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June 28, 2011

5th Seal Vlog #7

Brooklyn Beatsmith 5th Seal Drops His Latest Beat Vlog

For vlog #7, 5th Seal raids the infamous (and well-tread) dig spot A-1 Records in New York City (and runs into one of the greatest ever on the beats). As per his other installments, he offers a glimpse of the making of one of his beat gems. 5th Seal is a friend, so I'm happy that he's gaining a new level recognition.

The video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship

5th Seal Vlog #7

5th Seal Vlog #7 from 5th Seal on Vimeo.

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January 31, 2011

BeatTips MusicStudy: Mos Def ft. Talib Kweli - "History" Produded by J Dilla

Repetition, Rupture, and Groove


What's dope about any J Dilla interest is the fact that he's increasingly being recognized for: samples, chops, ruptures, loops, and soul—hip hop. Just as with DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and Large Professor, a study of J Dilla brings you back, fundamentally, to the study of soul music. That being said, listen to this joint "History" by Mos Def and Talib Kweli—one of the best beatworks I've ever heard by J Dilla. It's subtle yet direct and defiant at the same time... And yo, as you listen to this, ask yourself: Would this song have gotten any real strong reaction five years ago and why?

The music and videos below are presented here for the purpose of scholarship.

Mos Def - "History" Feat. Talib Kweli (Prod. By J Dilla)

Here's the music video for "History"

Finally, if anyone really believes that "live" renditions of hip hop/rap originals are co-equal, check this out. It "seems" to be comparable, but notice how much the "feeling" and essence of J Dilla's beat is missing.

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January 04, 2011

BeatTips MusicStudy: Marco Polo and Ruste Juxx Deliver Hardcore Rap with "Nobody"

With "Nobody," Marco Polo and Ruste Juxx Prove They are Indeed Somebody Worth Paying Close Attention To


The way some people tell it, classic creative, "meat and bones" hip hop/rap is dead. Or that the "punch-you-in-the-gut" beat style is no longer in existence. Wrong. On both counts. Here with a joint that has seemingly come out of nowhere, Marco Polo and Ruste Juxx are demonstrating hip hop/rap's most hard-hitting formula: tuff beats and street-rumble rhymes.

Anchored around a pulsating, piano-led riff and a milky, heavyweight bass line, the groove that beatmaster Marco Polo cooks up is soulfully energetic and thoroughly hypnotic. For the drums, Marco goes with a ratchet-like, syncopated snare that jukes and jabs, while the bottom-fed kick raps through the track like a battering ram knocking on a medieval castle entrance. And for good measure, Marco peppers the entire drum framework with 1/8 hi-hat hits that shuffle and swing in its own rhythm.

As for Ruste Juxx on the rhyme, Brooklyn-bred flow is front and center. Each line of every rhyme is delivered with the confidence of a pound-for-pound best rated boxer. Juxx doesn't just drop lines; instead, he spits them out with the arrogance and bravado of someone who brandishes razors under his tongue. And while the harshness of his classic New York rasp is ever apparent, the dexterity and overall polish of his rhyme skills is hard to ignore.

The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship.

Marco Polo and Ruste Juxx - "Nobody"

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