Friday, January 29, 2010

LIVE hip hop: araabMUZIK

it's no longer enough for dj's to just mix the one's and two's. these days, cats are going to the next level with their gear. anyone who goes up on stage with an ipod is just plain lazy (sorry but that's just the way it is). with the evolution of MIDI controllers and performance software, new kinds of live music are coming to the stage that are a direct result of technology moving forward.

for such a long time, i wrote off the idea of live hip hop because to me, it wasn't really live. some dj spinning a record and scratching a wicky wicky every once in a while just doesn't do it for me. the roots were doing their thing, but i wanted more.....

recently i've been seeing live hip hop in a new light. seeing performances by Flying Lotus and Saturn Never Sleeps (King Britt + Ras_G edition) showed me there are some dudes who can construct this stuff on the spot.

this guy, araabMUZIK handles the mpc better than anyone i've seen. imagine this dude with an MC? now that's live hip hop.

araabMUZIK Live MPC Set Part 1 from Death by Electric Shock on Vimeo.

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