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Arranging and Performance

“I wouldn’t say the standard, but [performance is] becoming an intricate part of hip-hop. Sampling is what created the genre. Sampling and rapping over music we really respected.” — Pete Rock, hip hop producer Once you’ve selected your samples, it’s

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What is Beatmaking?

If you listen to hip hop, electronic, pop, or even rock, you’ve probably heard a beat at some point. Not a beat in the basic nebulous sense of some sort of rhythmic pulse in the music, but rather in the

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Digging for Samples

“Sampling is kind of prehistoric, given the technology and the textures you can create.” – Macklemore Before we plunge together into the heart of sampling technique, I should mention that this guide – which is far from comprehensive – makes

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A Taoist response to college stress.

College is stressful. Hell, college can be downright traumatic. Friendships are made and lost. Classes are passed and failed. Career opportunities come and go. To top it all off, just over one-half of college students graduate in six years. It’s no

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