Number 16 is of a particular meaning for this release. There are 16 pads on AKAI MPC, which is the most popular instrument used by true beatmakers. In addition this release is 16 dope classic beats by 16 amazing beatmakers from 16 different countries.
The fact that Hip Hop music has become a global culture isn’t a mystery to most. However we often are blind sided to the true talent that exists in all corners of the globe due to the natural human urge to focus on artists in our local geography.
Luckily, the hip hop label Re:Sample has developed a global hip hop album to cure this common affliction. The concept is simple: 16 Artists, 16 countries, using the 16 pads of Akai’s infamous MPC to create 16 unique instrumental hip hop tracks.
The result is a homage to the classic hand slap sound that the MPC produces. Producer Diza XL head nods with the the Big L worthy track Raw, while 5th Sequence‘s sonnet Lovespeak screams Phonte infused love joint. With so much variety and talent, one cannot put their finger on a single great track. They all move with a unique feel and style, providing a truly enjoyable listening experience.
This joint has some treats in it 4sho!!! Stand outs for us are “Rooftop” by KLIM Beats, “The Hotstepper” by Sneadr and “Help Centred” by RELIC. There are others that we really dig but these are our top 3 on first listen. We’ll be vibing out to this album for a while 4sho! – Let us know which ones are your favorites!