It's not always easy to sell out a show that involves a bunch of dudes playing some beats on a stage; but Beat Society isn't a collection of your everyday dudes, and they sure as hell don't make your everyday beats. Following a five-year hiatus, the heralded producer showcase, presented by Native Instruments and SoulSpazm Records, made its grand return back in February at Tammany Hall in NYC. The 400-person venue was packed from start to finish, but for those who couldn't make it, or haven't had an opportunity to see what the event is all about, Beat Society and SlopFunkDust are excited to share a new video highlighting the February event.
"Beat Society is kind of a unique event that started about 10 years ago," said !llMind, one of the select producers of Beat Society. "It's a live producer showcase with about four to six producers. The event is basically a way to show people what we do in a cool, fun, live setting." Along with Slop and !llMind, notable producers like DJ Revolution, Nottz, Buckwild, Don Cannon, and Khrysis played material for the masses, also sitting down to discuss beat making and what makes Beat Society special.
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Download: Self Scientific's "Trials of the Blackhearted"
April 2011 - Hip-hop duo Self Scientific, made up of Grammy nominated producer DJ Khalil and rapper Chace Infinite, release their highly anticipated EP titled Trials of the Blackhearted for free on the internet today. Self Scientific is one of the most critically acclaimed groups to emerge from Los Angeles in the 90's that earned respect from both gangsta rap and underground hip-hop fans alike. The EP marks the group's first work together since 2005's Change as Khalil has been busy in the studio producing for today's chart-topping hip-hop acts including Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Jay Z, Drake, Game, Snoop Dogg, Nas and the Clipse.
Last week, Self Scientific leaked "War Stories" featuring Big K.R.I.T. and a music video for the thought provoking "Peaceful" featuring Krondon and Freddie Gibbs that gave viewers a taste of what to expect on the EP. Trials of the Blackhearted also features collaborations with Game, Talib Kweli and Freddie Gibbs.
While DJ Khalil boasts an impressive roster of heavy hitters ranging from Jay-Z, to Pink to Drake, he is best known for his work on Eminem's critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning album Recovery, producing 4 tracks off the record. Khalil has recently been recording with Dr. Dre and had his hands on the lead single "Kush" off of Dr. Dre's highly anticipated final album Detox. In addition, Khalil is back in the studio with Eminem on Bad Meets Evil EP, with fellow Detroit and Slaughterhouse MC Royce the 5'9". Khalil is working with John Legend, Game and Nick Jonas on their upcoming projects.
MC Chase Infinite Speaks On Meaning Behind Trials Of The Blackhearted Album Title:
"In Ancient Kemet they believed the heart was the organ that controlled thought, logic and knowledge. The weighing of the heart, against a feather, was used to determine if people were righteous or wicked during their time on earth. If their heart was heavier than the feather, the Heart was devoured. With the world rapidly changing, and evolving beyond recognition, people are becoming even more desensitized to the conditions we exist in. The most heinous acts are applauded as "interesting" and "entertaining" while genuine acts of love, and justice are shunned. We can sensationalize but we are scared of true emotion, we have more information now than ever before but no one wants to read. The truth is scary, it is easier to escape through our favorite vice, than to deal with the harsh reality of the present. Our hearts are heavy, our hearts are dark, these are the Trials Of The Blackhearted."
For Bronx, NY born hip-hop artist YONAS, becoming a universally accepted MC is the driving force behind his craft. Not satisfied with just pleasing niche audiences, he uses his broad reach on singles like "Mindless" to craft material that's catchy and contemporary yet lyrically significant and noticeably personal. While YONAS is well aware of what audiences want to hear today, he also can't forget about the influence of his culturally and musically rich upbringing that few rappers experience.
The son of a Ugandan mother and Ethiopian father, YONAS grew up listening to the vibrant African instrumental music of his parents, which birthed an early appreciation for music in its most organic form. Before hearing hip-hop he was in tune with classical compositions and learned how to play violin at only five-years-old. The MC quickly learned how to read music and went on to attend a two-year program at the prestigious performing arts academy Julliard while in middle school. His talent also brought him to play violin with the likes of superstars Madonna and Wyclef. "Violin took me a lot places," says YONAS.
While attending The Beacon High School, YONAS gave up violin in favor of sports, finding himself on the varsity baseball and basketball teams, but that interest soon gave way to hip-hop. YONAS would drop out but eventually get his GED, which was an undeniable turning point in the then teen's life. "Once I got my GED, that's when life got real and I turned music into more of a full-time career."
Weekly trips to a Brooklyn recording studio soon resulted in therapy-like studio sessions that resulted in his first mixtape-styled project, 2008's The New Golden Era, which earned YONAS a Billboard Songwriting Award for Best Hip Hop/Rap Song for the opening track "Banga" and a nomination from Independent Music Awards for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year.
While working on songs for his next project, YONAS continued to build a buzz completely on his own via social networks. YONAS' I Am Us EP (released in late 2009), received over 50,000 downloads with minimal blog love. Having worked with producers like Sean Divine, YONAS considered this EP more of a crossover effort, which also tapped into his roots in true school hip-hop.
By 2010, the top names of the hip-hop blogosphere began taking notice of YONAS' appeal and he even got coverage in New York Magazine for his remix of 50 Cent's "Ayo Technology." Meanwhile, the MC began sharing stages up and down the East Coast from Manhattan to Maine to Montreal, with Pharoahe Monch, Curren$y, and Big K.R.I.T. to name a few. This series of sets included playing in front of sold out crowd at NYC's Sullivan Hall and being the sole hip-hop finalist to perform at the New Music Seminar (NMS) "Artist on the Verge Party" in New York.
For 2011 and beyond, YONAS' goal with his live shows and official debut, The Proven Theory due out April 25th, is simple. "I want people from all different walks of life to relate to my music and that's the only thing I'm concerned about—being a universal artist."
MP3: Knoc-turn'al f/ Jayo Felony, Yukmouth - "Sorry I Left You Remix"
Knoc-turn'al rolls out a west coast red carpet and invites fellow veteran emcees Jayo Felony, Yukmouth & Sly Boogy to join him on "Sorry I Left You Remix" produced by Treacherous Records in house producer Komplex. A concept record regarding his absence, Knoc officially returns to hip-hop May 10th with the release of his digital-only album, "Knoc's Ville." Additional collaborators include Crooked I, Blaqthoven, One-2 and more.
1. Knoc's Ville (f. One-2) (prod. J-Beam) 2. Where Have You Been (prod. MG) 3. Amen (prod. 51-50) 4. Mind Yourself (prod. Komplex) 5. Half Way Loved You (f. Knawledg) (prod. Deztined) 6. Theme Music (prod. Blaqthoven) 7. Gangsta Lean (prod. DJ AK) 8. Sorry I Left You (Prod. Komplex) 9. Drop That Lame (f. Jaguar) (Prod. Komplex) 10. I've Been Here for Years (f Crooked I & James Elizabeth) (prod. Big Hollis) 11. OOOOO-WEEEE (prod. Komplex) 12. Can We Do Our Thing (Prod. Komplex) 13. Let Go (prod. MG) 14. Sorry I Left You Remix (f. Jayo Felony, Yukmouth & Sly Boogy) (prod. Komplex) 15. I'm Back (f. One-2) (prod. J-Beam)