Slim Kid Tre and Imani of The Pharcyde explain meeting Jay Dee through Q-Tip, the vital role that the producer played in the creation of Labcabincalifornia, and the evolution of his sound.
While in town for a July 4th show in Belfast, Ireland, DJ Shadow steps up to play the largest cathedral organ in the country. Listen closely and you’ll hear the producer quickly pull out a few notes from “Organ Donor.”
Producers Alchemist, El-P, Illmind, Exile, DJ Babu, DJ Rhettmatic, Oh No, Evidence, and more talk about their work on Rakaa Iriscience’s upcoming release entitled Crown of Thorns. The brief promo features some great shots of studio setups for those in need of inspiration or ideas for rearranging their production environment. Crown of Thorns is scheduled … Read more
Classic hip-hop goes hand in hand with classic synthesizers. The Beastie Boys were on hand to cut the ribbon on the MiniMoogseum, an eight foot high showcase dedicated to the life an work of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog. Check out an artist’s conceptualization of what the ultimate Moogseum should look like when finally completed in … Read more
If there’s anyone who’s capable of articulating the substance and meaning of a great song, it’s Bob Power. In a promo for his upcoming course at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the legendary engineer (A Tribe Called Quest, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, De La Soul) and Adjuct Faculty Member of The Clive Davis Department of … Read more
Ski Beatz grabs a Native Instruments Maschine and goes to work with Rugz D. Bewler on a promo for “Super Bad” and the upcoming 24 Hour Karate School. [via 2db]
OTA tells the story of Just Blaze’s childhood love for vinyl, musical influences, and multiple career power moves. Peppered with various samples from Just Blaze’s extensive discography, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Just Blaze offers valuable insight into the talent, skill, and hard work necessary for a successful career as a music producer. Download: Parts 1 … Read more
Video sampling at its finest! "What you are about to see is a mix of unrelated YouTube videos/clips edited together to create ThruYou. In other words – what you see is what you here." Visit ThruYou for more info.
The Examiner put together a list of the "Top 10 Hip-Hop Songs that Sampled a Video Game." I personally never been a fan of video game samples (always felt they were a little cheap), but the skill behind joints like Oh No‘s "The Ride" and Percee P’s "2 Brothers From The Gutter" can’t be forgotten. … Read more
Unkut presents an informative Pete Rock interview where he brings up learning to sample from Eddie F, top production influences, and the virtues of working by yourself. An interesting tidbit is that Pete Rock never puts together beats with the artist present… a far cry from the current trend of producers making the claim of … Read more