You worked with D.I.T.C. and received co-signs from heavy hitters in the industry like DJ Premier. What lessons did you learn and apply from these industry greats as you prepare for the release of your "BX-Roc" project with producer, Kidd Called Quest?
I learned a lot. It's kinda hard to just single things out, but off top from D.I.T.C's Showbiz, I learned to sit with something 'til I love it because sometimes I'll rush and write 5 songs in a day or a song in twenty minutes, and Show was like 'imagine what these songs would sound like if I took ...
Insomniac Magazine’s Weekly Hip Hop Top Ten: Don’t Sleep On These New Releases
Insomniac's Weekly Top Ten is back with a vengeance! In fact, the heat contained on this week's chart is nearly boiling over!!! So don't waste a second. Jump to it & check out the Top 10!
1) DANNY BROWN set off major explosives on a global scale when he enlisted ultimate rhyme warriors, KENDRICK LAMAR, AB-SOUL, and EARL SWEATSHIRT for a lyrical tour de force called "Really Doe." The "Atrocity Exhibition" super cut laced by Beat Monster, Black Milk, showcases the emcees flexing breath-taking bars over a dark, foreboding soundscape that signals destruction to all opponents who cross their path! It's ...
Insomniac Magazine Interviews Mahogany Beatz
You've earned multi-platinum awards, won a Grammy, and worked with the hottest names in the industry (Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Dr. Dre, etc). Among all of these accomplishments, what was the most rewarding on a personal note and why?
The most rewarding thing on a personal note was realizing that I wouldn't be a one-hit wonder and that I could perform at the highest level in the music industry, and also having the self-actualization that I'm just as creative as these icons.
What first attracted you to production instead of other avenues of interest in the music industry? And when did you ...
Insomniac Magazine interviews Hip Hop production crew Jazz Spastiks
Insomniac Magazine feature:
Scotland's Hip Hop production team Jazz Spastiks
Last week we interviewed mic master, junclassic, about the new vinyl release of his 2011 album, "Mode 7." This week the ultra-talented producers of the project, Jazz Spastiks (aka The Slipmat Brothers), receive the spotlight treatment on the same topic. Read below as Edinburgh, Scotland's production powerhouses reflect on the making of "Mode 7" and discuss their creative process.
2011's "Mode 7" was one of the best fusions of Jazz & Boom Bap since A Tribe Called Quest's classic albums in the 90's. How did the collabo between you & junclassic come ...
Chris Read always delivers the dopest anniversary mixtapes, so here’s 3 of his best ones to transport your mind & soul to another place & time filled with beats & rhymes. “Biggie’s 20th Anniversary Mixtape,” Brand Nubian’s “One For All” 25th Anniversary Mixtape, and Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “All Souled Out” 25th Anniversary Mixtape are below.
Dallas Penn puts together an intriguing clip for Ka’s “Honor Killed The Samurai” cut, “Conflicted.” It’s not the official video but it’s close enough! Props to Ryan Proctor & his Old To The New collective for the catch!