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Rhythm Roulette Illustrates the Art of Sampling

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 other producers are able to whip up really solid beats, proving the creativity and technique that goes into making good hip-hop. Here’s the session with DJ Nu-Mark, but be sure to check out the whole series.


Sidewalk Chalk – “Them, Us”

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 white. Iggy then proceeded to have a PR meltdown and completely condescended back.

Q-Tip, a personal hero of mine, then took to Twitter in an epic 40 tweet lesson in hip hop history and its ties to black culture. It’s a beautiful read. has an awesome recap here.

For what it’s worth, we here #standwithTip.

Cool Music

Jay-Z – I can’t get with that

I’ve been reading Decoded recently, which is a surprisingly good read.  The usual self-rationalization etc., but Jay-Z shows some surprisingly insightful moments.  In the book, he discusses the track I Can’t Get with That, as one of his first music videos when he was really trying to get out there.  Back before labels took him seriously.  He describes it as as a showcase for his various flows, and it’s a pretty amazing thing to watch.


Nieve – California

Silly, feel-good track in advance of the weekend.


Inell Young – “What Do You See In Her”

Inell Young – “What Do You See In Her”

I’m always so mesmerized by watching a record spin and spin and spin.


Omar – The Man

I’m really digging this.

I don’t know too much about Omar (besides what I read on Okayplayer of course).  The whole album is pretty dope, so make a point of checking it out.



The Internet – Dontcha

Two days in a row.  It’s ok to be impressed.


Myron & E – If I gave you my love

It’s been a minute.  New jam.

Geek Music

Game of Thrones Mixtape

HBO commissioned a bunch of hip hop heads to put together a mixtape based on the hit series (it was a book series first!) Game of Thrones.

Stream it below.

Especially tracks 6 and 9.