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Discussion | The Science of Sampling

Sampling is a musical art form. Irrespective of what some may have you believe, the act of sampling can be both as challenging and rewarding as producing original compositions and has had a significant effect on the sound of modern music. “It’s hard to sample and it’s hard to make music… They try to act like sampling’s not music but it’s hard to do correctly,” … Continue reading Discussion | The Science of Sampling

Discussion | Are We Truly Interested in Full-Length Projects Anymore?

With advances in technology across most areas of music in the past 25 years, it has allowed a lot more people the opportunity to create and circulate their material easily and independently. This has resulted in listeners, chiefly through the implementation of music streaming services, having access to a vast amount of artists and songs that they feel compelled to consume in order to try … Continue reading Discussion | Are We Truly Interested in Full-Length Projects Anymore?

Discussion | Why Isn’t Busta Rhymes In Your Top Five Emcees?

Despite being one of the most prominent and unique emcees during what many consider to be the golden era of Hip Hop and transcending generations by remaining relevant throughout the 2000’s and beyond, Busta Rhymes is not often, if at all, considered for selection as one of people’s top five rappers. With the number of gifted emcees that have emerged since Hip Hop’s creation, it’s a … Continue reading Discussion | Why Isn’t Busta Rhymes In Your Top Five Emcees?

Albums of the Year | 2016

My top ten favourite albums of the year: Anderson .Paak – Malibu  “After making a tremendous impression on various tracks on Dr. Dre’s Compton, Anderson Paak consolidates his place as a leading newcomer in Soul/R&B with Malibu. His raspy, sing-rap vocal delivery emphasises the trace of the classic soul sound, aided by his choice of producers (eg. Madlib & 9th Wonder, among others), in order to … Continue reading Albums of the Year | 2016

Discussion | Does Justin Timberlake Make Better Music With Pharrell or Timbaland?

Justin Timberlake has been fortunate enough to have the majority of his very successful solo career as a musician shaped by two of the most revered producers of the last twenty years, Pharrell Williams (as part of The Neptunes*) and Timbaland. These collaborations have spanned his 4 studio albums, as well as combining on other artist’s songs, with notable contributions including, Snoop Dogg – ‘Signs’, … Continue reading Discussion | Does Justin Timberlake Make Better Music With Pharrell or Timbaland?

Discussion | Would Beyoncé Be As Successful If Aaliyah Was Still Alive?

Now, before the BeyHive swarm around me in an attempt to protect their Queen Bey, please allow me to elucidate a quite innocent, though seemingly provocative title. The question that forms the basis of this article is simply a thought I had once upon a time, whilst witnessing Beyoncé’s extraordinary run of commercial success between 2006-2013. Aaliyah herself had a similarly prosperous period from 1994 … Continue reading Discussion | Would Beyoncé Be As Successful If Aaliyah Was Still Alive?

The Importance of the Featured Artist

Not too long ago, I watched an interview with Pharrell Williams where he made statements regarding featured artists on songs and how they’re presented in this day and age. More specifically, his gripe was with the fact that featured guests today must be clearly labelled along side the song title they appear on (speaking specifically about album track lists), whereas in the 70’s & 80’s, … Continue reading The Importance of the Featured Artist