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Nottz Draws His ‘Rhythm Roulette’ Wax From The Same Stacks J Dilla Did (Video)

Re-read the byline and watch Nottz stylin’ on ’em in this episode of Rhythm Roulette. Upside: You KNOW the pickings should be good since they are the same plates used by the late great J Dilla. Downside: Who’s gonna do it doper than Dilla? Hmmmm….

Rhythm Roulette. J Dilla Edition. Nottz Raw!

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DJ Premier – “Rest In Purple” (Prince Tribute Mix)

Preme, his manager Ian, and DJ Finesse made this last minute mix happen in honor of the dearly departed Artist.

I want to salute one of the greatest artists in the world… the artist known as Prince.
DJ Premier

Jack Daniels salute to Prince Rogers Nelson. May he Rest In Purple.

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Hi-Tek Speaks On J Dilla (Video)

Legendary producer Hi-Tek discusses the first time he connected with Dilla at Electric Lady Studios, what it’s like to play a beat for J Dilla, and how he got involved with “The Diary.”


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Rhythm Roulette With A Big K.R.I.T. Beat… And Rhyme (Video)

Big K.R.I.T. kept it real in every way on this installment of Rhythm Roulette. The session was destined for greatness when he had a phenomenal 3-blind-pick (you’ll see). Lots of meaty gravy to extract and spread all over the tracks. The result was a dope beat; so dope, Shaka Zulu was already mouthing lyrics to it as he and K.R.I.T. listened. But hold up… the beat’s made and laid, and K.R.I.T. is already in the studio, and there is a hot mic right there…

Yeah, you already KNOW what he did!

Plus (on the realness), he shouted out a gang of fam at the end. Never forget from whence you came nor with whom you come up. Salute K.R.I.T.

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Chaz: In Parts (Mini-Documentary)

“Oh yo, this dude looks like Pharrell!”
I got that every day.
Toro y Moi

Watch this look-back, look-within short documentary film about Chaz Bundick (aka the South Carolina-born producer professionally known as Toro y Moi).

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DJ Khaled Gives You The Keys…To Winning (Video)

Now you know… ‘They’ is the hater, the loser… the ones NOT to be entertained. Take your lead (like Kim K and The Bieb) from ‘The Best’ – DJ Khaled. He’s super-serious!

The Hip-Hop producer’s fame has exploded since he started sharing moments from his private life on the mobile app.

Watch the Snapchat King win again (above)… might learn yourself a thing or three about how you can, too. Or just maybe you just enjoy the clip. See? You win either way!

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Karriem Riggins & J Rocc Doing Dilla Recreations: “Lightworks” / “E=MC²” (Video)

In The basement Dungeon at Stones Throw Records, Karriem Riggins and J Rocc get down on some improvisational performing of their spins on the late great J Dilla’s “Lightworks” and “E=MC².” Oh…It’s a 360-Degree video if you got that kind of tech. Click play either way, and here we go!

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Psycho Les (Of The Beatnuts) Plays The Game Of ‘Rhythm Roulette’ (Video)

Okay, The Beatnuts ain’t nobody’s punk when it comes to beat supremacy. But something about the way member Psycho Les glares for a sec when he puts on the lenses and says he’s about to turn into Large Professor on them. Boom! The game is no longer a game. Watch a music maker make more music from music he picked… blindfolded. And it’s gonna be nice. You know this. It’s Rhythm Roulette!

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Lord Finesse At Home In His Studio (Video)

I like that funk. Hahaaaaa!

Nice! Pre-production at the home studio; a different look at the D.I.T.C. representer >Lord Finesse. Probably still nodding to that “16 & Out” he produced, huh? Now you see how such beat beauty gets birthed.

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!llmind Talks Beats And Music Technology (Video)

Team Back Pack hit one out the yard with this interview clip. Always love the work of !llmind; the wisdom that master craftsmen like Young Guru and himself share though. Priceless. Heck, how dope do your words have to be to have Joell Ortiz, in the room and barely speak, and your video is still a keeper?

You could create million-dollar sound music with less than $100. And I love that… It gives the kid… with a huge passion to create music .. it gives that kid that type of platform; to be able to express themselves in that way… But it also gives the f#cking knucklehead… doing it for the wrong reasons, giving that person the opportunity, too.

