Archive for the “Production” Category


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Remember when everyone was talking about Just Blaze, Drake (and possibly Jay) in the studio? Well here’s a little proof of 2/3 of that collabo coming together. It looks like this was streamed live at some point.

Skip to the end if you want to see the bulk of the actual music.

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A few days ago I saw this video and thought it was interesting because J.D. says at one point that he loved sampling, and would always sample, but stopped because he lost so much money doing it. Now that he’s working on mixtapes again, he can mess with the MP and samples like he used to.

Oddly enough, when I went to post this today, Jermaine had already put up another video of him in the studio messin’ with the Ocean’s 11 soundtrack and Kanye’s “Amazing.” Who isn’t messin’ with Amazing these days?

All these videos are promo for a mixtape he’s droppin’ in 2 weeks, called the O6 Mixtape.

I’ve always had respect for JD’s production game, and to actually see him working in the studio after all these years is kinda interesting. Oh that internet…

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Think I’m lying?

He also samples porn DVDs.

How cool is that studio in a box though? Considering a guy like that moves around a lot, and wants to be able to produce to his full potential anywhere he goes, I think that metal box was a good investment. When you break it down though, it’s just a flashy way to carry around your monitors/speakers… why not just get a laptop, Pain?

(yeah yeah, Mac Pro is better…)

via Tha Bizness

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Tha Bizness just put out this video with Henny and Dow Jones breaking down the process of creating the beat to Young Jeezy’s “My President is Black.” This is probably one of the best “how I made…” videos there is, but notice how he never really tells you what the sounds are or how he got them (besides the programs). A true producer.

There’s a super HD version here.

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I peeped this over at Nah Right a day or two ago, but I’ve been traveling, so I was slow gettin’ things up here. Peter Rosenberg sat down a few days ago with DJ Premier and they talked about everything from the sample on “Nas Is Like” to porn and his favorite rappers. The clip above is him talking about how he made the beat for “Nas Is Like,” and how he even got the original record the sample came from.

There’s a few more clips over at Nah Right, and they’re also after the jump. Check the second video if you want to hear Preem talk about how you make an R Kelly sample sound hard.

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I’ve been in front of my MPC a lot lately, doing my fair share of chopping. Logic users can rejoice though, because Just Blaze shares a quick sample chopping technique, apparently taught to him by Jay Electronica, who takes no shame in taking credit for it in the video. I’m guessing this is probably well known among heavy Logic users, but I don’t use it enough to know, so

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I’m not normally one of those “omg J Dilla is a God” people, even though I love the guy’s work and he’s one of my favorite producers. I don’t need to wear a shirt with the man’s silhouette on it to show my appreciation.

But after reading this, I may start.  My whole outlook was turned upside-down today when I read ?uestlove’s account at Rappers I Know, of how Dilla flipped a beat with a seemingly un-sample-able sample.

The story involves ?uesto, Jay Dee, and Pete Rock (super-producer trio right there, huh?), blizzards in Detroit, and a display of humility and humbleness that is rare in life, not just hip-hop.

So if you were ever sitting in front of your MPC and thought the sample you were using was impossible to work with, take a look at this story to see how Dilla handled the same situation.

Read: Questlove vs. Jay Dee: The “Little Brother” Beat Story (via Rappers I Know)

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I saw this Wax Poetics‘ interview with Pete Rock this morning via Grandgood. In it, Pete is asked about producing Biggie’s hit “Juicy,” but never receiving production credit for it. He’s apparently been bitter about this in the past, but he looks like he’s reconciled:

You produced “Juicy” but never got credited for it—What’s the story behind that?

Biggie and Sean came to my house one day and the beat was playing on my drum machine. Biggie thought I was making it for C.L. When I told him I was just making it for myself, he immediately wanted it. I said sure, but didn’t think much of it. Then, next thing I know, I heard it playing somewhere. I’m over it now though.

Have any efforts been made to give you proper credit for it?

No, nothing’s been done, but that was back then. Life goes on. I settled and just did a remix for it. Really though, I just wish Biggie was still alive for me to work with him.

Pete also talks about how he first met Biggie, which is a real cool story that he recounted for us at UGHH over the summer; Big apparently wanted to see how beats were made, so Puffy brought him to meet with Pete Rock, and he watched Pete make the beat for “In the Flesh,” for the Main Ingredient album. He was real happy to tell that story, and the respect and admiration he had for Big is really genuine.

Pete also talks about Wu, how Heavy D really influenced and helped him, and working with a young Queens MC that was infinitely talented at a young age (Nas). Check out the full interview @ Wax Poetics.

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I like watching producers at work in the studio. Courtesy of Michiganhiphop.com, we get to see Black Milk workin’ on his new album, Tronic. Live trumpets on the track, I like it.

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Damu told me about this the other day, and I was looking forward to seeing it (because who gets Current TV anyway?). It’s an interesting look into the MPC’s use in hip-hop and beyond.

Good looks on hookin’ us up with the video, Damu!

Also, good looks to all the sites and forums (Melyssa Ford, Long Hair Care) that have linked back to me for the track everyone’s going bananas over. Keep checkin’ back. We’re all in the studio and filming this weekend for the release of our first mixtape next week, so please check back.

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