UNLOCKED – [Kenny Beats] x [Denzel Curry]

Kenny Beats and Denzel Curry are two of the pioneers in this new age of hip-hop artists, they are two of the best at their crafts respectively and today they have teamed up to drop a super dope new animated short film titled “UNLOCKED” that you don’t’ want to miss out on. I am so impressed with what they have created here, it’s extremely unique & creative and this short film also showed the funny side of each of these guys, not to mention it’s an amazing way to get people to sit down & really pay attention to the songs provided. All in all, when you get one of the best producers in the game to connect with one of the best artists/lyricists out, greatness is the only thing that you can expect & sure enough, that’s exactly what we got. I cannot say enough good things about these two, congratulations on this release & thank you for thinking outside of the box here, I believe I speak for all the fans when I say that it’s truly refreshing.

Loyal – [PARTYNEXTDOOR] ft. [Drake]

A few months back, Toronto singer PARTYNEXTDOOR mentioned via his Twitter that he has a new album called Club Atlantis on the way, and it’s coming out this very month. Although the date hasn’t been mentioned yet, he’s getting some buzz based around his most recent release, a video for his single “Loyal”, featuring fellow Canadian and international superstar Drake. Although the song has been out for a couple months at this point, it definitely still hits the same. The beat is simplistic and driven by crisp snare drums which puts the brunt of the melody on the singing voices of both PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake, who both kill it. The song is very meaningful, describing how the two artists are going to remain loyal to the people who they respect and vice versa. They’re going to stick to this mindset until someone gives them a reason to change their minds, which can be demonstrated in the video. Although this visual is a bit out of the box, it sets a scene that gets the point of the lyrics across. Set in a Claymation world, William Child who is the artist and director, paints a vivid and extremely wild picture. The …

A Conversation with DJ Premier: One Of The Best Yet

DJ Premier is a pioneer of hip-hop and an absolute living legend, he has accomplished an astonishing amount in his career and just about a month ago he released his latest masterpiece, a brand new Gang Starr album titled One Of The Best Yet. I grew up a huge fan of Gang Starr in my adolescent years as I am sure many of the people reading this did as well, so when I first head about this new album I was in complete shock, partially because their last album prior to this came out way back in 2003 and also because it has been nearly a decade since the passing of the legendary emcee Guru who made up of one half of the group. This was the first time in his career that DJ Premier had to piece together an album without Guru by his side helping him compose it, he had previously recorded verses that we anywhere from 10-20 years old and he somehow managed to craft it into a tremendous + memorable body of work. Needless to say, when I got the opportunity to interview one of my idols and someone who I have studied like DJ Premier, …

Netflix and Deal- [03 Greedo] & [Kenny Beats]

Kenny Beats and 03 Greedo finally give us their long-awaited and highly anticipated dual project Netflix and Deal. This 13 song project is everything I had hoped it would be and more. With a mixture of testimonials over some more serious trap beats and a wide array of completely turnt anthems, Kenny Beats knows the incredible talent level Greedo possesses. With this knowledge, he tailors every single instrumental to not only fit Greedo’s typical flows and style, but challenges him to move out of his norm and perform on another level. The tape also features some of the best artists in the game right now including Freddie Gibbs, Vince Staples, Maxo Kream, and a few others. The thing that impressed me the most is that even with names of their size and magnitudes, 03 still kind of stole the show and didn’t let anyone overshadow him in the slightest. That’s not to say that they didn’t have impressive and memorable guest spots because that’d just be a flat out lie. Two of my favorite songs are “Disco Shit” featuring Freddie Gibbs who absolutely obliterates his verse as well as “Beg Your Pardon” with Maxo Kream, who sounds better than ever …

Maria – [03 Greedo]

Even from behind bars, West Coast Phenom 03 Greedo continues to bless fans with new music. His latest track called “Maria” is an absolute head-bobbing banger produced by Kenny Beats. It’s a single from the highly anticipated Netflix & Deal collaborative project between the two, which is set to come out in a week. The beat has an old-school vibe with wavy drums, and all around it just bounces. It’s definitely a bit different than what I’m used to hearing from Greedo considering I’ve gotten familiar with his effect-heavy singing, but I’m a huge fan. Considering he supposedly has over 10,000 songs recorded in the archives, this definitely isn’t the last music we’ll be hearing from the talented LA artist even while he’s doing his 20-year stint in prison. If “Maria” is any sort of indication of what Greedo and Kenny’s project is going to sound like, I’m all for it. Don’t sleep on this incredible new single and be on the lookout for Netflix & Deal when it drops on November 22. Words by Danny Adams

