The Blues

Let me explain why there’s a song on my new EP with Drunk Pedestrians about the blues!  I’ve been studying for the wayback machine.  Basically I’ve been writing the lyrics for this up and coming EP about Time Travel, ‘Marvelous Adventures of the Wayback Machine’ and it’s been like a constant history lesson.  Not that I’m complaining!  Continue reading

Vinyl Digging VS E-Digging

There appears to be a debate over vinyl digging VS e-digging in this day and age.

For those that aren’t Hip Hop producers or producers in general ‘digging’ basically means finding records to sample to make your own beats as the majority of Hip Hop is based on sampling other records.  ‘Vinyl Digging’ has been the more ‘traditional’ way in which many producers have chosen to sample records.  In other words they will dig for samplable breaks through old vinyl records and use the records there.Continue reading

Kool G Rap VS Celsius

So I did a remix Kool G Rap VS Celsius.  Basically combining one of my all time favourite rappers Kool G Rap with one of my favourite dance tracks in recent years, ‘Incoming’ by Celsius.  I took Kool G Rap’s a capella from the track ‘Ill Street Blues’ and put it over the top of the ‘Incoming’ track.  The result works rather well in my opinion (but then I would say that).  It really changes the dynamic to the G Rap’s lyrics compared to how they fit on the original ‘Ill Street Blues’ beat.Continue reading

The Good and Bad of Digital DJing

Yes as the musical world has now been thoroughly digitally overthrown, I thought I’d take a look at the good and bad of digital DJing.

I was once a purist in the world of Hip Hop with a very ‘dustier than now’ disposition.  This is both in terms of DJing and music production.  I had no interest in using computers.  I only sampled from vinyl (ok occasionally from CD shhh!…) I’d only play with ‘real’ records.  None of this CDJ rubbish and heaven forbid I use Serato or Traktor. Continue reading

What Jazz Taught Me About Hip Hop Part 2

So let’s talk a little more in depth about what Jazz taught me about Hip Hop.  In part 1 I explained how I came to the decision to gain a deeper understanding of Jazz.  Now let’s actually explain what it taught me.  First of all it’s given me a deep understanding of chords and chord progressions which has allowed me the ability to create music without being reliant on sampling other music.  I found that a lot of my favourite samples are that of Jazz and there are certain patterns consistent in Jazz that can be recreated in a Hip Hop format.  One example is that almost all Jazz chord progressions go down in fifths and often in the widely known ii V I chord progression.  What can be confusing about Jazz is that it very regularly changes key every 4 or so chords in a single composition so you may well hear different examples of ii V I progression or other chords going down in fifths often going back to resolve at the original key the piece started off in.
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Jazz Made Me Want to Produce Hip Hop

Yes it’s true!  Jazz Made Me Want to Produce Hip Hop.  I’ll explain how…  The genres really aren’t all that far apart and most avid Hip Hop fans are familiar with Jazz’s influence and how common place it is.  Nonetheless I still think many take it for granted and I’m rather surprised by how many fellow rappers I come across that love Hip Hop to death yet say they really hate Jazz more than any other music, WTF??Continue reading