Yeah. Watch!


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‘Rhythm Roulette’ Live Featuring Exile (Video)

Exile plays Rhythm Roulette to win! Chopping and blending sounds from three randomly selected records… nah, how about Exile flipped one of the records in three different ways, managing to sample Fashawn and work his ‘owwwww’ into the track. Press play above, then shhhhh… genius at work!

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Two-Hour Live Interview With Kanye West (Video)

People’s misunderstanding of me is a misunderstanding of themselves.
Kanye West

Okay, say what you will about Kanye (and you will, just the way it is), but the man is a phenomenon. And as such, we are almost equally blessed and stressed by what we know and think we know about him. And even when so-called ‘craziness’ comes to light related to dude, we’re more likely to run toward it than away. But this low-key live interview interaction with Ye gives us another look at the man, dispelling some myths (letting others ride), talking in the way of a misunderstood legend. Think John Lennon back in the day when watching this (uh oh, might have to do some more Googling, ha).

Good watch. Right under two hours… wow! Full transcript available, too.


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9th Wonder’s ‘Rhythm Roulette’ Beat Was So Dope Rapsody Had To Have It…NOW! (Video)

Rhythm Roulette with a new episode featuring the North Carolina super-producer 9th Wonder. Blindfolded crate-digging at The Record Krate in Raleigh, the back to his studio to watch a master craftsman at work – using Charly McClain, Jermaine Jackson, and The Temprees.

Then… Rapsody stepped to the mic to record to the resulting track! Tested and blessed it. Yes she did! Check it out.

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Monday/Friday – “Right On” (Video)

Yamin Semali & Illastrate a dope emcee and a dope producer and together they make up the group Monday/Friday.  They have brought us another video from their current self titled album Monday/Friday.  The track is Right On” where Yamin delivers meaningful lyrics over Illastrate’s quality production.  Directed by Dazzell Matthews follow Yamin around WestView Atlanta draped in regal gear representing for East Point, GA. CLICK HERE to Download the Monday/Friday Album


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Araabmuzik – “King” (EP)

Brand new project that Araabmuzik dropped in conjunction with AKAI & Muzik Headphones. Take a listen


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Araabmuzik – “Goon Loops” (Instrumental EP)

I can listen to Araabmuzik beats all day. Peep 1 of the latest instrumental EP’s he recently dropped appropriately titled “Goon loops”. Niiiiiice!

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DJ Khaled Speaks On The Music Industry, His Fiancé And More (Video)

DJ Khaled. The Best… in-studio guest on Sway In The Morning. At least, he is one of them. Here he is talking about his restaurant, his headphone line, his production company and label… oh and that new album (“I Changed A Lot”) he has out now.


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Tall Black Guy – “Boiler Room London DJ Set”

Sunday easy listening grooving brought to you from Tall Black Guy on his Boiler Room London set. Lovely mix. Sounds like a nice crowd in attendance, too. Enjoy the music and vibes…and the FREE download.

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George Lucas Has Advice For J.J. Abrams & Any Future ‘Star Wars’ Directors (Video)

Of course, we all know that the “Star Wars” franchise is George Lucas’ baby from before the cradle; but for “The Force Awakens” J.J. Abrams is the new dad. Ready for it to hit theaters December 18, 2015? So are George and J.J. we bet. Check out the short clip with Lucas.


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Large Professor Takes His ‘Rhythm Roulette’ Challenge Seriously (Video)

Large Pro… They caught up with me… We gone do this Rhythm Roulette

Amazing that this epic episode has not happened sooner. Large Professor has done legendary work for legendary emcees and singers. And now that it has happened, Large Pro declares several times in the clip above that he is “not just gone make some ol’ bullsh!t” – which he does NOT!

Yooo… if you are a spitter, you will WANT this beat for yourself!! Ha! You slept! Tragedy is already jumping the track. WOOOOOOO!

For this installment of Rhythm Roulette, we connected with Extra P, aka Large Professor. We took the legendary Queens producer to Human Head Records in Brooklyn, where he picked three random records to begin a game of Rhythm Roulette. He ended up grabbing an Instant Funk record, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ Black and Blue album, and Shirley Scott’s On A Clear Day. From there, Extra P began to go through the records and create some new heat from what he picked.

Shout out to Tragedy Khadafi for the cameo.

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