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Rhythm Roulette: Cookin’ Soul [Video] [2018]


Rhythm Roulette: Cookin’ Soul [Video]

“Que pasa familia?” queries Cookin’ Soul as he pulls up to Human Head Records in Bushwick for the latest episode of “La Ruleta del Ritmo.” As the biggest hip hop DJ/producer in Spain, Cookin’ Soul is one of a handful of European beat makers to establish a profile in the U.S. He’s done dope remix projects on artists ranging from Michael Jackson to Dilla and his original beats for Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, Curren$y, and Nicki Minaj (to name a few) has made waves worldwide. Pulling his ski cap down over his eyes, he randomly selected albums by ZZ Hill, The Dynamic Superiors, and “my man Shadrock”—which turned out to be funky as hell. Cookin’ Soul wasted no time dropping the needle here are there, exclaiming “Hell no!” a few times before finding something he could work with. Once he found a good snare sound, he even kissed the album. “Let’s get to the cooking part,” he said after grabbing up all the fly samples he could find. Check the latest episode of Rhythm Roulette to see all the beats he cooked up in the soul kitchen. DMV rapper Jayy Grams even stopped by to drop a few bars.

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Rhythm Roulette: DJ Jazzy Jeff (Serato Edition) [Video] [2017]


Rhythm Roulette: DJ Jazzy Jeff (Serato Edition) [Video]

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Swarvy with Pink Siifu – Halos / Bills [Single] [2017]


Swarvy with Pink Siifu – Halos / Bills [Single]
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01. Halos
02. Bills
03. Halos [Instrumental]
04. Bills [Instrumental]

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Swarvy with Pink Siifu – Halos / Bills

Constructed and recorded on Feb. 4th, 2017 for Mass Appeal’s “Rhythm Roulette”

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Rhythm Roulette: Mr. Porter [Video] [2017]


Rhythm Roulette: Mr. Porter [Video]

For this episode of Rhythm Roulette, MASS APPEAL met up with one of Detroit’s illest, Denaun Porter. As an original member of D12, Mr. Porter has played an instrumental role in Eminem’s career and the history of Shady Records. His time with Em goes all the way back to the MC’s 1996 debut, ‘Infinite,’ and Porter has handled many tracks over the years for the MC and his crew, D12. Let’s also not forget Porter’s work for G-Unit, because he was behind the beats for such classics as 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.” and the group’s “Stunt 101.” Other collaborators over the years include Busta Rhymes, Xzibit and Jadakiss.

Who knows where Em would be without Mr. Porter? As his trusted hypeman on tour, Porter truly knows how to turn it up a notch. And that is exactly what he did for this episode of Rhythm Roulette.

Making a daring leap in the history of RR, Porter remembers that when he was coming up, he only enough money for one record. So in that spirit, he took his chances and only pulled one piece of vinyl from Amoeba Music in Los Angeles.

He ended up with some soulful disco from 1977, a sound that most producers stay away from, but you’ll be surprised to see how he flipped it…into three different beats! Watch the full video above.

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Rhythm Roulette: Tony Seltzer [Video] [2017]


Rhythm Roulette: Tony Seltzer [Video]

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Rhythm Roulette: Tuxedo [Video] [2017]


Rhythm Roulette: Tuxedo [Video]

Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne form like Voltron to become production duo Tuxedo, the latest contestants on MASS APPEAL’s Rhythm Roulette. The pair stopped by Good Records—the shop, not the label—on East 5th Street in NYC, tied bandanas over their eyes, and grabbed up three random records to sample.

Although the soundtrack to Blue Thunder had them somewhat perplexed, they also came up with a 12-inch single by Logg, and the Gamble & Huff sure shot, MFSB’s Love is the Message.

You already know Jake One’s steez: from Chance the Rapper to 50 Cent, Drake, and Fun, the versatile Seattle beat smith gets it in wherever he feels. Hawthorne’s light-hearted brand of blue-eyed soul has won him fans since his 2009 Stones Throw debut. Tuxedo’s danceable tracks have an undeniable pop sensibility, they also show a heavy G-Funk and 80s electro influence, which shines through on the beat they built for us.

“We got the disco kick offa Log, the rest of the drums from MFSB, and kind of a dramatic sound offa the Blue Thunder soundtrack,” said Hawthorne, who also added his soulful crooning to the sonic stew. “And that’s how you craft a whompin’-ass banger, Tuxedo style.”

