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Synthetic Substitution – Melvin Bliss Doc

The Beat lives on… Real cool insight into one of my fave breakbeats. check out both clips. you dig. Synthetic Substitution (1973) was sampled in over 300 records inc: Ego Trippin’ by Ultramagnetic MC’s (1986) Saturday Night by Schoolly...

Sample This (Incredible Bongo Band)

Sample This – The Story Of The Incredible Bongo Band “The Gunshots That Rang Out In The Summer Of 1968 Started A musical Revolution.” A documentary looks at the impact and the story behind one of the most important...

Visioneers – Hipology (album review & listening)

Hipology | Old To The New – Ryan Proctor’s Beats, Rhymes & Hip-Hop Nostalgia. Visioneers Album featured on AOL Music Listening Party Visioneers – “Hipology” (BBE/Omniverse) Looking at the cover of the latest project from multi-talented London-based producer Marc Mac...

Ultramagnetic MC’s – Bronx Bombers (1992)

Ultramagnetic – Bronx Bombers THE SOURCE • JUNE 1992. by Reef “In London and Europe there are a lot rebellious young people. And hardcore music itself is rebellious, and so is rap culture. They studied rap like scientists.” FLIP...

Red Alert signs off Kiss

Hip Hop legend DJ Red Alert signed off from Kiss 98.7. in his own words from his facebook page: “AS I’M ABOUT TO DO MY FINAL SHOW ON 98.7 KISS FM (10PM – 12 MIDNIGHT EST), I CALL IT...

Beat Master Marley Marl

Without doubt my fave Hip Hop producer as a kid was Marley Marl and I use the word ‘producer’ in this case rather than ‘beat maker’…  by Steve Huey c/o AllMusic One of hip-hop’s first (and finest) superproducers, Marley...

Connecticut Hip Hop 1979-1983

The Third Unheard: Connecticut Hip Hop 1979-1983 (May-2004, Stones Throw) It took over 20 years, but Connecticut is finally being recognized for its contributions to rap. A long time, to be sure, but understandable when you’re in the shadow...

Beat King: Pete Rock

Yo all you cats & kids picking up a MPC… ya better do your homework. In the annals of rap history, Rock is placed among the greatest. While the rap industry has changed from when he made his debut,...

20 Songs That Sample Herbie

Songs That Sample Herbie Hancock Came across this nice article by Robert Radish I could think of quite a few other tracks that sampled Herbie but this is a pretty good start. This is the 1st but won’t be...

Originators of The Mixtape

Mixtapes have been around just about as long as hip-hop has, only they weren’t called “mixtapes” back in the 1970s, they were known as “party tapes.” They were born for the same reason mixtapes thrive today: the need to...

Pioneer of Rap, King Stitt, dies

Pioneer of rap reggae, King Stitt, dies at 72 KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – King Stitt, a pioneer in rap reggae, died Tuesday in his Caribbean homeland of Jamaica. He was 72. Stitt died at his home in the capital...

SP-1200 The Art & The Science

The first book ever written for the inimitable SP-1200, hip-hop’s most iconic drum machine/sampler. If you aren’t familiar with the E-Mu SP-1200 you should probably go ahead and quit making beats and get another job. Everyone from Pete Rock...

James Brown “The Godfather Of Rap”

DJ 279 takes an in depth look at James Brown’s music career, as well as showcasing a few of the numerous Rap Classics that have sampled his music. Special Guests include Dez Parkes, Marley Marl, Ed Lover (Yo MTV...

Behind Some of Dilla’s Greats

The story behind some of J Dilla’s greatest productions. Somewhere in the fine print of the job description for “Revolutionary Black Genius” is a clause that reads, “Must die young.” Interviews by Egon, Eric Ducker, Edwin Houghton Fader 42...

