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Diamond District – “First Step”

Well it’s about COTDAYAM TIME!!! One our favorite hip hop groups representing D.C. is back! I’ve been a fan ever since their first album dropped & have been waiting for the trio to regroup & drop some new bangers! With everything going on in the world right now Oddisee, yU, and X.O.’s next album ‘March On Washington’ due October 14th is an appropriate title of what’s to come. For now your ‘First Step’ should be to peep the bangin’ new single.

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DJ Jaycee x Michael Jackson – “Remember The Time” (Eargasmic Re-Fixx)

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Oh yeah. Sir, yessir! DJ Jaycee does the best impression of an insane person on mixes like this. Check out his crazy dope Eargasmic Re-Fixx of one of those don’t-even-touch-it songs – “Remember The Time” by Michael Jackson.

A quick sample of crack from my upcoming mixtape “Long Live The King” that drops on MJ’s birthday, August 29th.
DJ Jaycee

Wait…this is FREE?? Go. Go get a copy NOW!

DOWNLOAD: DJ JAYCEE X MICHAEL JACKSON – REMEMBER THE TIME (EARGASMIC RE-FIXX)

Apollo Brown Plays ‘Rhythm Roulette’ With Mass Appeal (Video)

On this episode of Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal meets up with Apollo Brown in his town (Detroit, MI, USA) to make some music. Challenge: Get blindfolded, get in The Record Graveyard, get 3 records out of the stacks, get to work making a beat out of those random blind picks.

Is Brown down for the game? Click play above and see.

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‘The Art Behind The Tape’ Welcomes Guest J Period (Video)

DJ Mars travels to Brooklyn (NY, USA) to talk with DJ J Period and Designer Fuse Green to discuss the process of creating some classic mixtape art. Click to play this webisode of “The Art Behind The Tape.”

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Making The Beat: The 45 King Welcomes Large Professor And Operator EMZ (Video)

Great talk with Large Professor and Operator EMZ on the latest Making The Beat episode. Producing, DJ sets, 45s + other vinyl gems and more get touched on in the on-cam at-the-mic discussion with The 45 King. Looks like there’ll at least be a ‘part 2′ to this goodness, as this is ‘part 1.’ Watch and enjoy.

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The Boiler Room: The 45 King Outtakes (Video)

A real DJ applauds the work of others. In case you’re not knowing, DJ Mark The 45 King is worthy of a standing ovation…whether you are a DJ or not. It should be enough of a cue that this is recommended viewing, per tweet from the DJ Premier.

The Boiler Room is visiting The 45 King in his New Jersey castle. Click play… then hold your applause till the end so you don’t miss anything. And this is outtake video. Dope!

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Statik Selektah ft. Action Bronson x Royce Da 5’9 x Black Thought – “The Imperial”


Statik Selektah does it again with another banger! Showoff and Duck Down Music labels teaming to release “What Goes Around” (LP) to the teeming masses of Statik Selektah fans on August 19, 2014. But Stat Diddy went ahead and let “The Imperial” (featuring Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9 and Black Thought) fall off the promo wagon. Pick it up below.  This ill track got some quality spitters on this jawn. ‘Imperial’ is a perfect name for this joint right here. Superior lyricism & production. Dayaam! Be on the lookout for the new album ‘What Goes Around’ when it drops August 19th on Duck Down Records.

DOWNLOAD: STATIK SELEKTAH – THE IMPERIAL FT. ACTION BRONSON X ROYCE 5’9 X BLACK THOUGHT

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Behind The Beat: Jake One On The Making Of 50 Cent’s “The Funeral” (Video)

Seattle producer Jake One aka ‘Snare Jordan’ is a beast with the beatmaking. We’ve posted on him before. Did you know his work was on one of those monster singles from 50′s “Animal Ambition” LP? Well, here’s visuals on his making of the “The Funeral” beat. Daughter with him, at the house, kind of like a take your kid to work day.

