Plenty of good music is coming out of Canada right now. When you talk Hip Hop of course Drake is an obvious choice but also artists like Rich Kidd, Tona, making quality music. The producers are also making noise like Kaytranada, and today we speak with his HW&W label mate Elaquent who just released a new album titled “Good Karma”. It’s eleven original beat tracks that you can groove to. He exclusively spoke with Jayforce.com about his new project. Enjoy the track Far Away posted and click after the jump to read full interview.
- ArtByOdell: Congratulations on your new project Good Karma, how long were you working on the album?
- Elaquent: Much appreciated my man! Glad it’s out now. The bulk of the record I did in a 2 week, insomnia-filled period a few months back.
If anyone can speak to a top 5 all-time list for Hip-Hop producers, it’d have to be a stalwart like Large Professor. Google-research it for yourself sometime if you need convincing (you don’t; take our word)… Large Pro is WORTHY! So who makes the cut? DJ Mark The 45 King, Easy Mo Bee, Marley Marl, Rick Rubin, DJ Premier and Pete Rock.
Wait… isn’t that SIX? Haaa! C’mon, give him one. Enjoyable sit-down with ‘Sway In The Morning’ (above) that includes more good Hip-Hop convo (including talk about his “Re:Living” release).
When it comes to Chicago, Kanye is not the only producer out here making consistent heat. Taiwo & Kehinde Hassan are Chicago born but of Nigerian descent who are blood brothers who make up the production duo Christian Rich. If you are not familiar with the name sure you will know the siblings’ resume. They have hits they created for Drake’s ‘Nothing Was The Same’, J.Coles ‘Born Sinner’, Childish Gambino’s ‘Because The Internet’ and Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Doris’. Recently they were invited to play a live set in LA for Mixmag Lab that consisted of Hip Hop, House, Dance and Electronic music during the mix. During their set they brought out current XXL freshman and West Coast emcee Vince Staples who is making a lot of noise right now. He performs on a new track that the duo produced with Vince rapping on it.
Recently Iman Omari was in Atlanta to perform for the first time. ArtByOdell talked with the talented Singer, Producer, DJ about his music making process and how he feels about music right now. It’s a great conversation that also reveals the name of Iman’s new album coming out later this year. Did you know that Iman is from a talented musical family and his father worked with some legendary R&B groups? Well after watching this interview you will learn a lot about the singer. SoundCloud link below for extended interview and live audio from his ATL performance.
Oddisee Talks ‘The Good Fight’, Opportunity To Work with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath & Being True To Himself (Video)
In today’s scope of Hip Hop most artists seek out the limelight and love talking about how well they are doing. The Artist/Producer Oddisee is quite the opposite is he dedicated to his craft and concerned with being the best performer he can be absolutely. Does he concern himself with the fact he might not get certain props or being tracked down by certain rappers for beats negative. Oddisee has a new album out “The Good Fight” and it is a self produced album exhibiting some of his best work (my personal opinion). He recently sat down with Rosenberg at Hot 97 to discuss what he has been up to.
DOWNLOAD: ODDISEE – THE GOOD FIGHT (ALBUM)
For this episode of Legends+Pioneers with Opiyo Okeyo, we get Just Blaze speaking about the cool funk genius of Rick James. An inspiration to Blaze, the two (Blaze and James) got to hang out a couple of times. Watch Just Blaze reminisce and appreciate the times with late great; and check out the caricatures.
Detroit is known for their Soulful Acts who make Soulful music. This testament is not only for the Motown days you could attribute it to the current acts making Hip Hop from that 313. Black Milk is a MC/Producer who is keeping up this tradition I guess? Okay there is no reason to guess that is just the name of this new hot track Black has dropped “I Guess” that exhibits his skills as a dope emcee and producer. Right now Black Milk is on tour with the live band Nat Turner and he will be in Atlanta March 23rd be sure to check back to the site for some exclusive material & footage!
“No Room for Actors, Coons, or Rap Vultures. No room to act, I’m giving you back dosage of bedroom walls with rap posters.” – Black Milk
Canadian producer Ryan Stinson who is the owner of the independent hip hop label Phonographique out there in the land of the great maple leaf, dropped this very dope mashup/blend featuring Wu-Tang Clan & David Bowie. This ‘C.R.E.A.M. vs. FAME’ joint is pretty ill from the the label owner who also happens to be a part of the production duo ‘The Dirty Sample’, who created the soundscapes to that dope ass ‘Three Sixty Five joint’ for Roc Marciano that we posted weeks ago. This ‘C.R.E.A.M. vs Fame’ joint is going to get much run from me on the radio show & at any other event I just so happen to be spinning at.
