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Host Elliott Wilson and fans discuss the hottest MC’s in the game.

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Craig Mack live in London, launch party for Tim Westwood joining Radio 1 at Hammersmith Palais London March 19th 1995.

You already saw the Biggie performance, and hit continue reading to check out a freestyle from the same Bad Boy trip to London.

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Marley Marl is unquestionably one of the greatest producers and DJs in hip hop history. His influence and importance to hip hop are undeniable, and his innovative productions and pioneering use of sampling helped define the genre. Marley Marl has produced beats for some of the music’s finest MCs including Big Daddy Kane, MC Shan, LL Cool J, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Kool G Rap, Nas, Rakim, and Masta Ace.

In this episode of Classic Recipes, the legendary producer explains and demonstrates how he created the beat for MC Shan’s “The Bridge,” one of the most memorable beats in hip hop history. As always, along with the beat programming tips and composition/production techniques he also gives us the lowdown on where and when the music was originally created.

Marl recalls the moment he first met MC Shan and recorded “Marley Marl Scratch,” and also remembers when legendary rap radio personality Mr. Magic rejected a Boogie Down Productions record that was submitted for airplay on WBLS-FM, later resulting in the feud between the South Bronx crew and Marl’s Juice Crew.

“The Bridge” was originally created using the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer and the Korg SDD-2000 Sampling Digital Delay. Marley Marl programmed the beat by triggering drum sounds (the kick and snare) from the TR-808 into the SDD-2000, giving the track a unique sound and feel.

In this video he recreates the beat using the Akai MPC Renaissance; instead of just sampling The Honey Drippers’ track “Impeach The President” intro drum beat, Marley completely reprogrammed the beat from the kick and snare right down to the “Ladies and gentlemen” voice intro. Along with adding some ghost notes, he reversed The Magic Disco Machine’s “Scratching'” record to create the stabs and gritty noises you hear at the beginning of “The Bridge.”

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To celebrate the 16-year anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death, BET hosted a cypher in his honor, featuring Mister Cee on the wheels of steel, and Lil Cease, Joey Bada$$, Uncle Murda, Maino, Fred The Godson, and Joell Ortiz on the mic. Cee spins the “Who Shot Ya?” instrumental for the Big Apple-based MCs, and they all go in on and bless a verse for Biggie.

Uncle Murda calls out names too, mentioning Death Row, and rapping, “March 9th is Biggie day/Any one of them dudes can get it from Snoop to Dre.” Watch above.

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From 818 Antics Vol. 2, produced by Moe.

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Brand new video from the Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt.

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Late last month, when Dizzy Wright was in New York City, the Funk Volume rapper caught up with fellow up-and-comer Joey Bada$$. The two got together in the studio, and out of those sessions came “Maintain,” a track that will be featured on Dizzy’s upcoming, yet-to-be-titled mixtape.

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Trek Life is preparing to release his newest album “Hometown Foreigner” April 2nd (digital) and April 9th (CD) on Mello Music Group. The new album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Duke Westlake. The album features verses from yU, Oddisee, Bishop Lamont, Richard Wright, and more! To give people their first taste of the sound to come, Trek is releasing the single Just The Music.

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Mass Appeal is proud to announce that we’ve joined forces with Pharrell’s ICECREAM to present an official SXSW hip-hop showcase like no other.

On Friday, March 15th we’ll be at the Austin Music Hall with performers Kendrick Lamar, Bun B, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Alexander Spit, A$AP Ferg, Roc Marciano, Raekwon, Rockie Fresh, Harry Fraud, Emilio Rojas, BIA, Nylo, Jasmine Solano, and other surprise guests.

Attendees must RSVP for the event here.

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