Archive for December, 2008

Em’s a fan of the 2’s apparently. These are droppin’ fairly soon from what I understand. For more, check out Air Jordan Flight Club.

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I’ve been in front of my MPC a lot lately, doing my fair share of chopping. Logic users can rejoice though, because Just Blaze shares a quick sample chopping technique, apparently taught to him by Jay Electronica, who takes no shame in taking credit for it in the video. I’m guessing this is probably well known among heavy Logic users, but I don’t use it enough to know, so

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88-Keys hangs out in Toronto with The Real Frequency and talks digging, the industry, the life of a beat-maker in 2008.

The guy interviewing 88 Keys has an interesting interview style, to say the least. It’s definitely worth the watch though, as Keys has some interesting stuff to share.

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Hartford, CT and Boston MC Front Page has been releasing tracks via his MySpace every other week lately, and his past two drops are ones to keep your eye on. Starting with a spot on Movado’s “I’m So Special Remix,” Page dropped “Killin’ This” last week. The song features a cool lil Jay-Z sample on the hook and a melody that will probably be stuck in your head the rest of the day. Check it out below.

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Download: Front Page- Killin’ This

If you’re in the Boston area tomorrow, check out Front Page at Bay State College at 6 pm. For more, check out his MySpace.

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…and he ain’t even dead.

There’s a Lil Wayne documentary currently wrapping up that is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The Carter, is filmmaker Adam Bhala Lough’s chronicle of a day in the life of Weezy. It’s being billed by the Sundance Festival’s PR department as “an in-depth look at the artist… proclaimed by many as the ‘greatest rapper alive.” The film will feature the usual one-on-one interviews and commentary by Dwayne’s closest friends.

Cool, I guess. Weezy’s fine by me, but he never struck me as the most interesting rapper to shoot a whole film on. I don’t like to offer idle criticism either, so I made a top 3 list of my own “must-see rapper docs.”

1. Sean Price - All I had to see was this, to know I need to see more.

2. Joe Budden - We already get Joe Budden TV, so this isn’t required… but I’d watch it. Plus, give us more footage like this, and you have a winner.

3. Jim Jones- He’s drawing out a plan to be the next big thing, Dame Dash follows him around, and he’s entertaining as hell. Who in the Dipset isn’t (wasn’t…?)?

(Hit the jump for the Weezy docu trailer)

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For Stephen Colbert, it’s mission accomplished:

iTunes Top 10:

#2 Stephen Colbert’s Christmas Album
#4 Kanye West- 808’s & Heartbreak.

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Download: Drake- “Say You Will” Freestyle

I thought this was among the best cuts from 808’s & Heartbreak, and I was definitely looking forward to hearing the inevitable freestyles, and Drake has delivered. I’m not only saying he delivered with the very fact he gave us a freestyle, but it’s actually a good one. Drake’s good MC to keep your eye on too.

via Nah Right and October’s Very Own

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I’m not normally one of those “omg J Dilla is a God” people, even though I love the guy’s work and he’s one of my favorite producers. I don’t need to wear a shirt with the man’s silhouette on it to show my appreciation.

But after reading this, I may start.  My whole outlook was turned upside-down today when I read ?uestlove’s account at Rappers I Know, of how Dilla flipped a beat with a seemingly un-sample-able sample.

The story involves ?uesto, Jay Dee, and Pete Rock (super-producer trio right there, huh?), blizzards in Detroit, and a display of humility and humbleness that is rare in life, not just hip-hop.

So if you were ever sitting in front of your MPC and thought the sample you were using was impossible to work with, take a look at this story to see how Dilla handled the same situation.

Read: Questlove vs. Jay Dee: The “Little Brother” Beat Story (via Rappers I Know)

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I love it. Almost as good as T-Pain’s video, maybe better.

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Continuing on that Scarface video I posted up earlier, here’s the full Emeritus album streaming (yeah, not going to get my ass sued). I’m like 3/4 of the way through listening and felt like I had to post it. Give it a listen, I think you’ll like it.

Emeritus

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