SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: BEYOND THE RHYTHMSCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: BEYOND THE RHYTHM
Today the keyword is “beatmaker”.
Before ideas, lyrics, arrangements there is a meticolous and creative process personified by the figure of the beatmaker. Yap, when you sit down and listen to your fave music maybe you don’t ask for yourself about the person who produced that gem but a real music taster considers the art of beatmaking a serious fact!
On scratchtheblock.com we consider the work behind a solid track, an avoidable process that deserve attention and much respect. We made some interesting selections to pay homage to several producers and after Masters At Work and Rockin With The Rhythm we got a brand new extra-dope selection about 10 producers that u can’t miss.
Open your mind, this is Beyond The Rhythm.
Two days ago the world of hip hop celebrate the 17th anniversary of Notorius B.I.G‘s death and today we share with ya one of our fav Christopher Wallace tune included on his classic hip hop masterpiece Ready To Die. The What is a powerful and solid track featuring Method Man produced by legendary hip hop producer Osten Harvey kown with the stage name Easy Mo Bee from New York. Easy Mo puts his hands on some off the most influential hip hop records ever, creating beats for the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Craig Mack,Slick Rick,Busta Rhymes,LL Cool J,2 Pac, Das EFX and the list goes on. Easy Mo Bee had also the honour to work with legendary jazz artist Miles Davis during the record session of the album Doo-Bop in 1991.
The next track is rapped by Detroit artist named Royce Da 5’9”. The track is titled Boom, dropped in 1999 and included on Royce debut album Rock City featuring many dope poducers: Neptunes,Trackmasters and DJ Premier that realized the beat of Boom! One of the most influential and prolific hip hop producer, Primo was involved in so many projects one of the most important is the group Gang Starr with rapper Guru. Producing his proverbial dynamic flows, DJ Premier worked with an infinite list of artists, putting his sign on many hip hop classics. He cared the beat of : Mobb Deep,KRS-One,Nas,Big Daddy Kane,Jay-Z,Bahamadia and many others..
It’s impossible don’t mention Pete Rock! People look at him with reverence and everyone out there can assert that Pete’s art of beatmaking are extremely revered and heavily sought. His production credits for artists like: Redman, Run-DMC,Nas,AZ along side his masterfull remixes of Brand Nubian , Public Enemy,Naughty by Nature,Jamal put him on the top of the most renowned hip hop beamakers of ever. The gem that we choose his a classic by Pete Rock & C.L Smooth called They Reminisce Over You sampling some jazz/funk records from the past like The California Dreamers by Tom Scott and When She Made Me Promise by The Beginning of the End.
Anthony Best aka Buckwild is anotha peace of good music on the black music scene! New York producer made some remarkable beats for the likes of : Tha Alkaholiks, Beastie Boys, Big Pun, Brand Nubian, Capone-N-Noreaga,Jay-Z, Mase, Memphis Bleek, Nas, Organized Konfusion, Sadat X, The Notorious B.I.G and O.C. We wanna share with you a majestic track produced by Buckwild and rapped by underground hip hop group O.C , that appeared on the first volume of Digging In The Crates (with anotha Buckwild production). The track is titled Born 2 Live!
Speaking about golden era hip hop we think some names like: Afrika Bambaataa,Kool Herc,Grandmaster Flash,Run-DMC as well as Marley Marl. Co-founder of hip hop group Juice Crew, Marley honed in on booming and massive underground sound that put his production on a higher level of quality. We thing Easy Type Shit like a perfect example of the sharpen thecnique adopted by Marley Marl to promote his concept of hip hop (check out Lost In The Underground to listen the track). We chose a classic by LL Cool J titled Mama Said Knock You Out.
Controversial and enigmatic London native producer Daniel Dumile known as MF DOOM earned much respect on the underground scene , working also with super-producer Madlib on the project Madvillainy adopting the moniker of Madvillain. He dropped some beats for the likes of: Hell Razah,Stacy Epps,Ghostaface Killah and young talented underground emcee Joey Bada$$. We chose the sumptuous tune titled Oh,Deer.
DJ Evil Dee (from Black Moon) ,Mr.Walt and co. founded a production team named Da Beatminerz in the mid 90s speading some standout underground beats n flow. One of our fave is without doubt Who Got The Props by legendary group Black Moon (check it out on Digging In The Crates Vol. 1) but Beatminerz are behind many vibrant success by several artists: Doug E. Fresh,Mic Geronimo,Bahamadia,Sadat X,Dilated Peoples and the list goes on.. For our scratchers out there we chose a must have remix version of Buck em Down performed by Black Moon.
New York rapper,musician and producer as well as member of Def Squad crew and underground group EPMD, Erick Sermon is a real genius of beats! We are great fans of his super-dope productions and remixes, infact he appeared on several selections like:Digging In The Crates Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Spin That , Stay Mellow 4 , Roots , Groove & Rhythm . We chose a remix version of a track from Do Or Die, debut album by AZ. Sit down n relax this is the extra-smooth version remixed by Erick Sermon of Gimme Yours
The next to last joint is performed by A Tribe Called Quest and produced by the epic beatmaker J Dilla. If ya looking for more Dilla beats on scratchtheblock.com , you can discover more & more about Dilla… We think it would be superficial spend some words bout Jay Dee so we leave ya with da beat of Get A Hold.
David Marvin Blake is the genius behind the stage name of DJ Quik. Compton rapper and producer spreaded an array of bangers from gangsta beats to funky flow emerging as a solid West Coast prince during early and mid 90s years. Quik produced beats for Ludacris, Tony! Toni! Tone! , Xzibit, Talib Kweli,Whitney Houston,Dwele,Jay-Z,Nate Dogg and many others. We chose a spectacular remix version cared by DJ Quik of a classic by 2 Pac titled Loyal To The Game.