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Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by letterlbeats

It’s time for another Top 5 Friday

Good Friday Hip Hop! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I try to get at least one top 5 list in every month. Today I will countdown the top 5 trends in hip hop production for 2009.


5. The Airhorn

This has been a mixtape staple for years but only recently are we hearing it in actual songs on purpose. It originated in Reggae dance halls as a like a call to the dance floor. I remember hearing in a mixtape I got in like ’01 from Canal Street in NY. Then I would hear it from Dj’s at parties (probably because half of their stuff came from mixtapes). Obviously Drake’s Forever was the linchpin song that demonstrated this trick but I heard some others this year as well. Even Young General wanted me to throw it in Headbanger Boogie.

Drake Forever Cover


4. The Drumma Boy Sound Effect

Even though Put On by Young Jeezy was the summer anthem for 2008, in 2009 everybody started biting Drumma Boy’s (the prodcuer of the song) style by inserting that electro synth build up sound effect into every damned song. My understanding is that it was supposed to be his signature tag but I guess it doesn’t work if everyone else does it.


3. Synthesizers

I suppose this was more of a carryover from 2008 but I think the death of Michael Jackson and the trend of 80’s throwback kept it going. In the last month I can’t turn on the radio without feeling like the line between hip hop, pop, techno and electro has been blurred beyond recognition.


2. Hi Pass Filtered Ad Libs

This is also known as the “telephone” effect. Obviously we were first introduced to this on B.I.G.’s Warning. But now it’s like people can’t make a song without having at least one track of vocals passed through the filter. Even singing vocals. That Sean Kingston song is a perfect example. Melodies or some sh*t like that.


1. The Triplet Kick

The staple song for the year on this one would be Every Girls by Drake, produced by Tha Bizness. It’s essentially an extra kick between a double. It’s really simple but I’ve heard it so much that I don’t understand why this never happened before. Timbaland used to do it all the time but when he did it with a bunch of other off beat type rhythms. These are like your basic 1,4,7,11 patterns (on a 16 step based sequencer) but done on a 1/32 as to be able to add that quick triplet. It’s funny because I know Jason is reading this right now and has no idea whatI am talking about.

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Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by letterlbeats

After completing the photo shoot for his upcoming album and mixtape, Young General wanted to bless letterLbeats.com with a few words:

Yo world what’s up, this is Young G checking in as I move closer to dropping my album and finally getting a product into the streets. It’s been frustrating as well as a blessing because most places I go, perform, battle in Chicago I feel the product I bring is superior to “most” of what I see…but still not enough people have had a chance to experience it. I took one step closer to accomplishing my goal of completing my second album this past weekend getting the photos for my mixtape/album covers done.

A big thank you to Nirup Alphonse, my photographer, and to the folks who let us use their facilities in the city of Chicago to shoot, Self Conscious located at 1021 W Lake St (with all the nasty gear and sneakers) and Eric Yoder for letting me shoot in my home away from home Horse Drawn Studios. We are almost ready, big shot out to Jason Garcia the M.B.M.B.M (Man behind the man behind the man) for helping make it all happen. We got more music, pics, and blog entries coming soon so stay tuned and check us out on facebook and younggeneral.com!

Uno!

Pic previews:

Young G 3

Young G 1


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