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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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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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