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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


Keywords– icosahedron, obama, benjamin cardozo, proposition 8, eppicard, chrysler dealers, Sonia Sotomayor, jose canseco, mma, supreme court, mike tyson, california, abortion, notre dame, heidi northcott, exodus, ricci v. destefano,, belcourt castle


Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2009 by letterlbeats

Good morning hip hop…

I’ve been trying to finish this beat for three days. Like I told Jason, I do have a distinct style but it takes work to make something better than what you’ve already done. I am taking my time on this one. I hope it shows. I’ll make sure the song Infinite doesn’t turn into Detox.

Dr Dre Detox

That reminds me, Detox really is supposed to be out this year. Vibe did a 4 page spread about the top 50 hip hop and R&B albums that never came out. Obviously Dr. Dre’s Detox was on there. Also a joint by The Commission; remember the group that B.I.G, Jay-Z and Charli Baltimore were supposed to have? I think they were trying to be like The Firm (Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown).

Damn, whatever happened to AZ? What ever happened to Keith Murray, Craig Mack, Ras Kass, Canibus? Hip Hop is not the same.

It’s hot out here. I am going to use the summer to stay in as much as possible and learn how to DJ. I got M-Audio’s Torq and the Conectiv interface. I bought two Numark turntables and a second video monitor. A Numark mixer and an Ortofon needle on the way. I don’t think the mixing part will be too difficult. Torq has automatic beat matching. I think the hard part will be learning to scratch but it should be easier with the time coded vinyl (the look like real records but they control mp3’s.

So with all the new gear and the rearrangements the studio is looking pretty sick. I’ll have J get some pictures up by next. Week. That also reminds me…big ups to Jason for being a beast on the website. It’s looking better and better everyday.

Lebron let one go yesterday. And Mo Williams almost hit that shot off the tip. It’s actually sad that they lost that after the game that Bron had. Two nasty blocks on Dwight Howard, 40+ points too. That’s why it’s a 7 game series though…you can lose one.

Infinite is coming…I promise.


Key word drops… M–Audio Akai Digidesign MPC2000 Reason Cubase Sonar Logic Propellerhead Line 6 Sam Ash Guitar Center Numark Technics NN-XT Yamaha Korg MIDI MMC Axiom Roland Ensoniq Sp 1200 MPK49 S950 SSL Maschine Recycle FL Studio ASR-10 ASR-X Battery VST Motif Triton Shure 1200 Sp 606 Fantom MV 8800 RS7000