ANGELZ interview and playlist
ANGELZ spoke to us, in the wake of ‘Hey Girl’ and went in on his hip hop roots, sampling and more.
What was the music that first inspired you to create, yourself?
Without hesitation: The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers. As far as my earliest memories about music go these are these two that stick out. I remember being in Manhattan for a trip with my parents when I was about five and going into some grimy record shop and buying The Fat of the Land and Dig Your Own Hole.
I’m still a huge fan of both groups to this day and I’ve never hidden the fact that I’ve always been heavily influenced by Liam Howlett’s sampling style.
Tell us about the state of beats/hip hop in the US right now, what are you feeling?
I love everyone who’s doing the raw stuff like Madlib or Stoupe. Obviously I like the stuff using samples because they dig deeper than ever and I get a lot of inspiration listening to it.
In my opinion, all the ‘trap’ shit and the south shit has all been done before… Their beats get slower, the 808s change and the hi-hats get even weirder but at the end of the day I prefer to listen to songs like Pusha’s ‘Untouchable’.
Take us into your playlist.
The Alchemist ft. Prodigy, Illa Ghee & Nina Sky ‘Hold You Down’
I learned how to sample by dissecting Alchemist flips.
In this one he’s just showing off. At some point the sample says “Soon you’ll understand” and he flipped into saying “Hold you down” and literally made a whole song about it.
Jedi Mind Tricks ‘And So It Burns’
Here is one that when you know what to listen for you will find it but if you try to put yourself in Stoupe’s shoes before he made the track, you will see how when we talk sampling, we’re talking about a completely unique art form.
Wu-Tang Clan ‘Cream’
One of my favorite songs ever, I even made my own version ‘Dolla Bill’. In my version of it I sampled the Cream instrumental, the original sample and the Cream acapella. Sup RZA?
Ghostface Killah ft. Nate Dogg & Mark Ronson
I wasn’t able to find the version Mark Ronson used which is an orchestral edit if I recall. Dope flip & beat, just sounds like New York to me.
Apparently Ronson had to give 100% of his rights to the copyright owners… I would do the same in a heartbeat if it was the only way to get a track out exactly how it was meant to be.
Jay Z ‘My First Song’
What a great way to finish The Black Album. This sample has so much soul in it, anyone who has watched Fade to Black will understand why Jay picked that beat.
Dr. Dre ft. Eminem & Xzibit ‘What’s the Difference’
Until the day I found out about this one, I assumed it was an all original production from Dre. One day I was listening to this Charles Aznavour CD and I heard ‘Parce que tu crois’. It was such a genius use and so weird because it is so Dre’s sound. Huge horns, dramatic strings and laid-back hi-hats.
Lupe Fiasco ‘Failure’
Maybe one of my top 10 tracks ever. I love Lupe’s version – and Drake’s version of it – but I mostly listen to the instrumental.
This one is so clever, I wish I would’ve found it before them so I could’ve made Phantom myself. Here we got Justice following Daft Punk in the lane of flipping integral samples into a full song and I’m definitely not mad at it.
If it sounds good anything goes.
Kanye West ‘Power’
How to turn four seconds of vocals into one of the most iconic songs of the last decade.
Ginuwine ‘What’s So Different?’
Timbo the king on the beat. One of my first beats I ever placed was of a flip of this sample after I heard Ginuwine’s version. The way Tim used the horn chop to play a new melody is one of my favorite style of sampling.