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Kaytranada Speaks On His Coming Up As A Music Maker (Video)

We post stuff from and on super-producer Kaytranada whenever we can. So you know he’s dope. But the how’s and why’s behind that: that you might not know… until now. Y’all gone learn today! Hahaaa!

Kaytranada — the Haitian-born, Quebec-raised DJ and producer — started out messing with music on the family computer in his basement. Using production software, and posting his music online, Kaytra’s use of technology helped him bring his unique sound into the real world. Years later the high school dropout’s music can be heard on dance floors around the globe.
– Complex

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DJ Premier Speaks On His And Jay-Z’s Musical Partnership (Video)

Jigga knows what he wants in a beat, and Preemo always knew how to deliver it. That’s what’s up. And that’s why the two always made beautiful music together!

There have been a million and one producer and MC combinations over the years, but none are quite like JAY-Z and DJ Premier. The Marcy legend and Gang Starr icon have produced nothing but fire over their brief stint of collaboration, first exploring their chemistry in 1996 for ‘Reasonable Doubt’ (“D’Evils,” “Friend or Foe,” “Bring it On”) and again for Hov’s sophomore LP, ‘In My Lifetime,’ Vol. 1. That album’s multi-part opening, “Intro/A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More,” is a favorite—a song that Premier broke down in the latest installment of MASS APPEAL’s new series, “Off The Record.”
– Mass Appeal

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Shannon Sharpe Says, “Let Me Celebrate!” So Remix God Suede Dropped This Beat And It Was On (Video)

For some reason, this does not seem to have gone as viral as the “Evaculation” mash. But please believe that this “Milds & That Yak” clip flip is just as much a trip.

Remix God Suede went HARD and brought out them Sharpe BARZ for Shannon! Hahaaaaa!

@ojones1

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Watch The Hatchfund Campaign Video For “Yasuke: Birth Of A Samurai” (Trailer)

Dude. DUDE! It’s legend meets line-and-ink in this animated Black Samurai joint in development. Gotta make this happen! If Tom Cruise can be “The Last Samurai,” can we please get the first Black Samurai project greenlit & funded… please?

(Watch above and see how YOU can help, too.)

Lionsgate has put into development, a feature film based on Yasuke’s life, with “Highlander” creator Gregory Widen on board to script the project which they are currently calling “Black Samurai.” Described as an action drama, Mike De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux are producing, and the film is a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions.
– Shadow and Act

Good feeling about this. Lionsgate Films AND the dude that brought the Kitana blade-swinging, head-decapitating ‘Duncan MacLeod Of The Clan MacLeod’ to life (Gregory Widen) are already attached. Dope!

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Rhythm Roulette With DJ Dahi (Video)

You know DJ Dahi (if not, study up via this link to all our posts on him here). Whether you did before now or not, prepare to be impressed (again) with his beatwork; specifically, the work he put in using his blind 3 picks on this episdoe of Rhythm Roulette.

Wait. He’s is picking from a curated stack for this Serato Edition, just like DJ Jazzy Jeff did. Is this the thing now? Oh wait, there’s another episode he did before this, where Dahi blind-picked, sampled, clipped and mixed per the established rules? Came up with THREE beats??? Nice!

(See that after the jump.)

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Rhythm Roulette With DJ Jazzy Jeff (Video)

Okay. Up front, I gotta admit that I yelled and pointed at the screen, “CHEATER!” While DJ Jazzy Jeff did pick his three plates blindfolded, his selection was curated. The picks were from a COLLECTION (e.g. no chance of pulling any wack or even wacky records). Booooo!

Then I fell back. Rhythm Roulette is not so much a ‘competition’ that someone can cheat and win. When someone like The Magnificient DJ Jazzy Jeff blesses with records like this… Truth is, we ALL win!

@ojones1

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DJ Premier On The Turntables For His Very Own ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ (Video)

DJ Premier with The Badder Band doing a short set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series. Yeah, you read right. Preem on NPR! And now you are so intrigued you MUST press play above, right? Well, do that now, so we don’t spoil things for you. So worth it!

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Throwback: Full Force On Their Infamous “I Smell Pu**y” Line From “House Party” (Video)

Score for this one! If you were alive when the “House Party” movie came out, you KNOW that “I smell… I SMELL… PU**Y” line. Classic cinema right there. Check out the cats that made it [in]famous speaking on it today.

(And they talk about making great music with Lisa Lisa… who EVERYBODY wanted to ‘take home’ back in the day. YES!)

@ojones1

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DJ Nu-Mark – “Leo Mix” (Video)

Crazy dope thing is… I always envision/mimic deejays when I am really into the mixes they are doing. And seeing them in action only enhances the enjoyment. Of course, live is best. But video of a deejay going in… SO DOPE! Check out DJ Nu-Mark and see if you agree.

@ojones1

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Havoc Speaks On Coming Up In Queensbridge, Mobb Deep, And Losing Prodigy (Video)

RIP Prodigy for real. And if anyone, ANYONE, should be heard on that, it’s Havoc. They have been through it in all ways – on the come up, after the Mobb fame wave ebbed, falling out with each other, squashing the beef finally, and then… damn.

