What I Learnt From Madlib’s 2016 RBMA Lecture

Interviews with your idols can open a world of understanding. I watched Madlib’s RBMA lecture in New York for the first time and here’s what I took from it. Of all the musical idols who have directly influenced my music, Madlib is one of the main artists. His breadth of work and Bohemian approach to creativity have stood out from the crowd. When I first…

Cardi B Raps Lines of Bodak Yellow in her best ASMR Voice

The original got you hyped but this version of Bodak Yellow will leave you tingly all over. Cardi B caters to all her fans, even the niche communities on the internet. During an interview with Charlie Sloth on Radio 1, she talked about ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and gave fans of the phenomenon a taste of Bodak Yellow in that style. If you’re unfamiliar…

How J Dilla Humanized The MPC3000

Estelle Caswell discussed how J Dilla made his MPC3000 musical for Vox. Many musicians are synonymous with their instrument of choice – Jimi and his guitar, Questlove and his drums, Dorothy Ashby and her harp. And then there’s J Dilla and his MPC3000. In effect, J Dilla was a Jimi, Questlove, and Dorothy thanks to the MPC’s capabilities but he was so much more than…

VIDEO: pAS dOO – 6icksenses

Producer pAS dOO releases a video for new track 6icksenses in anticipation for his new album. Mark 3rd November on your calendars. Why? Because dope heat is dropping that day. It comes courtesy of sound engineer/producer Pat Mesiti-Miller aka pAS dOO. The album is called Think Less Doo More and to cleanse your palates, Pat has released a bite-size video for one of the tracks…

VIDEO: Caleon Fox – The Durag Song

Cali artist Caleon Fox declares his love and admiration for his durag on The Durag Song. A big shout out to Corey aka @theo_huxtable1. Caleon Fox is an artist from Oakland making music with all the chill and, seemingly, no chill at all. The Durag Song is exactly what the title suggests and the video is as stoopid as you’d expect for an ode to…

VIDEO: Doing it for Dilla

Stro Elliot and co performed live renditions of some of Dilla’s greatest composition. Talent is energy and when it’s exuded, you get moments like these. A big shout out to Stro Elliot for the incredible live drumming, which despite the sound and rhythm, wasn’t done on a real kit as you’ll witness below. Shouts to PlayList Retreat.

Michael Jackson, Behind The Scenes Of The Black or White Video

Here’s a video of Michael Jackson on the set of the Black or White video just being Michael Jackson. I’m a huge MJ fan and I’d never seen this footage until today. While they waited for “reloads”, Michael had some funny moments with the dancers, John Landis and Derek, a Michael Jackson impersonator. So rare and candid.

VIDEO: Saga & Thelonious Martin – Where We Live (Brooklyn)

Saga and Thelonious Martin take a journey through Brooklyn for their latest video. Off the back of their brilliant album, Molotov, Saga and Thelonious Martin have released visuals for “Where We Live (Brooklyn)”. The video sees the pair chilling at Gleason’s Gym (where Jake LaMotta and Mike Tyson used to train), and crate digging at Black Gold Records. It’s about as New York as you…

No I.D On Making Beats For JAY-Z And Longevity In Hip Hop

The Grammy Award-winning producer discussed his style of beatmaking and much more at Loop 2016. 4:44 was a success not only for JAY-Z but for its producer, No I.D. His choice of samples and overall style won many plaudits, as to be expected for a multiple award winning producer and Head of Creative at Def Jam Recordings. In 2016, he did a talk at Loop…

Rhythm Roulette: DJ Dahi (Serato Sample Edition)

The Grammy-nominated producer donned the classic blindfold, picked three records, and chopped them up with Serato Sample for Rhythm Roulette. DJ Dahi returned to Rhythm Roulette for a second time with the help of Serato’s new piece of software called Serato Sample. As the name suggests, the plugin offers producers the chance to chop up, loop, reverse and pitch their samples as well as time-stretch…