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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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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.
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Article: Hip Hop Cinema – ‘Urban’ Dance Movies

Throw a rock in a dvd store and you’ll probably hit an ‘urban’ dance movie. With films like ‘Step Up’ and ‘You Got Served’, break-dancing saw a second popular resurgence in mainstream film. But how should we really feel about this mutated sub-genre which sullies the good name of hip hop?
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Article: Bittersweet sample usage

As a producer I’m inspired by quite a few notable sample-based albums. But these days there are two big problems in particular facing independent producers that work with many samples.
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Article: Beauty by beatmakers

“Instrumental hip hop sucks. Ban it forever.” SF Weekly editor Philip Mlynar doesn’t fear the use of hyperbole to express why his eardrums shiver when he listens to instrumental hip hop. It’s “the banal meandering stepchild of hip hop”; “sample-based Chinese water-torture”.