Author: JAYl3E

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Music Vinyl Selections

Vinyl Selections: Seattle Finds

Aside from an opportunity to see Lupe Fiasco perform live, last month’s trip to Seattle also gave me a chance to go digging in a new city – always a rewarding experience. On the Saturday following the Lupe show, while the rest of the crew was checking out the Space Needle, I headed over to Easy Street Records to […]

Cool Geek

George Bush Has Got Skillz

An edited version of George Bush’s recent State of the Union address, featuring the president’s hitherto unknown made beatboxing skills: Courtesy of Slate magazine, a fantastic online journal with some excellent contributors, including the always controversial Christopher Hitchens.

Politics

Chesapeake Tuesday And Beyond: Why Obama Will Be The Democratic Nominee

Unlike Republicans, Democrats emerged from last week’s Super Tuesday extravaganza without a clear front runner in the race for their party’s presidential nomination. Although Barack Obama’s late surge in the polls helped him capture a majority of the states up for grabs, Hillary Clinton’s victories in larger states like California and New York resulted in both candidates receiving nearly the same […]

Music

Shameless Self-Promotion: Loops From The Dollar Bin

For those of you interested in sub-standard hip-hop (because here at 4080 we’re not underground, we’re just shitty), check out this link to download my newest collection of beats and loops: http://www.zshare.net/download/7436559a473270/ These are the first beats made on my MPC1000, which I bought several months ago, that I’ve been generally happy with.  Switching from software (mp3s/cds, FL, CoolEdit etc.) […]

Music

A Tribe Called Quest Represent, Represent

The music video for Tribe’s “Electric Relaxation” is easily one of the finest hip-hop music videos ever made. Aside from being a dope song in its own right, the video for the second single off “Midnight Marauders” is a refreshing break from the blatant misogynism that plagued (and continues to affect) so much of the […]

Music

Northern Touch: Some Canadian Content

Although often overlooked by heads south of the border, there’s no denying Canada is home to a vibrant and diverse hip-hop scene that spans from Vancity to the T-Dot to the East Coast (haha I’m not sure what slang for Atlantic Canada is). See below for tracks by a few of my favourite Canadian mcs and producers, including both established vets and some newer cats: Sikh […]

Cool Music

Diggin’ In The Crates

A fantastic documentary about the art of beat diggin’ – and by extension hip-hop itself – featuring some of the genre’s finest producers, a subtle dig at Puffy and some dope concert footage of Common freestyling (“peace to Q-tip but I ain’t abstract”) and Mos Def performing a special version of “Children’s Story”:

Art Music

Beats, Rhymes and Life: Thoughts on Hip-Hop

The birth of hip-hop in the late 1970s was a profound moment in the history of musical expression. Aside from its political and cultural significance as a radical form of protest for an entire generation of disenfranchised youth, hip-hop also introduced new methods of producing and consuming music. In fact, it is these methods which […]

Music

E-Digging Gems

Myspace has somewhat of a poor reputation as a place for finding good music.  Apparently, allowing any kid with a hacked copy of Fruity Loops and a 10 ringgit mic he bought at an audio store behind Ampang Point to post his newest ‘hit’ doesn’t result in an online community chock-full of talent. In fact, from my experience I think it’s safe to say […]

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