That awkward New Zealandy sense of humour, you don’t know how to respond to. It is like having old DJ Ability in the studio again, when Home Brew Crew popped by. They have been totally killing it in New Zealand topping the charts with their new self titled double album. We talk. They rap. It was good. Catch Home Brew at the Civic Underground in Sydney tonight. Details right hurr!
In addition, Naiki pays tribute to the Beat Conducta with a sweet set of Madlib produced jams and the original samples. The genius behind projects like Madvillian, Jaylib, Yesterday’s New Quintet, Lootpack, Quasimoto, The Medicine Show and more. Catch him Friday at the Metro in Sydney supported by Egon and J Rocc… Deeets yo!
Our sample snitching prizes have just been getting better and better. Here our uber-hot producer, Janine models our exclusive, one of a kinda Stolen Records Skrillionaire’s Pendant. Win our weekly pick the sample competition and you could be rocking so much ice it looks like you survived a snow blizzard. Jacob the Jeweler eat your heart out.
The Diplomats! Not to be confused with Dipset. Their music is a little bit less about cooking crack and more to do with the deep feelings one experiences during a relationship. Here is a track that was sampled by Grind Music (LV & Sean C) for The Hitmen to create a Busta Rhymes banger.
Willie Hutch! Doesn’t he look good here at Soul Train. Willie was a singer songwriter, but also a producer for Motown working on songs with the Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and also did the soundtracks for ‘Foxy Brown’ and ‘The Mack’. He also had his own fair share of success as a recording artist. This track comes off his 1973 album ‘Full Exposed’ and was nabbed by Three 6 Mafia.
The ‘Fat Man’ Billy Stewart! Popular in the ’60s, he was a talented singer, songwriter and piano man discovered by Bo Diddley and signed to Chess Records.
From Washington DC, he started out in a group called The Rainbows (they don’t make band names like that anymore) which included Don Covay amongst it’s members, so you know he had been around the block before hitting the big time with songs like ‘Sitting in the Park’, ‘I Do Love You’ and ‘Summertime’.
In 1970 at the age of 33, he was killed in a car crash with three members of his band, but his music lives on and not just as material for hip hop producers hungry for new samples. For instance, ‘Sitting in my Car’ as been covered by a wide range of artists – 50 of them reggae singers and one of them a rapper (Slick Rick).
Here is ‘Cross My Heart’, released on Chess in 1967, and jacked by Just Blaze to produce Jay Electronica’s ‘Exhibit C’.
If I was stuck on a desert island with just one song, Dionne Warwick’s “You’re Gonna Need Me” just might be that record I pick. Have been binging on this song again this weekend. Released in 1973, you can get it on her album Just Being Me.
It’s like when Mickey Rooney puts on the buckteeth and angry eyebrows for Breakfast at Tiffany’s or when they dress up a bunch of Pueto Rican’s in feathers for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York, Timbaland thinks that he can enlist Bhangra vocalist Raje Shwari and we wouldn’t notice that the flute that he is singing about is not actually Indian, but in fact Colombian. Racist.