8 posts categorized "BeatTips Pick of the Week"

September 18, 2010

BeatTips Pick of the Week: Troubleman f/ Raekwon - "Bastard Child"

Sample-Based Banger Flanked By Additional Orchestration

By Amir Said (Sa'id)

Although I've never really been a big fan of R&B/Rap hybrid efforts, I do recognize that sometimes the two music sub-traditions can be merged together rather nicely. Such is the case with Troubleman's—Raekwon assisted—"Bastard Child." Much in the same respectable vein of Gang Starr's "Royalty," a collaboration that brought together DJ Premier and Guru with K.C. and Jo Jo, "Bastard Child" is anchored by the hip hop/rap tradition, and further accented by modern R&B production themes.

For educational purposes...

Troubleman ft. Raekwon “Bastard Child”

August 13, 2010

BeatTips Pick of the Week: Paten Locke - "Soup for One" & "Breakthu"

With Live Studio 2-Song Set, P Locke Serves More Notice Of The Impending Beatmaker-Rapper Era

By Amir Said (Sa'id)

I'm impressed by Paten Locke. His beatmaking style has a lot of "soul" in it. His rhyme flow is raw, and his rhymes are (from most that I've heard), straight forward, easy to listen to but not pedestrian. And what really makes Paten stand out his uncompromising style, both on the beats and the rhymes.

For educational purposes...

Paten Locke - "Soup for One" & "Breakthru" (via Open Session, KUCI 88.9fm)

July 30, 2010

BeatTips Pick Of The Week: Marco Polo, Frank Dukes, Rich Kidd, and Moss Flip The Same Sample Source

Each Beatmaker Sends Up Their Own Take And Transformation

By Amir Said (Sa'id)

Each beatmaker has their own approach. Likewise, given the same sample source, each beatmaker will flip it differently. In this video, taken from a portion of Marco Polo's recent producer showcase, Marco Polo, Frank Dukes, Rich Kidd, and Moss flip the same sample source.

When listening to how each of these beatmakers translate the sample source, pay careful attention to two things: (1) how much does each maker build off the sample that they use; and (2) what sort of drum framework does each beatmaker build around the the sample they use.

For educational purposes...

Marco Polo, Frank Dukes, Rich Kidd, & MoSS All Flip The Same Sample

July 23, 2010

BeatTips Pick of the Week: Sauce Money - "Snipershot" Music Video

Slept On Rhyme Veteran Torches Sample-Based Heat Rock

By Amir Said (Sa'id)

When it comes to rhymin', bravado is half the equation. I'm not talking manufactured confidence or contrived swagger that many rappers these days are wearing. I'm talking about the gusto that only comes from real life experience. Hardship. Joy. Pain. Vindication. Disappointment. Second chances. You know, the stuff that gives you character. And character has always been what ultimately drives one rapper down one path versus another.

On "Snipershot," the venerable rapper Sauce Money displays his character: straight forward, Brooklyn street corner vet, with little known—but major—credentials attached to his music career. Over this filthy, absolutely sick sample-based banger (dig them horns), Sauce Money delivers a meat and potatoes rhyme that is semi-confessional, semi-braggadocious, and ALL bravado.

*Note: If you know who made this beat, hit me up.

For educational purposes...

Sauce Money - "Snipershot" Music Video

July 16, 2010

BeatTips Pick of the Week: William Cooper – "One Roll of the Dice"

Beat Equal Weight To The Rhyme; William Cooper One To Watch

By Amir Said (Sa'id)

William Cooper, in a word? He's authentic. And for me, "authentic" art is simply the execution of one's truest expression. Also, William Cooper is more of a standout because he rhymes and makes his own beats. Salute to a fellow craftsmen.

For educational purposes...

William Cooper – "One Roll of the Dice"

July 09, 2010

BeatTips Pick Of The Week: T.Jay - "Some People Hate"

It's Not Where You're From, It's Where Your Heart's At

By Amir Said (Sa'id)

Some music formulas are far more effective and simple than others. And perhaps the most effective and simplest music formula to follow is this: Make the music that you, first and foremost, feel the most. Fortunately, Arkansas beatmaker/rapper T.Jay subscribes to this formula.

A true student of hip hop/rap music, in every sense, T.Jay eschews being trapped by the misperception of what "the South" music is, or at least, supposed to sound like. Although T.Jay can very well deliver the party style banter that characterizes the South's most notable sound, Southern bounce, he is "at home" (pun intended) and perhaps at his best when combining a New York influenced sample-based style with his Southern roots and influences.

