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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 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.

2009+VH1+Hip+Hop+Honors+Performances

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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