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Anyone who’s into producing has heard of the legendary Ensoniq ASR-10. It’s been used by numerous producers (Rza, El-P, Timbaland, Kanye West, Alchemist, The Neptunes, Necro), and has fueled the sound for countless rap classics. I ran across this documentary today on youtube and thought I’d share. Some nostalgia for all you boom bap lovers.

“Boom Bap Heroes” is an innovative documentary film series, showcasing various Drum Machines and Samplers and their impact on Hip-Hop culture. The first film in the series will document the Ensoniq ASR-10, a keyboard/sampling workstation, which emerged in the early 90’s. Vol. 1 features !llmind, Jake One and Emile Haynie, elaborating on how the ASR-10 has changed their lives.

The Legend of COOL DISCO DAN


The Legend of “Cool” Disco Dan is a documentary about one of the pioneers of graffiti. Narrated by Henry Rollins, it takes a look into Washington DC in the 80s but centers around Disco Dan and what motivated him to write. ‘Legend’ premiered on February 23rd, but is showing in select cities later this month. Hit the jump for the showings.


COMMA – AQUAhydrate Summer Mix v9

Here’s another dose of new music for everyone that appreciates drum & bass, trap, and darker electro vibes. Comma drops one of the more smooth, genre-bending mixes I’ve heard in a minute.

I’ve been jamming this during my runs all week and it’s kept me going. Throw this banger on the iPod and get to work.

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World’s Fair – Bastards of the party

Rap newcomers World’s Fair just dropped their free album Bastards of the party on Fools Gold Records.

In their own words…

Queens rap collective World’s Fair kick holes in speakers worldwide with their debut album Bastards Of The Party, available now for free download at

The album is a futuristic boom-bap collage from six truly unique crew MCs, seamlessly weaving party-crushing cuts like “B.O.T.P.” and “Get Out” alongside raw-nerve confessionals, late night rollers and straight up BARS. From the anthemic “96 Knicks” to the introspective closer “Blacklisted,” Bastards Of The Party is a self-assured, infinitely listenable mission statement heralding World’s Fair’s arrival as the new New York crew to watch.

I’m not so sure about “futuristic boom-bap”, but I’ll let it ride.
The beat production sounds exactly out of the late 90s, which is what I grew up on. It’s got a Bush Babees / Boot Camp Clik vibe to it, which I’m not mad about at all.

Peep game below.

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New music alert: SZA

Every once in awhile I stumble on a female artist who can sing like an angel and I can’t stop listening. I just got put up on SZA a couple of days ago, and I’ve been jamming her first two EPs back to back.

Turns out that SZA just started singing last year, but it sounds like she’s been doing her thing forever.

SZA recently got signed to TDE (home of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, etc), so expect for her to be everywhere really, really soon.

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