How We Made Public Enemy’s Fight The Power

shockwebpic_ftp_guardian_mar2016The song could have gone a lot softer, a lot neater, a lot tighter – but it would have lost the chaos. When something is organised and aligned, it represents passivity. But any resistance, any struggle to overcome, is going to be chaotic.

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare

Ice Cube & Hank Shocklee Talk Making ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’

shockwebpic_amerikkkasmost25anniversaryIce Cube’s album ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’ just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary and Complex published an interview with Ice Cube and our own Hank Shocklee discussing the making of the album and its 25-Year Legacy. They talk about the recording process, keeping the west coast bounce, the similarities between N.W.A and Public Enemy and the albums importance then and now.

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare

The Noise And How To Bring It: Hank Shocklee Interviewed By The Quietus

shockwebpic_hankshockleequietusIn case you missed it, music writer John Tatlock had an in depth conversation with Hank for the outstanding UK music magazine The Quietus. Here is an excerpt…

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare

Hank Shocklee Is On Beat – Interview Now On Medium

shockwebpic_hankshockisonbeat_medium“Music doesn’t exist in a vacuum, man, and neither does music happen sequentially. It all morphs…styles, and cultures shift each other.” The words from Hank Shocklee resonate deeper than an 808 kick. Here was a man directly responsible for shifting the public perception of what drum machines and samplers could do, in the process redefining music during the golden age of hip-hop, now nearly thirty years later still in tune with the latest musical trends and technology.

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare

CNET Talks To Shocklee As Gangnam Style Hits 2B YouTube Views

shockleewebpic_ganghamstyle2bPsy’s global colossal hit Gangnam Style just hit a major milestone, 2 billions views on YouTube and is now officially the most viewed video on the site with Justin Beiber’s ‘Baby’ at a distant 1 billion. What does this all mean for music, streaming, how it reaches us and future global successes? CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt talked with a few people about this in the music and video ecosystem including our own Hank Shocklee.

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare

Moondance Afrofuturism Event @ MoMA PS1 Photo Recap

shockleewebpic_moondancemainWe had an amazing time this past Sunday at the MoonDance event – an afrofuturism experience and meeting of the minds held at MoMA PS1.

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare

Record Store Day Is Saturday April 19th Worldwide

shockleewebpic_rsd2014Record Store Day is coming soon so make your plans to visit a shop near you on Saturday, April 19th and pickup some music. The organizers have released a full listing of special releases in support of the day and have even appointed Chuck D. as the official Record Store Day Ambassador.

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare

[NYC] Sunday April 13th: MoonDance – Afrofuturism Event Featuring Hank Shocklee At MoMA PS1

shockleewebpic_moondancemomaeventGet your tickets now for MoonDance, A Night in the AfroFuture. Part of the Sunday Sessions in the dome at MoMA PS1 in Queens, NYC.

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare

Did The Decline Of Sampling Cause The Decline Of Political Hip Hop? The Atlantic Interviews Hank Shocklee

shockleewebpic_atlanticdeclineofsamplingfErik Nielson, Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Richmond, where his research focuses on African American literature and hip-hop culture, has written a thought-provoking piece on sampling for The Atlantic which Hank Shocklee was interviewed for.

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare

The Alphabet According To Hank Shocklee Featured In New Issue Of Electronic Beats Magazine

shockleestorypic_hankshockleeEBcoverOur own Hank Shocklee lays out the alphabet according to him in the latest edition of Electronic Beats Magazine – Issue 2/2013 where he touches on things like Harlem, mixing on Neve boards, Kanye and Emika. The Berlin based magazine covers all the latest in the music scene throughout the world. The issue is available now in shops or you can read it online here.

[Read more...]

TumblrLinkedInPinterestShare