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Try searching in other languages: en - it - fr - de - es - pt. I constantly had to keep track of what scale we were in, and what the progression was. This meant furtive trips next door to a spare piano to check the key, as Kanye constantly shifted the samples up and down in speed and therefore in pitch as well.
The biggest embarrassment occurred when Neil Finn arrived to see how the session was going. Kanye sang a melody to me and asked for it to be played with a glockenspiel sound. I tried to play back the riff while juggling with the Yamaha Motif's presets, fumbling terribly under pressure.
Luckily Neil Finn intervened and saved my bacon by offering to track the part himself on a vintage vibraphone in the next room. I'd been up-staged, but was grateful nonetheless.
Kanye worked tirelessly, he didn't drink or eat all afternoon, hardly left the chair behind his work desk and ended up passing out at midnight from what I can only guess was exhaustion. That day he had built six tracks from scratch.
His process was exclusively sampling bits of old soul and funk records. One chunk would be as long as 20 seconds - which were then cut up later into smaller pieces, usually molding the samples to chord changes rather than the start or end of the bar, but always allowing the phrase to contain a seamless groove.
These were then spiced up with additional samples from his G4. He moved lightning fast and knew his gear inside out. Nobody interrupted him, but he didn't mind his friends bantering in the background.
Every now and again he would ask Neil Baldock to turn the monitors up really loud, and would rap along with the beat, inviting Common to trade phrases and jam snatches of melody. All the while fielding international calls and emails from mates like Jay-Z and Nas.
It was unreal. At the end of the night they asked me to come back the next day. I caught myself thinking, "This is it. The highlight of my musical career. If I nail this I'll get asked to up stakes and tour the world with hip hop's number one star. He is currently preparing to tour Australia with Elemeno P in support of The Veronicas, before recording his own debut album.
It's been five years since Ermehn released the under-appreciated Samoans Part 11 on the adventurous Deep Grooves label, it has since proved to be a prescient work. Influential on future artists like Deceptikonz, Scribe and the whole so called "Polynesian hip hop renaissance", next to Feelstyle's Break it to Pieces and Dam Native's Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted , arguably one of our culture's greatest achievements.
Now it's Ermehn's second time to prove why he's the MC with fire in his belly and more skills than Stott's Correspondence College. He's had a vibrant, if not violent time since the last album, drug business and gang membership in the King Cobras; he calls it "hustling times". He makes no concessions to all of this, its just what happens, unlike many he can call himself a gangsta, straight up gangsta and no qualms about it.
He told me this album was funded on drug money, on his hustle, and what flows is our first real hardcore work, our first gangsta creation. Perhaps also the most sustained work of Aotearoan street realism ever, you hear talk from "music experts" that now our music is too American, that we have no "drivebys", no history of cultural violence.
These people know nothing about life. Yes, the life, this is exactly what Ermehn wants to portray, certainly not directed at these cultural and musical arbiters but as he told me.
That this is for the bro's, what they want to hear, Mongrel Mob, Head Hunters, a voice for their life styles. G" being a couple, always emphasising the geography and pulse of South Auckland, Otara is where he came up and throughout it remains as the alpha and omega of it all. Maybe the hardest track here is 'Otara Street'. Where he states "I was running these streets" and details events of a criminal lifestyle, of a young life falling. Extremely tough lines like "stick my cock up your arse like I'm loving it" and "need drugs not hugs" fly out like knives.
The hardest line comes in the form of retribution, the result of some rift between equals. Yes, he attacks Dawnraid, or rather Brotha D with a few inflammatory lines like "Bring your guns, bring your money". Jesus Christ! Ermehn and Brotha D go way back to the glory days of the Proud tour and he assures me that all is well between them now. This is Ermehn as alpha dog running the pack. Otara appears in numerous other tracks, as the dangerous existence of 'Snake City', the violent hallucinations that hang in 'Red Lights' and as an image in 'Savage Waters'.
The latter is a track of extremes, concerning his time in the King Cobras, tough as iron and totally without sentimentality or any irony. It is as it is. First track is 'Bank Job' and concerns hood economics where there is a dream of salvation in the act of robbery, that money will bring all.
The bravado and warm desires of "Put another steak on the grill, mum and dad I've got the bills, I'm about to pay the rent" go the way of smoke, floating away. The acoustic styled 'Silver and Gold' is the antidote, a wonderful coming together, and a healing. Certainly an unflinching portrait, punches are thrown and leave marks, however this is a work of redemption, interconnecting interludes - taken from actual media reports that Ermehn may or may not have anything to do with - build with intensity and tell a story, a journey that ends in reflection.
Certain tracks cut into the social upheaval and portray differing approaches to life, as in 'Mama A Way', a celebration of Ermehn's early life in the "Pacific way" and 'Better Place' finds Ermehn wishing for "a place for the kids to play, where the dogs don't slay".
These look back at youthful nostalgia and forward towards a comfortable existence, hem his life like bookends. Which way will he go? Samoans Part 11 is a fantastic album that is raw and direct in subject matter and presentation, raw and real. Of course this wouldn't mean shit if it wasn't good in a musical sense, thankfully it's hot from beginning to end.
His flow is old school, years of Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and finding his own voice, riding rhymes with authority. Several crew tracks also add variety with guests from Mareko, Two-Face, Mr. Slick and Savage Poets.
