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Article: Hip Hop Cinema – Soundtrack For A Revolution (2009)

One would not call Soundtrack for a Revolution a hip hop documentary. As a matter of fact, it contains no beats or breaks, rhymes or licks, or anything reminiscent of modern hip hop music. Yet, one could boldly state that this film examines a part of American history that is still relevant and influential to hip hop: the power of music.
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Article: Participatory Culture for Producers

Instead of holding onto ideas and conceptions that once were effective before this box called the internet, maybe we should find solutions to help. On numerous occasions I’ve seen beatmakers whose work I admire get into an argument with someone for rapping on their beat.
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Review: Brous One – Un Momento En El Tiempo

Brous One is a young beatmaker from Santiago, Chile inspired by 90s boom bap and jazzy styled beats. I like to think of him as the Chilean Pete Rock, and listening to his debut album, the reasoning for that comparison…
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Review: J Dilla – Rebirth of Detroit

If you’re like me, your cynical-senses tingle when you hear the words “posthumous release”. Its hard to shake the image of label execs rummaging through an artist’s tapes for anything remotely sell-able. Thankfully the newest J Dilla release, “Rebirth of Detroit”, is no cheap cash-grab.
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Review: B. Dolan – House of Bees Vol. 2

So many mixtapes suck, you get one or two strong tracks buried in ten to twelve half-developed verses over radio-friendly beats. On “House of Bees Vol. 2”, B. Dolan and Buddy Peace don’t waste any time with fillers. There’s a…
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Article: The making of ‘Pale Blue Dot’

I think “Pale Blue Dot” has some of that loose, statement based, “flow” that comes specifically with writing without paper near by… However, I did completely destroy my desire to ever hear the actual beat I wrote to again
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After School Special #2: Lord Finesse

On the eve of his “Re-Awakening”, don’t underestimate the Under Boss. Lord Finesse is widely considered one of New York’s most powerful emcees and producers, whose influence resonates within the pulse of countless lyrical masterpieces, helping to shape the sound of a generation.