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Producer D.R.U.G.S. Speaks On Digging In The Crates, His History And Process And More (Video)

OHHHHHHHH! How did this sneak by me? Older video to be sure, but THIS… this is so worth the ‘late pass’ – especially with the action we’re getting from the “Childhood Gold” he produced for 6 Rings Music. In this 3-parter, the beat beast D.R.U.G.S. said his MOM ‘taught’ him how to crate dig (having a deep record collection, recognizing Hip-Hop samples and playing source music) from the start. And listen in Part 3 at 9:14… Wooooo! VERY FAMILIAR!!! Like last Saturday’s Beatz & Lyrics show familiar. ‘Where My D.R.U.G.S. At?’ Above. Great video through and through. Check out Part 1 (Parts 2 and 3 after the jump). Shout to 6 Rings Music. Respect to D.R.U.G.S.!

6 RINGS – CHILDHOOD GOLD EP (PRODUCED BY D.R.U.G.S.)

- @ojones1

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Mark Ronson TED Talks About Sampling (Video)

How apropos for Hip-Hop Appreciation Week! Producer Mark Ronson shows and proves… lectures and moves the crowd at TED with his sampling/mixing demo and talk about the history of such. A very enlightening way to spend 15 minutes; learning from a musical scholar!

(You can study more on Mark here.)

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Mtume Gives The ‘Juicy’ Details To DJ Evil Dee (Video)

The Mtume classic tune “Juicy Fruit” has been sampled by way more artists than B.I.G. over the years.  It’s a Hip Hop music go-to-source, so it’s only right for beat:repeat NYC to get insights from Mtume. In this episode of the series, Mtume talks a bit about boxing (relating the sweet science to music making), about the making of the “Juicy Fruit” tune and then some. Then, Da Beatminerz’s DJ Evil Dee does his own thing with a “Juicy Fruit” sample on the old school SP-1200.

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RADIO: AB+L Welcomes DJ Jo Def To Atlanta (Audio)

ArtbyOdell. Radio Host (shout to Beatz & Lyrics). Music Journalist. ATL insider. When you got ‘juice’ you leverage that. Case in point: The homie O-Diesel sat down and got dialed in with Producer/DJ Jo Def of the Soulection crew for an exclusive interview on behalf of the great folks over at AB+Lradio.com. The interview covers the Vibes 2 event where Jo Def will be making his Atlanta debut! Will Edmond of the WERC Crew (promoters of the event) sits in on the ArtbyOdell/AB+L interview, too.

The Vibes 2 event goes down May 29, 2014, at the Sound Table on Edgewood (Atlanta). Stay tuned for a live mix by Jo Def on the day of the show (all this brought to you by ArtbyOdellAB+Lradio.com New Rules New Radio)! But for now, check out the interview audio…including some VERY dope mixing and blending!

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: AB+L WELCOMES DJ JO DEF TO ATLANTA (AUDIO)

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!llmind – “Mamma Said” (Instrumental)

Barely controlled auditory chaos! That’s the first single (“Mamma Said”) from the !llmind EP “BoomTrap Volume 2.”

“The #BoomTrap movement is so exciting for me, so I wanted to keep the party going with my new Volume 2 EP. To me, it’s a step up in terms of energy and creativity. I’m having so much fun with 808 bass, and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I enjoy creating it!”

- !llmind

!LLMIND – MAMMA SAID | BOOMTRAP VOLUME 2

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D.I.T.C. – The Remix Project (Mixtape)

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It’s out. NOW! The NYC elite D.I.T.C. crew launched a new website AND have released a mixtape to boot! You’ve been seeing the leak posts. You’ve heard the producers on deck remixing for this: Alchemist, Bink!, Apollo Brown, DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, Marco Polo… Sure, but did you know that D.I.T.C. Entertainment is offering “The Remix Project” for FREE?!?! Download your copy NOW (link below)!

DOWNLOAD: D.I.T.C. – THE MIXTAPE PROJECT

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Ski Beatz Plays ‘Rhythm Roulette’ With Mass Appeal Media (Video)

Rhythm Roulette features an accomplished producer (like Ski Beatz, whose legendary work includes Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents” and Curren$y’s “Pilot Talk”) blindfolded… fumbling through stacks of strange wax… to pick three source tracks. The challenge: Make a banger. Can he do it? Cliffhanger…

Watch.

