[Photo via Rolling Stone]

Another one of my favourite mixes via the homeboy Shantan from Sydney. This was originally premiered on Triple J last year to commemorate Kanye’s visit down under.

Regardless of your thoughts on him as a person, Kanye demands respect through his dense and vast body of work. Listen to any of his beats and it is clear there is an unmistakable creativity to the way in which they are created. His knowledge of music is deep, and because of this, his sample selection is expert.

Since his foray into music back in the mid-nineties, he has been responsible for copious musical trends – ie. Speeding up the vocal pitching of a classic soul record? If Kanye didn’t invent that, he certainly popularised it. Because much of his early work reflects this style, digging into the origins of a Yeezy beat uncovers myriad sonic gems.

Not convinced? Check the mix and tracklist below:


Continent Number 6 – Afromerica
Kanye West – Power (feat. Dwele)
Watch The Throne (Kanye x Jay Z) – Gotta Have It
Ponderosa Twins Plus One – Bound
Kanye West – Bound 2
Eddie Kendricks – Day By Day
Lil Wayne – Let the Beat Build
Dead Prez – Hip Hop
William Bell & Mavis Staples – Strung Out
Cam’ron, Kanye West, & Syleena Johnson – Down and Out
Creative Source – I’d Find You Anywhere
The Game – Wouldn’t Get Far
Talib Kweli Feat. Mos Def, Jay-Z, & Kanye West – Get By (Remix)
Menahan Street Band – Make The Road By Walking
Jay Z – Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…..)
Kanye West – Stronger
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Kanye West – Paranoid
Michael Jackson – PYT
Kanye West – Good Life
Kanye West – Touch The Sky
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Lenny Williams – Cause I Love You
Twista – Overnight Celebrity


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[Check out more Kanye samples here, as well as Shantan’s Outkast mix here]



Aptly named Canadian-guitar-playing-beat-maker, ‘Tentacle.’ makes some of the most dark, beautiful, and soothing sounds I’ve heard in a long time. Just one listen will tell you exactly why this musical pseudonym is gracefully fitting – His creations seem to float, ripple, and glisten, much like the multiple arms of our ocean dwelling friends.

Truly uncompromising, Tentacle. doesn’t often stray too far from his perfect artistic formula which sounds like a funky D’Angelo guitar solo on lean mixed in with some trap drums, and finished off with that taste of jazz or soul you might hear in the dark corners of a late night poetry cafe. The recipe is without flaw. Already amazing as stand-alone instrumentals, his beats also sound just as at home beneath chopped and screwed Waka or Kanye raps, as well as under his own singing voice. (A new thing he’s trying, and obviously finessing)

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[Photo by Amy Heritage via Instagram – @AHeritage]

Yeezus took us to church this past Tuesday night at The Rod Laver Arena here in Melbourne. It was less of a concert, more of a hip hop sermon, a chance for worship; Full of the energy and drama fans across the world have come to expect from the man who unflinchingly calls himself “A God.” People wanted a show and Kanye absolutely delivered.

For us, the night began at the very modest hour of 7pm because we wanted to catch the opener, Pusha T (one half of Virginia bred ‘Clipse’) who was due to start at 7.30pm. As we made our way into the huge – and still rather empty – arena, I could tell almost immediately that Pusha was going to get mediocre crowd energy, the majority were only there to bask in the enigmatic aura that is Kanye. Personally I was almost as hyped for Pusha as I was for Kanye – I love this dude. Continue reading