Samples Of The Week: February 6

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: February 6
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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...
  • The TDE Timeline: A Magnified Look At Top Dawg's Rise To The Top
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    For Top Dawg Entertainment, it's been all grind. A decade ago, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith began building the groundwork for the independent label. The first artist signed by Tiffith was Watts, Los Angeles rapper Jay Rock. The next was K-Dot, a king now known as Kendrick Lamar. From there TDE's success gradually snowballed, effectively becoming the West Coast powerhouse they are today.  Thus...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Jan. 27- Feb. 2
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    This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
  • Trophies: Counting Down Drake's Number One Hits
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    Since August 18 2012, Drake surpassed the legendary Jay Z in terms of number one records on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Jay Z held the title with nine number ones at the time, but Drizzy pulled in his tenth number one with being featured on 2 Chainz's "No Lie". He acknowledged his victory on the track "5AM In Toronto" saying: "You underestimated greatly / Most number ones ever,...
  • What The Kendrick/Macklemore Debate Means For Hip-Hop
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    There are many out there who are still upset and lay dormant, content to grumble mildly because, after all, it has been a week. A week and two days, to be precise, since Macklemore took home Best Rap Album and Best New Artist at the Grammys, signaling a parade of heated discourse, Instagrams, tweets, Instagrams of tweets, and a general consensus from the “real hip-hop” community that...
  • Best Rapper Ad-Libs Currently In The Game
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    When used properly, ad-libs can really accelerate the popularity of an artist. Just ask Big Sean or 2 Chainz. These between-the-lines phrases are designed to hype up listeners, adding extra energy to their verses. Ad-libs tend to be funny, serious, or flat-out ridiculous. Recently, acts like Migos have taken ad-libs to the next level. While some rapper ad-libs can be annoying, there are those...
  • Rappers React To The Seahawks Winning The Super Bowl
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    Everyone was tuned in last night to the Super Bowl XLVIII, as the Seattle Seahawks seemed to easily beat the Denver Broncos, making many fans either extremely frustrated or extremely happy, depending on which side you were on. Although the Broncos managed to score some points in the latter half of the game, it was by no means enough to catch up to the Seahawks, who by that time were far...
  • Crew Love: A$AP Mob
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    As yesterday's flash mob in NYC proved, the A$AP name can still send fans into frenzied riots. A$AP Rocky was the first member of the crew to blow up, doing so with his 2011 mixtape Live.Love.A$AP, but the world was eventually introduced to the colorful cast of characters who make up his Harlem-based A$AP Mob crew. With fashion endeavors, guest spots, production credits, and eventually...
  • Love & Hip-Hop: Best Moments of Season 4
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    Monday nights on VH1 (referred to as #MenaMondays by some) is one of the most exciting nights for reality TV due to the fact that is when the drama-filled Love & Hip-Hop airs, causing the "twitterverse"to be on tilt from 8PM-9PM. From Erica Mena's crazy outbursts, Peter Gunz's newfound Stevie J-like persona, and "Joehiry's" rocky relationship, Love & Hip-Hop produces memorable moments...
  • New Nike LeBron 11 Fairfax PE
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    The Nike LeBron 11 "Fairfax" PE comes in both home and away colorways, but it looks as though these will be exclusive to the big-time Los Angeles based High School program. The away version features a yellow and gold build with red accents, while the home version is predominately white.  We also get a glimpse of the Nike LeBron 11 SVSM PE, in its green and gold glory,...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: February 2
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    The Grammys had a positive effect in terms of album sales, as those nominated and those who won both received a boost in the past seven days. Despite Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city not taking home a Grammy, the rapper still saw a spike in his sales and an almost twenty-spot jump up the charts. Of course, four-time Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also benefited this past week,...
  • Underrated Audio: January 25- January 31
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    As we do every week, we're bringing you some dope records that dropped in the last seven days, each of which deserve more views. This week was pretty busy in terms of major single releases, we saw the return of Luda with "Party Girls," we saw the return of Big Sean with his "1st Quarter" freestyle and we even got some free music from J. Cole, not to mention another comeback, from Cam'ron (with...
  • Hottie Vs Hottie: Seahawks Vs Broncos (Super Bowl XLVIII Cheerleaders Edition)
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    Regardless of who you think will triumph in Super Bowl XLVIII, let's take a moment to see which team wins for having the hottest cheerleaders.  It's not always easy to judge when we're taking into account two collective groups, so take some time to peruse the galleries above in order to make an informed decision.Is this a close call?  Or does one team take home the hardware in a...
  • Dope Air Jordan 1 Carbon Fiber Customs
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    The Air Jordan 1 "Carbon Fiber" comes to us by way of JBF Customs. The unique take on the classic Air Jordan 1 silhouette features carbon fiber paneling at the mid panel and toe box. Patent leather branding and suede round out the black/red/white Air Jordan 1. What's the word; Cop or Not?  
  • Pharrell Sightings
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    Pharrell's large hat at the Grammys got just about everyone talking, and has become a famous entity in and of itself. However many people have figured out by now that the hat was actually paying homage to the 1982 music video from Malcolm McLaren and the World's Famous Supreme Team, "Buffalo Gals".  We've decided to put together a quick gallery of Pharrell's hat through out...
  • Producers To Watch In 2014
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    2013 was dominated by emerging producers. Mike WiLL Made It and DJ Mustard, who seemed like newcomers at the top of the year, ended things off with major label artist deals, hits with some of the biggest artists in the game.  That being said, 2014 could be anybody's year. While some of the artists collected in this list are more renowned than others-- they all have the ability to raise...
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