Hit Me Up – [Omar Apollo] x [Dominic Fike] prod. [Kenny Beats]

Indiana-raised artist Omar Apollo has followed up the release of his single “Frio” last week with another new song, collaborating with Kenny Beats once again and bringing Dominic Fike on for “Hit Me Up”. A couple of months ago, Instagram posts of Apollo and Fike working together started circulating, and now listeners have the chance to hear what they’ve been cooking up. “Hit Me Up” offers the best of both artists’ worlds; Kenny Beats, who previously collaborated with Fike on their song “Phone Numbers”, uses a similar sonic aesthetic to bring the two vocalists together in a way that fits both of their styles. Over a smooth bassline and punchy drums, Apollo’s harmonies soften the track as Fike’s melodic flows ride the beat more aggressively. The three artists make for a natural match, and they’re able to capitalize on the hype that they each have around their names right now to make for a rewarding, highly-anticipated collaboration. Listen to “Hit Me Up” by Omar Apollo, Dominic Fike, and Kenny Beats below:

Watch Kenny Beats and 6LACK in New Episode of ‘The Cave’

The second season of Kenny Beats’ viral web-series The Cave is underway, and following up on his previous episode with Danny Brown, the superstar producer is now cooking up with 6LACK. From the jump, 6LACK makes it clear he didn’t come to The Cave to show-off his softer side, instead opting to go for a more straightforward rap sound. In minutes, Kenny prescribes just the right sounds to fit the vibe 6LACK’s suggesting, a mix of the moody, dark tones 6LACK is accustomed to working with and the hard, rattling drums Kenny’s name has become synonymous with. Needless to say, the music that comes out of this process feels like a masterclass of sorts, and it’s always exciting to see Kenny vibe with whoever he brings into the studio. “Don’t Over Think Shit” and watch the latest installment of The Cave below:

Frio – [Omar Apollo]

With a year marked by the release of his ‘Friends’ project, multiple headlining tours, and performances at some of the largest music festivals, Omar Apollo’s trajectory only seems to heighten with time. The Indiana native’s growth doesn’t only reflect in his career, but in his music too, as he has proven himself as an artist who’s not content with sticking to one specific sound throughout his music. Today, Apollo experiments with his sound even further, teaming up with Kenny Beats for a new song titled “Frio”. While most of Apollo’s music so far has stayed true to the indie/alternative outfit that he’s crafted since he first started releasing music, there’s undoubtedly always been an emphasis on making music that you can also dance to. “Frio” fully encompasses that danceable quality of Apollo’s songwriting, drawing heavily upon reggaeton rhythms that characterize the bulk of its production. On top of the hip-winding beat, Apollo’s alluring vocals become the focal point, drawing a listener in with dramatic passion and harmony. “Frio” marks a detour from Apollo’s usual style, albeit not a surprising one, and he fully embodies the seductive mood of the track in a way that maintains authenticity.

No Permission Needed – [Rexx Life Raj] ft. [Bas]

When two of the most consistent and thoughtful (yet slept on) artists in rap (in my opinion at least) get together it’s a guarantee that I’m going to write about it. Throw a Sango beat under them and I couldn’t get to my computer fast enough. I’ve been waiting for Rexx Life Raj to blow up for a while. To be honest, it’s too hard to predict these things, but with his new album, Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There set to drop early next month, he’s been making all the right moves and gaining some serious momentum. First, a collab with Kenny Beats, then one  Russ, and now, Rexx joins forces with Bas for “No Permission Needed.” Even with different styles–Rexx with is light crooning and Bas with that deep voice– two emcees are the perfect duo to tackle the cushioned Sango beat because of their ability to be thoughtful and inspirational without ever coming across as corny. Rounding the effort (released early this week), Rexx dropped off a left-of-center video where he showcases his gardening skills.

Moonwalk – [Rexx Life Raj] x [Kenny Beats]

Producer turned law enforcement officer Kenny Beats has had a break out year this year thanks to his series The Cave and a few big placements (including an Ed Sheeran one). His latest collaboration comes with rising Bay Area artist, Rexx Life Raj for an out of this world effort entitled “Moonwalk.” Kenny captures Rexx’s style perfectly, cooking up an atmospheric, string-based beat. This kind of beat is where Rexx excels, because it brings out the best in his dexterous approach. Even with an unconventional flow he always finds a way to float in the space the board work provides and the overall vibe reflects his often insightful, inspirational lyricism. Speaking of space, naturally, for a song entitled “Moonwalk” the video takes Rexx on an intergalactic voyage in search of his producer. The fun, creative video pairs nicely with the song to create a complete effort; I’d love to hear more from these two!