After the untimely death of Prodigy, DJ Vlad sits down with his longtime friend and the other half of Mobb Deep, Havoc. Havoc details what it was like growing up in Queensbridge, their first rap names, and reveals Prodigy turned down a deal to work with him at first. The producer then goes on to talk about making their first album, Prodigy teaching him how to sample and them getting a deal at LOUD records.

Throughout the conversation Havoc discusses some of the milestones in their career from the ‘Hennesy’ shirts, creating “Shook Ones,” dissing 2Pac before his death, their beef with Jay-Z, and what it was like seeing Lil Kim write her “Quiet Storm” verse. Hav also speaks on the rumor of P choking on an egg and the cause of his death before looking back on the legacy that they left in Hip-Hop.

Listen to Havoc pay respect to his brother above.

Vlad TV

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Rhythm Roulette With Rahki (Video)

You know how this goes. Producer blind picks some discs and makes music magic with them! But watch it happen with Grammy Award-winning TDE producer Rahki repping Minneapolis. Above: The latest episode of Rhythm Roulette.

@ojones1

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Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Are ‘The Defiant Ones’ (Video)

Getting close to the HBO four-part docu-series debut date: July 9th. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are “The Defiant Ones”. Got the latest trailer for that cued up above.

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Dr. Dre Says Hearing Snoop Dogg For The First Time Made Him Want To Do A Solo Album (Video)

Okay, so if there is any nod to Snoop’s importance to Hip-Hop history… Dr. Dre got the idea to do a solo album after hearing the Dogg snap on a track. Boom! More real talk like this on “The Defiant Ones” – coming to HBO this July.

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Eminem Speaks On Dr. Dre x Jimmy Iovine As ‘The Defiant Ones’ (Trailer)

Getting closer to the July 9th release of this one on HBO. You saw Em on “The Defiant Ones” trailer, so you’d expect him to figure prominently in the film; but what he has to say (here) might surprise you (dope line about the ‘levitator’ and the ‘innovator’). Watch him and others weigh in in poignant, as well as playful snips in the above teaser trailer.

And hey look… some cool content on the project’s Instagram (here).

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Puffy’s Bad Boy Documentary (Trailer)


I don’t want the Chrysler that looks like the Phantom… I want the Phantom!
Diddy

Yep, the Hip-Hop storytelling dam is busted! Diddy did one and is droping it on Apple Music late next month. Baaaad Booooyyy… to watch the trailer press plaaaaay (above).

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story, produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Heather Parry, alongside executive producers Michael Rapino, Andre Harrell and Alex Avant, explores the passion and personalities of Bad Boy and will be available on Apple Music on June 25.

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Dr. Dre + Jimmy Iovine Are ‘The Defiant Ones’ (HBO Trailer)

That music. Isn’t that on the movie soundtrack for “The Untouchables?” Because that’d be kind of dope.

The Defiant Ones is a four-part documentary series that tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.
– HBO

Debuting July 9th. Another related film coming to the small screen in the ‘Aftermath’ (get it?) of the “Straight Outta Compton” movie.

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‘5 Minutes Of Funk’ With DJ Diamond (Video)

DJ Diamond did the damn thang on this ep. of #5MinutesOfFunk though yo. Nothing not to love about it when Funkmaster Flex goes back to the elements. The emcees doing the Freestyles… and now, Turntable Tuesday.

Know that saying, “Time flies” right? Well, it is especially true when a DJ is having fun blacking out on the wheels… like how 5 Minutes becomes 12 Minutes Of Funk. Haaaa! Good stuff!

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Rhythm Roulette With David Banner (Video)

Every now and then we get hold of a Rhythm Roulette creation that is so dope that it is marketable on arrival. Like, remember the video of the 9th Wonder beat creation that Rapsody HAD to bless right then and there? This David Banner episode is like that. In fact, the iTunes link for his is below.

DAVID BANNER – PAPER FEAT. TRICKY LT 45 (ITUNES)

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DJ Scratch Declares Nas’ “Illmatic” The Best Hip-Hop Album Ever (Video)

DJ Scratch says “Illmatic” was the best complete Hip-Hop album ever! It is not a unique stance, but watching the video above will give you the sense that he’d take a strong stance against anyone who’d say otherwise.

#DJScratch selects #Nas’ #Illmatic for his #BestAlbums selection. The #Brooklyn #DJ-#producer explains how Nas’ first album changed rap & why the production from #DJPremier #LargeProfessor #QTip #PeteRock was so groundbreaking. Hit us up in the comments section and let us know what you think.

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Bronzeville: Executive Producers Laurence Fishburne And Larenz Tate Speak On Their Audio Drama (Video)

Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one: Furious Styles & O-Dog started up this podcast years after… Nope! You could NOT have heard of it. They (Lawrence Fishburne & Larenz Tate) are just really getting started with it.

Bronzeville is a scripted (audio only) drama executive produced by and starring Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate, set to premiere on multiple digital audio platforms Tuesday February 7th 2017.
Michael Belcher

The 10-Part weekly audio series about Chicago’s Black Mecca of yesteryear stars Tika Sumpter, Tracee Ellis Ross, Wood Harris, Omari Hardwick, Lance Reddick, Cory Hardict, Lahmard Tate and Brittany Snow.

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