He supports Arsenal and his beats are as big as the Emirates Stadium itself.  Meet North London’s own Jake Whyte aka J WHY. In a city of about 8 or 9 million inhabitants and rising, you’d think that the odds of finding someone with the artistic abilities to get your neck snapping six ways to Sunday are quite high.  Well if it’s bounce music you…

Grammy award-winning super producer 9th Wonder steps out of the studio and into the classroom with James Peterson and Professor Mark Anthony Neal to talk about one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, the impact it made, and much more in this week’s edition of Saturday Matinée. If you’re talking about hip-hop these days, you’ve gotta know who Patrick Douthit is.  Academics certainly…

Little Simz is our One To Watch. I’ll just be straight with you all on this one: when I think of female emcees, the last people on my mind are recording artists like Nicki Minaj, Kreayshawn, Cher Lloyd, and Iggy Azalea.  I’m just not feeling the industry model currently in place for female rappers and it gets even more annoying when you consider the following:…

To remix a Radiohead track is one thing but to remix it and bust out your own magnificent jazz guitar solo on top of that? That’s just stellar. Meet San Diego’s own Scooter Oyama, better known as GO Yama. Frankly, I love Radiohead and I love a good Radiohead remix just as much.  When the homie Deadpoole favourited GO Yama’s reimagining of Flying Lotus and Thundercat’s…

Lovebox isn’t just a music festival.  It’s much more than that. You hardly recognise Victoria Park as you step through the entrance.  When I think about it, Lovebox Festival is essentially a parallel universe; a joyous, vividly colourful, and incredibly wondrous place where people of all backgrounds come to take in hours upon hours of great music performed live by some of the greatest artists…

The place is Zurich, Switzerland.  The person in question is beatsmith Wodoo Wolcan.  What you are about to witness is an education in how to teach an old dog a brand new trick. Wodoo Wolcan is a brilliant producer but he might actually be a sorcerer, for all we know.  How else can you explain his uncanny knack for completely reviving a classic Mobb Deep…

In case you haven’t heard, the homie Asher Roth has a new mixtape out (The Greenhouse Effect, Vol. 2).  Seeing as he kindly asked us to give it a few spins, we kindly obliged him.  Review time! These days, it seems every caucasian male that picks up the mic and spits something decent is caricatured – rather unfairly, most of the time – as a…

It shouldn’t have taken us this long to get you some of Lord RAJA’s brand of epic sauce into your life but better late than never, as they say. If you don’t know who Lord RAJA is, peep Nuh (Guliver) right now and sleep no more. Little is known about the beat-making supremo called Lord RAJA.  Apart from the absolutely mental beats he constructs, his…

What happens when the art of rəuse calls up Richmond, Virginia’s Ohbliv to do a mix for them?  Magical things like pots of gold, rainbows, and unicorns.  Yep.  It’s like that. Ohbliv is no Troy McGlure but you may remember him from such memorable joints like foreverpayingdues, post, and most recently Koolout Ish.  The Richmond beat maestro is insanely talented and judging by this latest…