Seeing as JAE didn’t want you to be his Valentine, we haven’t published this on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes you’ve gotta keep it real and be honest. Especially when it comes to love and romance. That’s exactly what JAE did on his freestyle, Don’t Be My Valentine. The LA-based rapper-producer gave a heartfelt speech on what you could expect from him on Valentine’s Day and it…

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…

The word “spot-digging” has made its way onto Urban Dictionary so it must be a thing, right? We like to do research on topics covered on Sampleface. It ensures everything you read has a factual basis, whether it’s an opinion piece or for reference. “E-digging” is a popular search term that leads to our site. It makes sense given the articles and lists we’ve written…

The UK producer drops the second album from his #Road2Switch series. We covered Starchildluke’s last album, Boas Festas, when it came out for Christmas. His aim was to release one album a month in 2019 for his #Road2Switch series, a fund created to buy a Nintendo Switch. January’s album is called VENOMTAPE and uses a variety of rock samples and frantic samples. Inspired by Madlib’s…

Lo-fi boom bap with Zelda and Mario samples? AC3Beats’ Nostalgia lives up to its name. I didn’t get my first games console until 1998 but I played on a few in the preceding years. Whether you were like me or you had them growing up, you’ll appreciate the subject matter on AC3Beats’s new album. Nostalgia has been described as “the musical equivalent of a big, warm…

Modernism might have a white visage but Madlib’s brand of afro-modernism shouldn’t be overlooked. Film director James Cameron once said, “People call me a perfectionist, but I’m not. I’m a rightist. I do something until it’s right, and then I move on to the next thing.” Fans of Madlib – and Dilla – will be familiar with this ideal. Perfection fuels many creatives in how they…

Imperial is the first guest in our new mini interview series. It’s difficult to find a balance between long form and short form writing. Long form is extensive but takes time to read. Short form is quick to absorb but might not offer as much in comparison. We’ll never cease long form content but we appreciate readers might not have as much time to spend….

This is Bitiques with S.A.M, our resident robot. It listens to music and gives short reviews, or bitiques, based on its findings. Here is its review of The Broken Orchestra’s Blinded EP. (All words written in this article come from S.A.M. Ratings are out of 10 🤖 symbols.) Artist: The Broken Orchestra Release title: Blinded EP Release date: March 2, 2018 Written by: The Broken…

In an interview with Clash Music, Jaguar Skills shares his views on sampling and knowledge of hip hop. Donning a ninja-like mask (or the popular culture stereotype anyway), Jaguar Skills is notable for his eclectic mashups of old school hip hop, 80’s pop and jazz breaks. He got down with Clash Music to talk about sampling, from its early history synonymous with the fledgling days…