Archive for the 'Behind The Scenes' Category

Rhythm Roulette with Thelonious Martin

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Chicago’s Thelonious Martin is the latest producer to shwocase his talents on Mass Appeal’s “Rhythm Roulette” series. After hitting up New York’s A1 Records and randomly selecting records by The Pointer Sisters, Hott City and Maxine Nightingale, he drops some drums on a hazy sample and cooks up a thumper.

Check out a stream of Martin’s new album with Brooklyn MC Saga, Molotov, below.

Previously: Saga & Thelonious Martin – Molotov (Album Stream)

Rhythm Roulette with Jahlil Beats

Friday, January 20th, 2017

In a new episode of Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette, Jahlil Beats takes on the random vinyl challenge. After stopping by Philly’s Repo Records, he ends up coaxing a banger out of Roxy Music’s Country Life and has his man OT The Real spit over it.

Previously: Behind the Boards of Juelz Santana’s “Time Ticking” with Jahlil Beats | In The Lab with Jahlil Beats

Behind the Scenes with Smoke DZA & Pete Rock

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Ahead of their release show for the new joint project Don’t Smoke Rock, Smoke DZA and Pete Rock gave Mass Appeal a peek behind the curtain as they rehearsed their performance. DZA speaks on his progression from carrying crates for Pete to recording with the legendary producer, capturing the essence of Harlem in the record and more.

Don’t Smoke Rock is out now.

Previously: Smoke DZA & Tech N9ne Freestyle Over Pete Rock Beats

Behind the Boards of Juelz Santana’s “Time Ticking” with Jahlil Beats

Monday, December 19th, 2016


Mass Appeal takes us into the studio with Juelz Santana, Dave East and Jahlil Beats as they record the new banger “Time Ticking” which also features Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel. Jahlil explains a bit about how the beat ended up with Juelz and how everything else came together.

Watch below.

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ScHoolBoy Q – Groovy Tony (Blank Face Tour) Pt. 5

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

In the latest installment of the Groovy Tony Blank Face Tour vlog series, Q’s team runs game on him on his birthday and the scheme results in a soggy surprise, then they hit up the trampoline park where hilarity ensues.

Previously: ScHoolboy Q ft. E-40 – Dope Dealer (Video)

Pete Rock Was In The Studio with Kanye

Thursday, December 8th, 2016


After a couple of weeks of making headlines for all of the wrong reasons, Kanye West appears to be back to work. Recently on his Instagram account, Pete Rock posted a trio of videos, one of which included the caption, “Playing 45s in da lab with Kanye West”. The three videos don’t actually show Kanye, but eagle-eyed posters over at the KTT forums noticed that a list written in a notebook sitting on the boards appeared to show a video game-themed tracklist of some sort.

Some have speculated that the list could be a working tracklist for Kanye’s Turbo Grafx 16 album, the one he teased following the release of The Life of Pablo earlier this year. It could also potentially be a list of games that he intends to sample for that or some other project. In any event, it looks like Ye is looking to chase his demons away with good old hard work. Continue below to watch the videos and check out the tracklist. Be sure to give the instrumental that is playing in the third clip a listen as well.

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Rhythm Roulette with Salaam Remi

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The OG Salaam Remi, best known for his work with Nas and most recently the No Panty collective, is the latest contestant on the Mass Appeal Rhythm Roulette challenge. After grabbing records by George Faith, Danny La Rue, and The Who, Remi heads back to the lab to work his magic with an audience that includes Joell Ortiz.

Previously: Rhythm Roulette with araabMUZIK

ScHoolBoy Q – Groovy Tony (Blank Face Tour) Pt. 4

Friday, November 18th, 2016

In episode 4 of the Groovy Tony Blank Face Tour vlog series, Q scares some old people and Smac learns the truth about his meet & greet.

Previously: Lance Skiiiwalker ft. ScHoolBoy Q – Toaster (Video)

Rhythm Roulette with araabMUZIK

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The esteemed araabMUZIK is the latest producer to take the Mass Appeal “Rhythm Roulette” challenge. As it turns out, he doesn’t sample from vinyl, so after hitting up Moodies Records in the Bronx for 3 CDs that fit his style so perfectly that I’m not entirely sure were selected randomly, he ends up making a very Dipset sounding banger.

Listen to the new Joe Budden album, which araab produced in its entirety, here.

Previously: araabMUZIK – Dream World (Album Stream)

Meek Mill & The Dreamchasers on Noisey Raps

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Meek Mill and his Dreamchasers crew are the subjects f the latest Noisey Raps documentary. This would have been infinitely more interesting if it wasn’t filmed last year, before all of the Drake, Game and Beanie Sigel beef. But Nicki is in it, so I guess that counts for something?

Previously: Meek Mill – Funkmaster Flex Freestyle (Game, Beanie Sigel Diss)