YouTuber Sandurz deconstructs Kanye West’s breakout hit Through the Fire, which showcased his knack for pitch shifted sampling and his (now extinct) storytelling. It’s based on Chaka Khan’s Through the Wire and drum samples from a remix of OutKast’s Player’s Ball.
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The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon says clipping. vocalist and Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs is Broadway’s fastest rapper, because of his 3-second 19-word burst in the hit musical. Daveed then rapped lines from clipping.’s Taking Off to show that he can go faster.
Beyoncé’s surprise album features Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake and Kendrick Lamar. It’s accompanied by a series of eclectic short films, and many of the songs address her troubled relationship with Jay-Z. It’s exclusive to Tidal, but we’ve got previews of each track.
“Routine day with a dirt cheap brush, then a week goes by and it goes untouched. Then two, then three, then a month, then the rest of your life you beat yourself up.” Aesop Rock raps about regret at letting one’s creativity rot in this single from his album The Impossible Kid.
Beat Breakdown reveals how Madlib sampled Johnny Guitar Watson’s Give Me My Love, Junie Morrison’s Suzie Thundertussy, Larry Graham’s Stand Up and Shout About Love, and Ghostface Killah’s Mighty Healthy to make the barebones music for Kanye’s latest single.
(PG-13: Language) “A bunch of girls do it and the s**t looks fun. That’s how they do it where we from.” Missy returns with the help of Pharell’s ice cream beat, throwing shade at the artists and fans who promote a sexualized caricature of hip-hop culture, particularly its dance moves.
Yeezy dropped this powerful remix of his 808s & Heartbreak single Say You Will, turning the minimalist song into an room-filling wave with the help of Caroline Shaw. He also uploaded a few verses over the beat he made for The Weeknd’s Tell Your Friends.