I don’t get the chance to make it back to the east coast nearly as much as I’d like to. If you’re in the NY area, try it make to it one of the True School Park Jams.

  • June 7, 14, 21 & 28: Spanish Harlem Hop @ White Park, Harlem
  • July 5, 12, 19 & 26: Crotona Park Jams @ Crotona Park, Bronx
  • 7/31 + Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Digger’s Delight @ St. Nich., Harlem

Truthful Thought:
Life gets busy, but Crate Kings will always be here.

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Producer Dibia$e hits the road the road and heads to Montreal. While there he talks about the L.A. music scene, production, dance, MC’ing, and more.

Random Thought:
The Akai MPC Fly seems way too gimmicky to be taken seriously.  Nice case though.

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The Tokyo City Serious features DJ Muro discussing the first time that he heard hip-hop, meeting DJ Krush, and elevating his vinyl knowledge and collection. Muro also touches on the spread of his classic mixtape King of Diggin’ and his book of Japanese 7 inch cover artwork entitled 45RPM Cover Museum.

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Ryan Leslie returns with another in-studio production video. This time the producer recreates “5 Minute Freshen Up” and bring a fan and her friends along for the process.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff reveals tour footage of him rocking throngs of tightly packed partygoers through a score of countries.

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Crate Kings takes a moment to mourn the loss of Jimmy Castor, a legend who greatly influenced the course of hip-hop music. We appreciate you and you’ll be greatly missed.

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Bangladesh talks about his selection of sounds, influences, and changing the game with “A Milli”. The typical Bangladesh interview. Take it for what it is.

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Sean C and LV along with Araab Muzik appear in a promo for the upcoming MPC Renaissance, which seems to be Akai’s first compelling offering in a number of years.

MPC Renaissance feature list after the break!

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Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf heads over to Amoeba Records to do a little digging. During the trip he picks up everything ranging from punk and reggae to 80’s soul and jazz. While telling personal stories of meeting Bob James, he even throws in a copy of Herb Alpert’s Rise on reel to reel, which contains the sample for Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize”.

Midway during the feature you somehow come to realize that this is enough music to keep any reasonable person occupied for months.

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Making The Beat w/ DJ Premier

December 31, 2011

45 King interviews DJ Premier to talk about Heavy D, differing opinions on unsolicited material, DJ’ing, and more.

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