Bling47: DJ Spinna Breaks Down *Little Brother* Prod. By Dilla


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This episode takes us to “Do or Die” Bedstuy Brooklyn, NY with native DJ Spinna.  I spoke with him for several months to try to coordinate schedules for filming.  Finally, we made it happen on one of the coldest days in the history books.

We filmed in his “Thingamjig” studio where we talked about Dilla and his influence on NY producers.  Spinna opened the books, especially when he pulled out his MPC 3000 and showed me how he did his rendition of Dilla and Black Stars, “Little Brother.”  Only here at bling47 do you get this type of access.


Greg "Cognito" Barr first entered the hip hop world as a dancer during the early 1990s in the DC metro area. Later his love for hip hop brought him to Atlanta, GA where he formed the underground group massinfluence. With massinfluence, the relationships within the music industry grew both here in the US and abroad during their many European tours with the likes of the Company Flow, Beat Junkies, Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Blackstar and many others. Also during these years is when Cognito, also known as "Nito", put his mark in hip hop iconography by introducing his line of t-shirts "Nonstop Hip Hop" which was featured in classic video by De La Soul and Jeru the Damaja. Over the past 10 years, Nito has captured classic footage of some of hip hops greatest, including Jay Z, Mos Def, The Gorillaz, Nikka Costa, MF DOOM, De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch and The Roots. Recently, Cognito shot and compiled 4 years of concert and behind the scenes footage of Talib Kweli for a still to be released documentary.

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