araabMUZIK-How to Make… “Flex” w/ FACT Mag *Video

Note : Look at those fresh scars on araab’s arm from his recent shooting

FACT sais:

Let’s face it – no one does it like AraabMuzik.

The Rhode Island producer got his start making beats for Cam’ron’s Dipset label in 2006, and his breakthrough 2011 mixtape Electronic Dream is one of the 10 best albums of the decade so far.

Since then he’s worked with A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent and released his debut album Dream World despite being shot on two occasions. He’s also regarded to be one of the best producers in hip-hop today for his unique way with the MPC sampler.

We linked up with AraabMuzik in his studio in the Bronx for the latest episode of our How To Make A Track series. During the session he gave us a detailed, step-by-step masterclass on the techniques and methods he used to produce ‘Flex’, a collaboration track with Fabolous and Tory Lanez.

Da Beatminerz-Rhythm Roulette w/ Mass Appeal *Video

Mass Appeal sais:

There’s a reason Rhythm Roulette can skew towards the old and dusty hip hop producers of the late ’90s: that’s when sample cutting and crate-digging were the foremost currency of cool. Da Beatminerz were legends in that game, the architects behind OG NYC sounds, from Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage and Smif-N-Wessun’s Da Shinin’, among many others. We took a visit to Da Beatminerz’s apartment/headquarters in eastern Brooklyn to watch Mr. Walt and DJ Evil Dee cook up a few beats, working in close collaboration for the most part. It’s a family affair at the crib, and the beat has all the influence of their rugged NY sound, with an upbeat angle that shows how far they’ve come.

DJ Moe Love-Digging In the Tapes (Vol. 1)-Official Trailer

SEEN AT Old To the New

Vinyl Release – July 1

Pritt Kalsi sais:

Music innovator and hard rock funk scientist DJ Moe Love is bringing the true UltraMagnetic sound. Before the Madlib , and J-Dilla movement, nothing was moving funkier and faster in the golden era then UltraMagnetic MC’s!! In the 80’s on the “nine” block on Washington Avenue in the south Bronx at his cousins Patrick and Cedric “Ced-Gee” Miller’s house aka Ultra-Lab, is where Moe Love found his calling as a beat digger, DJ and Producer.

Simultaneously He watched the formation of KRS One and Scott La Rock go from the Celebrity Three to Boogie Down Productions, to aligning with Kool Keith, Ced-Gee,T.R. Love and Original Ronnie T. to become UltraMagnetic MC’s. Moe Love’s early passion for record digging for not just rare jazz, funk and soul breaks but the odd sound library and spoken word records is what helped shape the UltraMagnetic sound!! Moe Love’s sample chops and mastery of the SP 1200 is unmatched and distinctly funky along with his trademark scratches is what keeps the essence of the hip-hop on fire!!!

Moe Love’s sound can be heard on many classics from UltraMagnetic MC’S, Tim Dog, King Tee, BeastieBoys, Dr. Doom, Slaughter House Cartel, Tricky, Demagogue and the Prodigy,

The album picks up where the UltraMagnetic MC’s Four Horsemen album left off!! A collection of unheard SP 1200 floppy discs recorded and professionally mixed that sounds so
organically dope you understand Moe’s importance in Ultra. Moe Love adds his classic rugged scratches , cuts and left field sounds, over slick chopped saucy sweet grooves layered over hard concrete drums!!

This album is a journey from the silver wall papered Ultra Lab days in the Bronx to his Forte Greene Brooklyn park jam experiences. This album is highly anticipated and brings the true heads who have been craving the original UltraMagnetic sound to the table!!

Limited colored vinyl pressing, 300 only. This will be one of those records that will find a place in your collection under timeless classic.

Havoc-Rhythm Roulette w/ Mass Appeal *Video

Mass Appeal sais:

You don’t need us to confirm that The Infamous is one of the greatest albums of all time, and a huge part of that is due to the eerie strings that loom through the production. Havoc did that. Okay, he had some help from Prodigy, but today we’ve got Havoc on Rhythm Roulette, so let’s focus on him. You heard that right.
After a trip to A-1 Record Shop in NYC, Havoc returns to the lab to do some work on his three records . The end result sounds like the soundtrack haunted castle inhabited solely by sentient drum machines.

Hi Tek-Rhythm Roulette w/ Mass Appeal *Video

Mass Appeal sais:

Not to be an #oldhead, but if you’ve never delved into Rawkus Records and Soundbombing, you’re seriously missing out. We’re talking about Eminem, young El-P, Mos Def, Talib Kweli. Plus, the production-par-excellence, and a big part of that was Hi-Tek. We linked up with Cincinatti’s own for our newest episode of Rhythm Roulette, featuring Spirit’s Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, The Routers’ Superbird, and Elvis’ For Ol’ Times Sake. Tek cooks up a soulful, bassline-heavy beat, clowning Elvis all the way (“What’d Chuck D say?”).

BINK!-Rhythm Roulette w/ Mass Appeal *Video

Mass Appeal sais:

Those not keen on poring over production credits are the same who’ve been criminally sleeping on Bink. The Virginia native and GRAMMY-award winning producer has humbly scored a range of undeniable classic over the past 20 years, ranging from Blackstreet’s “Don’t Leave Me” (which he co-produced with Teddy Riley) to Kanye West’s “Devil in a New Dress” (which will forever stand as a testament to the undeniable G of Rick Ross). Then there’s his work on Jay Z’s seminal album The Blueprint, which warrants a whole ‘nother conversation. Suffice it to say, he’s earned his rightful place in the conversation of all-time greats.

For the latest episode of Rhythm Roulette, we linked up with The Humble Monsta in Norfolk at The Groove Record Shop. Randomly selecting records from J Dilla’s old sample material and production, he ended up with Jan Hammer Group’s Melodies, Sly & The Family Stone’s Greatest Hits, and The Headhunters’ Survival of the FittestUltimately, he ended up zoning out to “Here and Now” (understandably) and cooked up some ill shit suitable for a late ’90s early 2000s Hov.

J Dilla’s The Diary is now available on iTunes via Mass Appeal Records.




Nottz-Rhythm Roulette (J Dilla Edition) w/ Mass Appeal *Video

Mass Appeal sais:

For nearly 20 years, Nottz has been bringing funky instrumentals with gangster sensibilities. The man’s an absolute workhorse, and as our video team reports, he makes about 17 beats a day. If we didn’t stop him after one round of Rhythm Roulette, we could’ve stayed there all night for another half-dozen.

Picking from J Dilla’s old sample material and production, Nottz comes up with Live Convention ’81 (a live comp featuring Grandmaster Flash), Daft Punk’s remix album Daft Club, and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters. He uses pieces of all three records to reconstruct an entirely new drum pattern, for a glimpse into Nottz’s take on Dilla’s notoriously deep crates. The two were close friends, and Nottz was able to offer a past collaboration, “The Shining, Pt. 1 (Diamonds)” on the recently released The Diary.