MOMENTS | Rehash: #FBF Watch Kanye West Freestyle at Real Deal, a Tiny but Legendary London Record Store

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Father’s Day is coming up, and since Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are expecting their second spawn (who they will not be naming ‘South’), we’re revisiting pre-fatherhood Kanye’s early freestyle with John Legend and Mos Def. You know, before he was falling asleep during the “Frozen” Disneyland sing-along show for North West’s birthday. The freestyle in question took place at Real Deal, a renowned record store for the hip-hop scene in London. Though the store closed down back in 2007, the infamous open mic sessions once hosted performances from music icons like Amy Winehouse, Mos Def, Ghostface Killah, will.i.am, and of course, Kanye West. Storeowner Vincent Olutayo had previously resurrected the record store via pop-up, and now he has released the video archives too.

June 19, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Kendrick Lamar x Kanye West “All Day” Remix

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It’s here! After hearing last week’s appallingly short, 6-second clip of Kendrick Lamar rapping over Kanye West’s “All Day,” we’ve been gifted with the full remix. Production-wise, there haven’t really been many changes to the Kanye track: K. Dot replaced the Theophilus London verse, Kanye’s intense end of song meltdown was cut, but Allan Kingdom’s dancehall contributions have remained. Of course, the only kicker the track needed was the Compton rapper’s killer lyrical gifts, spitting lines like, “Ask me how long do it take to be the greatest / I’m the Broadway hoe, swish it, swish it / Damn Kanye never will I be safe, bitch I already know.

April 15, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Best Of: FKA Twigs x Notorious B.I.G. Mash-up, Joe Webb’s Narrative Collages, Gil Scott-Heron “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” Reinterpreted, ‪Eric Timothy Carlson’s Exhibition, James Murphy “We Used To Dance”

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Start your week out right with BAMIN’s (Build And Make It Now) run down of this week’s best moments in user-generated content, remixes, mash-ups, collaborations, and trends.

1. Twiggy Smalls. Listen to Terry Urban’s FKA Twigs & Notorious B.I.G. mash-up album.

MOMENTS | Rehash: #TBT Gil Scott Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” Reinterpreted by Esther Phillips & Kanye West x Common

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Given all the incredible blend of jazz-rap in Kendrick Lamar’s phenomenal To Pimp A Butterfly, we wanted to take a moment to look back at another great instance of jazz reinterpretation: Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is.” American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author Gil Scott-Heron’s spoken word performances in the 1970s and 80s continue to be a major influence behind subsequent generations of hip-hop. “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” was famously covered by Esther Phillips and later sampled by Kanye West and Common for their collaborative song “My Way Home.”

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Rihanna x Kanye West x Paul McCartney Collaborate in “Four Five Seconds”

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With absolutely no prior announcement, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney dropped surprise new track “Four Five Seconds,” a melodic new single that’s a prefect blend of hip-hop and country. Paul McCartney, who also collaborated with Kanye on his track “Only One,” provides the emotive acoustic guitar accompaniment to Kanye and Rihanna’s emotive belting. The heartbreak-tinged song is deeply confessional piece and is a big departure from Rihanna and Kanye’s earlier collaborations—“All Of The Lights” and “Run This Town.”

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Kanye West x Paul McCartney “Only One”, First Single in Series of Collaborations


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What’s a black Beatle anyway? Unless you’ve been in a weeklong NYE hangover haze, you probably know Kanye West collaborated with Paul McCartney to create gently auto-tuned ballad “Only One”. The first single from Kanye’s new album is also first of several collaborations between West and McCartney. Ty Dolla $ign, who provided the ballad’s background vocals, told Billboard to watch out for a “crazy” song that he, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and Rihanna have teamed up to produce.

MOMENTS | Acronym: Jay Z x Kanye West’s “H·A·M” Is An Acronym For ‘Hard As a Motherfucker’


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It’s Thursday, and sometimes, the Jay Z and Kanye West rap-opera hybrid track “H·A·M” is exactly what we need to get us to Friday. As the acronym and lyrics suggest, “I’m about to go H·A·M / Hard as a motherfucker.” We have to respect Jay Z and Kanye for being ‘H·A·M’ enough to blend the song’s heavy beats and the most bizarre opera trills over a gospel piano progression.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Kanye Fan John Colandra Created A Yeezus Tour Video Using Guerrilla x Professional Concert Footage


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John Colandra, a 23-year-old old from New Jersey, edited fan-captured and professional footage from nearly every stop of Kanye West’s Yeezus tour to create a two-hour guerrilla tour video. The sound was surprisingly satisfactory, and smart editing of the cut up footage provided great jump cuts and a few good close-up shots. On his project, Colandra tells Dazed And Confused: “The film flows beautifully and not a single major aspect of the Yeezus tour goes unnoticed. Detail was crucial and over seven months of work went into this project.”

MOMENTS | Acronym: The ‘H.E.R.’ In Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.” Stands For ‘Hearing Every Rhyme’


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In 1994, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., aka Chicago-born rapper Common, released his LP Resurrection, and his single  “I Used to Love H.E.R.” became one of hip-hop’s greatest recordings. ‘H.E.R.’ is an acronym for ‘Hearing Every Rhyme,’ which transforms the title of the song to “I Used To Love Hearing Every Rhyme”. The song samples its jazzy beats from ”The Changing World” by George Benson and is an extended metaphor that uses the degradation of a woman to represent the changes Common saw in hip-hop music in the ‘90s.

MOMENTS | 808: The Movie Roland TR-808 Drum Machine Documentary


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808 is an upcoming documentary about the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Introduced in 1980, the instrument played a major role in shaping the sound of hip-hop, synth pop, and dance music. And if its name sounds familiar, it’s probably because Kanye West devoted an album title to the instrument’s unmistakable sound.
The documentary will include interviews with artists like Diplo, Pharrell, New Order, Rick Rubin, Questlove, Damon Albarn, Fatboy Slim, Lil Jon and many more.