Team Back Pack hit one out the yard with this interview clip. Always love the work of !llmind; the wisdom that master craftsmen like Young Guru and himself share though. Priceless. Heck, how dope do your words have to be to have Joell Ortiz, in the room and barely speak, and your video is still a keeper?
You could create million-dollar sound music with less than $100. And I love that… It gives the kid… with a huge passion to create music .. it gives that kid that type of platform; to be able to express themselves in that way… But it also gives the f#cking knucklehead… doing it for the wrong reasons, giving that person the opportunity, too.
Exile plays Rhythm Roulette to win! Chopping and blending sounds from three randomly selected records… nah, how about Exile flipped one of the records in three different ways, managing to sample Fashawn and work his ‘owwwww’ into the track. Press play above, then shhhhh… genius at work!
People’s misunderstanding of me is a misunderstanding of themselves.
– Kanye West
Okay, say what you will about Kanye (and you will, just the way it is), but the man is a phenomenon. And as such, we are almost equally blessed and stressed by what we know and think we know about him. And even when so-called ‘craziness’ comes to light related to dude, we’re more likely to run toward it than away. But this low-key live interview interaction with Ye gives us another look at the man, dispelling some myths (letting others ride), talking in the way of a misunderstood legend. Think John Lennon back in the day when watching this (uh oh, might have to do some more Googling, ha).
Good watch. Right under two hours… wow! Full transcript available, too.
Rhythm Roulette with a new episode featuring the North Carolina super-producer 9th Wonder. Blindfolded crate-digging at The Record Krate in Raleigh, the back to his studio to watch a master craftsman at work – using Charly McClain, Jermaine Jackson, and The Temprees.
Then… Rapsody stepped to the mic to record to the resulting track! Tested and blessed it. Yes she did! Check it out.
Yamin Semali & Illastrate a dope emcee and a dope producer and together they make up the group Monday/Friday. They have brought us another video from their current self titled album Monday/Friday. The track is “Right On” where Yamin delivers meaningful lyrics over Illastrate’s quality production. Directed by Dazzell Matthews follow Yamin around WestView Atlanta draped in regal gear representing for East Point, GA. CLICK HERE to Download the Monday/Friday Album
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DJ Khaled. The Best… in-studio guest on Sway In The Morning. At least, he is one of them. Here he is talking about his restaurant, his headphone line, his production company and label… oh and that new album (“I Changed A Lot”) he has out now.
Of course, we all know that the “Star Wars” franchise is George Lucas’ baby from before the cradle; but for “The Force Awakens” J.J. Abrams is the new dad. Ready for it to hit theaters December 18, 2015? So are George and J.J. we bet. Check out the short clip with Lucas.
Large Pro… They caught up with me… We gone do this Rhythm Roulette…
Amazing that this epic episode has not happened sooner. Large Professor has done legendary work for legendary emcees and singers. And now that it has happened, Large Pro declares several times in the clip above that he is “not just gone make some ol’ bullsh!t” – which he does NOT!
Yooo… if you are a spitter, you will WANT this beat for yourself!! Ha! You slept! Tragedy is already jumping the track. WOOOOOOO!
For this installment of Rhythm Roulette, we connected with Extra P, aka Large Professor. We took the legendary Queens producer to Human Head Records in Brooklyn, where he picked three random records to begin a game of Rhythm Roulette. He ended up grabbing an Instant Funk record, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ Black and Blue album, and Shirley Scott’s On A Clear Day. From there, Extra P began to go through the records and create some new heat from what he picked.
Shout out to Tragedy Khadafi for the cameo.
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.