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Rockwilder Shares Beats And Wisdom That Will Make Your Head Nod In Agreement (Video)

“If the song don’t got a groove, you don’t got a song.”

Wow. Rockwilder speaking on wisdom from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis back when he was there when they were making the world fall in love with Janet Jackson. Beatminerz, Pete Rock, and several other big-name mentors’ names and lessons getting dropped off in this clip. Great episode!

In association with DITV, DITC Studios presents ‘Beats Per Minute’ featuring Rockwilder.

Protect your neck though, as there will be lots of head nodding to banging beat flips in the beginning!

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What You Really Need To Know About Producer “Focus…” (Video)

Point blank: You really need to know that the dude Focus… is the truth on beats! Aftermath-stamped producer official, with work put in on the Hip-Hop unicorn project (Dr. Dre’s “Detox”) and “Compton”; yeah, he has the pedigree. Learn about his career background, musical instrument acumen, when he started making big money and more. We KNOW him. You will get to know him with a quick clip play above.

@ojones1

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Making Beats With Hezekiah (Video)

Producer/singer/songwriter Hezekiah discusses his creative process above. Watch, and look at an example of him making some beat heat from scratch.

Sample chopping + Live instrumentation = Magic. Welcome to Little Africa Studio.

Check out more of the good stuff at https://3crates.bandcamp.com.

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DJ Premier, Kareem Biggs And Beef Jones Talk Roc-A-Fella History, Jay Z And “Reasonable Doubt” (Video)

Beef Jones hosts a sitdown with DJ Premier & Roc-A-Fella’s Kareem “Biggs” Burke. They discuss Jay Z’s classic “Reasonable Doubt” album. The video starts with a lot of prelim (some setup is going on); as this is a live online discussion forum while. The meat of the discussion is set out around the 11-minute mark. Check it out.

Interesting insights on Preem’s production process and some early history at The Roc (like who was the label’s first signee).

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Rhythm Roulette With Da Beatminerz (Video)

Da Beatminerz (Mr. Walt and Evil Dee) looked like they had fun the whole way through. Even when they felt they were Shanghai’d by their own record picks. Haha! But watch how the dynamic beatmaking duo saves the day in this ep of Rhythm Roulette.

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Rhythm Roulette With Havoc (Video)

Yeah, he ain’t “The Silent Partner” now. Watch Havoc bang out a bangin’ azz beat to meet the Rhythm Roulette challenge most def! Blindfold, please. Let’s get to it, Havoc.

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Havoc Speaks On Making “The Silent Partner” With Alchemist (Video)

Straightforward commentary and revelations about the conception and execution of the HavocAlchemist collabo effort “Silent Partner.” Usually the least vocal in most Hip-Hop partnership situations, here in this vid Hav has his say.

HAVOC X ALCHEMIST – THE SILENT PARTNER (ALBUM)

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The Making of J Dilla’s “The Diary” (Video)

Some things just sound cluttered as soon as you say them – like the making of J Dilla’s classic work “The Diary” – right? “The Diary” is by J Dilla. Heads KNOW it’s a classic. Heads KNOW that J Dilla did work. Heads check for J Dilla work off mention. So check out the clip above with the appropriately terse title.

J DILLA – THE DIARY (LP)

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J. Cole Crafts A Beat On His Tour Bus (Video)

Even downtime is work time for ColeWorld. Peep this video documenting J. Cole making a beat while tucked away on the tour bus. It ain’t easy, but he is giving it all he’s got to make something hot.

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Remembering Biggie Through The Samples Used In His Music (Video)

An audiovisual showcase of source samples used in Notorious B.I.G.’s works. Teach DJ. TEACH! Turntable lecture in session, folks. Pay attention!

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Atlanta DJs The Focus Of New “Started From Scratch” Documentary (Teaser #2)

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What’s that DJ scene like in ATL? What’s the story there??

Creative Protest Films looks to be up to something good. “Started From Scratch” is underway, but they are not finished yet. Take a look at the latest teaser by clicking the pic above. You can follow the link below if you want to get involved. Got a feeling this project will be well worth the wait… and the work.

More after the jump.

CREATIVE PROTEST FILMS: STARTED FROM SCRATCH

(Shout to DJ Rasta Root in there. We post much goodness on here on that brotha!)

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Kanye Keeps It Real With Ellen (Video)

Kanye West went School Of Life professor on Ellen’s audience. Teach! As much as clips show up across the ‘webs of Yeezy going loose cannon, from Kanye’s canon (delivered in clips like this) folks could really learn to live life with passion. Passion that he speaks AND demonstrates…

I care about people. I care about… My Dad lived in homeless shelters less than five years ago… to find out he’s a psych major. My Mom was the first Black female chair of the English Department of Chicago State University. I was raised to do something; to make a difference!
Kanye West

Check out a clip of Kanye’s sit-down with Ellen. More after the jump.

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Rhythm Roulette With BINK! (Video)



You can’t go wrong going from Dilla’s stash.

So no need to tell you that BINK! successfully met his Rhythm Roulette challenge. J Dilla sampled from Jan Hammer Group, Sly & The Family Stone, and The Headhunters. Now see how well BINK! made it do what it do with the Dilla preferences he blindly picked.

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Do Lyrics Still Matter? Is It All About The Beat? The State Of Hip-Hop Addressed By Flying Lotus And Pharrell Williams (Video)

Interesting esoteric insights provided by practitioners who have floated along the edges, and into and throughout Hip-Hop music.

Flying Lotus and Pharrell Williams with real talk for Scott Vener. So how is Hip-Hop doing on the whole? Are the beats dominating while lyricism lacks? That’s what every generation of Hip-Hop, or music in general, says (e.g. it’s not as good as it once was) vs. real is real and this ain’t it… Several angles of commentary on the state of Hip-Hop covered.

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Rhythm Roulette With Hi-Tek (Video)

Uh oh. Hi-Tek picked Elvis… best case, a real beatmaking challenge (worst case, a LAW SUIT waiting to happen). But this is the game the top producers play. Hi-Tek = Top Producer. Let’s see him try to make lemonade out of these lemons he picked.

(Insert whatever Beyonce reference you like here.)

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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.”

J DILLA – 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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