Virtuality: Shin-Ski, Beats, and His Latest Album.

Virtuality: Shin-Ski, Beats, and His Latest Album.

Shin-Ski's solo catalogue in conjunction with his participation in groups like Shinsight Trio and Martiangang has effectively put him on the radar of beat-junkies old and young.

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Philanthrope: Austria, Beats, ChillHop, and an Exclusive Mix.

Philanthrope: Austria, Beats, ChillHop, and an Exclusive Mix.

Producing deep, lo-fi hip hop, Philanthrope has been consistently supplying the new generation with a nuanced repackaging of classic boom-bap bangers.

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Millennium Jazz Music's Gadget on Culture, Music, and Talent.

Millennium Jazz Music's Gadget on Culture, Music, and Talent.

Some time last year I was introduced to the work being released on an indie-label called Millennium Jazz Music (MJM). After combing through the label's catalogue, I was highly impressed by and enamored with it's diverse array of artists and mature sound.

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Interview With Hip Hop Producer, Floyd the Locsmif.

Interview With Hip Hop Producer, Floyd the Locsmif.

Veteran hip hop producer Floyd the Locsmif has been in the game for years. Despite hailing from Georgia, Floyd still has a very traditional boom bap flavor. Many of his productions are rugged homages to foundational elements of classic hip hop.

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New Video: ZotheJerk & Frost Gamble "Axe Somebody"

New Video: ZotheJerk & Frost Gamble "Axe Somebody"

Official music video by Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble. Shot & directed by Bo.

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Interview With Rapper Zothejerk and Producer Frost Gamble, Get Black Beach, May 26th.

Interview With Rapper Zothejerk and Producer Frost Gamble, Get Black Beach, May 26th.

Detroit's ZotheJerk and New York's Frost Gamble have come together to create Black Beach, a probing of America's systemic social issues through adept lyricism and high-end production. Both parties have years of hip hop experience under their respective belts and have used this acquisition as a means to explore some poignant issues plaguing contemporary Western society.

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Album Review: Locations: USA

Album Review: Locations: USA

Like the other projects in the long running series, Locations: USA offers a consistent listening experience and doesn’t disappoint. It is a definite must have for fans of sample-based, traditional hip hop productions.

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Interview With Electronic Musician, John Beltran.

Interview With Electronic Musician, John Beltran.

Lansing’s John Beltran is an electronic musician hailing from Lansing, Michigan. For the better part of two decades, John has been releasing tracks tinged with deep ambient and balearic influences that have all melted together to give him a futuristic, but earthy sound. He began to elevate to prominence after his debut album Earth and Nightfall garnered attention and praise in the Detroit Techno scene.

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Interview With DJ and Label Owner, Jason Battle (Chocolate Buddha)

Interview With DJ and Label Owner, Jason Battle (Chocolate Buddha)

With his A.Muse brand, Jason wants to connect, inspire, and motivate artists who are passionate and dedicated to their crafts, not unlike what I aim to do here at Inside the Rift. Jason has been working tirelessly to get the label running and as a result of this, the Calfornia based label has begun releasing what is sure to be the first of many musical projects.

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Album Review: DJ Ezasscul "Analog Consumption".

Album Review: DJ Ezasscul "Analog Consumption".

Overall, Eaze has proven once again that he embodies the traditional sound and grittiness of good ol’ fashioned New York productions. It is extremely refreshing to hear an artist from our generation pay homage to the old school sounds and cadences of the Golden Era.

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Interview With Musician and Filmmaker, Solomon Vaughn.

Interview With Musician and Filmmaker, Solomon Vaughn.

Solomon Vaughn (also known as Boonie Mayfield and Boon Doc) is a musician hailing from Colorado Springs that helped pave the way for artists in the early days of the online production scene. While known for his productions, Solomon is far from "just" anything and has proven himself to be an extremely capable emcee, dancer, and artist. 

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Interview With Hip-Hop Duo, PENPALS.

Interview With Hip-Hop Duo, PENPALS.

PENPALS is a hip-hop duo out of New York that is paying homage to the old school sounds and flavors. The group (consisting of Cynic the Apache and MC Rapswell) has done an admirable job of reviving the classic sound of sample based, boom bap hip hop.

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Interview With Artist and Musician, Nobody Famous.

Interview With Artist and Musician, Nobody Famous.

Reggie Perry Jr. is a multitalented artist (choosing graphic design, photography, and music production as his mediums of choice) working under the moniker of Nobody Famous for sometime now. I discovered the virtuoso on Instagram and was quickly captivated by a snippet of music that he posted. After more research, I discovered that he is also the mastermind behind the "Creative Masters Podcast"  where he interviews successful independent personalities. 

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Interview With Rapper & Producer, Eaze (DJ Ezasscul).

Interview With Rapper & Producer, Eaze (DJ Ezasscul).

Brooklyn’s Ricky Lascaze (now operating under the moniker of Eaze) is a producer and lyricist who strives to keep the classic Hip Hop sound alive and well with his eclectic beats and gritty flavor. First emerging on Digi Crates Records as DJ Ezasscul, Eaze has since elevated his style and transmuted some of his creative potential into Emceeing as well.

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Interview With Hip Hop Producer, Floyd Cheung.

Interview With Hip Hop Producer, Floyd Cheung.

Floyd Cheung is a Hip Hop producer currently living in Hong Kong and has made a name for himself with his soul driven, sample based productions. In the underground circuit, Floyd managed to secure a spot on TallBlackGuy’s esteemed “Tempo Dreams” series (which is how I was introduced to him) and the track “Based Jam” for a then up and coming Lil B (the Bay Area’s own left-field, abstract lyricist).

Now contributing to the Hong Kong Hip Hop scene as one of the resident producers for Wildstyle Records and collaborating with many other artists (like Shanghai's Svbkvlt) I had the opportunity to speak to him and learn more about his roots, inspirations, and the Chinese Hip Hop community.

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Interview With Hip-Hop Producer, Freddie Joachim.

Interview With Hip-Hop Producer, Freddie Joachim.

Hip-Hop producer Freddie Joachim (JO-AH-KIM) hails from San Diego, California and has been involved in music for over twenty years by way of DJing and instrumental production. I was initially introduced to his music a few years back after hearing his fantastic track “Ride” on Pandora. Diving deeper into his discography, it was easy to hear his affinity for Old School Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Soul; And his tracks are obligatory for fans of those genres or listeners interested in mellow, neck snapping beats.

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Interview with Hip-Hop Producer, Breezewax.

Interview with Hip-Hop Producer, Breezewax.

Hello people! Today i’m bringing you an interview with a great producer by the name of Breezewax. I’ve been listening to his music for quite some time after discovering his work on youtube a few years ago. I found that I enjoyed the meditative hip-hop instrumentals that he was creating and it has been quite interesting to actually hear his music evolve over the years. A lot of his pieces are almost like stories and reflections on places that he may have visited during that time. His Aeroporto project is infused with a lot of lush Brazilian flavor and features some wonderful samples that really capture the mood of the beautiful country.

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