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Kanye Plays Jay-Z Original “Big Brother” Beat

In the latest episode of Tony Williams’ R2KOTF series, he shares unreleased footage of Kanye’s Graduation studio session where Ye plays the original “Big Brother” beat for Jay, which features a Prince sample. In this 4th episode of #Road2KoTF, Tony takes us into the studio for the creation of ‘Flashing Lights’, the writing sessions for ‘Champion’ & ‘Barry Bonds’ as well as showcasing, for the first time, an intimate look into the New York session when Kanye played ‘Big Brother’ […]

’11 Best Beats: #1 Hit-Boy “Niggas In Paris”

It’s easy to see why Jay-Z and Kanye West performed this so many damn times. Fueled by Hit-Boy’s nimble synths and occasional drums, “Niggas In Paris” became a universal hit for soccer moms and straphangers alike. Not to mention, rappers like T.I., and Busta Rhymes got in on the fun as well. What more can we say, it got the people going. Previously: #5 Tyler, The Creator “Yonkers” | #4 Lil Lody “Rollin” | #3 Jahlil Beats “Ima Boss” | #2 […]

’11 Best Guest Verses: #1 Busta Rhymes “Look At Me Now”

Every once in awhile, a respected elder in the rap game has to come down and slap fire out you young assholes. Make no mistake, C Breezy’s comback triumph would’ve knocked without Trevor Smith but Bussa-Bus steals the show here and takes this hit to a whole ‘nother level. Wack MCs beware! No one rhymes crisper, faster, while still being intricate and clever. You could dislocate your larynx tryin to create his captivating breath control. This potent performance got Busta […]

’11 Best Beats: #2 Just Blaze “Lord Knows”

It’s tough to judge this guy because he’s actually my friend but thankfully the hip-hop nation agrees—Justin Smith is one bad muthafucka behind the boards. And the man who helped build the soundtrack to the Rocafella dynasty proved that he’s still destined for more greatness in 2011. The hardest moment on Drake’s Take Care comes courtesy of him as he turns an obscure gospel sample (sung over by a live choir) into a musical masterpiece. MCs would kill to spit […]