During SXSW this past March, SCBB (Houston, TX) and The Beat Academy (Toronto, CA) came together for the first ever international team beat battle at SXSW. Guided by Grammy Award Winning producer, Boi-1da, team Toronto faced Team Texas in a heated, 5 round battle consisting of different categories. The final round, labeled, Frankenstein featured original production from both teams in which each member was required to collaborate with one another as a collective. The final product from team Toronto resulted in “416,” a masterpiece produced by WondaGurl, Rich Kidd, Chef Byer, J Reid, Nick Nikon, Superville, 2oolman, DZL & C-Sharp. Watch the crowd and judges react after hearing it for the first time (13:23) and let us know which Toronto artist(s) you think would be best suited for this beat in the comments section. Don’t forget the Battle Of The Americas is happening on June 21 during NXNE week and it’s co-hosted by our own DJ Chedo!
SmashMouth Entertainment producer TallBoy, following the Flatbush Zombies show in Toronto, dropped a heavy remix of their track “Thugnificense”. For just over a minute and a half, it’s one you can light one up and zone out to. If you’ve taken in the original, he speeds thing’s up a bit. Giving the song a whole new sound. TallBoy always smash’s the remixes. Definitely check his stuff out.
If you’ve taken in DillanPonders NUMB, or any previous work, you may have seen the name Tay Lewis in the production credits. SmashMouth Music Group producer Tay Lewis released a feel good instrumental to vibe to. If you take in a ton of instrumentals, it’s easy to pick out great producers. Tay Lewis is one of those, creating a song of his own with “Club Autorizzare”.
Tay Lewis invites you to Club Autorizzare. Infamous for his collaborative work with label mate DillanPonders, Tay returns to his instrumental roots with a one off for the masses.
London, Ontario producer Graph Wize has been the sort of hidden gem if you’re not fully indulged in the local scene. Dropping part two of his Graph Beats series, fully done with the MPC 5000, MPC 2000xl and the Esoniq ASR 10. Purely sample based minus the track “Meltdown” which is an original composition with no samples. If underground hip-hop is your forte, this is an instrumental album you want in your archives. Graph Wize has been doing his thing for a long time now, working with artist’s like Lil Eto, Jai Black, Blakk Boi, P.A Knit and JBlaze out of Rochester, New York. Psych Ward from Ontario, Cyrus Malachi out of England, Apathy and Celph Titled on Psych Ward’s “Exoskeleton” remix featured on their More Slime album. Maryland Kaimbr out of New Carrollton, Maryland, Ty Nitty from Queens, New York, Black Poet and even co-produced some instrumentals on JNyce’s Vaults of Horror 4 instrumental series. Let’s just say Graph Wize is international, as Hip Hop has no boundaries as a culture. Personal favorites on here are instrumentals like “Utopia”, “Everclear”, “Deep Six”, “Loneliness”, “Meltdown” and “Click Clack”. Seven dollars to get all this fire, you can’t pass up on something like that. If you haven’t had the chance to check out GraphWize’s work yet, hit play and relax on this Sunday evening to Graph Beats Vol.2
Hit the link to stream/purchase Graph Beats Vol.2
Clams Casino has released the third instalment in his Instrumentals mixtape series. The New Jersey beatmaker has been rather reserved compared to previous years but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t made an impact. This year, he’s been able to contribute to the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack, collaborate with Vic Mensa for a Hewlett Packard commercial, and now, he’s released his latest project, Instrumentals 3. Clams’ 13-track offering includes instrumentals from his production for A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, and more. It also comes complete with three unreleased tracks as well. Stream/download below.
Download: Clams Casino – “Instrumentals 3″
Rappers, cue drooling. Big K.R.I.T. just released the complete instrumentals to 4evaNaDay, and they’re yours for free. In case you didn’t know already, the mixtape was entirely produced, arranged and mixed by the Mississippi native. As K.R.I.T. tells XXL, 4evaNaDay is about taking the listener inside his everyday life:
“I wanted to make a day in the life—more personal, more honest. It has no features, because Live From The Underground is gonna have features and it’s gonna be on a broader spectrum. This is literally about what I go through on a day, from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep. Dealing with my vices, conversations with real people in my life—my father, and Big Sant, dealing with the relationship aspects, and the spirituality. All of that is in this one CD…” – Big K.R.I.T.
Elaquent recently dropped this instrumental reworking of Tyler, The Creator’s “Treehome95″, dubbing the remix “Treehome94 1/2″. The finished piece is totally different from the original; instead of the piano and bells arrangement on the original Wolf track (which, in my opinion, was one of the strongest tracks on the album), we’re treated to a funkier, electronic-sounding, neo-soul adaptation. The percussion is beefed up as well; the snares in Elaquent’s remix have a certain added life from those on the smooth, laid-back “Treehome95″. The end result? What was already a good track gets even better. Stream and download “Treehome94 1/2″ below. For more on Elaquent, check out our interview with him.