Snoop Lion steers clear of weapons in his new anti-violence track “No Guns Allowed.” Cori B tagged along in a special daddy-daughter performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. His latest offering Reincarnated is expected to sell 18 to 21k copies in its first week.
Mela Machinko releases the second look from her upcoming Hov Said It Best project. Get That Cash and Run is once again directed by The Last American B-Boy who also helmed the What You Want Me To Do clip. Look for cameos from Jean Grae, Mr. Len, Breeze Brewin. Hov Said It Best out late spring, early summer…
This week we sit talk to entrepreneur Marc Ecko. In the extremely motivating interview we talk about building up the Ecko brand, creating Complex Magazine, and the upcoming release of his new book.
Bronx duo Camp Lo decodes the classic “Coolie High” from their debut album Uptown Saturday Night.
In this fourth installment of Classic Recipes, the legendary DJ/producer Marley Marl explains and demonstrates how he produced and mixed the lead single off Biz Markie’s 1986 debut album Goin’ Off. Marl tells the story of how a young Biz, who was referred to at the time as The Diabolical Biz Markie and The Inhuman Orchestra, tracked him down in Queensbridge one weekend and introduced himself. When Marley Marl’s beats and melodies were combined with Biz Markie’s beat-boxing and rhymes, the chemistry was instantaneous.
In this video Marley Marl reconstructed the beat from “Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz” using the Akai MPC Renaissance. He uses his trusted kick and snare (The Honey Drippers’ “Impeach The President” intro drum beat) but this time around he has switched-up the beat pattern, using the hi-hats to create ghost notes. To complete the beat, Marl adds a sub-heavy, off-beat 808 kick drum, a sampled/sped-up piano melody from Issac Hayes, and some shakers which he created by recording his own voice.