Production comes from Rob London, a name I don't know, and his style is open and deep giving great background to the vocals, nice Tina Cross sample as well. Gangsta life and times in Aotearoa. Partly a celebration, partly a warning but essentially a truthful depiction that hurts and hopefully heals. Copyright belongs to them folks. Electric Wire Hustle - New album coming soon. Expanding on their unique sound built over the last decade, the band laid the groundwork for this album with the acclaimed release of last years Aeons EP which featured Kimbra, and Deva Mahal on vocal duties.
The resulting album represents the arrival of a unique antipodean voice in modern jazz; one that sits comfortably alongside artists like Kamasi Washington and The Robert Glasper Experiment at the vanguard of contemporary improvised music. Nichola Richards. His death, at just 41, was even more untimely because it meant that Phil missed taking active part in the inaugural Pacific Music Awards ceremony, a celebration he could very legitimately have claimed a stake in.
In the event, a Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on him posthumously at the event. Another gesture of respect and gratitude, long time friend Matty Ruys commissioned graffiti artist Askew to paint a wall-sized mural for Phil on the Otara Music and Arts Centre, where Phil had spent much of his time encouraging young musicians. A benefit concert staged in Auckland for the Fuemana family featured many of our finest and busiest urban performers. Of Niuean and Maori descent, Phil was a mentor, an inspiration, a door opener, indeed a godfather of South Auckland hip hop and street soul.
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Great news guys, some copies of our first two singles are back in our store! We found a couple of boxes at one of our distributors. There are 35x of aslongasi We are incredibly happy with the quality of the pressing and the artwork.
Jump to. Sections of this page. Accessibility help. Email or phone Password Forgotten account? Band Profile. Log In. Mark Maiden. Robot Riddims. Purchasable with gift card. Vinyl version of 'Ride The Samples' by Ambassa feat.
Pressed on clear 'coke bottle' green vinyl, limited to copies only. For the late great Jay Dee, graphic designer Allison Shipper and musician Daniel Crawford pay a grand tribute by delivering the essence of why the world continues to love J through their visual art and music.
Enjoy a look at Allison's designs for the official Dilla Donut shop in Detroit as you bounce to the heavenly groove of DShon on "Dillafornia 7". Dillafornia 7 by Daniel Crawford. With over 20 years in Hip Hop, Agallah aka 8-Off The Assassinator remains criminal minded and dangerous on the microphone as he unites with fellow vet Planet Asia for some "Luxurious Murder".
Taking mellow Soul music and using it as the backdrop for their exchange of sharp rhymes, this track showcases Ag and Asia as smooth assassins with vivid imaginations who each display their gift for envisioning street life and luxury within the heat of Hip Hop competition. Take a trip back to Agallah's early years in the game with my portrait drawing of him as 8-Off The Assassin.
As soon as we hang the mistletoe, we all feel it. This song puts these warm thoughts to a sweet melody that will quickly capture your emotions and put you in the Christmas spirit. Share Instantly Christmas with someone who has captured your heart this Christmas. Happy holidays! Ric also played drums and percussion on the tune as well. Take a trip down memory lane as the co-producer of this all-time classic takes you back to the studio atmosphere in creating magic with Donny and enjoy a couple cool new arrangements of "This Christmas" by musicians on the rise.
From picking up the mic upon hearing the classic "Rapper's Delight" to laying down remarkable lyrics in on BBE Records, Vursatyl is experienced in Hip Hop and the art of rhyme. Listen to the MC share his thoughts on independent music career opportunities for artists today, his album "Crooked Straights" plus preserving the culture in the present and future in an interview with Itch FM.
Enjoy the memories and food for thought from a microphone heavyweight cosigned by the likes of DJ Maseo, DJ Spinna and Jake One who is here to bring back excitement for those who enjoy pressing rewind to savor the moment of slick wordplay.
Britt is also a trumpeter greatly influenced by the less is more ethos of Miles Davis. Then there is also the Motown connection: Britt and partner rapper Sean E. Mac formed the group Impromp2 and once signed with the label that Gaye helped to make famous in the 60, 70s and 80s. A-side "It's Still Great To Be Here" is a tasteful remix of the Jackson family disco-pop track of the same name, featuring some new musical elements supplied by conga player Chris Cookson and keyboardist Forrest Dank.
On the flip, Bombay delivers a version of New Edition's "Candy Girl", replacing the original's electrofunk backing track with the Jackson 5's "ABC" which, of course, was famously sampled on the New Edition track. It's a brilliant idea, superbly executed, and should get a great response when played to packed dance floors. So many of these nuggets were passed over back in the day — too gospel for soul collectors, and too funky for gospel fans — but they work together perfectly here in this overstuffed collection — put together with a perfect ear for all the best bits in the Jewel catalog.
The undeniable atmosphere of good times and the captivating essence of nightlife are brought forth to your eardrum by the soulful sound of Kamal who rocks the party with his single "Dancin'". Two living legends playing records and talking music; this one's not to be missed! Plain and simple. His productions mold the past and the present into futuristic soul splashed gems that turn heads whenever they are heard. His ability to breathe new life into already classic records is one of the reasons he is one of the most respected producers of the day.
Produced by Wakeditown Records founder Matia 'Ambassa' Gobbo, 'Ride The Samples' features the wonderful soulful voice of London singer/songwriter Nichola Richards. Recorded between London, Italy, Los Angeles, Denmark and Brazil, it also features Paolo Baldini Dubfiles at the mixing desk, who - very much like King Tubby's used to do - brings the.