Spectrum City – (Early Public Enemy)

 Their early history is great; Hank and Keith Boxley (who changed their surname to Shocklee) started Spectrum City in the mid 70s as a mobile DJing unit in Roosevelt, Long Island, and a lot of the energy of the...

Give The Drummer Some

Thanks to Soulmakossa for this list of funky drummers. I prob would have added a few of my faves “Harvey Mason, Uriel Jones, Billy Cobham and Bernard Purdie but these guys are standard issue to every beat collector. Ok so...

Tuff City Records – Aaron Fuchs

  Tuff City Records: Interview with Aaron Fuchs           Fat Lace Magazine » Tuff City Records (Part 1): Interview with Aaron Fuchs. Meeting Aaron Fuchs on his home turf is like walking into a hip-hop...

Dust and Grooves – Rare Vinyl Digging

Dust and Grooves – Rare Vinyl Record Collecting & Crate Digging Photo Blog. Came accross this great Blog site by Eilon Paz Eilon Paz“I bought my first two vinyl records with my own money when I was 9 years...

The Beatnuts: Still Off The Books

The Beatnuts: Still Off The Books – Ruby Hornet. source: Alexander “RTC” Fruchter @ Ruby Hornet The Beatnuts have been relatively quiet since the release of their last proper LP, Milk Mein 2004 aside from a b-side collection and...

When Did Reggae Become Rap

When did Jamaican dance hall reggae become rap? By D. George Published Apr 24, 2004 When did Jamaican dance hall reggae become rap? Are we not putting the carriage before the horse? Contrary to what many may say Rap...

Bobby Robinson (1918-2011) Unreleased History

Bobby Robinson, the founder of one of the first rap labels, Enjoy Records, and the first record man to sign a bonafide hip-hop act from the streets of the Bronx — Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. Bobby Robinson...

KRS The Making Of Criminal Minded

Making of the Moment: Criminal Minded KRS-One is both known for dropping jewels to cultivate minds and dropping bombs to blow minds. The Bronx bred hip-hop pioneer has lived up to both his titles — The Teacha and The...

Disco DJs & Sound Systems

The Roots Of Hip Hop Digging beyond just the “popular Black music” of the 1960s and 70s, further roots of Hip Hop are found in Jazz, African American literature, and the Black Arts Movement of the period.  In particular,...

Minnie Riperton’s Adventures

For sure Hipology is no just straight Hip Hop talk I also wanna share some of my favorite artist, albums and sample flips in this category (Sample Classic). At the same time these     records “possibly” wouldn’t be in my...

D.I.T.C. Leaders Of The True School

Ultra’s “Ego Trippin” and JVC Force’s “Strong Island” were prob the 1st records that made me wanna sell my TR606 and collect records but the crew that inspired my 1st beat diggin’ trip to NY was D.I.T.C. Lord Finesse’s...

Ultimate Breaks & Beats

1986 was rap’s first truly explosive year, when the still-nascent genre began to expand and the previously unheard of became possible: Run-D.M.C. went triple-platinum, the Beastie Boys became rap’s first white superstars, the Juice Crew/Boogie Down Productions “Bridge Wars”...

Top 10 Most Sampled In Hip Hop

Top 10 Most Sampled Songs in Hip Hop crate-digging with Kevin Nottingham shout out to kevinnottingham.com The term “breakbeat” goes all the way back to 1972, when DJ Kool Herc first used two turntables to mix records together to...

Keith Mansfield funky ethics

Keith Mansfield – KPM Library Music Keith Mansfield – KPM Library Music Funky work ethic source: thebeatexcavation.com Words: Welson Creep During the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s Keith Mansfield established himself as one of Britain’s most gifted and prolific composers...

The Most Sampled Drum Break

  Hear the drummer get wicked!!! Clyde Stubblefield On November 20, 1969 “Funky Drummer” was recorded in Cincinnati by the James Brown band, and Clyde Stubblefield’s performance became the mantlepiece for which the song’s name was coined, and retrospectively...