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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...

Benji Blunt – Adidas Hipology Custom Shoe

“I feel that customising classic B-Boy shoes is as much ‘Hip Hop’ as ripping samples on an Akai MPC60 or juggling old breaks from rare vinyl. It is about reinvention; taking something and making it your own” Benji Blunt &...

The Art of Rap

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Official 2012 Trailer (HD) SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature length performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast...

Graffiti pioneer “Stay High 149” R.I.P.

Seminal graffiti artist Wayne Roberts, better known as “Stay High 149,” the tag he painted on New York City subway cars throughout the early ’70s, died June 11th from complications of liver disease in the Bronx, N.Y. He was...

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...

DJ Mean Gene (The L Brothers)

Hip Hop Pioneer, DJ Mean Gene’s history and involvement in the Hip Hop Culture. DJ Mean Gene is from the “old school” with a ton of knowledge and has had a major impact on what we call Hip Hop...

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...

Benji Blunt x adidas Superstar

Benji Blunt x adidas Superstar 1 “Sk8ing Ape Star” •    MODEL: ADIDAS SUPERSTAR 1 •    DESIGNED BY: BENJI BLUNT •    MADE IN: UNITED KINGDOM •    MADE ON: 01/12 Benji Blunt doesn’t seem to rest… even with a family running...

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...

Casually Rocking The Kangol

Synonymous with the fact that Kangol had an identifiable logo when sales reached a record high, was the fact that a famous young rapper named James Todd Smith, better know as LL Cool J, wore a Kangol Bermuda Casual...

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...

The Boombox Project

The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music, and the Rise of Hip-Hop (Hardback) Lyle Owerko is a Photojournalist and Commercial Photographer based in New York City. Lyle spent many years photographing and collecting a remarkable set of vintage boomboxes,...

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...

Planet B-Boy (2007)

Evolution of Breakdancing Examined by Electrifying Documentary Back in the Seventies, when black and Latino teenagers from the Bronx first began gyrating wildly and spinning on their heads on pieces of cardboard to hip-hop beats emanating from thudding boom-boxes,...

The Birth of Planet Rock

You Can’t Stop Us Now: The Birth of Planet Rock by Mark Skillz It was an age of wonder. It was the era of the pocket calculator and the digital watch. Toy manufacturer Coleco introduced the first electronic pocket-sized...

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...

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...

Jamel Shabazz Intv & Portfolio – Okayplayer

Jamel Shabazz is already something of a legendary figure in the following categories: photography, hip-hop culture, education, style, swagger and elegance. The fact that it is his image which adorns the cover of undun, the conceptual novel-in-album form that...

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...

A Distinctive Style

  Hip hop fashion is a distinctive style of dress originating with the African-American youth living in New York City and Los Angeles. Each city contributed various elements to its overall style seen worldwide today. Hip hop fashion complements...

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...

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)...

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...

The Story Of Wild Style

 The Story Of Wild Style The Hip Hop History Wild Style | Hip Hop Blog. Posted by Lee Copeland on Feb 19, 2011 in Hip Hop History   Well into its thirties, Hip Hop has grown into a forever...

DJ Pete Jones

Juggling 2 turntables in 1969 JayQuan talks with Pete Jones. JayQuan : Peace …I don’t know where to start….when did you start actually spinning 2 copies of the same record…and what kind of records were you working with ?...

New York’s ‘United Nations of graffiti’

Spray the town red: New York street art New York graffiti artist Meres One shows us a slice of the city rarely seen by visitors – 5Pointz in Queens, the largest street art exhibit space in the world

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...

London Tube Graffiti Writers

Old School London Tube Graffiti I was never a writer myself but when I look back at what made me feel comfortable and real in my own city it was riding on the trains and seening ART all around...

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”...

Hip-Hop Timeline 1970-1989

1970   When The Revolution Comes… The Last Poets release their eponymous debut album. It’s combination of spare funk and aggressive, socially-conscious spoken word will be an early brick in the foundation of what would come to be hip-hop....

The History Of Breaking

“Get on the Good Foot” Breakdancing seems so different from all other kinds of dancing that the first question people ask when they see it is: “Where did these kids learn to dance like that?” To many people, this...

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...

Aerosol Originals: PHASE 2

(aka Lonny Wood) another and well known New York City graffiti artists. Mostly active in the 1970s, Phase 2 is generally credited with originating the “bubble letter” style of graffiti writing, also known as “softies”. He was also influential...

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...

Snatchin’ Cazals

Hip hoppers always have the knack for being the first to be “up” on things – fashion included. If you look back in history many garments and accessories have become synonymous with hip hop music for example KANGOL hats,...

Kool Herc’s First Block Party

DJ Kool Herc DJs his first block party (his sister’s birthday) at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York 13 August 1973 by Angus Batey, The Guardian DJ Kool Herc: ‘When I extended the break, people were ecstatic, because that...

The Hipology Of Spike Lee

Spike Lee movie’s are a great example of the science of hip hop, the art & craft of hip hop culture. You can’t call any of Spikes movie’s “a hip hop” movie but you could call them Hipology. The...

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...

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