“My needle on my turntable broke today, so whatever I make should be really shitty.” How wrong could El-P be? Having drawn three random records, including a Beethoven cut (“just annoying”) and an almost unplayably warped disco number, the NY-based DJ/producer wrangles them into a beat using a busted sampler, MASCHINE, and a serious amount of weed.
In front of a live studio audience at The Sprite Corner, the New Jersey hip-hop producer and Fort Knocks CEO gets hands-on with KOMPLETE KONTROL (and his desk!) to put three randomly selected vinyls through the creative sampling wringer. The results are truly epic.
One half of legendary hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, and producer of Native Instruments’ Queensbridge Story Expansion, Havoc nails the Rhythm Roulette challenge, creating a dope downtempo groove using nothing more than a turntable, his laptop and MASCHINE STUDIO. The Chairman of the Board has never sounded so good. Seriously.
Erick The Architect
The Flatbush Zombies rapper and producer blind-selects cuts by Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross, the Jacksons and Amnesty from Brooklyn’s Human Head Records, then battles his way through a cabling nightmare to turn them into smokey hip-hop gold. MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL bring the sampling and keys.
The eclectic hip-hop DJ/producer gets lucky at Green Village Junk Shop in Bushwick, randomly pulling records by Henry Mancini and Barbara Streisand from the crates, plus the, er, soundtrack to Dr Zhivago. Having fed them into MASCHINE for slicing and dicing, the golden-era-style beat he cooks up is as bangin’ as they come.
The Roots and Procussions member samples up three randomly selected second-hand records (one of them unopened!) to piece together a supremely musical groove incorporating some intricate finger drumming, and a classic-style boom bap beat.
Grammy Award winning beat-superstar 9th Wonder pulls several records at random, before selecting a prime soul cut, and inviting in Rapsody to turn the full exercise into a ready, dancefloor cut.