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Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Sacrifices – [EARTHGANG] [J. Cole] [Smino] [Saba]

Last month, J. Cole’s Dreamville label unleashed their star-studded compilation album, ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’. The project came with no shortage of impressive bars and top-notch talent, and the closing track “Sacrifices” quickly became a fan-favorite with verses from Smino, Saba, EARTHGANG’s Johnny Venus, and Cole himself. Today, the track gets a new video to accompany it. As the crew takes turns spitting over an introspective beat, the camera follows them through an abandoned building. Every member shines in their own moment: Johnny Venus brings his animated energy to life, Smino does his iconically melodic style justice, Saba comes through with his superhuman lung capacity, and Cole comes in to close the track out effortlessly. Emotions no doubt run heavy on this track, and the video concludes with a dedication to Venus’ father who passed a year before this video was shot (Venus’ mother also makes an appearance). Watch EARTHGANG, J. Cole, Smino, and Saba wear their hearts on their sleeves and honor those who they have lost in the “Sacrifices” video below:

Watch DaBaby’s brand new interview with In The Trap

DaBaby was recently featured on this new platform called In The Trap that is set up overseas in London and hosted by Sarah Harrison, and it was really good conversation especially for a new set up! On this episode Sarah asking DaBaby about plenty of interesting topics such as growing up in Charlotte, the making of the instrumental for “Suge”, charging $25,000 for a feature, gimmick rappers, his lyrical ability, the A$AP Rocky situation, some of the label executives he has met, when the labels first starting hitting him up, wanting to work with Drake, performing at the BET Awards, his verse on the Dreamville tape and more. Check out this awesome new interview below!

Watch Bas on Hot 97

Bas is one of my favorite artists in the game not only because of how good his music is, but I am a fan of his laid back & simply cool style, and he recently sat down with Ebro and Laura of Hot 97 for a great new interview. You will find the three of them speaking about plenty of topics including the process behind the Dreamville album, the record “Costa Rica”, being born in Paris and growing up in Queens, being the youngest of five, his new solo project, his relationship with J. Cole + how they met, his touring schedule, his clothing endeavors, DJing at NYU events, what’s going on in Sudan and more. Watch this amazing new interview below.

Watch Ski Mask The Slump God’s brand new interview with 16BARS

Ski Mask The Slump God was recently in Berlin doing his thing, and he stopped by 16BARS for a dope new conversation with the good people over there. You will find Steph asking Ski about plenty of topics including getting kicked out of high school for selling fake lean, running away as a kid, skateboarding, advice he would give his younger self, his dad being a rapper & a possible collab, his mother & grandmother, his home studio & his typical studio session, getting a speech from Timbaland, getting advice from Busta Rhymes, the most expensive thing he has ever purchased, working on “Costa Rica”, what those Dreamville sessions were like, the biggest misconception about him, what he’s going to be like as an old man, wanting to act, planning to create a unique hotel, social media and much more. Check out this brand new conversation below!

Watch EarthGang’s New Freestyle For Kenny Beats’ “The Cave”

As I’m sure most of our readers are aware at this point, Kenny Beats’ freestyle series, “The Cave,” has become one of the best gems in hip-hop right now. With each and every new episode, fans get to watch some of their favorite artists collaborate with the superstar producer himself, Kenny Beats, and the result is always something special, whether that be a new meme around Kenny’s name or an incredible beat and matching freestyle. Today, we get a little of everything with the latest episode of “The Cave” alongside none other than EarthGang. Being that Revenge of the Dreamers III, birthed from the legendary Dreamville sessions, just released today, I’m sure this fine Friday has been quite momentous for the Atlanta duo, but nevertheless, they were sure to bring their best to the stage on “The Cave.” Given a beat that turns the clock back all the way to the Neptunes-dominated early 2000s, this episode perfectly embodies the liveliness and off-the-wall, remarkably-skilled appeal of ATL’s own. Deservedly so, EarthGang has been buzzing for a minute now, and this video will be sure to let people know why. Click play below and peep EarthGang’s unbelievable appearances on the new Dreamville …

Revenge Of The Dreamers III – [Dreamville]

The moment we’ve all been waiting for since January is here, J.Cole and his Dreamville posse have dropped their highly anticipated compilation album Revenge Of The Dreamers III. 2019 has been a huge year for Cole and it seems him and all of Dreamville is going to be on our necks all year. This album is the final product from the mythical and legendary Dreamville sessions that took place in Atlanta, Georgia back in mid-January. Even though I’ve only been through the project twice so far you can tell the energy in these rooms were special. It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite track this early on but they’re a lot of people and moments that stood out to me. Some of the MVP’s of the album from my perspective were JID, EarthGang, Buddy, Guapdad 4000, Lute and Yung Nudy. A couple of songs that I found myself gravitating to this early on were “Under The Sun”, “1993”, “Self Love”, “Sunset” and the standout single “Down Bad.” The Dreamville troop were successful in trying to mix and match different styles and talent and weave and integrate them together to create which is probably their best album in the …

All To Myself – [Baby Rose]

Atlanta native Baby Rose makes a massive return to our pages today with the release of her new single titled “All To Myself”. For the past few weeks, Rose has been on tour with Dreamville’s Ari Lennox, taking on the direct support role for over 20 dates. Shortly after finishing those shows, Rose and her team decided to drop one of the first singles from her upcoming project, which is scheduled to release sometime this year. Throughout “All To Myself”, Baby Rose delivers exceptional lines that are accompanied by her unbelievably captivating voice. The piano-based production creates a special place for the message that Rose is pursuing and allows listeners to feel as if they’ve been through similar situations, even if they haven’t. Furthermore, Baby Rose recently announced her debut headline show which will take place in Atlanta on August 5th at Aisle 5. Starting in September, she will be joining Snoh Aalegra on a small international run to finish off a year full of highs for the young artist. Lastly, be sure to stream “All To Myself” below and follow Baby Rose on Instagram and Twitter to stay updated with what’s to come!

Destiny – [Chase Fade]

Chase Fade is a man on a mission. Born and raised in Seattle, the 24-year-old rapper has been on his grind since 2012. Chase shares his journey from meeting the girl of his dreams to eventually touring with Dreamville’s Bas on his song, “Destiny” — the first off of his 11 track album, I Have No Idea. Inspired by modern-day greats such as J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar, the emcee has impeccable storytelling talent and effortlessly flows over any beat presented to him. After listening to “Destiny,” produced by Accent, it is very apparent that Chase fade is only getting started. Be sure to follow the Seattle-based rapper. Words by Barry R

Fried Rice – [Bas] & [J.I.D]

A few days ago Dreamville’s own Bas and J.I.D connected for an amazing new cut titled “Fried Rice” and I have been blasting it at maximum volume around the LL office the past two days. The first thing that caught my attention on this release was the unique production, before Bas jumped on the beat and let loose, giving us jaw dropping bars & paving the way for J.I.D to do his thing. The J.I.D feature on the back end of this joint blew my mind, he has such an addicting style & flows and he sure displayed that here, these two together are like Kobe & Shaq and I am expecting them both to win plenty of ‘chips. Check out this brand new tune via YouTube below and if you like what you hear then hit that thumbs up button. produced by K Quick