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A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …

What Made U – [Ohana Bam]

I apologize in advance because I am about to completely cap on this. When I think about the coolest + richest people that I know, two people come to mind, the almighty Tamika Ponce, and the Chicago legend Ohana Bam. Really though, out of all of the people that I have met in my lifetime, Ohana Bam is without a doubt the most wealthy person that I have ever had the honor of meeting. He doesn’t even hesitate or try to hide his wealth either, he will flex the fact that he owns multiple properties on us peasants. I tried to call Bam before I wrote this post to get a clip for the Twitter post, but I got sent to his assistant’s intern, who penciled me in for 2024. Alright enough of that, take a few minutes out of your day to watch Ohana Bam’s brand new music video for “What Made U” below!

With Dat – [TheHxliday] ft. [Polo G]

I’ve been a fan of TheHxliday for quite some time, at this point, yet as of late, I’ve found myself pretty much completely consumed with his discography. He has similar qualities to living legends such as Lil Uzi with overtones of emotion and pain that are more so along the lines of a Juice WRLD or XXXtentacion, and although this combination might come off as strange or out of the box, TheHxliday makes it work in some of the most remarkable ways I could’ve ever even imagined. Last week, I was beyond excited to write about his latest single “Wit Dat” not only because it was a great song, but also because it featured Polo G, one of my favorite Chicago artists out right now. While I don’t think anyone saw this collaboration coming and I was even more intrigued to see what it would sound like, they both killed their parts and brought an insane record to life. Just when I thought the fun was over, the dynamic duo teamed up once again to bring an awesome music video to life directed by Kevin Mares and Dogfood Media. Right off the bat, TheHxliday and his girl are hanging out …

In My Zone – [Smiley]

Ever since hearing “Body” via 6ixBuzz (a platform that I highly recommend checking out if you’re looking for an entry point into Toronto’s rap scene), I’ve been hooked on Toronto artist Smiley. In music and on social media, Smiley is a massively compelling personality, offering a brand of individualistic, Toronto-bred style that can’t be imitated. He’s one of a kind in every way, which is highlighted in the rising talent’s latest song and video, “In My Zone.” Structured around a bed of ominous melodies and trunk-rattling drums, “In My Zone” is the kind of in-your-face release that perfectly captures the two-sided appeal of Smiley. On one hand, he matches the aggressive tone of the production with paced flows and memorable songwriting, hard-nosed in an effortless way. On the other hand, he balances this out with typical Smiley style, almost sing-songy in his deliveries and driven by the oddball sense of charisma that made me a fan in the first place. Finding the sweet spot between the two sides, Smiley separates himself from the rest, and brings unapologetic Toronto energy to the table in a massively exciting way, almost reminiscent of what Peewee Longway has been able to do as such …

Wit Dat – [TheHxliday] ft. [Polo G]

When it comes to artists making major moves so far this year, TheHxliday has got to be towards the top of the list if not in the #1 spot. He released his EP Batbxy, dropped numerous singles, and has provided some videos as well, so my only question is, when does he find the time to sleep? As far as Polo G goes, everyone knows that he’s one of the strongest contenders in the game, recently dropping his song “RAPSTAR” which earned him his first-ever Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper, and for good reason. Although this might seem like an unlikely duo considering they’re from such different parts of the map and make very unique styles of music, when I found out that they teamed up on TheHxliday’s latest single “Wit Dat”, I stopped whatever I was doing and immediately tuned in. When it comes to the incredibly eerie beat brought to life by ilykimchi, they utilize a mixture of pan flutes with tiptoeing piano keys that are met with some classic, crisp trap percussion for a foundation that is honestly probably more so Polo’s speed than TheHxliday’s, but he does a remarkable job adapting, nonetheless. As he sings the hook, …

Rapstar – [Polo G]

Chicago superstar Polo G is not only one of the best Chicago rappers at the moment, I would argue he’s already well established into the top 5-10 that the city has ever had to offer. Late last night, Polo G released his new music video for “Rapstar”, and man oh man, it’s a hit! Not many artists possess the type of talent that Polo does, especially for his age, he’s mastered his sound and always matches his great music with even better music videos that elevate the tracks. Polo’s upcoming album is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, I feel like he has something special in store for us, let’s wait + see, but for now, watch this new visual below!

