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An Introduction to Beats

February 27, 2010

Contributed by: The Magic Shuttle Bus Driver

Beats have always been an integral part of hip-hop music, adding drum-and-bass to rap lyrics. The past ten years have brought about a growing interest in the artistic talent of beat-producers. Now instrumental hip-hop is a genre of its own.


A Boom Bap Continuum is one of the best compilation mixes showcasing the illest beats from the past decade. From MHE and Gaslamp Killer’s dirty drums, to the sampling of DJ Shadow, to Nosaj Thing, Flying Lotus, and Ras G’s cosmic space sounds, to the MPC’s of J Dilla and Exile, to Daedelus’ neo-classical jazz beats, and to Ricci Rucker’s (Ruckazoid) all analog set-up.

A large up to 2tall, Kper, and DJ Clockwork for pulling together a perfect showcase of beats.

Alright friends squint your eardrums and expand your mind.
Enjoy, my soon-to-be “beat” heads.
Download ‘A Boom Bap Continuum’

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