Kanye West Announces He Is Producing New Nas Album

Among a flurry of tweets containing musings on the 'thought police', Prince and the joys of driving a Tesla, Kanye West announced yesterday that he is producing a new Nas album. The announcement was accompanied by a list of artists Kanye is producing new material for and imminent release dates, among them Pusha T, Kid Cudi and Teyana Taylor. Nestled in the middle will be Kanye's next album, expected June 1st. I'm hand producing all the albums I tweeted about. Been chopping samples from the sunken place 😂Pusha ...

Veteran Rapper O.C Performs a Catalog of Golden Era Classics for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert

Veteran Brooklyn MC O.C. is the latest of a series golden era greats to have appeared on NPR's 'Tiny Desk Concert' series. In a twenty minute set for the popular intimate setting concert format, the D.I.T.C. member performs live band backed renditions of mid 90s classics 'Time's Up', 'Born to Live' alongside extracts from collaborative tracks 'Day One' (D.I.T.C) and 'Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers' (The Crooklyn Dodgers). Check out the performance below, plus key samples from the tracks performed beneath:

Chuck D Breaks Down the Making of 'It Takes A Nation of Millions...' Ahead of the Album's 30th Anniversary

Public Enemy's seminal sophomore album 'It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' will celebrate its 30th Anniversary later this year. The album is notable on many fronts: A no holds barred political statement unlike any that had gone before, it also broke new ground sonically with dense layers of samples forming a 'wall of noise' style of production previously unheard. In addition to using samples in a new way, it is also among the most sampled records of all time. 'Bring the Noise' from the album ...

Mr Bongo Re-issue Classic Cymande LPs 'Second Time Around' & 'Promised Heights' - Explore 10 Classic Samples from the Much Sampled Band

Mr Bongo are set to release two of Cymande's classic LPs, 1973's 'Second Time Around' and 1974's 'Promised Heights', for Record Store Day 2018 this coming weekend. Both albums are pressed to heavyweight 180 gram vinyl with audio remastered from the original tapes. The UK group's Afro-influenced Funk sound will be familiar to diggers and sample spotters, having been utilised by the likes of De La Soul, the Fugees, MF DOOM, The KLF and close to a hundred others. In support of the re-release of these ...

Go 'Beyond The Beats' to Explore The History of Hip Hop's Influence Powered by WhoSampled

USA Network's 'Unsolved' series hit screens in recent weeks providing an in-depth dramatisation of the investigation by former LAPD detectives Greg Kading and Russell Poole into the still unsolved murders of The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac. Based on Kading's book 'Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations', the 5 part serial tells the stories of the two investigations side by side together with exploration of the relationship between the two revered artists. In support of the series USA Network has created ...

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