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Video: Missy Elliott feat. Lamb – “I’m Better”

Missy Elliott is finally back with another zany visual to add to her endless repertoire of boundless creativity.   Her new single “I’m Better,” features producer turned rapper Lamb (who first worked with her on 2008’s “Ching-A-Ling”) and minimalist beat with a heavy bassline sure to please any club goer or driver. The video stuns with rope dance routines, underwater scenes. and Missy’s signature style.  Enjoy below.

On the Rise: Interview with Detroit Producer Jupyter

Rap-3The city of Detroit has become undoubtedly infamous for its deterioration and high murder rates, yet its Hip Hop scene has managed to flourish over the past few generations.  Names like J DillaEminemBig Sean and now Dej Loaf have become synonymous with the area, but 19-year-old, Jupyter, is striving to join the list of aforementioned artists as a revered beatmaker.

Growing up a fan of the classic Funk record “Flashlight,” he was shocked when Parliament Funkadelic‘s Paul Hill revealed he was a fan of his work and immediately linked him with major names.  Now working with Jamie Foxx, the Grammy award winning Alicia Keys has even recorded to one of his tracks.  Influenced by everyone from Timbaland, Flying Lotus and Little Dragon, he has also had the opportunity to fly out to LA to meet with Nicki Minaj and Drake‘s manager.

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“Beats, Rhymes & Life” – Interview with Rapper/Producer G.L.A.M.

glam“Did that really happen? Oh my God. Like, I really got to meet A$AP and Bun B. I got to be in the cypher with them,” G.L.A.M. gushes over the phone about her debut on MTV’s RapFix.

After recently sharing a studio with Kendrick Lamar, appearing on “Sway in the Morning” and achieving rotation on MTV Jams with her “Mobbin'” video, it is safe to say that the 22-year-old rapper has been making waves in the vast sea of Hip Hop primarily commandeered by men.

glamkendrickUnlike most up-and-coming rappers of her stature, the Oakland MC is in genuine awe of her steadily budding career.  Though she was exposed to the music industry as a child playing with keyboards at her parents’ recording sessions and attending rehearsals, Nacolbie Jane had no desire to be an artist.  Her mother, rapper Nic Nac, toured with Ice Cube and her father, Dangerous Dame, was a member of Too $hort’s crew, but she denounced Hip Hop as a career and even looked down upon the genre.

“I didn’t think that Hip Hop was represented well. I didn’t think the content of what I heard at least at that time was something I wanted to be a part of, and I was just really conscious and biased on the matter until I started getting older and learning culture,” she explains.

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“Soul Desire” – Interview with Producer Jansport J

jansportj“I was trying to intern here,” reveals 27-year-old Jansport J lounging in an office chair reminiscing about college days.  “I had a Marketing class where we had to set up an internship in the field we wanted to work in.  I was gonna come up here and meet with the owner, Mike Ross, but my car broke down, so I couldn’t do it.  I was bummed out about it.”

Now here at Delicious Vinyl on Sunset as a music producer, he states, “It was like a full circle.  I’m here now.  I still bug out sometimes.”  Colorful artwork speckled along with Masta Ace and Jay Dilla albums adorn the office where Hip Hop legends J-Sw!ft and Fatlip frequent. A large, vibrant painting of a purple, shriveled up woman catches my eye. 

J’s manager explains it’s a painting of “Ya Mama” with the wooden legs referring to Pharcyde’s Hip Hop classic packed with insult jokes to the brim.  The Eastsidaz cover a 2001 issue of a Murder Dog magazine plopped on the coffee table and platinum plaques are scattered throughout the studio space upstairs.  

Birds happily chirp outside the window as they bask in the perfectly picturesque February afternoon that only California dreams are made of. jansport2Rocking shorts and black Vans, Sport sits in front of a laptop hooked up to his prized Maschine.  

Last September, he won the instrument at True Sounds’ Producer Showcase where West Coast legend DJ Quik was honored.  He beat out fellow peers Willie B and The Futuristiks for the event’s top spot as favorite producer.  “I have like a hundred something beats on here,” he says.  “I just make music all the time, so I’ll just have it stacking up.”

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