Samples Of The Week: January 15

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: January 15
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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 honey".  This...
  • 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...
  • 25 Photos Of Hip-Hop Artists At Prom
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    Summer is about to be in session. University students wrapped up their final days a month or two ago, and high school students followed suit around two weeks ago. For those high school students in their last year, this inevitably means prom and all the things that go with it: limousines, parents taking photos, getting fancy, friends, and general debauchery as the night progresses. Prom isn't for...
  • Review: Shady Records "Shady XV"
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    Fifteen years of Shady Records represents an unusual time for rap music, transitioning out of the shiny suit era and into a bubble featuring new names. Aside from D12 and Obie Trice releases, the label’s existence was mostly tied to Eminem signing a certain Queens MC. 2011 proves a critical year with the reformation of Bad Meets Evil with friend Royce da 5’9”, and the signings of...
  • Hottest R&B Albums Of 2014
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    R&B will always hold a special place in our hearts. If not for R&B, that first crush, love, kiss, or more might be that much less special. The fact is, today's R&B is a bit different than our parent's R&B.  Nowadays, Hip-Hop culture permeates R&B records, and the music is generally more raw, rugged, and edgy-- however, it is still important to all of our lives and...
  • Bobby Shmurda & GS9 Arrest By The Numbers
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    Bobby Shmurda and various GS9 crew members were picked up by police on Wednesday, December 17th, while recording at Quad studios in NYC. At the time, it was unclear just how serious (and how many) charges the were against the burgeoning rapper and his affiliates. Shmurda had been arrested earlier this year, but that was extremely minor in comparison. Yesterday, after their arraignment, the full...
  • Samples Of The Week: January 29 (Lupe Fiasco Edition)
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    In weeks past, we've chosen to dedicate editions of Samples Of The Week to new albums by J. Cole, Fabolous and Joey Bada$$, which were all chock full of beats that utilized samples. This week, it's Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth that gets the nod, thanks to three particularly noticeable samples/interpolations. Read on to see where Lupe found the sounds to make his dope new...
  • Toronto Sounds: A Look At The Relationship Between Drake & The Weeknd
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    Since 2011, Drake and The Weeknd have dominated the thriving hip-hop/R&B scene in Toronto, though their 
relationship hasn't always been squeaky clean. Now, with The Weeknd's new album out today, and Drake's following soon after, the spotlight has never been brighter. Will Drizzy and The Weeknd continue to feed off each other? Or will the 
two finally go their separate routes. Drake’s...
  • 50 Beats That Will Never Get Old
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    There are some tracks you can listen to on repeat, for days on end, and you'll never get tired of hearing it. A track as a whole has many elements that come into play which gives it that timeless feel, including the rapper, the lyrics and the production. The production is what we're focusing on in this list, not necessarily the tracks that we love because the lyrics are deep or the rapper's flow...
  • 10 Independent Rap Labels On The Rise
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    We're in midst of a major shift in hip-hop right now, where rappers are taking matters into their own hands. Major labels like Interscope, Def Jam, and Atlantic Records seem to be having less control over their artists. The tide is changing, and the result is a mainly positive one. Fans are receiving music how they want, when they want, from their favorite artists without the major-label...
  • Remix Fix: Introducing Petit Biscuit & His Version Of ZHU's "Faded"
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    Earlier this year an alternative Australian radio station started playing new artist ZHU's "Faded", which eventually hit number 1 on the US dance charts thanks to big buzz following all the Aussie promo. ZHU remains anonymous, asking fans to judge the quality of music.Petit Biscuit is a French up-and-coming producer who recently dropped this upbeat remix of "Faded". With a smooth start, a house...
  • 10 Things You Need To Know About ILoveMakonnen
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    Few names have taken the hip-hop world by storm like ILoveMakonnen has in the last few months. A buzz-worthy mixtape artist came to mainstream fame after signing to Drake's OVO Sound label, along with having Drizzy blessing his single "Tuesday" with a verse. ILoveMakonnen's career hasn't been the same since, and Tuesdays at the club have been going up ever since. With all the hype, it's easy to...
  • A History Of Rapper Break-Ups In 2014
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    It has clearly been a tough year for rappers when it comes to love. In 2014, we saw some very long-term relationships, marriages and short flings sadly come to an end, some of which were really unexpected. Being in the public eye as much as some of these rappers are no doubt makes it extremely difficult to maintain normalcy in a relationship. Furthermore, the hectic careers that these artists...
  • Review: Kevin Gates' "Luca Brasi 2"
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    The first Luca Brasi Story, released last February, put Kevin Gates on the map. Soon after, he quietly inked a partnership with Atlantic and a management deal with Young Money. He put out another excellent mixtape, Stranger Than Fiction, months later, and he’s had a similar 2014 in terms of output: two mixtapes, both excellent. Though he was one of twelve XXL Freshmen this year, Gates is no...
  • Top 10 Predictions For 2015
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    2014 was a relatively quiet year for music. It almost felt like the first half of the year was dedicated to the remnants of 2013 (so we had Young Thug continue to blow up, all the Drake leftovers) and the second half was a build up to next year (we received no Lil Wayne or Kendrick Lamar album, etc). Nonetheless, the year is ending on a high note, with albums from J. Cole, PRhyme, Wu-Tang...
  • Remix Fix: LeMarquis Remixes "Rock Wit U" By Ashanti
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    Most of us (contributors and readers alike) remember Ashanti on her A game when we were teenagers also listening to Ja Rule, Missy Elliot, Fat Joe, J. Lo, and other millennium superstars. Her biggest hit "Rock With U", produced by Irv Gotti, hit number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2003.LeMarquis is a French producer based in Paris. He's gaining popularity quickly following his October remix of...
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