Tag: Sugarhill Gang

  • Sonic Swagger: The Best Samples Left Naked in Hip-Hop

    Sonic Swagger: The Best Samples Left Naked in Hip-Hop

    Sample-flipping is a music production art capable of creating mega-hits, but what happens when songs leave original samples completely bare?

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  • Unsung: In Praise of Rap’s Studio Musicians

    Unsung: In Praise of Rap’s Studio Musicians

    Rappers used to say, “The real backbone of hip-hop is disc jocks.” Nowadays, though, the real backbone of hip-hop is ostensibly the virtuosic studio musicians dominating the most heralded releases of the past few years. In leaving their indelible marks on records by award-winning artists like Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar, instrumentalists like Nico Segal (a.k.a. Donnie Trumpet), Robert…

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