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JAE – Don’t Be My Valentine (Freestyle)

Seeing as JAE didn’t want you to be his Valentine, we haven’t published this on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes you’ve gotta keep it real and be honest. Especially when it comes to love and romance. That’s exactly what JAE did on his freestyle, Don’t Be My Valentine. The LA-based rapper-producer gave a heartfelt speech on what…

Obscure Artists Made For Hip Hop Samples

Here’s a selection of obscure artists ripe for sampling. It appears some people weren’t very happy with our guest post on Classic Artists Made For Hip-Hop Samples. That’s fair enough. It goes without saying everyone’s entitled to their opinion, including the person who wrote the article. But then we thought… how about obscure artists? The kind that most producers don’t even remember they’ve sampled so…

Spot-digging – E-digging on Spotify

The word “spot-digging” has made its way onto Urban Dictionary so it must be a thing, right? We like to do research on topics covered on Sampleface. It ensures everything you read has a factual basis, whether it’s an opinion piece or for reference. “E-digging” is a popular search term that leads to our site. It makes sense given the articles and lists we’ve written…

Flamingosis – “Pleasant Pink” (DJ Guest Mix)

Jersey’s Flamingosis got together with Magical Mystery Mix to create a special DJ mix called Pleasant Pink. We love Flamingosis and we love Magical Mystery Mix. So when we heard there was a collaboration between the two, we didn’t need telling twice. The Jersey-based musician put together a collection of tunes that inspired him, culminating in a sub-40 minute mix titled “Pleasant Pink” featuring the…

Mr Ekow – Ekow Freestyle

South London rapper Mr Ekow spits the ultimate flames in his eponymous freestyle. I have a backlog of submissions to get through. It’s not something bloggers talk about in the open but we get a lot. I’m glad I kept this one. Mr Ekow is a rapper from South London and in his “Ekow Freestyle”, he raps incredible bars over the Nas and Swizz Beatz’s…

Classic Artists Made For Hip-Hop Samples

Here are a selection of classic artists ripe for sampling. In the last few months, we’ve seen an unlikely takeover of the music industry by Queen. It’s not hard to understand why – the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody just won actor Rami Malek the Best Actor award at the Oscars. As a result, it seems you can’t open your eyes or ears without seeing…

Darko The Super Launches Kickstarter For His Label, U Don’t Deserve This Beautiful Art

The innovative indie label is calling for pledges to sustain its operations for 2019. It’s tough out there for an indie label. Stones Throw has often acted as a blueprint for indies on how to survive in tough economic times. But not many can keep going as costs increase and maintaining sales becomes more difficult. Our good friend Darko The Super and his label U…

Starchildluke – VENOMTAPE

The UK producer drops the second album from his #Road2Switch series. We covered Starchildluke’s last album, Boas Festas, when it came out for Christmas. His aim was to release one album a month in 2019 for his #Road2Switch series, a fund created to buy a Nintendo Switch. January’s album is called VENOMTAPE and uses a variety of rock samples and frantic samples. Inspired by Madlib’s…

Alto & Bugseed – ACROSS BEAT TAPE

The Japanese duo return with a new collab project. Japan’s influence on hip hop should not go unmentioned. The nation gave us anime which has become synonymous with the genre’s lo-fi variant. Some of the greatest DJ’s were born there: DJ Kentaro, DJ Krush, The Silent Poets, and the late Nujabes. From the underground, Bugseed continues to reign supreme. His heavy style of boom bap…

J Dilla Changed My Life at The Jazz Cafe (10th Feb 2019)

The iconic night for Dilla is back for another year, featuring usual suspects Spin Doctor, Kidkanevil, DJ Lok, and a live performance from Phat Kat. Due to commitments every year since I last went in 2012, I’ve yet to return to J Dilla Changed My Life. It makes me sad but thems the breaks (pun intended). But the UK’s only official Dilla tribute night continues…