Book Review – Making Beats: The Art of Sample Based Hip Hop

It is fairly tough to find decent information about diggin’ and sampling and I usually can’t stand to read sholarly material about Rap/Hip Hop by such people as Sociologists or Ethnomusicologists. However, despite moments of cringing, such as the author definition of a “break” and what “digging in the crates” means, Making Beats by Joseph … Read more

Beat Diggin’ Documentary

Beat Diggin’ is a must for all of you that have been looking for some good record diggin or production videos. It’s actually only about 30 minutes long, but it’s jam packed with record digging goodness and is heavily focused on mid 90’s underground legends such as DITC, Da Beatminers, along with a couple of … Read more

Top 101 Hip Hop Albums of All Time

A couple of months back I found myself debating with a coworker the finer points of Hip Hop, all-time greatest albums and a bunch of other things that could never fully be settled for any reasonable period of time. Like the usual banter it ended up going on and on with no end in sight, … Read more

The Significance of DJ Premier

I was hanging out Friday evening with some friends from my official 9-5 gig when Christina Aquilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man”, produced by DJ Premier, began playing in the background. Conversation started and I found myself making my case for why I consider DJ Premier to be the greatest producer in Hip-Hop. Why is Primo … Read more

Break Mix Kings

I definately consider myself to be a digger who is on top of his game, but most of all I am a fan. So… here are my favorite break mix dj’s to keep your cd and tape decks (old school, right?) dusty. 1. Soulman 2. Conmen (Jake One & Mr. Supreme) 3. DJ Muro 4. … Read more

Diggin’ Finds 9-30

I’ve been fighting the urge to dig for a while, but finally found myself venturing out of Boston and into in a thrift store looking for some goodies today. It was definately not worth the $3 toll to get there as I only found a some really common joints. But hey… it was still diggin’, … Read more

My New Book

Maybe someday I’ll actually get around to writing my own version of Crate Diggin’ for Dummies, but until then we’ll just have to imagine how wonderful it would be.