The second largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids has a developed an impressive linage of historical figures. From Former Presidents of the United States to a Soul legend, the Western Michigan city has had a significant impact on American culture. The influence continues to grow stronger with the younger generation taking the command, which begins with the emerging Hip Hop collective AGO (Astronaut Gang).
Comprised of recording artists and producers, their experimental hybrid sound of R&B, Hip Hop, and Dance has broke new ground. Building on top of what veteran members have accomplished, the 19 year old standout producer Savon has released a new instrumental tape Something, For Now. Inspired by family, friends, and close loved ones, Savon is able to develop a cohesive five track tape that really embodies the sound and feel of the AGO movement. From the opening track titled “Peaceful (Intro)” to “Time is All We Need (Outro)”, the tape creates an overall guideline and aesthetic to their signature production. For example, the warmth of the analog, melodic synth chord progressions, serene vocal samples, heavy use of low pass, and faint percussion all make there presence felt. Most importantly, the execution of getting the listener into a groove or a trance to really help understand what mood and atmosphere the artist is trying to create, is effortlessly achieved
With the title referring to patience and grace, Something, For Now is a reminder of what they do best, and Savon and his AGO collective deserve all the time they need; because the consistency of each project independently released, proves the artistic freedom they’ve been given is a key essential for the progress of this genre and music . Interested in sharing your thoughts on this project? Feel free to comment in the section below.
TeamTO’s own and super producer Chef Byer recently dropped a brand new beat tape for you all to enjoy called “Weekend at Cheffie’s” which includes a tonne of amazing instrumentals that I know you know! Ones like “Steve Nash”, “Monday Night”, “Money Made Me Do It” and more! If you’re a fan of these songs, take in all the instrumentals from the man who produced these bangers. I know my day is filled now with instrumental enjoyment.
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.