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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2009 by letterlbeats

What’s up hip hop?

First of all I want to show love to Exedus II in Chicago for their Mixtape Mondays series. Myself, Jason and Young General went there last night and did our thing. Heads were feeling the beats and then G got on stage and freestyled to the new joint called Lounging (It’s posted above). It was a great experience and having the chance to see a real underground hip hop movement was definitely refreshing.

Our summer schedule is starting to heat up. We got the Rock The Bells concert on June 27th where we will do a meet & greet with the artists backstage. It’ll be a great networking event as well as a chance to just be a part of hip hop…everybody will be there…Common, The Roots, Nas, Alchemist, Supernatural, Pete Rock…that list can go on. We’re also getting ready to try and get into this Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle. Stay tuned. Thanks for reading.

New posts include more new pictures of the studio and a video from 9th Wonder’s keyboard guy, E. Jones…He’s a beast!

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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2009 by letterlbeats

“I’m a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare,
Jesus Christ the King of these latter day saints here.”

I was extremely moved by an Eminem article that I read this weekend in Vibe called Can I Kick It. As good friends and fans of real hip hop, Jason and I bonded over Em’s first album The Slim Shady LP. I’ve been a fan of his music almost 10 years. I haven’t always agreed with everything that he’s said or done but I think he’s one of the top five lyricist to touch a mic.

1. Can-I-Bus
2. Eminem
3. Rakim
4. Jay-Z
5. Common

Anyway it’s hard not to be touched by this story. Publicity stunts, homophobia and rap beefs aside, you have to be a human being. I feel for the guy and I am glad he has his life back on track.

It’s time for me to go to the record store and stock up again. I feel like I have too many as is but I am constantly in search of something that I can chop into tiny pieces. Sometimes I don’t even want to make a song, I can just sit there for hours and play with the chops. Some people say that sampling is not real music. One of my students asked me the other day if I play any instruments. I told him that I played the MPC. He said, “Is that a real instrument?” Hell yeah it is. I could do a live show with an MPC. I LOVE SAMPLING!! Where would hip hop be without it.

I’m not going to talk about game 3.

So the big news today is that the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 which placed a ban on gay marriage. I remember there was this other ban one time. The ban prevented blacks from using certain bathrooms and going to certain schools…I wonder how that worked out?

Kanye West has commented many times on homophobia in hip hop. You don’t have to agree with what people do but you do have to let them live.

Big ups to Obama putting people of color in high places. Congratulations Sonia Sotomayor!

The Agenda:

3pm–Quitting time
4pm–Break it down and roll it up
4:30pm–Record store
5:15–Chopping samples
6pm–Game 4


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