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MMM (Documentary)

I ain’t come here to die. I came here to live… I need more…

I’m digging several songs off of this project. And the video above provides a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of Puff Daddy & The Family’s album “MMM.” Studio WORK! Inspirational snips and quips captured during Diddy mini-rants. Plenty, plenty studio guests. Diddy musing and laboring over the board. Driving every part of the creative process… Feel that 90s Bad Boy energy!


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Exploring Kingston, Jamaica: Dre Skull x Popcaan Highlight The Roots & Culture (Video)

There it is. Music doing what it is supposed to do… The music entered his soul and spoke… made him a dancehall producer and bade him come to its home. Now it feels like his home. Watch the above vignette of producer Dre Skull traveling (once again) to Kingston; to immerse himself in the culture AND to link up with artist Popcaan to do work!

Aaaaah, back to Tuff Gong Studios. Others we’ve posted on have been there. See here.

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Scoop DeVille ‘Blindly’ Accepts The ‘Rhythm Roulette’ Challenge (Video)

For the latest installment of Rhythm Roulette, we tap Scoop DeVille to chop up some random records and conjure fire. We caught up with him in New Jersey as he thumbed through the crates at Scotty’s Record Shop, picked three random joints, sparked some herb, and flipped the records in the stu.
– Mass Appeal

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Dam-Funk Digs Into His Crates To Pull Off A ‘Boiler Room’ Party Mix (Video)

Funk, boogie, breaks… LPs and 45s… Dam-Funk is taking us on a near hour-and-a-half musical genre journey. With very little intro (by a cute little slimmie), we get right into the needle-dropping. What is pretty much an intimate listening party doesn’t stop until the end; only pausing for commentary or spontaneous crooning. Check out the video above. Nice!

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Rhythm Roulette: Blindfolded Beat-Making With Organized Noize? Can’t Wait. Can’t Wait! (Video)

Ray Murray, Rico Wade and Sleepy Brown (collectivized as production team Organized Noize) had a heckuva blind record pull for their go at Rhythm Roulette. Grabbed wax from Four Tops, Thin Lizzy and Millie Jackson. Then back to Stankonia Studios to bang out a winner! How’d it turn out? Watch.

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Kendrick Lamar Has A Conversation With The Legendary Quincy Jones (Video)

A great song could make the worst singer a star.
And a bad song cannot be saved by the two best singers in the world.
Quincy Jones

Truth. See? Stuff like that makes it easy to understand why Kendrick Lamar seemed overwhelmed (at first) at the prospect of a sit-down conversation with Quincy Jones. The two talk about where they are from, where their music came from, working with Michael Jackson back in the “Thriller” days and more.

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Apollo Brown – “Grandeur” (Album Stream)


The Motown music-maker Apollo Brown has dropped it – his 19-track album, “Grandeur.” Featuring the likes of Freddie Gibbs, Sean Price, Evidence, Oddisee, M.O.P., Rapper Big Pooh, Ras Kass, Your Old Droog, you can stream for FREE and cop via the link below.


Rapsody Drops “Lost Ones” Freestyle On Dr. Dre’s Beats 1 Radio Show (Video)

So official! You see and hear it above. Rapsody in the studio with Dr. Dre, who declares her his “new favorite female MC. Check for her!” Maaaan, if 9th Wonder (with Jamla) has your back AND Dr. Dre is giving you massive respect (no fronting)… you got both coasts locked down! You have the game on SMASH harder than The Hulk. So shiiid, there is nothing left but to listen to Rapsody turn green (literarily) and go BEAST MODE; emceeing over one of the BEAST MODE tracks (Lauryn Hill’s “Lost Ones”) ever!! Listen.



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Rhythm Roulette: New Beat From Old Vinyl? Marco Polo Can Do That Blindfolded (Video)

One day I will spruce this b!tch up and a song will be born from it but for now enjoy the raw version I made that day.
Marco Polo

Watch him make the “Music VS Gunz” beat from blindly selected records below in the Rhythm Roulette episode above.


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Georgia Anne Muldrow Picking And Flipping Vinyl On ‘Rhythm Roulette’ (Video)

Man, not even sure if we need to hear the finished product, the way Georgia Anne Muldrow (and the audience behind her) was nodding and bopping to the beat she was banging out from those blindly chosen records. Check out the magical music making above.

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Just Blaze Chopping Up Beats In His Head And Playing Them In ‘Rhythm Roulette’ Live (Video)

That’s pretty much it… I can make another one…
Just Blaze

Creating album-worthy joints on the fly; it’s what Just Blaze does. Easy work!

After listening through three randomly selected records and deciding only one of them was good enough to use, Just began to create a soulful and hard-hitting beat with sped-up choir vocals weaving in and out of the track. In the end, he thought the beat sounded so good he wanted to dip from The Sprite Corner to finish it up at his studio.