Jaden Smith continues to impress me with his music. It’s not just the lyrical wordplay & flow that’s impressing me with each single or project he releases, but often times its the type of soundscapes he chooses to use. One very important element to a good emcee is being able to choose the right beats to convey the mood of the song you’re trying to create. It was a pleasant surprise for me to see that the son of Will & Jada collaborated with very dope producer TA-KU who’s music & production I’ve been following for quite some time now. Peep this #BeastMode mix that Jaden & Ta-Ku put together & if you weren’t already impressed, this should definitely do it for you. Artwork via samuelburgessjohnson.com/
Virginia producer Nottz is one of my favorite beatsmith’s crafting quality hip hop music. Whenever I see a song produced by him I usually listen to it right away because I just KNOW it’s going to be some authentic hot ish! His track record dictates that urgency. Surprisingly most of the general public may not be aware of just how deep his catalog is & I’m sort of surprised more in the media haven’t done more interviews with him in the past. The people over at DrumBroker, Scratch Magazine, & RawKoncept got together for this ‘Behind The Beats’ series with the focus on the grossly underrated music producer. Check it out above….
“North Kakalaka” & the “Motor City” connect as Rapper Big Pooh & Detroit producer Apollo Brown drop this powerful new single, inspired by true events, called “Stop” from their appropriately titled project “Words Paint Pictures” due March 24th.
The legendary DJ Premier continues his ‘Bars In The Booth’ series this time inviting Skyzoo x Torae to get busy over some his production. The Barrel Brothers over another DJ Premier track. Gotta Love it! On a side note DJ Premier’s legendary D&D Studios just closed down. Check out some more info from his ‘PremierWuzHere’ site.
ArtByOdell sat down with local Atlanta promoters HomeTown Heroes to discuss their first ATL event. On the bill they had Dexter Brandon of Kolossus Records along with Thrice Groove of WERC Crew. To headline the event was Dpat & Atu of Soulection who made their Atlanta debut. Like past Soulection DJ’s (LAKIM, Jo Def & Sango)making their first trip to ATL Dpat & Atu spoke with ArtByOdell. The discussion talks music what inspires them and their international backgrounds. Odell also speaks with Dexter Brandon 7 Thrice Groove both DJ/Producers telling him what they have planned for listeners in 2015.
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You know how Rhythm Roulette goes… goes to local record store, searches endless stacks of wax blindfolded, picks three and makes a beat from them. But in this episode, Mass Appeal Media has producer Oh No throwing in a curve ball… rather than find samples out of old vinyls, he samples sounds from three Nintendo 64 video games. Wowwww!
Here we go with Part 3 of the ‘Hip-Hop-umentary’ – “Raiders Of The Lost Art” featuring PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9). And hey, you can catch up on Parts 1 & 2 below before playing Part 3 above… below. Did you get that?
Okay well get this: the self-titled PRhyme album is out now! Great nuggets of wisdom on ‘the business’ dug up and polished up and laid out for the viewers. Must watch.
Fokis. Engineer, emcee, producer. Rapping with the likes of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz… sitting in production with Ty Fyffe, Focus…, Jake One and more. Yeah, dude has got the pedigree. Okay, so Fokis runs indie label Loyalty Digital Corp. (credited for executive producing projects for Skyzoo, Antman Wonder, Torae and Sadat X). As an engineer, he has recorded and mixed for Slaughterhouse, Fat Joe, N.O.R.E, Pharoahe Monch, Bun B, Kool G Rap, and others. But check out this suggestively-titled jawn “Produced By Dr. Dre” for his upcoming project “Underground With Commercial Appeal” (due out February 3, 2015).
In Hip Hop you have the emcee and the DJ that get most of the recognition. The producer is someone who can’t be ignored in this conversation though. What has you nodding your head or moving your feet? It’s the beat, and on December 11th Beat Royale goes down in Atlanta GA at the Basement in East Atlanta. What is Beat Royale you ask? Well it is the premier Beat Battle competition a sonic experience of Beats and Beyond brought to you by Dynamic Producer & Savage Fam Pro entertainment.
This will be a 16 producer Beat Battle showcase with live performances, celebrity appearances, major label execs & industry managers in the house. If that is not enough to entice you well how about super Grammy award winning producer Needlz whose credits range from 50 Cent, Drake, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy and many many more. If that is not enough how about Big Rec on the rise emcee who has been wrecking stages left and right with his new album Doomsday which is entirely produced by the legend Diamond D! Still not enough you say? Okay well Diamond D himself will be in the place legendary producer/emcee DITC crew need I say more?
So be in the place on December 11th at the Basement 1245 Glenwood Ave SE Atlanta GA 30316 show starts at 8pm!
The Cali emcee Fashawn releases a brand new video to prep fans for the upcoming release of his upcoming EP with Alchemist called “FASH-ionably Late” that’s due December 18th. The single & video features Evidence who also directed the clip. Fashawn is ‘FASH-ionably late’ in finishing 2014 strong but he’s gearing up for an even better 2015 now that he’s signed to Nas under the Mass Appeal Records label where he’ll release his next full-lenth project entitled ‘The Ecology’.