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This Producer Proves Sudanese Samples Make The Best Hip-Hop Beats

Khartoum-based producer Sufyvn flips Sudanese samples into hip-hop head bangers in 'Pseudarhythm, Vol. 2'

Pseudarhythm, Vol. 2 album artwork.


In his Pseudarhythm series, Khartoum-based beatmaker Sufyvn flips and samples an array of Sudanese instrumentals into hip-hop head bangers.

The seven tracks on the producer’s latest Pseudarhythm, Vol. 2 play like a hazy, mind-bending exploration of classic Sudanese soundscapes through a hip-hop lens. Sufvyn chops up several traditional Sudanese folk melodies, masterfully laying them over kicks and snares to create some buttery beats.

Get lost in Sufyvn’s Psedauryhthm Vol. 2 below and make sure to check out the beatmaker’s other projects M E R O E, K E R M A, and Pseudarhythm, Vol. 1.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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