Jonwayne – Yuletide Bangerz

He wasn’t kidding with the name. I love Christmas. I love hip hop. I love Jonwayne. So when I found out Jonwayne had made an album of Christmas beats, who do you think I reacted? The rap game St Nick has blessed us with his latest gift, Yuletide Bangerz and the title is free of hyperbole. Every song is packed with nostalgic wonder and Jonwayne’s trademark rhythms….

SAMPLE – The Art Of Sampling

There was a present we forgot to open on Christmas Day and it came in the form of SAMPLE’s debut, The Art of Sampling. What better day to release an album called The Art of Sampling than Christmas Day. Well, that’s what we thought anyway. LA producer SAMPLE did precisely that last year with his debut LP. As he told us, most of the project’s…

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…

LISTEN: Sampleface Christmas Spotify Playlist 2014

Get into the festive spirit with our Sampleface Christmas Spotify Playlist. Weather wise, summer is my favourite time of year but for the sense of community and joy it can bring, Christmas is my favourite season. Living in Australia to experience both together isn’t an option so instead, I’ll be staying in with family and music and if you’re like me, you’ll probably want to…

Tay Devenny – Vancouver/Palme

UK emcee Tay Devenny drops the eerie and atmospheric “vancouver/Palme”. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. This might not coincide with your cheery seasonal feelings but the music is buoyant in its own way. It’s only been a month since Tay Devenny released his collab EP, Arc, with producer ฬเןl and as a Christmas gift to his listeners, he released “vancouver/Palme”. Unlike his previous…

Christmas Hip Hop Playlist

Sick of the same Christmas songs? Try out this Christmas Hip Hop Playlist, courtesy of Le Blow. From the start of December, Christmas playlists descend upon the high street and all over TV like snowstorms in Russia. The classics live up to their name but sometimes you just want to hear something different but retain the festive spirit. Fortunately, there are some fantastic Christmas-themed hip…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Friday After Next

Our Christmassy Saturday Matinée feature presentation is Friday After Next. Fancy some Christmas laughs? Then look no further than Friday After Next, the third film from the Friday series. Starring Ice Cube in his role as Craig and Mike Epps as his friend Day-Day, the pair fall victim to a Santa Claus robber who steals all their presents and their rent money. They report the…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: 2Pac Interview About Christmas (1992)

In 1992, MTV conducted an interview with 2Pac during the recording for a Christmas album benefitting the Special Olympics and he recollected his Christmas as a child. Interviews involving 2Pac are always insightful in some shape or form, particularly because it gives a glimpse into a talented but unfortunately short life. During the recording for a Christmas album for the Special Olympics in 1992, 2Pac…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Tatyana Ali – Disney Holiday Special

Back in 1998, Tatyana Ali performed two Christmas classics for a Disney holiday special as well as talking about Christmas growing up. As we inch closer to Christmas Day, we’re getting festive for our Throwback Thursday feature this week. Tatyana Ali is best known for her role as Ashley Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air but outside the show, she was a solo artist…