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French DJ Sims Reveals Secrets Of Classic Hip Hop Samples

"What is a DJ if he can't scratch?" Sims asks in his bio. The answers to this question may not be crystal clear for us at Worldcrunch, but at least one thing is certain: Sims can scratch and sample, and is therefore a DJ.

He proves it on Instagram, where in a series of short videos he artfully reveals where a variety of classic hip hop samples originate. For instance, did you know Nas' "It Ain't Hard to Tell" was a sample of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature"?

Or that Gangstarr's "Full Clip" comes from Cal Tjader's version of "Walk On By"?

Or that Mobb Deep's "Temperatures Rising Remix" is a sample of a song by Patrice Rushen?

Sims has opened gigs for major hip hop artists such as Nas, Method Man & Redman, RZA, Ice Cube, Mobb Deep, MF DOOM and many others. In 2011, with the photographer and DJ Mr Mass, he co-founded Now Futur, a platform that specializes in searching for new music. Together, the duo produces mixtapes every two months on Okayplayer.

Until the upcoming release of Sims' next EP, watch more of his videos:

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The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

Western governments will not be oblivious to the growing right-wing activism among the diaspora and the efforts of the BJP and Narendra Modi's government to harness that energy for political support and stave off criticism of India.

The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit in New Delhi on Sept. 9

Sushil Aaron


NEW DELHICanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought Narendra Modi’s exuberant post-G20 atmospherics to a halt by alleging in parliament that agents of the Indian government were involved in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian national, in June this year.

“Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Trudeau said. The Canadian foreign ministry subsequently expelled an Indian diplomat, who was identified as the head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s foreign intelligence agency, in Canada. [On Thursday, India retaliated through its visa processing center in Canada, which suspended services until further notice over “operational reasons.”]

Trudeau’s announcement was immediately picked up by the international media and generated quite a ripple across social media. This is big because the Canadians have accused the Indian government – not any private vigilante group or organisation – of murder in a foreign land.

Trudeau and Canadian state services seem to have taken this as seriously as the UK did when the Russian émigré Alexander Litvinenko was killed, allegedly on orders of the Kremlin. It is extraordinarily rare for a Western democracy to expel a diplomat from another democracy on these grounds.

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