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Sam Gellaitry – Jungle Waters

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20-year-old Scottish producer Sam Gellaitry is back with the beats on his new single ‘Jungle Waters,’ dropping on the Escapism III album this April.

The track starts with cinematic orchestral strings made for a Disney movie before breaking into that tasty hip-hop bass we’ve come to love from the producer.

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Mz Boom Bap – Heard Em Say (ft. Curtis Roach)

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Portuguese beat maker Mz Boom Bap links up with 17-year-old rapper Curtis Roach to produce an early 90s retro hip-hop track entitled ‘Heard Em Say.’ Anything that sounds remotely like Pete Rock, DJ Premier, or Illmatic in general, is music to my ears.

“everything from the drum programming to the sample selection to the subtle ringing distortion of the Akai s950 delivers a seldom seen old-school authenticity.”

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What’s cooler than cool? 

Quartz published an interesting piece on the neuroscience and origins of “cool.”

Today, we define cool through the lens of fashion and consumption. Instagram is the fashion runway for generation thumbs. Social media influencers signal the new trends. Studies show that our medial prefrontal cortex lights up when we see something desirable in our feed.

But I found the history of the word cool most interesting.

“It was black Americans at the turn of the 20th century who first used “cool” as an expression of approval.

From blues to rock, from hip hop to Eminem, black culture is American culture.

Given the heightened racism in American politics today, it is worth examining why American culture became the cultural hegemony of the world in the first place. We are the hodgepodge of experiments.

And it is our duty to ensure American culture — one of openness and plurality — appears cool.

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16 Bars

Hip hop started off rhyming to 16 bars before Erik B and Rakim came along and broke up the technique with multi-syllable rhymes, which Biggie smoothed over.

Fast-forward to today…

Mos def makes lyrical poetry. Kendrick Lamar personalizes his raps with motives (re: short musical ideas) while MF Doom cleverly manipulates his bars with uneven phrasing and punchlines.

I’m surprised the video didn’t include Nas so I inserted him below. Written at age 16, performed at 18: NAS “Live at the Barbeque.”

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Fresh beat and rhymes from Common.

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Those heady electronic and hip-hop vibes. Chill.