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February 28, 2013 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. In this week’s installment we’re looking at Miles Davis’s “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down,” which inspired two modern legends in their own right: Radiohead and Madlib (via his group Lootpack). […]

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February 21, 2013 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. Today, we look at The Chakachas’ “Yo Soy Cubano,” a song that provided sample fodder for two wildly different tracks: Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” and “Magic Carpet Ride” […]

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February 15, 2013 Marina Galperina

Calling all fly girls and fly boys. We wanna know your name, your game and that booty. How’d I do? Ok, fine. I’ll stop. But everyone with a love for 90’s hip hop, fly style and the moves, the moves should come out to Cantina Royal tomorrow night (Feb. 16) and enter the Be My […]

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February 14, 2013 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. This week, we’ll take a look at David McCallum’s “The Edge,” which spawned Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” and Masta Ace’s “No Regrets.” “The Edge, “David McCallum (1967): […]

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February 4, 2013 Andy Cush

ANIMAL recently headed to Le Poisson Rouge to take in Red Bull’s Thre3style DJ competition, and chatted with first-place DJ Zeke and emcee DStroy about hip-hop culture, the makings of a good set, and the best DJs in the city. “A lot of people get trapped in a box,” said Zeke, who’s worked with Kendrick […]

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January 31, 2013 Andy Cush

Earlier this week, Lil B released a very #rare diss track, taking belated “shots” at NYC rapper Joey Bada$$ for an offhanded, innocuous line his late crew member Capital STEEZ tossed out months ago. B’s track kept things relatively light and impersonal–it almost seems like he was just looking for an excuse to call a […]

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January 16, 2013 Andy Cush

In his latest video, for no-nonsense M.I.C. Tyson cut “Genesis of the Omega,” Sean Price dons lumberjack gear, takes to the woods,  and chops shit up while an innocent-looking, hogtied girl fearfully looks on. P never actually does the deadly deed, but the grindhouse vibe lends the video a violently grimy feel. […]

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January 11, 2013 Bucky Turco

Rapper and 7 Mile resident Soeboy Chaz — who ANIMAL profiled last month — dropped a video featuring two tracks from his latest mixtape collaboration. Watch the resurgence of Detroit right in front of your eyes. […]

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January 4, 2013 Andy Cush

This is what rap beef looks like in the social media age: formerly friendly-seeming MCs exchange not-so-friendly words on Twitter, a track is dropped, another track is dropped, and another track is dropped, all in the scope of about 24 hours. “Shut the Fuck Up” is the latest from Angel Haze, and the hasty construction […]

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January 2, 2013 Andy Cush

Last month, instrumental hip-hop godhead DJ Shadow was asked by the staff at Miami’s Mansion nightclub to cut his set short, apparently because whatever he was playing was too weird for the crowd. Later, Shadow promised to upload the offending set to SoundCloud so we could hear exactly what had those promoters so worked up. […]

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