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The Weekend Sampler | Volume 13

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 13

    Quasimoto Madlib unleashed a loose track the other day promoting an upcoming album from his alter-ego Quasimoto, aka Lord Quas. The last release from the reclusive rapper/beat-maker was eight years ago in 2005 with his album The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Needless to say, there is a strong buzz of excitement in the hip-hop community...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 12

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 12

Knx. One of my favorite producers right now, Knxwledge, just dropped two new tracks on his SoundCloud with the artwork shown above. The tracks are off of his new release titled Hud.Dreems.PRT.15. If you haven’t checked out Knx before, you can sample the plethora of beats he’s released on his Bandcamp. You can also stream HDP15 below: Connect with Knx Facebook...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 11

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 11

Welcome to this week’s Weekend Sampler, your window to the underground. HW&W Records LA-based crew, HW&W Records, have been blowing up in 2013. Notably, last week’s Boiler Room exclusively featured HW&W artists. I had the pleasure of attending, and each member brings something different to the table. Recently, a few artists in the HW&W family dropped some new tracks, all hinting at...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 10

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 10

Welcome to this week’s Weekend Sampler, your window to the underground. Samuel Truth I recently discovered Samuel Truth after someone posted this video to /r/futurebeats: I was pretty blown away, so I decided to do a little further research and discovered that (as of the date of this article) he has less than 300 followers on Soundcloud,...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 9

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 9

  Giraffage I first heard Giraffage when he was featured in Into the Wood’s Carsick series driving through my hometown and performing “Moments.” I immediately fell in love with his spacey sound, and was ecstatic when he released his new album Needs as name-your-price on his bandcamp. The album stays with the signature Giraffage style of dreamy atmosphere laced with funky beats. This...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 8

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 8

Nujabes Last week I gave a shout out to one of the greatest producers of all time, J Dilla. If you missed the post, due to his February birth and death, we call it J Dilla Month. Yet, another producer was born and died in February, who I completely forgot to mention. For that reason I give mad...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 7

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 7

‘ J Dilla This is a very special Weekend Sampler, as it falls on the first of February. February is J-Dilla Month, where we celebrate the life of one of the most talented and progressive beat makers of the 20th century. February was chosen because it’s the month Dilla was born, and the month he passed away. This...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 6

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 6

  Kanye West Last night the self-proclaimed voice of a generation Kanye West tweeted a series of descriptive words with no context. Some fans believe the tweets may be hinting at a new release. Other fans are slightly more skeptical. Kanye is notorious for eclectic and meaningless tweets. There are countless articles online mocking what the rapper...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 5

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 5

  Chief Keef Despite being Finally Rich, Chicago rapper Chief Keef found himself in some trouble recently. After watching footage of Keef holding a gun during a Pitchfork interview, Judge Carl Anthony Walker sentenced him to 60 days for breaking his parole. In 2011, the rapper was placed on probation for pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer and...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 4

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 4

I hope you all had as relaxing of a break as I did. In addition to making beats and drinking hot cocoa I found myself rifling through the countless new musical gems Santa brought this holiday season. Al Patron California producer Al Patron put out an album titled Flight Delayed this past New Years Eve. Released...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 3

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 3

Australian producer eyeofzion recently put out his third release this year Mysterium. This producer has been putting out beats and mixtapes like crazy, all of them filled with soft melodies and trippy vibes. You can download Mysterium here for free. Also keep an eye out for our upcoming interview with eyeofzion to learn more about the man behind the beats. Connect...
The Weekend Sampler | Volume 2

The Weekend Sampler | Volume 2

This past Tuesday brought a new release from Canadian producer Tor titled Drum Therapy. You may know Tor as the man who crafted Illinoize, a release featuring remixes of tracks on Sufjan Steven’s album Illinois. He’s also the first artist signed to Emancipator’s new record label Loci Records. I’ve been excited for this release ever since he released this album preview back in March: As the preview...