The L.A. beat scene is made up of a sprawling collective of musicians—including Flying Lotus, the Gaslamp Killer, and Shlohmo—that is aiming to bridge connections between left-field electronic styles and underground rap. By Nate Patrin.
The mysterious field of library music has been an endless sample source for hip-hop producers as well as an inspiration for experimentalists and period-piece scavengers alike. Nate Patrin breaks down the genre and offers a playlist of highlights.
We look at the career of the late J Dilla, who has become an influence on everyone from Mos Def to Flying Lotus to chillwavers.