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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...

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...

1988: Roger Linn Designs the MPC60

Roger Linn is a designer of electronic music products, best known for his invention of the LM-1 Drum Computer, the first programmable, sampled-sound drum machine in 1979. Manufactured by his company Linn Electronics, the LM-1 and its successors 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...

Bongo Barbershop – Africa

Bongo Barbershop | Africanhiphop.com. You may know Balozi as Dola Soul as a member of the legendary Deplowmatz, one of the first rap groups in East Africa to hold it down in the mid nineties. Balozi lives in NYC...

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...

Tommy Boy’s Silverman Talks Business

Tom Silverman, CEO of Tommy Boy Records, on the Music Industry Interview by FuNkwoRm on 05-10-2009 Tommy Boy Records’ role in the history of hip hop has been of great significance. From the very beginning, artists on that label...

The Arthur Baker Connection.

I knew before there was even a rap on it. I went home the night we cut the track and brought the tape home and I said to my wife at the time, “We’ve just made musical history”.  PLANET...

Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest.

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...

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...

ESG – A Disco Hip Hop Punk Fusion

ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold) are a band that emerged from the South Bronx, New York, U.S. in the early 1980′s. The band originally consisted of the Scroggins sisters, Renee (vocals), Valerie (drums), Deborah (bass) and Marie (congas, vocals)...

Half Man Half Machine Mantronix

Mantronix provided rap music with its first man-machine, Kurtis Mantronik These days when we think of Beat makers the MPC or Maschine comes to mind but the art and technicality of programing a REAL 808 or 909 should never...

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...

UK Hip Hop DJ’s Biznizz & Pogo

 UK Hip Hop Legends DJ Biznizz and DJ Pogo breaking it down for “True School Stories”. True School Stories is a WHOA! TV presentation that follows the legends of UK Rap. In this fourth two part episode we talk...

Jazz And Hip Hop Can They Really Mix?

lets get in the mix! Personally I would never have got into Jazz if I hadn’t been into hip hop. I went from collecting drum breaks to horn samples and keys on to appreciating the whole piece of music...

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...

SP12: Still King Of The Beats

SP12/1200: Still King Of The Beats SP-12® Overview The Drumulator II Roger Linn’s company continued to set the pace for drum machine development in the early 1980’s, and after the roaring sucess of the Drumulator, E-mu Systems moved into the...

Hank Shocklee Bomb Squad

Public Enemy is without a doubt the most influential rap group of our planet. Thanks to Hank Shocklee. The founding member and legendary DJ/producer gives you an insight into the beginnings of P.E.. Whether it is the complementary combination...