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Focus… Speaks On Chasing Destiny, Producer Credits & Checks And More (Video)

Shout to the homie Eff Triple Dot! Aftermath Records’ producer Focus… The music making pedigree is there: his pops was the bassist for Chic (they did that song “Good Times” …these are the good gimes …keep it going)! Focus… speaks on his dad’s desire for a strong legacy, his work producing and ‘ghost producing’ and more.


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Rhythm Roulette With Salaam Remi (Video)

Solid bet that this Rhythm Roulette ep is gonna be dope. By now, if you’ve kept up with the series, you know that only the best producers make the cut to get on the show to make bangers from a blind record pull. Salaam Remi is at the tippy top of most ‘best of’ lists.

After hitting up A-1 Records, Salaam ends up with George Faith’s “Soulful,” Danny La Rue in London, and The Who’s “Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy.” Putting his faith in George Faith, he finds the backbone of his beat and then pulls some samples from the others. Joell Ortiz also makes a short cameo to comment on the work-in-progress beat. Watch the full creation process above.

And Joey O in there with the co-sign. Ha!

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Snoop Dogg feat. Shirley Ceasar x Battle Cat – “U Name It” (Video)

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Rhythm Roulette With Jake One (Video)

Jakey Uno with the homemade blind-picked beat batch of the day we have come to know and love as Rhythm Roulette. Going in with some Gospel this go-round, too. Alright now. Prepare for this praiseworthy episode.

Very few artists can traverse the constantly shifting borders between the underground and the mainstream like Jake One. The Seattle producer is respected, and rightfully so, in both worlds for his work with 50 Cent and G-Unit, De La Soul, E-40, DOOM, and more. He’s also worked on complete projects with Freeway and Brother Ali. Then with Mayer Hawthorne, he put out a feel-good album under the Tuxedo moniker. Basically, his production credits weigh a ton.

From Spin Cycle to his studio in Washington, Jake lucks out with The Best of Herbie Hancock, The Manhattans’ Forever By Your Side, and a Reverend E. Stanley Branch record. Jake One’s sampling methods kick in immediately as he skips around the records, finding a “Yeah!” from Rev. Branch and some drums from The Manhattans. He hears something worth taking from the choir on Rev. Branch’s record then drums from Herbie. The Manhattans also helped provide a snare. As the beat comes together all on his keyboard, he goes back to the choir to find some shouting to fill out the beat. Jake tinkers around with a bass line and before you know it, he’s sequenced a beat fit for the church and the club.

Another dope session. Amen!

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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)


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.


(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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