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Jay-Z vs. Fela Kuti

I’m pumped about this, even though I’m late to the party. Mike Love came out with “Nigerian Gangster”, a mash-up album of Jay-Z’s “American Gangster” album with various samples from Fela Kuti songs back in 2008. Fela is known as … Continue reading

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Show Em Whatcha Got

I’m not a fan of  Kingdom Come (Jay-Z’s first post-retirement album, now one of many). But I DO like one of the songs on it, “Show Me What You Got”. I now know why: it samples heavily from “Show Em … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: Big Pimpin’

Timbaland never ceases to amaze me. He produced much of  “Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter” , Jay-Z’s fourth record. The last track on Vol. 3 is arguably Jay-Z’s most famous song, “Big Pimpin”. It turns out that Timbaland … Continue reading

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What If Dilla Produced the Blueprint?

Ben “Hausen” Peskoe just showed me this mash-up album, and it’s dope. An MC named Jimmy Green produced the thing, mashing up Jay-Z’s vocal tracks from the Blueprint (J’s sixth album) with various Dilla tracks (many off of Donuts). It’s … Continue reading

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New Rap, Old Funk

I love the funk music that came out of Motown in the 60s and 70s. Everything about it–the way it was recorded, the instrumentation, and most importantly, the musicians who played it–seems so relaxed and at ease. As it turns … Continue reading

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Jay-Z and Timbaland Making the Black Album

This video documents some of the making of the Black Album from inside the studio. At around 8:00, Timbaland comes into the studio and starts showing Jay-Z (J, Jigga, HOV, etc.) some of the beats he’s been working on. I … Continue reading

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