TAKING PRODUCER EXPOSURE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Creative control, looking out the window, a new beat, good music... These things inspire Detroit producer Apollo Brown. Watch this clip from The Bee Shine Series 'What Inspires.' Apollo goes on to list other inspirations - his hometown, his fan base (recognizing the blessing of him having one), and more.
Unreleased heat from the lord Rakim. Dominic Owen did the production for the track, recorded in 1995, "Get Visual." Kept under wraps ever since Owens shares it with the world now.
Hypnotic beats and lyrics from the homie Focus... on his first leak - "Just Don't Know" - off his upcoming project "FP : 1172 II"
K-Def drops a single - "The Fundamentals" featuring Blu and Quartermaine - from his latest LP ("The Exhibit"). Eleven instrumentals, two vocal tracks. Listen to this one below. You can grab the album now, too.
Banging! The upcoming project from Australian producer Ta-ku entitled "Dowhatyoulove" is scheduled to be released June 21, 2013. However, Ta-ku drops a taste here for you. Stream "Boom" below. To get in early on the release of the rest, hit the other link below:
Puerto Rican/American songwriter Angélica Allen has been compared to the likes of Kate Bush and Bjork; and the group she helped start - My Midnight Heart - continues to make moves that put its and her career on par with such greats of alternative pop culture. Latest example of a big marketing move: The "Solace" remix contest. It is drumming up a participant fan base of producers (who have fans of their own) whose appetites will be whet for the first official release from My Midnight Heart, a forthcoming four-track EP entitled "Chest of Hearts." The winning remix contest submission earns its producer $2,000 and a Converse Rubber Tracks feature. That's some motivation right there!
1990 was my first first year in radio when I was doing a hip hop show called 'Strictly Hip Hop' in Pennsylvania. I had also started a cable access show of the same name later that year & it wasn't uncommon to receive dozens of new records & videos in the mail every week. Back then most of the videos we would receive from the record labels & indie promoters would arrive in the form of 3/4 inch tapes or on VHS. I need to get on my job like Tampa Bay area DJ Sandman who digitized one of Gangstarr's old video press kits from back in the day. I know I have this same video on VHS somewhere in storage. I'm literally kicking myself to get on it because I do need to take the time to digitize many of my old shows & interviews from the 90s. In the meantime check out the video of GURU & DJ Premier's video press kit. Rest in peace GURU! On another note....I'm definitely feeling how DJ Premier is rocking my favorite NFL team's baseball cap. #RAIDERNATION BABY!
The best music usually comes from a truthful place whether the topic of discussion is bad, good, or in between. Toronto emcee & producer Rich Kidd understands that & it works for him on this DJ Dahi produced track called "I'd Be Lying" where he laments about how things aren't all good in his life at the moment in his quest to greater things. Hopefully it gets better with his next project 'In My Opinion' due April 16th. VIBE to this joint below......