A Breakdown of Matt Shadetek’s Empire

You’ll never find Matt Shadetek, producer, DJ, teacher, father, husband, former Berlin ex-pat, and founder of Dutty Artz, sans windbreaker and baseball cap in ­­classic New York street style. Even when it’s 20 degrees outside, his colors show. Shadetek is a proud member of a rare, understated, vanishing tribe; he’s a native New Yorker. One might […]

The Progression of Belgian Hip-Hop With Veence Hanao

As a pure global force, hip-hop has traversed cultures and languages, inspiring a far-reaching base of fans and artists alike. Since the early ’90s hip-hop has been widespread in France, yet only a handful of these names have reached across the Atlantic and linked with their American counterparts. The most  significant French rap group of […]

Put The Purist On Your Radar, Ambitious Up-And-Coming Hip-Hop Production

Little-known, ambitious British boards master, The Purist, has been an avid workaholic lately, never resting, steadily collaborating with an eclectic group of MC’s—from newbies like Danny Brown to veterans like Havoc—in a rising and promising effort to get his sound heard. He comes from the U.K., yet offers an estranged style with a boom bass […]

The Young Resurgence of Hip-Hop’s Jazz Roots

Since its beginning, hip-hop has been a fusion of jazz, funk, and soul music laced with the lyrical influences of spoken word poetry and storytelling. From the raw creation of the culture to the current age, DJs have delved deep into their parent’s record collections in hopes of finding the exact sample that pays homage […]

Summer Isn’t Over! (Music from Warmer Climates)

A musician’s ability to incorporate many styles while evolving and developing over time is essential to the musician’s career. The fusion of Cuban and African jazz styles with the world of hip-hop mentally stimulates listeners and transports them to different world. The following are some fusion-jazz beats and hip-hop sounds from the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. DJ Farrapo […]

A Time For Change: Hip-Hop in Morocco

The Arab Spring has set in motion a series of revolutions, with varying degrees of violence and efficacy, that have shaped the political climate of the Middle East and North Africa for over a year now. It has been extremely satisfying to cheer on these democratic movements as leaders such as Ben Ali, Mubarak and […]