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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by letterlbeats

Happy New Year’s Eve Hip Hop,

I’m just coolin’ out at the house today with my son. I’m not going out tonight. I have learned as I’ve gotten older to just chill and learn to have fun doing the simple things.

I spend so much time studying my favorite producers and learning what I can from the best. You have to love the digital age. When other producers were coming up, they didn’t have access to watching their favorites behind the scene. Now any time I want, I can take a personal lesson from Pharell, Kanye, Timbaland, 9th Wonder, or whoever.

As I study, I realize there are producers who are damn near the best that just fly under the radar. For example, 9th Wonder. I feel like my friends know more about 9th Wonder from what I’ve told them or let them listen to as opposed to radio play etc.

Right now I am going to take the time to introduce or re-introduce you to a guy who has done everything from T.I.’s What You Know to Jeezy’s Recession to Jay-Z’s American Gangster.

According to Wikipedia:

Aldrin Davis, better known as DJ Toomp, is an award-winning American record producer and DJ who works in Atlanta, Georgia. He rose to fame by working with southern rapper T.I. on his first four albums, and caught his first big break in 2006 for producing T.I.‘s single “What You Know“, which peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and earned both Toomp and T.I. their first Grammy. More recently, he contributed to production on Kanye West‘s Graduation, including producing the singles “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and “Good Life” with West. He and hip hop veteran Bernard Parks, Jr. have launched their own record label called NZone Entertainment.

And for the visually stimulated like myself, here are a few videos. Peace.

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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2009 by letterlbeats

“I’m a perfectionist, I never pressure the pen space.”

-Cee Lo Green

Ok, so I am not a person who blogs, for blog sake. I am going to cut the review of Jay-Z’s album short because it’s not what hip hop is talking about right now and I am trying to make a concerted effort to stay relevant. The album is dope no doubt, but like he and Swizz say, “On to the next.”

I have a few things I wanted to talk about but first I need to talk about the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors that honored 25 years of Def Jam. VH1 as always done a good job of going above and beyond the standard of present day hip hop awards shows and really making our love for the culture feel legitimate. One of the highlights for me was the performance by Public Enemy and Black Thought performing LL Cool J’s Rock The Bells. Actually I loved the whole thing because I forgot about the performance with Method Man and Mary J. Blige performing You’re All I Need. The Trey Songz and Warren G collaboration on Regulators left a bit to be desired but you can’t re-create everything.


I have only made about three beats in the last week or so. I am waiting on some new equipment. As well, I haven’t been sampling very much at all. Obviously Jason is happy about that. But the biggest thing I have been doing is seeking inspiration. I like to dump images and sounds into my brain. I like to hear what other producers are making so I will be motivated to be better than them. I like to absorb culture so I can reflect it in my music. That’s why I love web surfing. I can see all of the videos and images I want. I love big colorful websites. I found Tha Bizness website (they made Drake’s Every Girl and Jeezy’s My President Is Black) and it’s awesome. I also DJ Khalil’s site and he has a ton of web videos. His studio is raaaaw. I like the direction musically he is going as well. He is starting to straddle a Rock/Hip Hop line that I was delving into for awhile this summer. Jason and Young General were feeling that also. But inspiration is the key.