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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.

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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.


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

This weekend was craaaazy! And it kind of rolled into Monday.

On Friday I went to an event at Clarendon Park in Chicago. It was like a small piece of hip hop heaven. A community group called Kuumba Lynx provides a hip hop education and awareness program for students in the neighborhood. I used to run a kids program in Ohio and I wish I could have had something like this to get them involved in. They had grafitti artwork displayed that kids had done. There were kids break dancing. It was just one of things that if you missed it, you missed it. It was very cool and I had a chance to meet some people. It was really a refreshing reminder that this isn’t all about making money. It’s about doing it because you love to do it and because it’s fun…who took the fun out of hip hop?

So Rock The Bells was insane. They have a second stage at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park (IL). That was nuts because you are like 10 feet from the stage. When we first got over there, M.O.P. was killing it. I have never felt that type of energy at a concert before. Oh and by the way… I MET KRS ONE!!!!! That’s like an aspiring director meeting Scorcese. And on top of that he was cool as hell.

I gave beat CDs to damn near everybody but the highlight was being able to hand them to the GZA, M.O.P., Supernatural, KRS One and Murs. And one of those white guys who looks really important in hip hop (You know what I’m talking about…hahaha).

On top of all of that, at the last minute, I came back to Chicago for Mixtape Mondays at Exedus II. Big shot out to them as they continue to provide a forum for artists, however they should think about changing the format. General shut it down with me as his hype man but it took so long to get to round 2 that we had to beat it around 12:30.

Look for new videos from me this week. Also the mixtape is out. It’s called Hip Hop Loves Soul Volume I. Jason will have it available for download this week but you can download it now for FREE on my Myspace.

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P.S. WTF was going an at the BET awards? I understand all the Michael Jackson tributes even though it seemed to be a bit much at times, but why did Beyonce sing Ave Maria? Why was Young Money’s performance poor? I know Drake tore his ACL but Weezy is usually better than that. Why did they let Don Cornelius go on like your grandpa was talking?

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Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by letterlbeats

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Michael Joseph Jackson.

Michael Jackson was one of my earliest musical experiences in life. He was an outstanding dancer and superb overall performer.

He will be missed…

Michael Jackson

As I type these words I am burning CDs to hand out tomorrow at an event in Clarendon Park in Chicago being hosted by KRS ONE. Check that out here: http://tinyurl.com/nkmq74. Then on Saturday J and I will be at Rock The Bells. We got backstage passes so hopefull we can pass out some CDs there too. This is definitely a grind…but I love it…

Here is a random quotable. One of my favorite verses:

“Black Thought the super lyricist, your arch-nemesis
Still with the Punisher, that’s my accomplice
Stressin’ to emcees how they don’t really want this
Electrifying shit his excellency Thought spit
These cats they sentimental such with a gentle touch
Dancin’ double dutch and all sayin’ nothin’ much
My sound wave liftin’ your chin up like uppercuts
New found ways of rippin’ shit up, I de-ve-lop
Your squad chest swell up, still you’re mini-ay-ture to me
Nature-ally I bring the extremity
Musically intense with the globe in suspense
Contemplatin’ where the world traveler been since
The Roots bless you with a strong record, long like a epic
Immerse you in some ‘ol next shit, ill poetic
Thought from Illadelph somethin’ like nothin’ else
My talk stomp like elephants upon every elf, cause…what…”

Black Thought from Big Punisher’s Superlyrical

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Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by letterlbeats

If you claim to know anything about soul, step your game up and find out about Natural Four. According to Wikipedia.org:

In 1972, they signed with Curtis Mayfield’s label, Curtom Records, and proceeded to release a string of US R&B hits, including one Top 40 breakthrough, 1974’s “Can This Be Real”. Their three Curtom LPs were produced by Leroy Hutson of The Impressions.

Natural Four

Their debut was self titled. A lot of records were before like ’95. They stopped doing it a lot, especially in hip hop. Not that I would buy ANY record by this guy, but would you buy a record called OJ Da Juiceman?

Also…ROCK THE BELLS IN 5 DAYS! And you know it’s gonna be hot because Chicago is the opening show. We will be backstage passing out CDs. Come see us if you want to network

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

What’s up hip hop?

First of all I want to show love to Exedus II in Chicago for their Mixtape Mondays series. Myself, Jason and Young General went there last night and did our thing. Heads were feeling the beats and then G got on stage and freestyled to the new joint called Lounging (It’s posted above). It was a great experience and having the chance to see a real underground hip hop movement was definitely refreshing.

Our summer schedule is starting to heat up. We got the Rock The Bells concert on June 27th where we will do a meet & greet with the artists backstage. It’ll be a great networking event as well as a chance to just be a part of hip hop…everybody will be there…Common, The Roots, Nas, Alchemist, Supernatural, Pete Rock…that list can go on. We’re also getting ready to try and get into this Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle. Stay tuned. Thanks for reading.

New posts include more new pictures of the studio and a video from 9th Wonder’s keyboard guy, E. Jones…He’s a beast!

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