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Video Digs
Hip-Hop

Quasimoto “Catchin’ The Vibe”

via Stones Throw: “Quasimoto’s “Catchin’ the Vibe” was released on the album Yessir Whatever produced by Madlib. We set out to film the video for “Catchin’ the Vibe” in Quasimoto’s home town Lost Gates CA, but were denied filming permits. We were also denied permits for filming in Los Angeles County, possibly …

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Video Digs
Hip-Hop

The Story behind Jeru & Dj Premier’s “Come Clean”

via the good folks at EGOTRIP “It wasn’t really East versus West, it was fake versus real.” So says Jeru the Damaja about his rugged, no holds-barred “Come Clean” in this Complex TV presentation on the making of theDJ Premier-produced instant classic from 1993. The mini-doc gets into the Shelly Manne andOnyx samples used in the track and the …

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Mix Of The Day
Hip-Hop

Mix of the Day: Phonographe Corp “Colonie de vacances – Été 2013″

Really nice mix from our good friends from France at Phonographe. Definitely a must to bring on your next road trip! From Phonographe: “We recently reached 6000 fans on our Facebook page. To be honest, we would never have thought about it 1 year ago ! As it is very …

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Mix Of The Day
Hip-Hop

Mix of the Day: Pipomixes “SP-1200 Volume 2″

I first heard Pipo’s SP1200 mix vol1 a long time ago back when digging for breaks/samples was the main focus and 90′s hiphop ruled my listening landscape. 10 years later and a lot has changed, pipo has kept the same concept: re-interpret classic hiphop beats that were made (or whose …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Ka “Off The Record”

I’m not sure I really got lyrics at first. When I started listening to hip hop, it was always the beat that caught my ear. The rapper, rhythmic and percussive, added something but never took centre stage. My moment of clarity lay about halfway through It Ain’t Hard to Tell …

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Hip-Hop Soul

Future Classic: Ian Kamau “One Day Soon”

I’ve been steering clear of lyrics recently and letting my ears revel in the beauty of instrumentals and beats. It’s been a wonderful experience so far but I must admit, it was a deliberate and bitter decision I made for myself so I wouldn’t end up hating music, or more …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Obia le Chef & El Cotola “Le Théorème”

Montreal’s finest MC/Producer duo are back on their grind following up their ridiculously dope EP Le Procédé with their debut full length record Le Théorème. If the EP was the blueprint addressing themes of revolution and street spleen with serious bravado,beats and surgical rhymes, then the chemical procedure has been …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Hawk House “Tidal Tendencies”

Wow, talk about love at first listen. If you’re anything like us you’ll be hooked as first as you hear the jazzy keys, crisp drums and first couple bars. We have to give props to our good friend Lefto for turning us on to this one on his last radio. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Three 6 Mafia

Much like my earlier post on Dipset, Three-6-Mafia was a group I had to learn to fully grasp before i could truly embrace its music. I remember seeing Hypnotize Minds Records’ ads in The Source magazine and being dumbfounded at what the music could sound like. The Memphis (TN) rap …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: J Treds “Make it Happen” (1998)

I moved to London around a year ago and while I love the place, few cities teach you so quickly the importance of music like this. It’s the kind of record that ought to be encased within break in case of temporary insanity glass, complete with little hammer. One of …

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Hip-Hop

Loud Lary Ajust “Cody Bangers” (Kaytranada Remix)

Nice little surprise right here. The three dope boys from Montreal known as LoudLaryAjust have just dropped a really interesting remix record with guest verses and remixes from some of the best producers MTL has to offer. Their “Gullywood” record which came out last year surprised a lot of people …

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Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Future Classic: DJ Mitsu The Beats “Beat Installments Vol 2″

Smooth like pouring custard, phat like The Biggest Loser cast, and crafted like a Renissance master. C’mon man, it’s Mitsu! Was it ever gonna be anything else? I’m not name checking any tunes here, as I’m into ALL of them, for different reasons. However, I will say this. ‘New Connection’ …

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