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Daily Dose of L

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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Daily Dose of L

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 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!


Pic previews:

Young G 3

Young G 1


Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , on July 16, 2009 by letterlbeats

The List:

1. Not that I am in the habit of promoting other folks’ projects but I have to give credit where credit is due. That Back To The Feature Mixtape with Wale and 9th Wonder is pretty much the dopest thing I’ve heard all year.

Download it here!

Wale Back To The Feature

2. Red Bull Big Tune is a week from today but they don’t notify the contestants until the 20th a.k.a. 3 days before the competition. Wish me luck..

3. Jason and I are in red alert grind mode. Get the beats now while they are still cheap.

4. If this is your first time hearing this you are about to experience something so cold man.

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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , on July 10, 2009 by letterlbeats

Warning: If you are not a producer, the following may be really boring

Letter L Chosen To Beta Test Propellerheads Record

As I have mentioned before, I primarily use Propellerheads’ Reason 4.0 to create 99% of my beats. There are two things about this program that are unique. The first is that it is fully self contained. On most Digtal Audio Workstations (DAW) you have to buy Virtual Synthesizers or VST’s separate from the program that serve as your sound modules. Reason already has these built in. You can purchase Refills which add sounds to their modules but what they have built in the program works just fine. The second thing that makes the program unique is that you can not run any outside “thru” audio in the program. For example if I wanted to add vocals or play a guitar over my beat, I’d have to sample it and put it in the program as opposed to Recording it straight into the program.

I have been chosen by Propellerheads to beta test their new software called Record. It will allow me to bring in outside audio. Basically it gives me a lot of Pro Tools capabilities but I am still familiar with the interface because I have been using Reason for over a year.

Please don’t forget to download the mixtape over to the right.

I’ll find out on Monday if I got accepted into the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle.