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Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , on December 26, 2010 by letterlbeats

Several sources, including E! Online and Russell Simmons’ which apparently had a server crash, have reported that singer Teena Marie was found dead by her daughter. The reported cause of death is seizure.

Teena Marie was a great inspiration to me a musician. She will be missed.

Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , on February 8, 2010 by letterlbeats

Hip hop,

I don’t know what else can be said about’s favorite lady of soul Teena Marie, but she and I have done it again with a beat I call Make Me. The sample is from her 1979 Motown release Wild and Peaceful. The name of the song is Turnin’ Me On.

I hadn’t made a beat in over a week so I was pleased with this one. This is where I really feel like I make a connection with 9th Wonder. It’s not only a good selection of chops to use, but it’s a unique pattern.


I listen to and read damn near every interview that 9th does. So many old school folks say that sampling and chopping is not an art or it’s not really making music. But 9th makes a good point: in order to chop correctly, you have to understand chord progression. There are some pieces of a chop that must be included and that must be in the right place for the song to sound right. If you chop an 8 bar intro into 16 pieces, every fourth piece should still be fourth when you play the chopped sample, even if the other pieces are re-arranged.

Please get familiar.



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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by letterlbeats

We so 80’s! I remember the first time I heard Whodini. I was like 4. My dad had this song on tape called One Love. I have been trying to flip that sample for awhile now. But it’s a dope joint. Google it. He he also had a thing for Teena Marie. That’s why I am obsessed with her (See the blog from 8/28/09). It was a fun time and I was so so young. Everything was brand new. I wish I had a time machine that I could load all of my equipment in and make beats as I travel through time. Anyway, below is my dedication to the 80’s. If you see something you like, take it with you…one.



Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by letterlbeats

Good Friday Hip Hop!

“I Got Chicks Like Simone And Cala
Stay With Lip Gloss And Fitty Bag Beside Her
And Your Girl Said You Aint Ready For Me
I’m In Love So Mommy Got Me Singing Teena Marie”

Teena Marie

I was messing with some sample sets last night and I finally consciously realized what I knew all along: I’m in love with Teena Marie. Before Mariah was Mariah, there was Teena Marie. Legend has it that Teena, protege of Rick James, was the subject of his infamous Superfreak record. The woman is beautiful, she has a beautiful voice and her band is phenomenal. I always like to sample any part of the record where her band is playing and she is doing runs (improvisations) over it. Anyway, I’m about to finish this song tonight with a sample from a song called Tune In Tomorrow that’s definitely gooing to be very nice. The drums already knock so I am mostly trying to get the sequencing together. Have a fun and safe weekend hip hop!


P.S. Please youtube Brandon Marshall. My dude went ape in practice. He punted a ball into the woods!

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