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Cool & Dre Break Down the Best Stories Behind Their 5 Biggest Songs: Beat Break

Marcello “Cool” Valenzano and Andre “Dre” Lyon, widely known as production duo Cool & Dre, have an impressive hip-hop résumé, spanning over 15 years. Their breakout record—Ja Rule’s anthemic, Fat Joe and Jadakiss-featured “New York”—put the North Miami-born pairing on hip-hop’s radar. …

The Death of Hip-Hop’s Legendary New York City Recording Studios

On August 11, 1973, a crowd congregated in the recreation room at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, the nondescript Bronx walls playing host to history. DJ Kool Herc, playing his sister’s birthday party, linked breaks using two different turntables and a mixer: it was this development, paired with the …

Charlie Heat Breaks Down the Best Stories Behind His 5 Biggest Songs: Beat Break

Charlie Heat stays true to his name. The Jersey-born multi-Platinum producer’s touch would make Midas quiver. Working with the likes of Kanye West, Denzel Curry, Kehlani, Travis Scott, DRAM, and most recently, Syd, a on some of their biggest records, the 29-year-old producer born Ernest Brown …