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Rhythm Roulette With Tuxedo (Jake One x Mayer Hawthorne) [Video]

Hawthorne’s of blue-eyed soul vibes and Jake One’s hit-laden list of production creds are brought to bear on the blindfolded beat-making challenge.

Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne form like Voltron to become production duo Tuxedo, the latest contestants on MASS APPEAL’s Rhythm Roulette. The pair stopped by Good Records – the shop, not the label – on East 5th Street in NYC, tied bandanas over their eyes, and grabbed up three random records to sample.
– Mass Appeal

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Rhythm Roulette With Supah Mario (Video)

Just saying. Rhythm Roulette is a blindfolded record pick type of thing. Seems a bit much to claim cred for the selection. But what Supah Mario did with them joints though… give him ALL respect for that. Dope!

“I think I really did my thing picking these records dawg,” says Columbia, South Carolina producer DeMario Priester, aka Supah Mario, who recently pulled up to NYC’s Good Records and took the Rhythm Roulette challenge. Digging through the crates blindfolded, the producer behind hits like Young Thug’s “Wyclef Jean” and “Ice Melts” a standout track off Drake’s ‘More Life’ stumbled onto some heat from James Taylor, GangStarr, and some old-school dancehall courtesy of the Dillinger vs. Trinity ‘Clash’ LP. “I told y’all this was gonna be some Jamaican vibes!” he exclaimed after the needle drop. But he ended up skipping the reggae together and finding some ill breaks on the James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine disc, adding some of his own keyboards to complete the beat. Check out the latest episode of Rhythm Roulette right now.
– Mass Appeal

– @ojones1

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Rhythm Roulette With Tom Misch (Video)

Ah! A J Dilla disciple is on deck to play ‘Rhythm Roulette’ huh? This should be more than interesting!

Tom Misch is a devotee of Dilla who’s been putting in work for years as a lo-fi SoundCloud producer. The South London singer and beatmaker self-produced most of his recent debut album ‘Geography,’ which features a rare lyrical cosign from Native Tongue OGs De La Soul. The last time he was in NYC, Misch accepted Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette challenge, pulling up to Norman’s Sound & Vision in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to tie a T-shirt over his eyes and go groping for vinyl. His random selections included ‘El Sabor De Gene’ by Gene Hernandez, as well as albums by the Panamanian vocalist Basilio and Hells Kitchen’s own Lisa Lisa. Wasting no time, Misch pulled the vinyl out, dropping the needle until he struck gold. Before you knew it, he’d isolated and chopped a funky break and started laying down keys and electric guitar over top. Check out the latest episode of Rhythm Roulette right now.

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Rhythm Roulette With Dame Grease (Video)

Thinking we’ve blessed you with footage of Dame Grease putting it down in the studio, but not of dude doing the do for Rhythm Roulette though. Check, check. Soundcheck. Okay… time to let Grease get his blind picks and production on!

“I gotta get Funkadelic on em,” says Dame Grease, producer of crucial tacks for Mase, The LOX, and the whole Ruff Ryders camp. When Dame accepted Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette challenge, we knew we were in for a treat. Although he and his protege Swizz Beatz are known for a mostly sample-free sound, the Harlem-born and Bronx-raised producer can chop with the best of them. “Every producer knows you can look at the grooves and see where they thin out at,” Grease said while surveying three randomly selected vinyl albums. “That’s where the breakdown’s at.” Working his way through ‘Spinners Live,’ Jose Feliciano’s ’10 to 23,’ and ‘Romantic Swing’ by Eugen Cicero, Grease zeroed in on Feliciano’s 1969 version of ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’ because he used to live in Phoenix. “Let’s go straight to that,” Grease said, dropping the needle. “Groovy! That’s the one.” Check out the latest episode of Rhythm Roulette to find out how Dame Grease flipped that joint like it was meant to be.
– Mass Appeal

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Rhythm Roulette With Carnage (Video)

Maaaaan… kinda feel like somehow Carnage got spotted a huge advantage with the records he blind-picked. How could he not come up with something with wax picks that powerful?? Watch.

“Vinyl & guacamole!” That’s how Carnage gets his creative juices flowing. Born and raised in Guatemala, Carnage grew up fascinated with producers like DJ Khaled and DJ Drama. He would go on to become a major player in the fusion of EDM sounds with vocals by Hip-Hop artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug. But don’t get it twisted—Carnage can chop samples too, as he demonstrated when he accepted MASS APPEAL’s Rhythm Roulette challenge. Working with randomly selected albums by The Jacksons, Rick James, and Gladys Knight & The Pips, he got down to work chopping and cooking, pitching and reversing. Carnage even hopped into the vocal booth to sprinkle some of his own special hot sauce. Check out the latest episode of Rhythm Roulette right now.
– Mass Appeal

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Rhythm Roulette With Chuck Inglish (Video)

Ahhh! Chuck Inglish (of Cool Kids) with a different strategy for the blind pick… dancing a jig to catch vibes from the wax. Must be something to it; seeing as how he declares that he “lucked up” with his picks, and produced a banging azz beat from them.

Enjoy this ep of ‘Rhythm Roulette.’

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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!

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Rhythm Roulette With DJ Khalil (Video)

Tons of accolades for contributing banging beats to the biggest artists’ hits. Sure DJ Khalil is all that. But how about this? We blinfold him and see how he fares in a game of Rhythm Roulette.

[W]e had to see what Khalil could do with the Rhythm Roulette challenge. At Artform Studios in Los Angeles, he picked out some darkside flower power with a Doors album, a Congregation record from the early ’70s and a soul selection from Charles Wright to balance it all out. Because Khalil frequently works with rock samples, it seems like dude got the perfect ingredients.
– Mass Appeal

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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.

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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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Rhythm Roulette With Thelonious Martin (Video)

Thelonious Martin is nice with the beat work. You’ve likely heard that. But is the Chi-town producer ready for the Rhythm Roulette challenge? Ha! They threw a blindfold on him, had him pick from the stacks at A-1 Record Shop (New York, NY, USA), and let dude work! The Pointer Sisters, Hott City and Maxine Nightingale… Okay, let’s see… and hear what happens!

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Rhythm Roulette With Gensu Dean (Video)

Gensu Dean been ’bout the beat work. So who wouldn’t want to see him wash the Rhythm Roulette challenge like a champ? Shid, if you don’t you are reading the wrong blog, ’cause it’s…about…to go…down! At D.I.T.C. Studios no less.

Did Dean do a double cook-up for this session? Dope! Get you some of these good veggies (BEATZ)!

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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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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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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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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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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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