88-Keys – Beats No More 2
It’s here folks! Piggybacking off if the Internet (blogosphere) success1 of Beats No More, I’ve decided to dig a lil’ deeper.
One night, a few weeks ago, I hit Kanye up to see what he was up to on a Saturday night. He told me he was in Baldwin on Long Island, NY. For some reason I could’ve sworn he said he was chillin’ at a sports bar & that I should come thru. He wasn’t. He & Hype Williams were actually putting the finishing touches on his current video release “All of The Lights“. I didn’t find that out ’til I got there. I also brought one of my good friends/’Lo Bro’/crate diggin’ brethren DJ R.Thentic with me along for the ride.
So we chilled over there for about an hour before production was wrapped. ‘Ye went back to his crib & asked if I was going to come thru to hang out. “Bet!” We hadn’t hung out in a few + it’s always good to be around good friends who are… G.O.O.D. But before dipping back to NYC I made a quick pit stop at my folks’ crib in the middle of the night. Close to 2 o’clock in the morning to be exact. So, for all of you who’ve been following me on Twitter/Facebook/MySpace etc., you all should know that whenever I take a trip to my parents’ house (West Hempstead, NY) I al-ways make a trip down to my old lab space in the basement of their home & dig up some goodies. Whether it’s a small pile of LPs which have been left behind for x amount of years (which I haven’t heard since my teenage years) or some old 3.5″ floppy diskettes which I pray would still work on “Raw Dawg” (my MPC 3000) or a handful of CDs or old DAT tapes… I never leave empty handed.
Well this trip I managed to grab a little bit of all of the above. I came across a few DAT tapes; one apparently got magnetized so there THAT went. This “new instrumental album” are some beats I made back in 1999 that I shopped on a beat tape. This was way before I actually started naming my beat tape (i.e. The Makings of Crack-Cocaine, The ALPHA Program, [and more recently] Eat Good… Shit Good!, etc.)
So, again, thanks to all of you who both played & downloaded the crap out of Beats No More which were beats made 7 YEARS AGO (not in 2007 as some blogs posted). Those were all free downloads & unmixed, 2-tracked straight from the stereo outs of Raw Dawg. Beats No More 2 were all “mixed” by yours truly back when I had a Yamaha O3D digital mixer. Please show your support for my work by purchasing this album today. All of the tracks are longer than BNM & I’d suggest copping the album in it’s entirety is a smarter purchase as there are 27 songs on here.
- Thank you NahRight, 2DopeBoyz & all of the other blogs who were very instrumental (*ha ha* get it?) in spreading the good word.
- To m’man Yoram Benz who hooked me up (once again) on the dope art work. He’s amazing y’all. Peep his work & hire him. Not like he NEEDS it (with his corporate gig & all) but I’d personally like to see more of his art work used in our hip hop community so… Let’s give him the work.
- Matt Fingaz who actually came up with the majority of the beat titles to this release (although a few of them I had to shoot down & tweak m’DAMNself).
- To Ian Petrarca, one of many contest winners who came up with the PERFECT beat title: “Ballerina Fist Fight“
Post Script: Thank you in advance for showing me support as you may not realize how important that is to (any) artist. It is much appreciated as I put this out completely on my own. More (real) new music is on it’s way. Promise! I hope this holds you over for the next few weeks. Peace y’all! Oh & SNIPPETS WILL BE POSTED VERY SOON! (Sorry I gotta jet. Shit, Shower n’ Shave…)