88-Keys – Beats No More
Recently I’ve been reorganizing the way I catalogue my beats to keep track of ‘em & to locate beats faster as I both (potentially) sell them & make them. Early this afternoon, while coming up with a new & more proficient way catalogue my existing & future drum samples, I noticed that I ran out of space on one of my Iomega 250 zip drive disks. Any New Yorker or persons visiting know exactly what it’s like outside these past few days: cold, slushy, wet, dreary, overcast (y’know… kind of like Seattle on a ‘good’ day). Now I’m a native New Yorker & I actually am one of the few to complain about weather conditions as I invite all four seasons with open arms. How else would I be able to rock the assorted seasonable Ralph Lauren Polo collections I own? But I decided not to brave it outside. Mainly because I have my 2 year old with me & I didn’t want to put her through these weather conditions… That early since I’d still have to, eventually, when we go pick up my other daughter from school. I wanted to spare her.
So… No other blank disks lying around yet I was pretty anxious to apply my new cataloguing techniques to my system of organization. I spotted an old Iomega 250 disk. I pretty much had a good idea of when the majority of the beats on this disk were made: approximately 7 years ago. They’ve been just sitting there, collecting dust (literally) for that long. Most beats never played for anybody outside of my manager/best friend Daniel & the few people who’d come to hang out with me at my crib in Jersey City, NJ where I crafted these beats.
So let’s do the math here people: I needed a disk today + I didn’t want to drag my lil’ “Looki”1 outside this early = OPERATION: DELETE BEATS was now in full effect. *Flavor Flav voice*
I started skimming through the tracks on there & then it hit me, “WTH am I ever going to do with these old-ass beats?” Then I thought how funny it was that the acronym for “what the Hell” actually has more syllables than saying “WTH.” It was a fleeting thought.
As I burned the last beat on said disk I started feeling slight reservations about actually deleting these beats. I thought, “maybe I could transfer them to another disk.” Uh… What other disk? Hello Ricky Retardo! This is why you’re deleting it in the first place. So… I commence to format. I suddenly let go a sigh of relief (or maybe it was a fart?) I don’t know but whatever I did, it felt good. It was like that feeling you often hear people, whom had ‘locks for half of their life, say they get once they decide to get a fade with a half moon: fresh.
So here they go for your amusement. By no means am I saying these are the freshest batch of beats you’ve ever heard or anything but these were all unfinished “ideas” I laid down 7+ years ago & never went back to. A few of these beats have backstory to them, which I shall get into on my blog posts in the near future. Some funny stories. Some “shocking”. All interesting… In my humble opinion.
Feel free to download these at your whim & spread the word on these for all of your peoples to enjoy by clicking all of the share buttons below. Also, if you have a SoundCloud account I urge you to CONNECT YOUR ACCOUNTS (settings > connections) as this is the best/easiest way to spread the good word on what you hear & what you like. Please do so before saving any songs to your “favorites” list. I hope these will hold you over on some 88-Keys content until I’m done with one of several projects I’ve been simultaneously cookin’ up for your pure chewing satisfaction… You wolves!
- “Looki” is my second daughter’s nickname. Her full name is Luca Delaney Mande Njapa. I didn’t want anybody to think I had a pet & was reluctant to take it out for a walk or something.
- To THE REAL DJ Drastic. Happy birthday once again homey. Thanks for coming through to help me work on these projects & my apologies for all of that other stuff. Word!
- If anybody would like to send a birthday shout out to m’man just click on his name & holla! He’s an ill DJ for real.
- Also, I most likely will be deleting more disk (as I’ve already done two no so far) so keep checking back in on this set to hear some more joints.
- Lastly, if you still haven’t figured out how to download songs from my player here’s what you do: scroll over the player, click on “tracks” & the rest should be self-explanatory… Operative word here: Should. “For all you smart dumb n*ggas” © Ghostface Killah