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…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Behind The Beats with Marco Polo

This week’s Saturday Matinée features Marco Polo on The Drum Broker Presents: Behind The Beats. We love “behind the scenes” videos for producers and beatmakers. In this episode of Behind The Beats, Marco Polo talks about his early life, work and dishes out some helpful advice to producers. “Enough of this life story shit. Let’s go make beats. That’s what we’re here for.”

Teck-Zilla – Joe Jackson Kids

Nigerian-born, Montreal-based producer Teck-Zilla brings us “Joe Jackson Kids”, an instrumental tribute to the Jackson 5. Just when you thought you’d heard every J5 sample, along comes Teck-Zilla. As you’d expect, Michael features prominently in the way of vocal samples but that doesn’t take away from the stonking beats, wonderfully varied in rhythm and texture. “I got the title from one of my favourite Jeru…

Illa J x Potatohead x Kaytranada – Strippers

Listen to Illa J’s new single “Strippers” produced by Potatohead People and Kaytranada, from his forthcoming solo album dropping in Autumn. After a number of collaborations over the years, Illa J is ready for his latest solo project and has enlisted the production team of Kaytranada and Potatohead People for “Strippers”, the first single from the album. Since moving north to the colder climates of…

VIDEO: Andrew Triple A Flips “Carol Of The Bells”

Canada’s Andrew Triple A takes the Christmas hymn “Carol Of The Bells” and flips it into something completely different. Whatever anyone tells you, Christmas lasts for twelve days. I’m telling myself that more than you to defend the sanctity of writing something Yuletide-related a week after the big day. Toronto-based producer Andrew Triple dropped a quick three-minute beat video where he sampled Carol Of The…

Pharrell Williams – Happy (Kaytranada Edition)

Just when you thought you were bored of Pharrell’s Happy, Kaytranada went ahead and rearranged it into a brand new jam. It’s an unwritten rule to have only one song per artist in a playlist/mixtape you make for someone else and while the playlists I make for every summer are for my ears only, I’m struggling to keep the Kaytranada count to just the single…

Loe Pesci Dedicates A Love Song To His MPC60 In “My Sampler”

The Canadian rapper shows his true feelings towards the classic Akai sampler on a hilarious track. We ADORE samplers and sampling. If we didn’t, we’d just be called “Face” and get hounded for copyright infringement but this guy takes that passion to a whole new level. Loe Pesci is a Montreal-based rapper and on “My Sampler” he waxes lyrical about his MPC60 and just how…

ONE TO WATCH: Howie Wonder (aka Rhythum)

Canada’s Howie Wonder aka Rhythum is our One To Watch. We’ve talked about Detroit and LA holding it down in terms of burgeoning musical talent but Canada isn’t a territory to be sniffed at. With the likes of Tim Wong, Elaquent, Shad, Kaytranada and many more, you won’t be hard pressed to find brilliance in music from the North American country. Rhythum is another name you can add…

ONE TO WATCH: Tim Wong

Canada’s Tim Wong is our One To Watch. Despite the name, we don’t just cover sample-based music here at Sampleface; we have a high level of appreciation for the musicians who compose their own stuff. Tim Wong does just that and does it across a wide range of genres. The Canadian producer recently set up a new Soundcloud account and uploaded some examples of his…

Allie – Cross My Mind (Elaquent Remix)

Canada’s Elaquent remixes Allie’s Cross My Mind into a sexy soulful hip hop joint. It’s a case of two for the price of one with this track. The original of Cross My Mind by fellow Canadian Allie is the perfect concoction of sensual neo soul and untainted R&B, before European electronic producers had their wicked way with the latter and Allie’s soothing vocals wash over…