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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!

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 …

Watch Kenny Beats on the Remix Lab With T Pain

Considering all of his plaques and timeless songs/features, it goes without saying that T Pain is a legend. However, one moment, in particular, that solidified this status to me was Pain’s Tiny Desk Concert, during which he proved that autotune or not, he’s one of the best vocalists alive. Today, not only do we get to see Pain put these vocals back on display, but we also get to see some of his production chops as he and Kenny Beats come forth with a brand new episode of Red Bull’s Remix Lab. Clocking in at just under 40 minutes in length, this episode is a comprehensive look into the process of making a song, as shown between two undeniable hitmakers. The blend of T Pain’s inimitable humor with he and Kenny’s well-known musical prowess is truly a special sight to see, and furthermore, I’m sure that any aspiring artists/producers out there can learn from the countless gems of advice that they drop in the process. Personally, I haven’t watched the Remix Lab before now, but this episode has me running back some old segments to check out more. That said, T Pain are an unlikely duo that put together a …

Time Flies – [Rico Nasty]

In the age of social media, it’s easy to discount the success of many as a “moment” as opposed to the blossoming of a long-standing career. Rico Nasty, on the other hand, has been bubbling for quite some time now, and as a result, her slow-burning rise has led to the creation of a one-of-a-kind character who, by my estimates, will certainly be around for a while. Today, fresh off of a well-deserved spot on the XXL Freshman list, Nasty is here to reflect on success with the inspirational new offering (and one of my favorite songs of the year), “Time Flies.” Backed by a sugary, hyper-energetic instrumental, “Time Flies” is more than just a motivational record. Rico Nasty has found success against all odds, unapologetic and uncompromising as can be, and if not anything else, “Time Flies” acts as her chance to sit back and reflect on how far she’s come. Life moves quickly and time most certainly flies, but this release makes it a point to emphasize the gratitude, excitement, and confidence that Nasty feels as she looks ahead. Similiar to what I wrote about Aminé’s “Places + Faces Freestyle,” hearing artists smell the flowers is what makes the …

Watch KEY!’s New Freestyle for Kenny Beat’s “The Cave”

The intriguing mini-series on Kenny Beat’s YouTube channel has assembled hundreds of thousands of viewers and only keeps growing – with multiple appearances on the LL site already. From Earthgang to Zack Fox and Lil Yachty, Kenny has made acquaintances with some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Additionally, Kenny adds his own dry sense of humor and combines that with the organic antics of each musician he hosts, which allows for some of the most entertaining content hip-hop YouTube has to offer. This week he hosts the hilarious and talented KEY! who is freshly into a hangover – making the episode even more relatable and amusing to the viewer. Kenny and KEY! discuss their relationship, early successes, and other random nonsense including a phone call from 03 Greedo who is currently incarcerated. KEY! hops in the studio with nothing written, and delivers a smooth but hysterical freestyle over a New Orleans themed bounce instrumental. Lines like “Japanese – denim on, you ain’t know about it til I put you on” show insight to the mind of the multi-talented artist and just how natural his studio sessions are. The beautiful layout of this series gives fanatics and supporters alike an …

Watch Key!’s New Documentary With The FADER

KEY!, otherwise known as FatManKey, is one of the most influential figures in rap right now. For a decade and counting, he’s remained prolific in the hip-hop conversation not only as one of the genre’s best A&Rs (Post Malone, 21 Savage, and Playboi Carti are amongst the discoveries on his resume), but also as an originator of just about every popular style you’ve heard over the past 10 years or so. Somehow and some way, the rap world always traces back to KEY!, and today, The FADER has done a noble job of championing this influence with their latest mini-doc, KEY! – Spectacular, Immaculate. Nodding to a line off of “It Gets Better” — my personal favorite cut off of the acclaimed project 777 — the title of the video is a perfect reflection of KEY!’s effortlessly cool demeanor. Even if he’s not the one running up the charts and dominating the spotlight, KEY! always seems to gravitate toward the best, if not most important, events going on in rap, and it all stems back to his endless creativity and easily-lovable personality. No one does it quite like Atlanta’s own, and tracking KEY!’s 2018 journey from Atlanta all the way to NYC for …

Phone Numbers – [Dominic Fike]

Unfortunate as it may be in many situations, fame tends to bring friends, peers, and even relatives out of the woodworks. When an individual finds success, especially in a monetary sense, a plethora of faces inevitably decide that they’re entitled to a portion of the winnings and attention, leading many artists to disconnect themselves from the outside world in the process. For one of today’s most promising young stars, Dominic Fike, this had led the Florida-bred talent to change his phone number several times, always running from the random people who try to eat off of his hard-earned success. Here enters Fike’s brand new single, “Phone Numbers.” Made in collaboration with none other than Kenny Beats, this offering provides listeners with a unique look at Fike’s balance between his roots in rap and his more recent pop stylings. The concoction of Kenny’s hip-hop prowess and Fike’s lighter, highly accessible deliveries plays a perfect line in the middle, and the result is a song that swiftly combines two worlds into one, easily-lovable piece for a wide array of listeners to love. That said, as is the case with the rest of Fike’s catalog to date, “Phone Numbers” is perfect for any …

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 …

Lil Yachty Freestyle | The Cave – [Lil Yachty] x [Kenny Beats] x [30 Roc]

As of late, Kenny Beats has hosted one of my favorite mini-series in “The Cave” on YouTube. This bi-weekly (or what’s supposed to be bi-weekly) series hosts popular artists in Kenny’s studio in which he – and in some cases like this one –  and a guest producer collaborate to concoct  some outstanding instrumentals for the artist to spit to. In this episode, Lil Yachty makes an appearance with a large Entourage, and originally seems very stingy and picky about the beat that’s in the works. He tells 30 (30 Roc) straight up that he wasn’t messing with it after an hour or so of work had already been put into creating it. Kenny and 30 then start over, creating a wavy, more simplistic beat for Yachty to go crazy on. Yachty approves, and after a few hours of work and shenanigans, he hops in the booth. He continues to claim “I’m not a rapper,” though the ATL product went on to kill the beat. With lines like, “I’m the lil wizard, my neck and my wrist and my ear in a blizzard,” Yachty turned this session into one of my favorite episodes of Kenny Beats’ mini-series. Watch “KENNY BEATS …

Proud Of You – [Gucci Mane] X [Kenny Beats]

Gucci Mane celebrates his sobriety on Kenny Beats-laced, “Proud Of You.” The days of drugged-out Gucci are no more: he’s back, sober, and better than ever on his new single, “Proud Of You.” The production from Kenny Beats features a blurry synth melody over his signature hard-hitting 808s, providing the perfect backdrop for Gucci to drop some lyrical bombs. His flow is concise and settled, and hidden gems such as, “My pinky ring sunk the Titanic,” flex his wealth, but the message of the song centers around him celebrating his newfound sobriety. No lean in Mountain Dew, Guwop. We’re so proud of you. Words by Barry R