A couple of days ago Okayplayer posted this video of DJ Premier rehearsing with his new live band, which is apparently touring now in Japan. Not sure if they have a name yet but they’re sounding good. Super excited for this, and will definitely check them out if they ever come north to Canada.
We’ve covered Lin-Manuel Miranda before, but we’re back with a quick update. When we last discussed, Mr. Miranda had made an appearance at the White House and performed a rap about Alexander Hamilton. The New Yorker has an extensive look at our friend, and how he has turned that one song into a full fledged musical […]
Continuing our string of reddit-based posts, here’s a YouTube playlist of songs sampled by MF DOOM. For anyone interested in the art of sampling, or just a fan of good music, this is a great listen. Some sources are instantly recognizable, others take a closer listen, but in either case it’s an impressive playlist.
I was browsing Reddit today, as every productive day starts, and came across a thread about the most under appreciated album of all time. One user mentioned Gza’s Liquid Swords. I remembered this album from when I was much younger, and honestly don’t remember it that fondly. But I took the advice in the thread and gave […]
Last month, LA-based producer Stro Elliot released this mash-up of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and the Dilla-produced beat to Q-Tip’s “Let’s Ride“. Actually, mash-up is probably the wrong word: it’s more of a simultaneous re-interpretation of both tunes. The interesting connection here is that Dilla sampled the guitar version of “Giant Steps” on the Q-Tip beat.
A little #Cancon for you this fine Monday evening: an EP of jazzy beats and complex rhymes by Montreal emcees Johnny Thursday and Berta. “Bohemian” and “Time” are first listen highlights, but the whole thing is good.
For at least a year now the magazine Mass Appeal has been producing a Youtube series called Rhythm Roulette. The premise is simple: a producer has to make a beat from three records he picks at random. Some sessions aren’t great – there’s a reason why a lot of records are never sampled – but […]
A lot of musicians have responded through art to the tragedies in Ferguson, Staten Island and elsewhere, including the Chicago band Sidewalk Chalk, who’ve released this video to their powerful song, “Them, Us.” Check out the tune and then preorder their new album and hit them up on tour.
Most of you by now have probably been reading all about the Iggy Azalea feud on Twitter. For those who haven’t, Azealia Banks (who we featured before) took her to task for appropriating black hip hop culture with seemingly no understanding of what she was doing. So, to be clear, not just because she was […]