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Beat Culture & the SP-404

Find out what the SP-404 meant to a community of LA beat makers in Beat Culture & the SP-404.

While I get to grips with my SP-404, I found this mini-doc inpsiring.

Roland made ‘Beat Culture & the SP-404‘ last year for 404 Day (4th April, 4/04, geddit?) starring Dibia$e, Flying Lotus and the late Ras G (who died a few months after this was aired). It examined the Los Angeles underground beat scene and how the community created its iconic lo-fi aesthetic, driven along by heavy sampling and minimal groove, predominately through the SP-404.

This video shares memories from Dibia$e, Flying Lotus and Ras G but barely scratches the surface of a scene that grew from the roots of Project Blowed, Sketchbook, Boombox and Low End Theory. Now, from dedicated YouTube channels to SP-based Beat Maker showcases to loyal online communities, this underground beat culture from L.A has now found a global home.

And, by no coincidence, the video is 4 minutes and 4 seconds long.

Stream it below.

Beat Culture & the SP-404: Dibia$e, Flying Lotus and Ras G
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