The Behind... Series
A series of pieces on the building blocks that comprise your favourite albums. Tackling records both old and new, we dive into the samples and interpolations that underpin the work of legendary producers. It doesn't matter whether you're a crate digger or a new pupil of hip hop: jump on in and learn about sampling, interpolating and the repurposed music of old.
Joey Badass was yet to graduate when he released ‘1999,’ his career-launching debut mixtape. Now, six years on, the tape that launched his career is finally on Spotify. We take a look at the samples underpinning Joey’s debut, exploring production from DOOM, Lord Finesse, Knxwledge and many more.
Boogie Down Productions’ second album, By All Means Necessary, is 30 years old. The classic 1988 LP helped shape politically-conscious hip hop, spurred by the untimely death of a founding member of the group. In this piece, we look back at the seminal album and the samples that underpinned it.
Daytona, Pusha T’s third solo album, is finally here. After three years of waiting, and a handful of false starts, the seven-track, Kanye produced record marks the beginning of Yeezy season. In this instalment of our Behind… series, we look into the samples underpinning Pusha’s new effort.
Jeru The Damaja’s ‘The Sun Rises In The East’ is a minor East Coast classic. Though obscured by a swathe of impressive East Coast efforts, Jeru’s debut finds him at his creative zenith alongside producer DJ Premier. In celebration of its 24th anniversary, we’ve broken down the samples within.