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Ghostface - Starkology

October 19th, 2014 | By

David Matthews album Dune has been used by crate diggers for a long time. Being on CTI it’s always been a prime target for producers, including both Large Pro and Pete Rock. Most people usually think of the cut “Sandworms“, used most famously on Extra P’s single “The Mad Scientist“. However, the flip side has some heat too.

Side B contains a jazz rework of “The Main Theme from Star Wars“. The track starts out pretty simple with the trademark horns and strings we all know from the movie, over a weird time signature. In the middle of the track, a crazy break beat kicks in with weird light phaser and space sound effects. Producer Scram Jones looped the break and added some harder drums for the Ghostface cut “Starkology” off of Apollo Kids.

For the bonus trivia, the horns that kick in right before the break were used by the Jungle Brothers hip-house hit “I’ll House You“.

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Hasan Salaam featuring Immortal Technique - Jericho

October 9th, 2014 | By

Fellow NJ native Hasan Salaam dropped his new video featuring underground legend Immortal Technique. The song is one of the few (good) hip-hop songs to touch on the topic of police brutality. Hezekiah provides the beat, which isn’t your average sounding track. Very light and filtered drums are layered on top of a haunting choir. “Jericho” will appear on Life In Black & White, Hasan’s forthcoming Viper Records full-length album.

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A Tribe Called Quest - Get a Hold

September 21st, 2014 | By

The Cyrcle - The Visit

The Cyrkle was a short lived rock band from the 1960’s. They had moderate success with their single “Red Rubber Ball” and opened for The Beatles on several tours. However, they disbanded after just 2 albums. The main members went on to write professional jingles for companies, including some well known ones like Alka Seltzer and 7 up. Their soft acoustic guitar-driven ballad “The Visit (She Was Here)” was famously flipped by legend J Dilla.

By the time ATCQ’s Beats, Rhymes and Life was dropping, the Tribe was heading towards their break up. Q-Tip brought in his cousin Consequence as an “unofficial” new member and newcomer Jay Dee (aka J Dilla) took over more of the production duties. This left fans with a slightly disjointed album and lack of magic the previous albums had before it.

While the album isn’t considered a classic, it did contain some great tracks, one of those being “Get a Hold“. J Dilla flipped a few vocal samples from the Cyrkle track starting at around 1:20 into the song. He layered his trademark drum sounds and heavy bass to create a smooth beat. According to rumors/legend, J Dilla supposedly made the beat in 15 minutes in the back room of a studio. Check out the original to see how he flipped it.

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B.D. Foxmoor (Active Member) - HIP HOP (prod. Ill Tal)

September 14th, 2014 | By

B.D. Foxmoor (Active Member) - HIP HOP ΑΝΑΜΝΗΣΕΙΣ (prod. Ill Tal)

About a week ago I got a request on my beats for sale page from an emcee out of Greece – B.D. Foxmoor. I’m not really up on the international hip-hop scene, so I was surprised to find out B.D. is part of the group Active Member, which is REALLY big out there.

B.D. requested the beat and about a week later the track was done and released (take note American rappers!) “HIP HOP ΑΝΑΜΝΗΣΕΙΣ” is a journey through the early years of Hip-hop and B.D.’s memories as one of the first adopters in Europe.

Even if you don’t understand Greek, check it out!

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Ill Tal - Still Trapped in the 90’s

September 8th, 2014 | By

Ill Tal - Still Trapped in the 90's - DOWNLOAD


Summer is over and it’s back to old school season again! I’ve teamed up with the good folk at to release the second installment of my golden era inspired instrumental series Trapped In the 90’s. The album picks up right where Volume 1 left off with plenty of filtered basslines, boom bap drums, and jazzy horns. On top of that, I took it even further with some R&B, G-funk, and commercial rap!

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Video Confirms Your Old Droog is not Nas

August 26th, 2014 | By

Spoiler alert? Honestly, I don’t know how people still thought the mystery emcee You Old Droog was Queensbridge legend Nasty Nas, but that’s neither here nor there… Either way, a new video surfaced yesterday proving that the rapper is a white dude from New York.

That doesn’t take away the fact that he does make the kind of hip-hop I like, so definitely keep an eye on this cat. He’s also doing a show in New York on Wednesday September 3rd. I’m assuming that should be interesting. Who knows, maybe I’ll pop up!

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Thank You Dr. Funkenstein!

August 23rd, 2014 | By

George Clinton and Ill Tal

This past Thursday I had the pleasure of watching George Clinton & P. Funk Allstars perform at the Watermark Hotel in New York City. Since I heard rumors that this would be his last tour, I needed to get a pic with the good Doctor while I still had the change. After the show, me and my friend snuck in the band’s tent, but most of the crew had already left. Luckily, when I went outside on the street I noticed their tour van and a few people taking pics. I got in line and waited…

George is the reason I started making Hip-Hop music, along with tons of other musical and life influences. I had only been this starstruck one other time, and that was when I saw DJ Premier smoking a cigarette on the street in New York.

What do you say to one of your idols? While it was short, here was the awesome convo I had with Dr. Funkenstein…

Me: I have “Poor Willie” and “My Girl” on 45!
George: (with a surprised look on his face) Oh!!! You got that real shit!
Me: There’s only one I can’t find…
George: You got “Lonely Island“?
Me: That’s the one I can’t find! And I live 5 minutes away from Paterson…
George: Paterson? Yea… that’s where we recorded that one.
Me: My dad grew up there. Anyways, thank you for every thing! (shakes hand)

I didn’t know what else to talk about besides vinyl of course… He did look pleasantly surprised that someone at the show was familiar with his first singles. While it might have not been the most profound convo in the world, it definitely meant the world to me.

Aside from meeting George, the show was decent. When you have discography that ranges almost 60 years, it’s hard to pick songs. They performed staples like “Flashlight“, “Maggot Brain“, “Testify“, “Mothership Connection“, “Aqua Boogie” and “One Nation Under a Groove“. Kind of wish they would perform some of the older Funkadelic songs or at least a set similar to the P Funk Earth tour. Either way, still had a great time! Thank you again Dr. Funkenstein.

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Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Can’t Front on Me

August 17th, 2014 | By

A lot of diggers collect any cover of Galt MacDermot‘s classic Broadway musical Hair. There are so many different versions from jazz to Portuguese to Japanese (ask Large Professor!) This particular version was released on Pickwick records and features the musical backing of Geoff Love and Alyn Ainsworth. The track “Where Do I Go?” starts off with a dope guitar/bassline loop that was used by soul brother number 1 – Pete Rock.

One of my favorite Pete Rock beats “Can’t Front On Me” from Mecca and the Soul Brother utilizes the loop/bassline for the main element of the beat. Pete layers some of his favorite drums and adds some vibes and horn stabs for the hook. Check out the original and the way Pete flipped it.

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