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Tag Archives: Hip Hop

Danger Doom – Benzie Box (Opiuo Rework)

This brings me back to my teen years, scary how time flys by so quickly and yet we are still listening to the same tunes and trying to find ways to give them a little modern flavor without destroying the magic taste that it already possesses. “The Mouse and The Mask” was a sick album […]

EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: DJ Andrew OPTIMIST – “Treetocs”

Another week, another up and coming artist. Andrew Lauric, AKA DJ Andrew OPTIMIST, is a producer with a swash of influences. Born in Bucharest, but raised in Chicago, he has an ear for the deepness of Chicago house, but also utilizes hip-hop textures. One striking thing about his production on the song “Treetocs” is the […]

EMPT Presents: Indaba Music Weekly – DJsNeverEndingStory – “Floating Euphoria”

DJsNeverEndingStory (or DNES for short), the cousin of legendary rap group The Pharcyde’s Bootie Brown, represents the perfect amalgamation of everything modern in today’s production-based music. He is able to fuse the sweeping texture of glo-fi/shoe-gaze, the hard ducked feeling of house and the rhythm of hip hop into a stellar melting-pot—a style he has dubbed […]

Outkast – Ms. Jackson (Jean Tonique Remix)

When Outkast unleashed “Ms. Jackson” on the world in January of 2001, the song immediately became a cross-over smash hit. You couldn’t turn on the radio or TV–Z100 or Hot97, MTV or BET–without hearing or seeing Andre 3000 and Big Boi lay the truth down. “Ms. Jackson” hits such a widespread nerve cause it’s a simple song that […]

ZZ Ward – Criminal

She describes it as “dirty shine.” One drop of her sultry voice and crafted rhythms, and you’ll be swimming. ZZ Ward breaks through a crack somewhere between Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu. Her voice is soulful and sexy while her rhythms meld the blues of her childhood with the hip hop of her teens. The […]

Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Freeway et Creative Source

  Whenever  an early ’00s Roc-A-Fella joint pops up on my Itunes I immediately get nostalgic and end up spending a good portion of my day shuffling through the endless amount of classics they dropped during that period. Just look at the lineup Dame Dash was putting on wax: Jay-Z, Memph Bleek, Cam’ron and The […]

Nas – The World Is Yours

I’ve been hesitant to post anything from Illmatic because like anything of good quality it’s not a quick-fix one night stand, you have to listen to the whole album many times to really understand and appreciate all of it’s beautiful details. Also, Illmatic is so complex in terms of rhyme patterns, expression, insight and innovation […]

Kevin Casey Music Presents Live From New York (1994-2001)

Man look at these suckers. I ain’t no rapper, I’m a hustler. It just so happens I know how to rap.” In the beginning Hip Hop was about b-boying, djing, graffiti and emceeing. The drug game of the late 1980’s changed the ghetto so, it was only natural that it would change the music as […]