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It all started at a Detroit strip club called Platinum, with a platter of deep-fried beef taquitos and a dancer whose face looked a bit like Burt Reynolds.  It was here that Sam Baker first met a self-described fan of his, who gave him the sage advice...

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Samiyam: Reflectionz (5/5/2020)

Cassette/download | Spotify | Apple Music Samiyam dropped a beat tape on Bandcamp a little while before the world got messed up. We got it... Read More

Samiyam – Pizza Party – vinyl and tour

In the store | SAMIYAM - PIZZA PARTY Samiyam's vinyl is finally in the house. Tour dates for Europe announced. Tour dates for Asia coming... Read More

Samiyam in Europe, Nov. 2016

Samiyam is headed back to Europe for a few shows next week. LUNCH OUTING 2016: Nov 17: Leeds @ Headrow House Nov 18: London @... Read More

Samiyam, Earl Sweatshirt – MIRROR – Video by Ruff Mercy

Samiyam & Earl Sweatshirt – “Mirror” – from the album Animals Have Feelings. Video by Ruff Mercy. Read More

Bricks and Dog Thoughts

Los Angeles record release party for Animals Have Feelings – Samiyam, Knxwledge, Earl Sweatshirt, Gaslamp Killer, Ras G, Kahill, Mndsgn, Alima, House Shoes – Photos... Read More

Samiyam: Dungeon Sessions immersive 360° video

Samiyam's album Animals Have Feelings just came out. Here's Sam live in the dungeon with a few friends and a pet skunk. Video by Ross... Read More

Samiyam feat. Action Bronson – "Mr. Wonderful"

In the store | SAMIYAM - ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS Action + Samiyam, from Sam's album Animals Have Feelings. Grab the record here today. It's out... Read More

Samiyam – ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS

In the store | SAMIYAM - ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS on Vinyl | iTunes | Amazon | Spotify | Beatport Instrumental hip-hop album, plus features from... Read More

Samiyam - Wish You Were Here

In the store | SAMIYAM - WISH YOU WERE HERE BLACK T-shirt/Cass./MP3 In the store | SAMIYAM - WISH YOU WERE HERE WHITE T-shirt/Cass./MP3 In... Read More

Samiyam

It all started at a Detroit strip club called Platinum, with a platter of deep-fried beef taquitos and a dancer whose face looked a bit like Burt Reynolds.  It was here that Sam Baker first met a self-described fan of his, who gave him the sage advice to take his music work more seriously. Sam had long since graduated from tapping on piano, clarinet and video games to working on the MPC and 404 under the name Samiyam, circulating beat tapes among local crew in Michigan, and zip files to friends on the web.  He was among a network of post-Donuts hip-hop producers focusing on instrumentals as the work, rather than traditional MC/producer collaborations, who found themselves migrating west and huddling in the scene around the Low End Theory in east Los Angeles. That's where Flying Lotus met Sam and picked him for the debut release on his Brainfeeder label, 2008's Rap Beats Vol. 1Sam Baker's Album followed in 2011. His Wish You Were Here showed up on Leaving Records in 2013, along with production work for Earl Sweatshirt, Captain Murphy and Pharoahe Monch along the way. Samiyam has been extended Stones Throw family for a while now, and debuts on the label with Animals Have Feelings, an album which he considers the creative sequel to Rap Beats Vol. 1.  As he tells it, "Animals has roots in beats made around the time of Vol. 1, and the new stuff on the record has some of the same sound."