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Behind The Mix: J.Period On Making This Season’s Brooklyn Nets’ Theme Song (Video)

Curator for game music at The Barclay, and producer of the Brooklyn Net’s theme for their season opener, J.Period gives us a nice behind the scenes perspective it all. Interesting, but it’s still #TEAMHEAT all day ehr’day.

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RADIO: AB+L Welcomes DJ LAKIM To Atlanta (Audio)

Yessir! The homie ArtbyOdell, Radio Host/Music Journalist you can hear on every Beatz & Lyrics show here (follow @BeatzLyricsATL), had an exclusive sit-down (at Atlanta’s recent Sound Table event) with Soulection member and Producer/DJ LAKIM on behalf of the great folks over at AB+Lradio.com. The interview also includes Will Edmond (Marketing & Event Mgr with the WERC crew) who was responsible for bringing LAKIM to Atlanta. ArtbyOdell speaks with LAKIM about his musical inspirations, his debut LP “This is Her” and more. Edmond also discusses what he and the WERC crew want to do for the Atlanta party scene and why it was important for them to bring LAKIM to spin in Atlanta.

Listen to the interview. And make sure you stay tuned into ablradio.com for more. Download the AB+L radio free mobile app (at www.ablradio.com) and take the music with you wherever you go.

DOWNLOAD: AB+L X DJ LAKIM X WILL EDMOND INTERVIEW (AUDIO)

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And The Next Contestant On ‘Rhythm Roulette’… Erick Sermon (Video)

So, you probably know how the E Double gets down with some Parliament or Marvin Gaye samples. But what about three random a$$ records he pulled from the Mass Appeal stacks… blindfolded. Can he make a beat from his collections? Can the Def Squad El Jefe make a beat from his selections? Click play and see.

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RIP Frankie Knuckles, Legendary DJ And Godfather Of House Music

BkH-GitCUAAr0nMSenator (now President) Barack Obama, pictured with First Lady Michelle (left) helped declare August 25, 2004, Frankie Knuckles (right) Day in Chicago.

The psalmist wrote, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the mourning.” Often, mourners gain comfort from these words; because they remind them that the pain of losing a loved one will not last. But the memories, legacy and love… those should. But first the respect due, demands we take a somber moment, family.

For House heads, dancers, and fans worldwide, it is not ‘breaking’ news so much as heartbreaking news that the
The Huffington Post reported yesterday: “Frankie Knuckles… Godfather of House Music… dies at 59 in Chicago.”

Bronx, New York (USA), native DJ Frankie Knuckles died unexpectedly on Monday afternoon; his cause of death not officially disclosed as of Tuesday morning. Having started DJing in The Bronx in 1972, Knuckles moved to Chicago in the late 1970s and played regularly at major venues through the late 1980s. His sets laid the groundwork for electronic dance music culture — his best known tracks, crossing and puling in fans from many genres, included “Your Love,” “The Whistle Song,” “Tears” and remixes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode and many others. Knuckles won a Grammy in 1997, had a stretch of Jefferson Street in Chicago (where the famed Warehouse venue once stood) named after him in 2004 and was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Knuckles remained active until his sudden passing, playing a show just two days before his death.

For the legend, the set has now moved to another venue. Yet, we have much to celebrate and celebrate with here. Take your time, fam. Join the party when you’re ready… after the jump.

READ: FRANKIE KNUCKLES, GODFATHER OF HOUSE MUSIC DIES, AT 59 (HUFFINGTON POST)

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Hip-Hop Wired Gives DJ Premier Some Time To Wax Nostalgic About NYC’s D&D Studios, Guru Memories And More (Video)

Wow. DJ Premier sharing something special with us via sit-down with Hip-Hop Wired. Yeah, take it personal. And we personally give credit to OkayPlayer for the scoop.

Primo spoke to the grand influence and presence of the studio and former of house of D&D Records in the golden era, the late, great Guru’s writing method, all of NYC’s golden-era luminaries that graced that janky booth on West 37th with their greatness–i.e Nas, Biggie, Hov, KRS, Jeru amongst countless others – as well as how their classic Nice & Smooth collaboration “DWYCK” came together. So go ahead and get learned to the legacy of D&D with DJ Premier.”

- OkayPlayer

A fist fight? Guru and Primo? WHAT??? Watch the clip!

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