After nearly 100 episodes of Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal has finally featured DJ Jazzy Jeff. The series is an interesting concept: it challenges producers to select three records while blindfolded and make a beat by sampling them.
Filmed in his Delaware estate during his annual Playlist Retreat, the video shows Jeff picking out the records from the back of a van, and getting busy in the studio using Serato’s new plugin, Sample.
His final track includes an Al Johnson and Jean Carne sample, which was used on Will Smith’s 1997 single, “Just Cruisin’.” It also contains scratching and vocals from Philadelphia rapper, Dayne Jordan.
Watch Rhythm Roulette above.
Rising hip-hop producer, London on Da Track, has been featured on Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette series. The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three randomly selected vinyl records.
The Atlanta native is best known for producing singles like Drake‘s “Sneakin’” featuring 21 Savage; Rich Gang‘s “Lifestyle” featuring Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan; T.I.‘s “About the Money” featuring Young Thug; and Tyga‘s “Hookah” featuring Young Thug.
On this episode of Rhythm Roulette, London stops by New York City’s A1 Records and picks up the following records: Phyllis Hyman’s soul album Living All Alone, Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s jazz album Blacknuss, and a single from Jesse Saunders’ house album Chicago Reunion.
DJ Khalil, a staff producer at Aftermath Entertainment, has been featured on Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette series.
The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three randomly selected vinyl records. On this episode, the records were found at Adrian Younge’s Artform Studio in Los Angeles.
Born in Seattle and raised in Los Angeles, Khalil first made a name for himself as one-half the independent hip-hop duo, Self Scientific. In the mid-2000s, Dr. Dre signed him to Aftermath as a producer. Khalil has since produced Billboard Hot 100-charting singles like Eminem‘s “Survival,” Dr. Dre’s “Kush,” Aloe Blacc‘s “The Man,” Wale‘s “The Matrimony,” and Logic‘s “Black Spiderman.” Most recently, he produced A$AP Ferg‘s gritty anthem, “East Coast.”
Watch Khalil on Rhythm Roulette above.
Mass Appeal has brought back acclaimed hip-hop producer DJ Dahi for a special, new episode of Rhythm Roulette. The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three random records, chosen from a record store while blindfolded.
Dahi, whose credits include Drake‘s “Worst Behavior,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Money Trees,” and Big Sean‘s “I Don’t F#ck With You,” produced a track using Serato’s new plugin, Sample. The software enables producers to find and manipulate samples in tracks using any DAW that supports VST and AU formats, such as Ableton Live, FL Studio, and Logic Pro.
In this episode, instead of going to a record store, Dahi went to New York City and dug through cardboard boxes in the back of a van owned by vinyl collector, Gene Brown.
Watch the video above.
Bay Area producer and rapper P-Lo was recently featured on Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette.
The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three random records, chosen from a record store while blindfolded.
After picking up some vinyl at New York City’s A1 Records, P-Lo headed to the studio. The process started off slow, but he ended up delivering a bouncy track, which he classified as a “collar popper.”
Born in Pinole, California, P-Lo rose to prominence in 2013 after producing the singles “Act Right” for Yo Gotti and “Bout Me” for Wiz Khalifa. In 2008, he co-founded the HBK Gang, a collective whose members include Kehlani, Sage The Gemini, and IamSu. His recent album, More Than Anything, features tracks with E-40 and G-Eazy.
Watch P-Lo on Rhythm Roulette above.
Mass Appeal has featured veteran rapper and producer David Banner in their latest installment of Rhythm Roulette. The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three random records, chosen from a record store while blindfolded.
The Mississippi native made history in the episode, becoming the first artist to have his Rhythm Roulette track officially released. The song, which is titled “Paper,” is out now on Mass Appeal Records. It features vocals from rapper Tricky LT 45 and co-production from Burroughs and Gensu Dean, who are all seen in the episode.
The track was produced using vinyl from Atlanta’s Wax n’ Facts.
Banner is best known for his hit singles “Play” and the Chris Brown-assisted “Get Like Me.” He is set to release his first album since 2010, The God Box, on May 19.
Watch the episode above.
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