L.A. producer/artist Shane Eli may be across the country in NYC for the CMJ Music Festival, but the city inspired some serious production for this week's #FreeBeatFridays. Today's selection finds Shane unleashing the soulful banger "Lord Help Us", a cut designed to spark some serious rhymes from serious emcees.
Rappers, producers, artists, lovers of dope beats, have at it.
Big Pooh can hardly wait for November 1st to release his upcoming album, Dirty Pretty Things. Neither can his fans, so, in giving loyalists a chance to get an early glimpse at his sophomore solo effort, the North Carolina MC is releasing an official album sampler. Clocking in at a little over 10 minutes, the sampler includes standout songs from DPT, and is masterfully blended by South Carolina's DJ Skillz, who can also be heard providing the hype for the sampler's introduction.
The album sampler starts off with Big Pooh's most recent single, "They Say," which was released last week and features singer Choklate. Next comes the ominously melodic, Nottz-produced and Torae-featuring "Are You Ready," followed by Pooh's tribute to women, "Around The World (Ladies Love)" featuring Novel. "Real Love," which deals with Pooh's relationship with his brother and features vocals and production by Focus..., is also featured before the sampler fades out on the track "Free" featuring BlackSoul. "I decided to put out a sampler to give the people a little taste of the improved me," says Big Pooh, "If singles are the hors d'oeuvres, then let the sampler serve as an appetizer before the full meal."
Next week, on October 24th, Rob Jay will release Millionaire Before 30, a new EP, produced by Drums & Ammo's Ammbush, that serves as both a personal goal and a pledge from the up-and-coming Houston rapper. Before then, though, Rob Jay is excited to release the John Dew-featuring "Wise Man," a brand new single from the eight-track project.
For Rob, the new single serves as a testament of dedication, delivering what he calls "an old school type of message." He goes on to explain, "The hook is a saying that my cousins dad always says, and at the same time it was like a message to the fans almost like telling them, 'I'm still that guy'." Ammbush's soulful sample provides an ample perfect foundation for Rob Jay and John Dew to trade their insightful lyrics, and they do just that, with the chemistry between the three artists nearly effortless. "This song really was stress free, out of all the songs it was probably the easiest to record."
"Slained Sick" is founded on a soulful, sample-based beat from producer G Rocka that provides plenty of room for the west coast vet and the Coka Nostra member to roam into some serious dark rhyme territory. In other words, this is some of that really real rap. If this song’s so dope you feel like you need to hear it twice, you’re in luck. Fans can first cop it when it appears on the DJBooth-hosted Event 20/20 Music Series and again when it anchors Jacken’s upcoming Outdated album. For info on the newly-released 20/20 BAS studio monitors, check out Event Electronics’ official site - and keep it locked to DJBooth.net for further entries in the series throughout October and November.
Earlier this year, Event Electronics debuted their 20/20BAS monitors, the latest version of a product whose music industry legacy stretches back to 1995. Now, DJBooth.net has come together with the audio equipment manufacturer to offer one lucky reader the chance to upgrade his/her studio with their very own set of the speakers, hailed by our staff reviewer as "[delivering] impeccable sound without any bells, whistles or glitz," along with a Rode/Event Prize Pack that includes a Rode M1 Mic. Twenty runners-up will also receive prize packs.
Born Kene Agwunobi (June 14th 1986) better known as his stage name Kayos. Being from Lagos, a place which plays a major role in the worlds economy, where corruption is vast and the disparity between the rich and poor is great; He grew up fast and began seeking a means of expressing his challenges and that of the common Lagosian. After being exposed to many forms of western arts including Hip-Hop and eventually transplanting to America as a child, He had realized his talent and was determined to nurture his writing and performing skills to accomplish his childhood dreams. In his distinctive word arrangments, he expresses his reality effortlessly with the intensity of his experiences vividly projected in many lyrical songs that appeal to both young and old from many walks of life and different social classes.