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Jordan Hall

Music/Entertainment Journalist

Location icon United States of America


Art & Industry

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3 Lessons Music Producers Can Learn from J Dilla As producers and engineers, sometimes we might not think about our equipment like musical instruments. Leave the music and artistry to the person in the recording booth, right? Wrong. 100%. We can learn a lot from J Dilla, the MPC mastermind who is arguably the greatest hip-hop producer from the early millennia.

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Exploring the Legendary Akai MPC Pads

CC photo cred: Kmeron Beats. Rhymes. Life. The kick and snare are the dual hearts of hip-hop music. A good beat can bring life to dead wordplay. Instrumental hip-hop is a beautiful form of grime in it's own light. Many purists, like myself, enjoy just spinning a good 16-bar phrase.

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Nurturing The Underground | Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

I love underground Hip-Hop and the counter-culture that spawns from going against the grain. Artists that belong to it flourish in their own light. Even more, there are entities out there that give artists a platform to create, perform, and thrive; a blank page with no strings attached - enter Stones Throw Records.


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Album Review | Elements by Forrest York

Elements features a small, yet powerful, collection of seven instrumentals that proudly captures York’s experimental guitar artistry and ear for music production. Despite being purely instrumental, it’s an album that speaks volumes without a single lyric, a quality that is hard to find in today’s rock scene.

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Album Review | Oddisee - The Iceberg

"I remember when I discovered purpose." Apollo Brown, L' Orange, Mr. Lif, and Kool Keith; These are some of the artists that belong to Mello Music Group, a label that "sounds beautiful like the truth". Stacked alongside their cast of artists stands the rapper/producer known as Oddisee, whose brand of wordplay paints a canvas of topics...

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Jimi Hendrix | Both Sides of The Sky

Recently, a Jimi Hendrix album called Both Sides of The Sky released, promising outtakes and unreleased tracks from 1968-1970. The album is the third body of work in a trio of "vault" releases. Here's the track list: Mannish Boy Lover Man Hear My Train a Comin' Stepping Stone $20 Fine Power of Soul Jungle Things I...


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Beginner Guide to Turntables | How to Buy a Good Record Player

After less than a decade of buying vinyl records and expanding my vertical collage, I've become a well-versed scholar in the ancient art of turntablism. If you're new to vinyl, you're in luck. In this post, Crate Craft is going to discuss how to find the perfect record player.

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