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Hip-hop noise: Is 21-year-old AraabMuzik the Hendrix of sampling?

Designed by Roger Linn and released by the Japanese company Akai in 1989, the MIDI Production Center or MPC has proven to be the backbone of hip-hop production. Its 16-pad interface allows for 64 continuous sample tracks, and has provided producers with some of the intense sound-granulating control that you’ve heard in the genre’s last 20 years.

The MPC has been around for pretty much all of Providence, R.I.’s Abraham Orellana’s life. So it makes almost cosmic sense that Orellana—who does business under the puzzlingly given name of AraabMuzik—has a masterful way of pounding the pads. He came to most peoples’ attention as the man who produced this summer’s “Salute,” the reunion track for Harlem’s Dipset crew (after the jump). Personally I think the kid’s talent far outclasses Dipset’s extreme-swagger stance, but whatever.

Here he is in raw form in the studio with his buddy the MPC-5000…a visual treatment of his virtuosity to follow…

After the jump: the Death by Electric Shock video crew and visuals freak System D-128 collaborate to spotlight AraabMuzik’s technique…

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Flow and steady: Rapper Saigon turns a sunny 60s hit into hip hop blues
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Flo & Eddie
Just Blaze

If anyone has the skills to make a trite Boomer pop cliché like the Turtles’ “Happy Together” relevant to the hip-hop generation, it’s a guy like Brownsville, Brooklyn’s Brian Daniel Carenard a.k.a. the rhymer Saigon.

As part of their REWIND series for rap tunes that deserved but never got visual treatment, director Court Dunn’s Restless Films crew has provided a surprisingly Brady Bunch-y visual treatment for Sai’s early-‘00s tune “Together (Dear Black America)”.

Saigon’s new album The Greatest Story Never Told (which doesn’t include this tune) drops on February 15th on Suburban Noize Records.

Via 2dopeboyz 


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