Tag: J. Cole

  • Our 10 Favorite Rap Beats of 2018 and Why We Still Love Them

    Our 10 Favorite Rap Beats of 2018 and Why We Still Love Them

    We count down and break down our ten favorite hip-hop beats of 2018 to find out what’s going on inside them and why they’re still so good.

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  • Recognizing Jazz Idioms in Modern-Day Rhythms

    Recognizing Jazz Idioms in Modern-Day Rhythms

    By Emanuel Harrold As I go out and listen to new music on a daily basis, I can’t help but hear the nuances of jazz music in everyday moments. Sometimes, it’s the syncopation and spacing of sounds, other times, it’s the rhythms. And, sure, I’m a jazz drummer, so I’m biased, but it’s true that […]

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  • Trap Rap Has Been Around for a Minute Now – So Why Does It Keep Working?

    Trap Rap Has Been Around for a Minute Now – So Why Does It Keep Working?

    + Learn the nuances of producing beats, arranging tracks, and creative sampling, drawing on the rich history and influence of hip-hop in Soundfly’s acclaimed online course, The Art of Hip-Hop Production.  If you walk down the street of any major city and open your ears to the cars driving by, there’s a good chance that the music roaring out […]

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  • How Kendrick Lamar Achieves Mainstream Appeal with a Complex, Innovative Approach

    How Kendrick Lamar Achieves Mainstream Appeal with a Complex, Innovative Approach

    + Learn the nuances of producing beats, arranging tracks, and creative sampling, drawing on the rich history and influence of hip-hop in Soundfly’s acclaimed online course, The Art of Hip-Hop Production.  One of Kendrick Lamar’s greatest benedictions as an artist is his ability to connect, which, on the surface, seems strange, because his stories are so […]

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Ryan Lott: Designing Sample-Based Instruments