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Sampling The Beatles In Hip-Hop Music

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2009 10:25am | Post a Comment

"The Grey Video" (Danger Mouse "Encore" Beatles meets Jay-Z)
 
Everyone loves The Beatles, including rappers and their producers, so it makes perfect sense that hooks, drum beats, high hats, stabs, guitar riffs, vocal soundbites, etc. etc. from the Fab Four's vast and varied Wu-Tang Clancatalog would provide an ample sampling source for hip-hop producers and remixers. RIght? Yes, but only if done legally-- provided that the owners of the copyrighted Beatles material were to give permission to the interested producer(s). And this is not something that happens easily. In fact, The Beatles' catalog is often referred to in hip-hop production circles as "the holy grail of samples," since it is so hard to get permission to sample the Liverpool lads' music for hip-hop songs. 

That's why it was such in 2007 when Wu-Tang Clan announced that they had secured the first fully legit sample of the Beatles' music. They reportedly got granted permission to sample the White Album's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" for the Wu-Tang album 8 Diagrams. As it turned out, it Dhani Harrisonwasn't technically a Beatles sample clearance, but rather the go-ahead to replay the George Harrison penned Beatles tune with none other than George's own son Dhani Harrison (reportedly a major Wu-Tang Clan fan) playing the guitar bit on the track that also featured guest vocalist Erykah Badu.

Of course, The Beatles' music has been sampled many times in hip-hop (without permission) over the years, most famously on Danger Mouse's career-launching, incredibly popular (albeit totally illegal) 2004 release The Grey Album, where he liberally sampled the entire Beatles' White Album in a masterpiece mash-up that is beautifully blended with Jay-Z's The Black Album. The fact that it was an illegal recording didn't stop people from hearing it either. The album, which was sold as a bootleg, was traded and given Danger Mouse the grey albumaway in CD format and downloaded for free, thus making its way to countless iPods and music collections.

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 07/10/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 29, 2009 02:33pm | Post a Comment



New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend: 

Boys Noize
STARTER 12"
BNR034

The single is a double A salute featuring "STARTER," a classic BOYS NOIZE electro house banger in OI style, and "JEFFER," an all time fresh summer disco hammer to fall in love with.



Siskid
WOLVES EP 12"
MEANT004

SISKID is back on MEANT records, receiving full support from DAMIAN LAZARUS, LAURENT GARNIER, AGORIA, and more. Three brand new peak time tech tracks, plus a fantastic remix by CHLOE. Tight production ready to work out the floor.    

Chequers GET UP DIFFERENTLY 12" DCLAS15

Detboi Y'ALL WANT MO EP 12" CHEAP009X

Feature Cast ARTIST SERIES 1 12" GG06

Jazzy Jens AFRICA 12" GAMM049

Rephrase SINCE 1939 & MINK 12" REPHRASE002

Various SOUL ALL-TIMERS VOL 4 12" DCLAS16

Analog People ROSE ROUGE REMIXES 12" HYS1697

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band P.I.M.P. 7" 451016

Bright Eyes DANGER MOUSE REMIX EP 7" DM01 

Depeche Mode WRONG-DJ REMIX EP WHITE 12" 12BONG40DJ

Douglass Greed NEW INNERSTATE...12" IF2017

Enola WORDS IN A BOTTLE 12" INITIAL028

Frankie Goes Hollywood MEMBERS ONLY 12" MO14

Frederic De Carvalho ROCK STAR EP 12" BOXON09

Jessica 6 FUN GIRL 7" MSSS01

Killers SPACEMAN REMIXES 12" SPACEMAN001

La Roux BULLETPROOF (1-SIDED, SQUARE) 7" 2705728

La Roux BULLETPROOF (ZINC RMX) 12" ROUX9

La Roux IN FOR THE KILL (CUT N RUN) 12" CAR036

Lefto vs Fela HOOLIGAN (LEFTO EDIT) 7" HOOL1

Luciano VERSUS-G.GERBER, L.VAN DOWSKI 12" CADENZA36

Moby VERY BEST OF MOBY - REMIXED 12" MORX001

Orbital LUSH HERVE REMIX 12" 2564688320

Peaches LOSE YOU REMIXES 12" XLT434

Peter Kruder CHORDAL & LAW OF RETURN 12" MACROM12 

Vincenzo THIZZ IZZZ THE LAB 12" PFR104

Who Made Who KEEP ME IN MY PLANE #1 12" GOMMA128

Who Made Who KEEP ME IN MY PLANE #2 12" GOMMA130

Wigald Boning KOBRA DANCE REMIXES 12" COMP331

Echospace 
INTRUSION REFLECTION LP ECHO7    


New House/Disco 12"s Coming this Weekend:     

Jimpster
SLEEPER 12"
FR123

JIMPSTER comes out of hibernation with some lush grooving deepness to warm up the dancefloor, complete with newcomer FRANC SPANGLER's own chugger of a remix. Also includes "JUST THE KIND OF GIRL," with a slowmo vocal on the break. House heads...get on this.    

Coachella Is A Beast!!!

Posted by Smiles Davis, April 13, 2009 04:03pm | Post a Comment

Coachella 2009 is less than a week away and I couldn’t be more stoked about it. The anxiousness, over emotionalism and lack of sleep could be brought on by the fact that this will be my first time, or it could be the fact that I get to skip town for a couple days that’s making me giddy like a young school girl on a first date. Could be either of those, but I’m really going to have to place my bets and give full credit for my fevered state to the acts I’m most excited to see grace the stage.

Day 1: The Black Keys. The blues-rockers put on a spectacular live show, having toured with bands like Pearl Jam, Radiohead and Beck. They’re phenomenal on every record. My favorite has got to be Thickfeakness. It’s the truth! Meaning: the sweetest tasting candy in the world!!! Their last album, Attack & Release, which was produced by Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley, was originally supposed to be a collaboration with the legendary Ike Turner, but that idea was rendered impossible after Turner’s sudden death in December 2007. Danger Mouse, or that guy who put Jay-Z’s vocals from The Black Album over beats from The BeatlesThe White Album, isn’t on the bill this year, but it would be a great surprise to see him grace the stage with The Black Keys this weekend. I know… just wishful thinking. Then again, anything’s possible at Coachella -- I say it like I know. To whet your appetite, check out a video of the Black Keys performing at Amoeba right here.

Day 2: M.I.A. on the main stage. What a feast for the eyes and ears she's going to be; some kind of spectacular! I must admit, I was a little disappointed after hearing Amy Winehouse had pulled out of the line-up. Nothing could have made my day more, though, than learning M.I.A. would be taking her place. This will be my first time seeing her live and I'm going to enjoy it like the kids on the block love to jump rope, like a waitress loves a good tip. She's my hero. The visual artist was as cute as a button at the Grammys with her polka dots on and her big, beautiful belly bouncing around. She just gave birth to a little bundle of joy. Good news, considering she would have been miserable with a belly full in the scorching heat of Coachella, which tends to cause an alarming amount of inflammation in the feet and ankles. We’re just glad to hear she’s decided bed rest is for snoozers. I’ll be her number one fan, front row center, k'ankles and all. Click here to watch a video interview with M.I.A. from her Berkeley Amoeba instore.

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