A novel concept – a video album stream of Evidence’s Weather or Not on a car ride. I can’t drive but if I could, I would be king of the aux cord. Albums like Weather or Not by Evidence would definitely feature. The multi-award winning emcee-producer kicked it with the likes of Jonwayne, Alchemist, Nottz, and DJ Premier on beats and rhymes. The cruising aesthetic…

To celebrate Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, we take a look at five samples from the iconic jazz pianist. He was a trailblazer with his improv style, wide-ranging melodic shifts, and trademark fashions. Thelonious Monk was born on this day in 1917. We have been blessed to have had him in our presence, physically and musically. In commemoration of this, we have compiled a list of…

Ashton James Brown interviewed the exciting jazz/hip hop quartet Sumochief and discussed their origins, their thoughts regarding London’s vibrant music scene and how music technology is incorporated into their creative process. The UK hip hop scene has an abundance of talent when it comes to emcees and producers, however live hip hop bands are few and far between. Sumochief are a London based four-piece whose…

Haze Beatz is our One To Watch bringing us some dope hydroponic-boom-bap-sonics. The self proclaimed “sample excavating, pad bashing, gangster of love” and Bedford resident Haze Beatz has only been making music for a few years but he’s no stranger to the pursuit of that rare “perfect break”. Haze fell in love with golden age boom bap at a young age but only considered making music for himself…

Gang Starr’s Deadly Habitz is the subject of the latest instalment of “How Did I Miss That?” With production credits for the great and good of hip-hop spanning almost three decades, everyone has a favourite Primo track – whether it be the brooding intensity of NY State Of Mind by Nas or the laid-back summer vibes of Common’s The Sixth Sense, there’s something for everyone….

DJ Finesse presents a mixtape of Biggie acapellas over Premo beats. The age old question “would Biggie have been as popular were he alive today” will continue to rage on until we’re all worm food but one thing’s for sure, he sounds incredibly dope over DJ Premier beats. DJ Finesse put the whole collection together and while you may have heard those raps a million…

In our latest instalment of “How Did I Miss That?”, we have Pharrell and DJ Premier joking around backstage. Yesterday, we discussed what happened when Madlib and J Dilla, two of the best hip hop producers out there, got together and now we’re talking about two more: Pharrell Williams and DJ Premier. This video, which we assume was filmed backstage, shows Pharrell talking about tracks…

We look at five great classical music samples from the likes of Slum Village, Nas and Big Pun. Classical music: stuffy old people (mostly from France, Germany or Russia) from a million years ago playing violins, pianos and horns. For the ignorant, that’s probably what the genre is perceived as because that’s pretty much what the media shows. It needn’t be that way; classical music…

We’re nearly finished with our 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and on Day 11, we gaze into the horizon as The Sun Rises In The East in 1994… The Sun Rises in The East – Jeru The Damaja (1994) Produced by DJ Premier This is Premier’s first solo-produced LP outside of Gang Starr. It’s a slight curveball choice, in that it received some…

The antepenultimate Day 10 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’ve finally leaped into the future. Well, 1994 anyway… NAS – Illmatic (1994) Produced by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock and others I previously proclaimed that Enter the Wu: 36 Chambers was the greatest Hip Hop album of all time, which is something I wholeheartedly stand by. But I think…