Samples Of The Week: November 27

When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that...

  • Samples Of The Week: November 27
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    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh...
  • November Vine Recap
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    We're all doing it for the Vine these days. Six second videos perfectly capture those funny and sometimes awkward situations whether its from a rapper or just the average Joe telling you how things go down in the real world. Watching Vines can become pretty addictive, sometimes you just get mesmerized by the never-ending loop. This month we're giving you a compilation of some of the Vines...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 28)
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    How did this week go? Not great. By another miracle of the justice system, Darren Wilson got away with murdering Michael Brown; a grand jury decided to not indict him. To put this in perspective, you need to be beyond reasonable doubt to prove a defendant is guilty. An indictment only requires suspicion. That jury didn't find suspicion with Brown suffering multiple shots. So you can see how the...
  • What’s New In Battle Rap (November 28)
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    Battle rap is quickly growing as a culture. What was almost completely relegated to street corners and Youtube a few years ago has garnered national recognition, more tv programming, Pay-Per-View events, and other attention of the mainstream media. Hip Hop icons like Eminem and Snoop Dogg have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand. That being the...
  • Read Up: 10 Good Rapper Biographies
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    Rappers are not only given a talent to create stunning lyrical masterpieces, but often times, they've also survived incredibly rough upbringings and dangerous circumstances. While some document their story and their struggle in song, there are often plenty of details overlooked, which is why getting a biography on your favorite rapper is usually pretty exciting.  Several of the rap artists on...
  • Behind The Beat: Suicideyear
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    James Prudhomme, who produces as Suicideyear, is only 18, though his virtuosity might suggest otherwise. He's a guy who isn’t afraid to let his youth (not inexperience) shine through. He lets his muddled teenage emotions pour into his work. He sounds like he’s 18—innocent, moody, and, ultimately, hopeful—albeit, one of the more talented 18-year-old producers you’ll ever encounter....
  • #TBT: RUN-DMC's Hottest Tracks
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    In 1981, three Queens, New Yorkers got together to unknowingly change the course of music history. RUN-DMC is inarguably one of the greatest music groups of all time, and most definitely in the upper echelon of contributors to the hip-hop culture. It's safe to say that Hot New Hip-Hop would not exist without the contribution of these men: Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jam Master Jay...
  • 10 Fashion-Conscious Rappers
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    Fashion has always been a very big part of the hip hop and it is only getting bigger. Today we are witnessing a number of rappers who treat style as an important part of their career and lifestyle. Not only are they wearing the latest collections, they are also being invited into the fashion world. Many of these rappers are frequents guests of Fashion Week whether in New York or Paris. Quite...
  • Remix Fix: Orange Calderón Chops Up Travi$ Scott's "Drugs You Should Try It"
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    If you're feeling sluggish this Wednesday morning, well, Remix Fix probably won't help with that (and sorry we're a day late). This week we take things the chopped and screwed direction, with a chopped up remix of Travi$ Scott's already-melancholic "Drugs You Should Try It." DJ Orange Calderón, whom we came across perusing Soundcloud, is actually one of those #rare female DJs, or as...
  • 10 Frequently Sampled Records In Hip-Hop
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    Nowadays, creating new and original music is very much easier said than done. That being said, a huge part of creating dope hip hip music involves sampling. This is exactly how it sounds: taking a portion, or sample (there it is), of a previous song and reusing it in a difference piece, in an effort to create something (almost) entirely unique. This could mean a specific instrument, such as a...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 17-23
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    TOP TRACKS BACK, TOP TRACKS BACK. After a brief hiatus, our weekly rundown of notable and popular releases has returned.  Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. For tracks that deserve more love than they got, go...
  • Review: Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire"
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    Releasing two full length albums in one year is a rare feat most rappers will never accomplish, but in a sense, it's really nothing new for Rick Ross, who yesterday released Hood Billionaire, his second solo album of the year. The rapper has been dropping albums, along with mixtapes that have been considered to be as good as albums, within months of each other for years now. His latest album,...
  • Classic Rotation: Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
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    Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde was released 22 years ago today on November 24, 1992, through Delicious Vinyl Records. Produced almost solely by former group member J-Swift (local producer LA Jay and SlimKid3 co-produced the track "Otha Fish" after J-Swift left the group after a falling out), the album is still hailed by critics and hip-hop heads as one of the best alternative hip-hop...
  • 7 Female Rappers From Detroit
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    With the swift rise of Detroit’s DeJ Loaf, one would wonder what other talent the Motor City is harboring. Many dope artists, who have garnered mainstream success have hailed from Detroit, such as J. Dilla, Big Sean, Eminem, Danny Brown, Kid Rock, Angel Haze, Madonna, Slum Village and a few others. But the overnight success of DeJ Loaf has made her rise very interesting to watch. Her hit...
  • Crew Love: Quality Control
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    The sensational trio Migos have let loose over five projects since their liftoff back in 2011. After linking with Quality Control Music founder and previous manager to Jeezy and Gucci Mane, Coach K, the Atlanta-based squad became one of the hottest commodities nationwide. In the few years since its birth, QC has become one of the most developed independent crews with new, gifted members...
  • 10 Essential Lucki Eck$ Tracks
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     Lucki Eck$ is one of the most interesting characters in the rap game. Still a teenager, the rapper has taken the world by storm with his lazy flow, smooth beats and often uncomfortable subject matter. With two hot mixtapes under his belt in 2013's Alternative Trap and this year's Body High, the young star has proven his power in full-length projects. And after linking up with the likes of...
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