Archive for January, 2010

20
Jan
10

True Hip-Hop Stories: Special Ed

Special Ed, hailing from Brooklyn NY, best known for “I got it made” and I’m the magnificent” is one of the most influential emcees in Hip-Hop. With the 1989 release of “The Youngest in Charge” album which was an album that was recorded when he was 16. In 1990 he released his album Legal with the singles “come on let’s move it and “The Mission.”
He was later a member of the Crooklyn Dodgers, an ad hoc group who came together to perform for the Spike Lee films titled “Clockers” and “Crooklyn.” His latest release “Still got it made” was released on 2004.

In this video Special Ed discusses the making of his hit recording I Got It Made and some thoughts on Rick Ross & John Legend and the current state of Hip Hop.

True Hip-Hop Stories is a series from D-Nice, a Hip Hop discjockey, beatboxer, rapper, producer, photographer who began his career in the mid-80s with the hip hop group boogie down productions. You can check out his website http://www.d-nice.com

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20
Jan
10

DJ Premier

Premier born Christopher Edward Martin is one of the most influential Hip Hop Djs during the Golden age in Hip Hop. First known as Waxmaster C and eventually got to work with Guru who was from Boston. Guru who had already formed a group called Gangstarr had received a beat tape from Premier in which he liked and invited Premier into the group after it was disbaned from DJ 1,2 B-Down (also known as Mike Dee) with various producers, such as Donald D, J.V. Johnson or DJ Mark the 45 King. They then released their first single”Words I Manifest” and made an album called “No More Mr Nice Guy.” During Dj Premier’s career he helped pioneered the New York Hip Hop sound during the 90s. Gangstarr also helped to contributed and establshed the sound of rap jazz in their famously hit the Jazz Thing which was featured in Spike Lee’s Film Mo’ Better Blues. Within the years the group had expanded and had affilates with other artist such as Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, Bahamadia, Big Shug, Afu-Ra, Fabidden, Freddie Foxxx, Krumbsnatcha and NYGZ.

Dj Premier’s style of production of that of a typical sound of the New York’s sound and Golden Age in Hip Hop. He pioneered the art of scratching using certain sound bites or sound clips from other artist. His scratching are eventually the chorus of every single song he has produced. He samples from Jazz, Soul and Funk as well as sampling the artist’s past work. In addition to his great memory of Hip Hop lyrics he has scacthed and vocal sampled other artist which will be scratched as a chorus and Premier will add a phrase to the song as he was speaking with his hands. He is one of the most influential Dj in Hip Hip and the most non stop Dj to make hits that are still relevant to this day.