My Type – [Diani]

“My Type” is a treat my audience did not expect. I know my shyness to express the sexual side of me has stopped so many great ideas, so I decided “not this time.” “My Type” is about it being okay for a woman to have the ultimate dating experience. It’s about being able to talk about sex, and being sexy without it being a requirement to show my body. It’s about redefining standards. It was my intention to have the men I chose be in the video for accessory & appeal, rather than to degrade me. “My Type” is anthem to all the women that have found or are in search of their sexual freedom” – Diani Making her Lyrical Lemonade debut, Diani is a young and promising artist out of Brooklyn, New York. Recently releasing a new album entitled DOPAMINE, her latest offering is a self-directed visual for a song off the project called “My Type.” Shot by FreeOpionPhotography, Diani unapologetically reveals her intimate thoughts with matching expressions of confidence displayed throughout the video. The beat is bass-heavy, but not to an overly aggressive extent which allows for Diani’s soft, yet sensual vocals to unquestionably be heard. Boldly remarking that …

Touchdown – [YSB Tril] & [Bankrol Hayden]

YSB Tril is a somewhat new name in my repertoire of artists, but it’s pretty clear that his knack for making hits seems almost too natural. At only 19 years old, most kids are pursuing their college careers or something fairly normal while the North Carolinian is pursuing his dream of making music and doing it successfully, I should add. The same goes for California’s Bankrol Hayden, an artist who has amassed a large following for his unbelievably catchy party anthems and bangers that just naturally go viral, and I’m definitely here for all of the success that both of these rising stars are experiencing. Due to the fact that it seems like everything either of these artists touches turns to gold, I already knew I was in for a treat when they released their song “Touchdown” together. While the song itself is already a success, unsurprisingly, I was even more excited to see the Rick Lancaster-directed music video that truly brought this record to life. Opening up with a skit, the duo makes their way to football practice as they’re decked out in eye black and pads, but when they get there, their coach reams them out for being …

Headshot – [Lil Tjay] ft. [Polo G] & [Fivio Foreign]

Just the other day, Lil Tjay decided to team up with Polo G and Fivio Foreign to release their track “Headshot”, a single off of Tjay’s upcoming project Destined 2 Win. Obviously, if you’re a writer deep in the hip-hop and rap genres as I am, this trio is an unignorable group and I knew it was going to be a hit before I even heard it, but as soon as I listened, I immediately stopped what I was doing and wrote about it. That’s why, when I saw that there was now a brand-new music video to complement the track, I had no choice but to write about that as well even if it does seem almost too soon. Tjay teamed up with Reel Goats to direct this flick and I must say that no part of the budget must have been spared after watching the visual. The camera opens up on an absolutely insanely large estate that looks to be more along the lines of a hotel or castle rather than a mansion. The scene is set as Tjay walks down a grand staircase to what seems to be the courtyard where old, tuxedo-wearing gentlemen are using comically …

Headshot – [Lil Tjay] ft. [Polo G] & [Fivio Foreign]

Understandably, it seems like so many artists from the same city stick together and it takes a lot to sort of infiltrate certain groups. In New York, it has become clear that Lil Tjay and Fivio Foreign have maintained a stranglehold on the Drill scene for a couple of years now, and although Pop Smoke might’ve been the one to truly make this style of music blow up, they’re doing an amazing job of carrying on the legacy. As for Polo G, he has been putting on for Chicago for quite some time now and after putting together his extremely strong catalog of music over the past few years, he has become probably one of my favorite artists in general. It seems as if Polo gets along so well with his New York counterparts considering they team up all the time, and I feel like this is the case considering they all have similar upbringings even though they grew up in different parts of America. Nonetheless, it seems like they make nothing but magic every time they come together, and the same goes for their latest release “Headshot”. A slew of producers worked on this hit including Bordeaux, Non Native, …