As the sun rotates and his game grows bigger, it’s now become easy to forget just how Snoop Dogg became a pop culture legend. It was Doggystyle, his Death Row debut, that catapulted him to the forefront of mid-’90s hip hop. In celebration of a quarter-century of G Funk, we’re breaking down all the samples […]
The easygoing beat fosters her confessionals, teasing out beliefs and insecurities tinted with her charismatic delivery. “Liquor [Intro]” is an exercise in flair, brimming with personality and backed by a candid, conversational approach to “real feelings.”
Extolling the kind of entrepreneurial mindset that’s made titans of Hov and Diddy, KOTH walks us through the establishment of his empire with a freewheeling flow, his illustrations vivid and hunger tangible.
In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an artform that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known […]
G-Funk, one of the most iconic sub-genres in hip-hop history, was a defining chapter in the West Coast’s rise to become the hip-hop powerhouse that we know today. Although G-Funk enjoyed a relatively short-lived golden era, the producers and samples behind the classic West Coast sound remain as influential as ever. Music is never created […]
“Adonis” is more than the sum of its parts, which means a lot, given the fun and engaging arrangement, the playful parry of horns, the mythical lyrics and compelling songwriting. In an age dominated by Nu-R&B palettes, Lucy Lu’s vintage, jazz-tinged vision is as refreshing as it is novel.
Like easing into a warm bath or driving at dawn, Goldn’s “Can’t Keep Up” just keeps on giving to the very last moment.
The ‘G’ in Warren G stands for Griffin, but it might as well be shorthand for “G Funk”. Warren’s distinctive production chops and romantic vision of gangsterism made him one of the most indispensible voices of the G Funk era and, in the years since, they’ve enshrined him as one of the West Coast’s most […]
If 1994 is one of hip hop’s greatest years, then Illmatic is one of the richest cherries atop the proverbial cake. Whilst it might not have been the most immediately impactful of the year’s debuts, it still stands as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. We’re breaking down the samples throughout […]
It’s hard to imagine the world without Kanye West, and it’s hard to imagine Kanye West without The College Dropout. Fifteen years on, we’re breaking down the sampling on Ye’s triumphant debut and talking about the creation of a classic. Things were different in 2004: 50 Cent was a musical titan, Jay-Z had retired from […]