Huge props to T.Jay for creating dope music that spans the spectrum of the musical influences that he feels.

For educational purposes...

T.Jay - "Some People Hate"

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June 18, 2010

BeatTips Pick of the Week: J Dante x Man Mantis - 'Whole New World'

Steady Rhymes and Ready-for-"Prime Time" Beats

By Amir Said (Sa'id)

Listen to enough "mainstream" hip hop/rap (not all of it's bad, by the way), and you just might buy the nonsense that hip hop/rap is dead, or has been dying. However, those who embrace and are in the hunt for new music know damn well there is a lot of explosive, enigmatic, experimental, and just otherwise dope hip hop/rap music floating all around. Such is the case with J Dante and Man Mantis (Worldaround Records).

On their 5 cut EP, Whole New World, J Dante (rhymer) and Man Mantis (beatmaker) stew up a refreshingly easy-to-listen-to collection of music. Part art-house, part philosophical, part just plane dope ass sample flips, Whole New World is a quality music teaser that does exactly what an EP is supposed to do: invite you; engage you; and of course, make enough word-of-mouth noise to warrant a full length send-up. On Whole New World, J Dante and Man Mantis summon various hip hop/rap influences (notably Little Brother in their prime, Kanye West pre Graduation, and even Outkast), but they standout precisely because they build upon their influences, earnestly working to carve out and maintain their own sound (and vibe) identity.

J Dante's rhymes are carefully (patiently) delivered; he's comfortable with his rhyme flow, not concerned with trying to overstate and/or "gimmick up" his voice. Instead, his rhymes are steady, relaxed, and certain. On the beats, Man Mantis builds out five quality stated joints that take on a slightly different style, texture, and characteristic while adhering to an overall unique sound composite—exactly what you want out of beatmaker who handles ALL of the beatwork on a project.

Bottom Line...

Listen to music long enough, and you'll drop an array reactions. From everything like, "this shit is dope;" to "this shit is whack;" to "it's all right—needs garlic." But that' cool, because that's the journey of music. You never know what you're going to get at the next stop. So fortunately, my arrival at J Dante and Man Mantis' music has been more than worth the travel time.

<a href="http://jdantexmanmantis.bandcamp.com/album/whole-new-world-ep">Intro by J Dante x Man Mantis</a>

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May 14, 2010

BeatTips Pick of the Week: Rhymefest - "Give It To Me;" Video Directed by Konee Rok

Powerful Music and Unflinchingly Moving Images; Hip Hop/Rap Music at its Most Noble State

By Amir Said (Sa'id)

There are moments in history that come and exact such force that you can't help but to remember them. And revere them. Vividly. And with rebel-like devotion and admiration. That being said, I never get misty-eyed over times gone by. And when it comes to hip hop/rap music, I'm especially calm. Why? Because hip hop/rap music's most fundamental formula exists. Permanently. Dope music is dope music. A dope rhyme is a dope rhyme. A dope beat is a dope beat. Clearly, Rhymefest gets this.

With his latest release, "Give It To Me," Rhymefest begs for nothin'. He doesn't try to merge. He doesn't try to pony-back ride off of anything. No. He just digs deeper. Inside of himself. Inside of the essence of hip hop/rap music. Inside of that ethos that summons up ferocious social commentary. And true to hip hop form, Rhymefest does it all with style. And in a way that you know he's battlin'. Battlin' against whack rappers. Battlin' against talented rappers who tone-it down. Battlin' against rappers doing emo music. Battlin' against beatmakers who perpetually stab at making music that moves away from hip hop/rap music. And what does Rhymefest use to win this battle? Rhymes. Real rhymes. Machete-edged rhymes that cut stone and metal. Chemically-laced rhymes that bleed brilliance and machismo.

Then there's the video. Director Konee Rok is nothing, if not fantastic. And since Rhymefest has shown me nothing short of a penchant for thought-provoking creativity, I can only assume that he played a pivotal role in the framework of this video. So assumptions considered, these two have produced a visual that is not only fitting for the fist-in-the-mouth rhyme and beat that is "Give It To Me," it's also incredibly forward thinking and shrouded in the nature of classic filmmaking ingenuity.

For educational purposes...

Rhymefest - "Give It To Me," video directed by Konee Rok

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