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Mannie Fresh Digs Deep on “Rhythm Roulette” Creating Beats For A Live Audience (Video)

Ha! Is Mannie Fresh showing off? Smooth picking his three records blindfolded (like everyone else). Then he builds a beat to rep the NOLA like no one else can… at the record shop… with an audience!

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Freddie Joachim x Gyrefunk – “Ex’pressed” (Video)

Excellent find by the folks at OKP! This jazzy “Ex’pressed” instrumental is just… wow! The audio stream is embedded and linked below. Watch the visual above for behind-the-scenes insights offered by Freddie Joachim.

San Diego based DJ/Producer Extraordinaire Freddie Joachim came by Ex’pression College Emeryville while in town for a show. Freddie was able to work with local musician/producer Gyrefunk and add some acoustic touches to some of his production. Check out the track and the Artist in Residence video on our youtube channel to see inside the session!
– Ex’pression College


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Sean Price Music Video Tribute Mix (Video)

This is so dope! Respect to Deejay Irie for doing justice to the Hip-Hop giant Sean Price. Rest in Peace shout to P!

8-8-2015 the Hip hop community lost Sean Price a.k.a. the brokest rapper you know. Like many I’m shocked to hear this. Sean P is one of my top 5 all time favorite rappers. For this reason I decided to pay homage to him by creating a video mix with only Sean P spitting those crazy, funny, clever and real rhymes that we all love.
Deejay Irie

FREE download of the audio linked below.


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Jahlil Beats – “The Blessing” (EP)


Crunk devastator beat creator Jahlil Beats is hitting us off with “The Blessing” (EP). FREE download!


Cover Story: Canadian Producer “Elaquent” Speaks On His New Album “Good Karma”

Plenty of good music is coming out of Canada right now.  When you talk Hip Hop of course Drake is an obvious choice but also artists like Rich Kidd, Tona, making quality music. The producers are also making noise like Kaytranada, and today we speak with his HW&W label mate Elaquent who just released a new album titled “Good Karma”.  It’s eleven original beat tracks that you can groove to.  He exclusively spoke with about his new project.  Enjoy the track Far Away posted and click after the jump to read full interview.

  • ArtByOdellCongratulations on your new project Good Karma, how long were you working on the album?
  • ElaquentMuch appreciated my man! Glad it’s out now. The bulk of the record I did in a 2 week, insomnia-filled period a few months back.


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Large Professor Names His Top 5 Producers Of All-Time (Video)

If anyone can speak to a top 5 all-time list for Hip-Hop producers, it’d have to be a stalwart like Large Professor. Google-research it for yourself sometime if you need convincing (you don’t; take our word)… Large Pro is WORTHY! So who makes the cut? DJ Mark The 45 King, Easy Mo Bee, Marley Marl, Rick Rubin, DJ Premier and Pete Rock.

Wait… isn’t that SIX? Haaa! C’mon, give him one. Enjoyable sit-down with Sway In The Morning’ (above) that includes more good Hip-Hop convo (including talk about his “Re:Living” release).


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Producers ‘Christian Rich’ Bring out Vince Staples during their DJ Set @ Mixmag Lab LA (Video)

When it comes to Chicago, Kanye is not the only producer out here making consistent heat.  Taiwo & Kehinde Hassan are Chicago born but of Nigerian descent who are blood brothers who make up the production duo Christian Rich.  If you are not familiar with the name sure you will know the siblings’ resume.  They have hits they created for Drake’s ‘Nothing Was The Same’, J.Coles ‘Born Sinner’, Childish Gambino’s ‘Because The Internet’ and Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Doris’.  Recently they were invited to play a live set in LA for Mixmag Lab that consisted of Hip Hop, House, Dance and Electronic music during the mix.  During their set they brought out current XXL freshman and West Coast emcee Vince Staples who is making a lot of noise right now.  He performs on a new track that the duo produced with Vince rapping on it.

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Iman Omari Speaks On His Music & His Debut Performance In Atlanta (Video)

Recently Iman Omari was in Atlanta to perform for the first time.  ArtByOdell talked with the talented Singer, Producer, DJ about his music making process and how he feels about music right now.  It’s a great conversation that also reveals the name of Iman’s new album coming out later this year.  Did you know that Iman is from a talented musical family and his father worked with some legendary R&B groups?  Well after watching this interview you will learn a lot about the singer.  SoundCloud link below for extended interview and live audio from his ATL performance.

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Oddisee Talks ‘The Good Fight’, Opportunity To Work with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath & Being True To Himself (Video)

In today’s scope of Hip Hop most artists seek out the limelight and love talking about how well they are doing. The Artist/Producer Oddisee is quite the opposite is he dedicated to his craft and concerned with being the best performer he can be absolutely.  Does he concern himself with the fact he might not get certain props or being tracked down by certain rappers for beats negative.  Oddisee has a new album out “The Good Fight” and it is a self produced album exhibiting some of his best work (my personal opinion).  He recently sat down with Rosenberg at Hot 97 to discuss what he has been up to.

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