I'm into hip-hop and house beats--love samples, hard snares, synthesizers and jazz riffs. pete rock, j dilla, alchemist, and dj premier are among my favorite producer/artists. other favs include biggie (who i grew up on), gang starr and the early albums from outkast, jay-z and nas.
Over the past few years, I've started to listen to more electronic artists, most with a hip-hop/jazz vibe. Favorites include Prefuse 73, Herbaliser, MF Doom, Royksopp, Zero 7, Ulrich Schnauss, Mark Farina and others.
recently I've been getting into the indie-rock scene, attending CMJ music festival the past couple years and a bunch of shows in Brooklyn. A good friend of mine plays in the band Emmanuel and the Fear - definitely worth checking out. I've also begun exploring classic and contemporary indian ragas, meditative drone music (andrew chalk), electronic rock (f*ck buttons) and a bit of psytrance.