As y’all couldn’t tell by now, I’m a very proud Carolina kid (the 336 raised me, the 9-nineteen made me) so it always feels good to hear about (plus see & experience) the great things going on here. There’s a lot happening in front of and behind the scenes within RDU’s (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) hip hop scene, way more than can be detailed in this post, but here’s yet another a cool highlight.
The UNC Beat Making Lab, founded by Apple Juice Kid and Dr. Mark Katz (who also recently released a book on the history of the hip hop DJ), is a course offered at UNC-Chapel Hill and one of the more popular classes on campus. This semester’s class was co-taught by Pierce Freelon, emcee of hip hop/jazz band The Beast.
Shuffle Magazine and ARTVSM teamed up with students from the Lab to release Tar Heel Tracks, a 13 song instrumental album. Tar Heel Tracks was the students’ final project of the semester and all beats on the mixtape sample North Carolina artists. It’s pretty jammin’ and you can check it out below.
"Tar Heel Tracks"–