Gensu Dean is a beat-ician wholly dedicated to the traditional codes of making tracks. Armed with hip-hop’s classic piece of production hardware, the SP-1200, and his 7,000-piece vinyl collection, the Dallas, Texas product has earned a growing legion of fans behind efforts like his debut, Lo-Fi Fingahz, which features vocal contributions from the likes of Large Professor, Roc Marciano and many others. With his fine recent collaboration with Planet Asia, Abrasions, enjoying additional acclaim, “The Grand Imperial” took a few moments from dicing up audio bytes to share some knowledge of his favorite sample flips.
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During a listening session for his upcoming album, Extended Play (June 18th), Statik Selektah sat down with Xzone about his recent singles (“21 & Over” w/ Sean Price & Mac Miller, “Bird’s Eye View” w/ Joey Bada$$, Raekwon and Black Thought), possibly working with Jay-Z, his desire to work with Kanye West and Eminem, reveals he did a track with Nas for Life Is Good that didn’t make the cut and his future plans.
From The Hieroglyphics’ upcoming album The Kitchen, dropping next month.
Standing Room Only is a concept where the goal is to get touring musicians into a studio in Minneapolis, MN, throw them together with the house band as they replay the production for three of their songs while recording and filming the process.
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DJ Mark The 45 King was perhaps (with the exception of Marley Marl) the first producer I remember just wanting to own all the records that he’d produced, remixed or had a hand in. The simple, hard hitting loops of some of his early classics coupled with the fact that all the MCs he worked with – Lakim Shabazz, Chill Rob G, Latee, Markey Fresh, Latifah etc. – all had the kind of flawless, commanding flows that just demanded you listen, mean that to this day it’s hard to compare his music to anyone’s and as a resul just have a ’45 King zone’ in my brain. Seeing him get his huge paydays later in his career with ‘Hard Knock Life’ and ‘Stan’ was perhaps, to me, one of the most rewarding stories in rap history, but this mix is definitely about that late 80s/early 90s zone that he just dominated for me. However, loving pretty much every damn record he produced, this had to be a Part 1 of sorts, as I could never have included all the gems that he committed to wax. Hell I even missed out my personal favourite ‘Court Is Now In Session’ just so I’d have to do another! Anyway, enjoy some of the most unheralded, but dopest rappers in history (along with a couple of well-known legends of course) over that classic Mark The 45 King sound. More dusty than digital – enjoy!
Less than 24 hours after dropping his star-studded remix for Work, A$AP Ferg releases the official music video for his new single. The record features A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James and ScHoolboy Q. The video, filmed at NYC’s Rucker Park and in Los Angeles, premiered earlier today on BET’s 106 & Park. Ferg’s Trap Lord mixtape/album is scheduled to drop on May 27.