Sampleface’s very own Delta Ellisor expresses her thoughts on hip hop snobbery, complaining less and discovering better music. During one of my recent and ill-advised forays into my Facebook timeline, I was faced with this fairly rudimentary image (above), posted by my long suffering partner. The picture was posted in reference to me, only to say that I was different to this perceived image of…

It’s been 22 years to the day that A Tribe Called Quest released The Low End Theory. I’m gonna tell you a secret. When songs overwhelm me with their greatness, I get goosebumps and I well up. Sometimes it’s due to a sentimental association; happier times when I didn’t have a care in the world. Other times, my brain can’t fathom the awesomeness of it…

Well, that’s sad. Sony send Gummy Soul a cease and desist letter for their Bizarre Tribe release. Industry Rule #4080 in full effect. Following on from the ingenious Fela Soul, Bizarre Tribe fused the rhymes of The Pharcyde and Tribe from their debut album and the samples from ATCQ’s The Low End Theory breathing fresh new life into two seminal works of hip hop culture….

Mayer Hawthorne sings Her Favourite Song with guest vocals from Jessie Ware. Songs with fuzzy guitars and a famous sample will have my attention in no time and that’s exactly what Mayer Hawthorne got with his new track, Her Favourite Song. The sample in question is Junior Mance’s Thank You Fallentin Me Be Mice Elf Agin (also used on Tribe’s Push It Along). The rich soulful hip hop…

A Tribe Called Quest’s performance with Leaders Of The New School on The Arsenio Hall Show is our Throwback Thursday for this week. It doesn’t get much better than this. Back in 1992, a year after the release of their second album The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest found themselves on The Arsenio Hall Show performing Scenario. Cue lots of baggy 90s clothing…

Music blog Rappamelo have put together a mini playlist of some of the samples used by A Tribe Called Quest. A Tribe Called Quest were known for their lyricism and choice of samples and Rappamelo have clearly thought about the latter as they have put together a playlist of some of their samples. The likes of Funkadelic, Sly & The Family Stone, Weather Report and…

Here’s our selection of the best records to choose from for Record Store Day 2013, with some essential oldies to boot. Tomorrow is the biggest day for music retailers (who actually stock vinyl). Record Store Day started back in 2007 as an “internationally celebrated day observed the third Saturday of April each year”. Every year, music acts give away special releases for RSD and this…

Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and the Soulquarians celebrates his 43rd birthday. It’d be hard to imagine hip hop without Q-Tip and his influence on not only the music but the culture as a whole, being a member of the Zulu Nation. He’s one of the few people in the game to be held in such high regard as both an emcee and a…

New Jersey producer Danimal drops a new instrumental beat tape. We don’t know whether the name of an Indian incense company was intentional, but it certainly reminded us of nag champa. Danimal is a producer from New Jersey and having already worked with the likes of Dres of Black Sheep and Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest on their most recent album, he has decided…