, too, and possess a rare emotional salience: […]


Chip Tha Ripper – Plural

This beat is driving me nuts. It’s almost too mellow.  But I like it mostly because it uses a drum break I flipped for one of my very first productions, way back in like 2004 or something. Beautiful: Chip Tha Ripper – Plural by Sneakhype (Image cred: Dana Beveridge)



Chef’Special, another Dutch hip hop group has been making some small waves recently. They’ve definitely put in some time on the scene, and while their sound is a little John Butler Trio-esque, they’re still worth checking out. Here’s Too Far Gone to give you a little taste. More available on their YouTube channel or their […]

Funk Friday

Funk Friday: Slave – Slide (1977)

When looking at the great soul music geographies of the past quarter century, perhaps the most criminally overlooked is Ohio, the breeding ground for a generation of hot funk acts that came into their own in the 70s and early 80s, including the Ohio Players, Heatwave, Zapp, Lakeside, Midnight Star and Dayton.  One of the premiere Ohio […]


Rappers vs. Asthma

Asthma isn’t exactly the first thing you think about when you hear the names of legendary emcees like Pharohe Monche and Notorious BIG. But, they are but a few of the hip hop community that are (or were) drastically affected by the disease. It limits their delivery, makes it tougher to keep up a grueling […]

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