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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: It's time for round three! With our second edition of "Who Sampled It Better?" I asked the audience to vote on the producer and/or rapper who made the best use of a loop in a song, and shared the results a week later.
This time to make it easier for everyone involved, both me as the writer and you as the reader, I've narrowed it down from four samples to vote on (with two examples per each) to just two samples. I've had a few good suggestions along the way and I'm going to put them to use in future editions, but there's one I have to do right away and it's going to be a little... quirky.
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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: A reader on our Facebook page recently asked why we hadn't reviewed Ras Kass' "Soul On Ice 2" yet. In fact I believe Ras was described as "under covered" compared to other artists. If that's the case it's certainly not out of any bias against Mr. John Austin IV. He's been one of my personal favorite emcees since the 1990's, to the degree that many of his bars and punchlines are etched permanently into my brain as if laser was cutting into stone.
On the other hand looking at our review archive I count seven different projects under his name not to mention a compilation album and one with Apollo Brown so I respectfully submit "under covered" doesn't describe our attitude toward his work at all.
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Audio: Mpulse - "Make a Wave" (prod. Mpulse & Novacane)
AM: On this weeks release Mpulse talks about rising above the everyday struggles to achieve his goals and continue to follow his dreams.
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Video: Yirim Seck - "We Call It"
Greg: Through this powerful single Yirim captures the emotions and concerns people of color are feeling all across the Diaspora. His emotional delivery is supported by musical production that amplifies the power of the lyrics.
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Audio: Hakeem Roze - "On the Go"
Ms. RC: Toronto-based rapper/R&B singer Hakeem Roze premieres his newest single "On the Go." Incorporating both his Nigerian and American influences, Roze has infused a distinct style to his music, blending R&B singing and trap styles which is popular in the current urban scene.
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Audio: Cryptic One - "The World According To..." EP
Wanja: "I'm planning to do these kinds of releases regularly in between my other "larger" releases, as a way to get more music to you guys more frequently. I hope you enjoy it and please share if you do!"
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Video: Jermiside & Danny Diggs - "Never"
HiPNOTT: Taking time out from promoting his group album, Lessondary member Jermiside turns in some more visuals to his 2013 album with producer Danny Diggs, Quiet As Kept.
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Audio: FDZ - "Eviction"
SF: This song, Eviction, features a beat from producer Epsom, who takes a banjo sample and some drums and makes it sound like it's straight out of Blade Runner.
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Audio: J Lyric - "Justice"
A.C.: J Lyric makes music for the masses, but he has never been one to shy away from taking a stance where important and relevant issues are concerned. His new song “Justice” addresses current events and the importance of taking a stand against the ills of this world.
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Video: Keyzus - "Tell U"
KO: Tell U" is the first single from Keyzus' latest release "Ankheart"(available @ Keyzus.com). The video matches the dark grit of the beat and lyrics as Keyzus recalls some past times. As you may have guessed, the track is produced by @KeyzDaDon.
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