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LISTEN: ARCSTRUMENTALS VOL 1

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[Photo by Ellington]

“This was originally created to replicate the feeling ‘we used to feel’ growing up as kids making our own mixtapes from songs that played on the radio. You would never get the full song from beginning to end, you would sometimes get some radio interference, commercials, etc. So of course you will hear some skips, pops, abrupt cuts and radio noise. That’s what made it beautiful.” – Erick

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Some of my favourite old and new hip hop to start your weekend right!

Special Mentions:

OutKast – Rosa Parks

This is one of the better known OutKast songs, and for good reason. Both Big Boi and Andre absolutely kill their verses with two completely unique flows that dance atop that blues-infused beat perfectly. The hook is fun, melodic, and so catchy that it will live on for generations to come. To top it all off, 3 stack’s verse so eloquently articulates the perils of being an artist and the constant pressure to produce something better than what you’ve given already. “Baby boy you only funky as your last cut.”

Onyx – Slam Harder

John Sebastian’s ‘Welcome Back’ is one of the most recognisable samples in hip hop – Everyone from AZ to Mase to T.I has used it to reintroduce themselves as the hottest around; But no one was as epic as Onyx. To go from a 70’s Folk sample into THAT beat is ridiculous. This song makes me stupid hype with lines like “that’s not a threat, it’s a promise”, “I’m like BIG’s 1st album, I’m ready to die”, and “that’s right muthaf*cker, ONYX FOR LIFE.” My big brother used to play this over and over when I was young and it was one of my favourites ever. The video is absolutely epic with Fredro Starr rapping on top of an ice cream truck in oversized FUBU. (Sidenote: Coincidentally, Vince Carter was my favourite basketball player around this time.)

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