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Rhythm Roulette: Thelonious Martin [Video] [2017]


Rhythm Roulette: Thelonious Martin [Video]

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Rhythm Roulette: Gensu Dean [Video] [2017]


Rhythm Roulette: Gensu Dean [Video]

For this episode of Rhythm Roulette, we linked with Gensu Dean.

Known by many as The Grand Incredible, Gensu Dean is currently one of hip hop’s best kept secrets. Mello Music Group’s very own stopped by LES’ Good Records to be blindfolded, to select three records at random, and to give us an intimate look into his creative process by cranking out a few beats.

Currently based in Texas, Dean has become known for his vintage SP1200 as well as his massive 7000+ piece vinyl collection to go along with it. In this episode we see the producer taking us through his process, even having to work though a bit of country music.

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Rhythm Roulette: Mr. DJ [Video] [2017]


Rhythm Roulette: Mr. DJ [Video]

Mr. DJ is a producer’s producer. An Atlanta legend, he’s a member of the Dungeon Family and the unsung hero responsible for creating some of Outkast’s greatest tracks. Credited individually for classics like “Elevators,” and “Da Art of Storytellin,’” he eventually linked with Big Boi and Andre 3000, forming like Voltron to make up the production team Earthtone III. Besides Outkast, he’s also produced music for Lenny Kravitz, Bubba Sparxxx, Goodie Mob, Killer Mike and 8Ball & MJG, amongst many others.

For this episode of Rhythm Roulette, we stopped by the Atlanta record shop where Mr. DJ selected Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall,” J Dilla’s “Donuts,” and a Stones Throw compilation “The Buzz.” Two modern day hip hop records is definitely not something he was expecting to cop, out of the norm compared to previous pickings. From there, we headed to the legendary Stankonia Studios to see what he chopped up.

The result is something that would make any ATLien proud.

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Rhythm Roulette: Salaam Remi [Video] [2016]


Rhythm Roulette: Salaam Remi [Video]

For this edition of Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal linked up with Salaam Remi.

Getting his first taste of studio work with Kurtis Blowe, Salaam Remi was destined to work with some of the greats like Nas, Amy Winehouse, Fugees (The Score), Ini Kamoze (“Here Comes The Hotstepper”), Jurassic 5, and more. He’s also worked on soundtracks for films like Office Space, Zoolander, The Departed, and Blood Diamond. He’s most recently been working with Bodega Bamz, Joell Ortiz, and Nitty Scott as No Panty.

After hitting up A-1 Records, Salaam ends up with George Faith’s Soulful, Danny La Rue in London, and The Who’s Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy. Putting his faith in George Faith, he finds the backbone of his beat and then pulls some samples from the others. Joell Ortiz also makes a short cameo to comment on the work-in-progress beat

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Rhythm Roulette: araabMUZIK [Video] [2016]


Rhythm Roulette: araabMUZIK [Video]

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Rhythm Roulette: Stro Elliot [Video] [2016]


Rhythm Roulette: Stro Elliot [Video]

For this episode of Rhythm Roulette, we linked up with Stro Elliot. Stro is best known for his work as one half of the duo The Procussions, as well as his prolific career as a solo beatmaker. His beats blend classic hip hop and soul samples with hard hitting percussions. He’s worked with Soulection and will be releasing an instrumental album via House Shoes’ Street Corner Music imprint later this year.

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Rhythm Roulette: Jake One [Video] [2016]


Rhythm Roulette: Jake One [Video]

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Rhythm Roulette: Ayatollah [Video] [2016]


Rhythm Roulette: Ayatollah [Video]

Ayatollah has been a staple of east coast hip hop for years. The Queens native is most well known for turning heads on Mos Def’s beautifully stark “Ms. Fat Booty.” But he’s also locked in time with Talib Kweli, various Wu-Tang members, Cormega, Tragedy Khadafi, Styles P, Pharoahe Monch, Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Smif-n-Wessun, Sean Price, and more. Outside of his work with other artists, he’s released a solid work of instrumental projects as well.

After a quick blindfolded browse at the Future Shock Records, Ayatollah ends up with Roy Ayers’ Vibrations, a BBE Disco record, and the compilation album Urban Classics 2. Set up at the DJ booth in the shop, Ayatollah chops up the Roy Ayers record with his MPC then adds some of his own scratches. He also throws on a sample from the “Where Did You Go” track from The J’s and “Yes It’s You” by Sweet Charles.

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Rhythm Roulette: ESTA. [Video] [2016]

Rhythm Roulette: ESTA. [Video]