Is it just me, or are we in the middle of an underground hip-hop revival? Now more than ever, young producers are bridging the ever-shrinking gap between electronic music and hip-hop, drawing upon a wide variety of influences ranging from Daft Punk to Nas. The result is a creative boom of labels and artists such as HW&W Recordings and the Soulection collective. While the overall production style has shifted towards a more experimental, electronic sound, certain techniques have remained.
Today we'll take a look at a classic hip-hop sample, the 1975 single "Inside My Love" by Minnie Riperton. It was first made popular by A Tribe Called Quest on "Lyrics to Go", but the sample recently popped in mixtapes from two critically acclaimed electronic/hip-hop contemporaries. First is "Planet Paradise", the second song off DMV-based rapper GoldLink's buzzworthy mixtape The God Complex. The sample is slightly sped up and provides a melodic backdrop for the infectious future bounce produced by Louie Lastic.
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Next is "Uptempo" off of Supreme Laziness by The Celestics, a duo comprised of upstart producer Kaytranada and his brother Louie P. Kaytra takes a more traditional approach by playing out a snippet of the original sample before laying a foundation of syncopated bass drum and hi-hats, molding the sample to his unique sound.
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So who flipped it better? It's tough to compare since the production on each is so radically different. Context is everything and both of these tracks fit in perfectly with the rest of their respective mixtapes. One thing is for sure, hip-hop is far from dead and these burgeoning talents from across the map are living proof.