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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 …

Watch Matt Muse’s brand new interview with Illanoize

Matt Muse is fresh off of the release of his brand new project Love & Nappyness so when I saw that he stopped by to catch up with the homies Bekoe and Pretty Riot for a brand new interview I had to tune in! Matt Muse spoke about plenty of topics in this interview including the creation of his brand new project, the time that he almost died while playing Pokemon Go, being a leader in the Chicago community, growing up on the south side on 81st, being influenced by Common & Kanye West, how he first got into making music, his parents being musical influences, instruments he has played, his recent performance on WGN, directing his own visuals, having a great family, pushing the love yourself narrative, how he thought of the title to his tape, why he picked an EP over full length, his headliner at Schubas in Chicago and more. Once again another great interview from Illanoize and an even better overall conversation with the hosts, check out this brand new interview below!

Watch Chance The Rapper’s brand new interview with Zane Lowe

Chance The Rapper has been very active especially over these past few weeks with the release of his new album and his Big Store that he had set up downtown Chicago this past week, amidst this Zane Lowe dropped their brand new interview a few days ago and it’s a great conversation. You will find these two GOATs speaking on tons of topics such as his brand new album The Big Day, not eating vegetables, his wedding day & the theme of his album, the first time he saw his wife, being in the public eye, his daughter, the importance of family to him, Social Works, remaining an independent artist, his faith, his relationship with Kanye West, the features on his album, his song “5 Year Plan”, his favorite album of all time, aspiring for peace, working with Gucci Mane, things his dad taught him, one of his homies passing in front of him when he was 18, ownership, his goals, his records with Nicki Minaj, the idea of the ability to share the wrong things, his tour and more! Take thirty minutes out of your Monday to watch this brand new interview below.

Slip N Slide – [Brandon Bill$] X [Milian Beatz]

The most beautiful thing about music, especially Hip-Hop, is the different and unique collaborations that are formed both inside and outside of the studio. Miami-native, Brandon Bill$, has been been climbing his way into the game for a minute now. With several projects released, the up and coming rapper is back on the scene with his newest banger, “Slip N Slide.” The song comes after several big assists from artists such as DaniLeigh and Soulja Boy. This is undoubtedly one of the hottest singles to come out this summer. The catchy hook as well as the melodic verses make each moment of the song easy to remember and sing along too. Bill$ collaborates with the Milian Beatz, whom many refer to as the producing “King of Kiev.” The young producer has been on a Kanye-like beat making spree since the first day he moved to the U.S. from Ukraine. For this track, Milian puts his acoustic abilities to use and combines it with his distinct 808 and drum production. Bill$’s one of a kind performance is nothing to lose sight of as well. The rapper has been on the mic for over 10 years, and you can definitely hear that …

Highlights of Bonnaroo 2019

I have attended Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee three times now in the past five years and it has quickly grown into one of my favorite festival experiences! The first time that I attended Bonnaroo (2014) I had just turned eighteen years old and took the trip down with my brother to see Chance The Rapper the first time he graced the stage there (at 3am if I’m not mistaken) and we also got to see Kanye West perform in front of nearly 90,000 attendees. The second time I got the opportunity to go to Bonnaroo was in 2017 when Chance performed in front of 80,000 people, I took the trip last minute and took a car full of his merchandise down there with my roommate & co-worker at the time (we worked in his merch department at the time for more context). The experience I had that year was just as wonderful as my first time, I was a little bit more experienced with my surroundings and was able to soak in the environment a little bit more. As the event went on I got to see first hand how diverse the festival was with their crowd, …

The Lost Boy – [YBN Cordae]

In the swarm of new hip-hop that has dropped this summer, YBN Cordae appears unfazed by the pressures of success. “This is lyrical exercise, told my idols to step aside”, he raps in the opening verse of his debut album The Lost Boy—a bold statement setting the tone before the 21-year-old rapper pulls the curtains back on his autobiographical new project. Since winning over the rap community’s attention last year with his track “Old N*ggas” (a methodical response to J. Cole’s “1985”), Cordae’s been on the fast track to becoming a household hip-hop name. Functioning as a beacon of hope for those who have lost faith in the lyrical abilities of rap’s new wave and dispelling stereotypes that young rappers lack substance, the hip-hop world’s invested a lot of stock in Cordae in a short period of time, most recently being christened on XXL’s coveted Freshman Class list. In return, he has delivered an album straight from the heart, packed with carefully crafted 16’s dispersed across a 45-minute runtime. Following suit with hip-hop’s most memorable debuts, Cordae looks no further than within himself to form the lyrical content that drives The Lost Boy. He channels a form of honest introspection …

Watch Pi’erre Bourne’s brand new interview with Hot 97

Pi’erre Bourne is without a doubt one of the best producers in the game, he has helped establish artists as well as inspire a generation, so when I peeped that he sat down with the homie Hip Hop Mike over at Hot 97 to catch up with everything he has been up to. Pi’erre Bourne got asked about a bunch of subjects such as his unique style, favoring locking down in the studio with artists as opposed to emailing tracks, his experiences, his relationship with Young Nudy, his passion for rapping, visiting New York in the summers, new projects he is working on, being influenced by Kanye West, being a writer, Playboi Carti and more. Shout out to Hip Hop Mike for giving a great interview here, it was super insightful & it displayed Pi’erre’s personality extremely well, and it’s definitely worth the watch!

Watch Nas on The Drink Champs

I have been finding myself gravitating to the new Nas album The Lost Tapes 2 since it’s release not too long ago, and considering that recent release it only made since when I saw that he stopped by The Drink Champs for a great conversation with N.O.R.E and DJ EFN. These hip-hop gurus spoke about tons of topics including the first time Nas & N.O.R.E met, when Illmatic dropped, putting Queens on the map, working with Kanye West, his vivid storytelling, their collab record “Body In The Trunk”, Wu-Tang Clan, phones calls & studio sessions he had with Biggie, his conversation with Prince, being a leader in the hip-hop community, touring with Mary J. Blige, back when he claimed “hip-hop is dead” & how he didn’t get the point off correctly, major record labels, giving people their roses while they can still smell them, building a hip-hop museum in the Bronx, being a fan of Lil Durk & Da Baby, being a huge fan of Rakim, Lupe Fiasco reminding him of himself and so much more. When it comes to masterminds in hip-hop but even more in business, they don’t come any better than Nas, press play below & pick …

Chicago – [Mr. Hudson] ft. [Vic Mensa]

Chicago. Not only the birth-place of Lyrical Lemonade itself, but also the title of one of Mr. Hudson’s newest offerings featuring Vic Mensa that appears on his first project in a decade, When The Machine Stops. Mr. Hudson has worked quietly for the last decade or so. If you remember, some of his most notable work lies in his contributions to songs like Kanye West’s “Paranoid” and Jay-Z’s “Forever Young”. Since then, he’s played a pretty intricate role in the music industry, writing and producing for tons of notable musicians, and now in 2019, he’s delivered to us his first solo album in a decade. He recently joined Sway In The Morning for a memorable interview discussing this, and also showed off his budding personality while telling crazy stories, for example, when he recorded the “Forever Young” hook with Kanye in Hawaii and partied all night because of it, despite the fact that he had an early morning flight back home. Late June’s When The Machine Stops was produced and mixed almost entirely by Mr. Hudson on his laptop, which is what makes it such an impressive and inspiring project. Machine is a cloudy and introspective pop record that features a …

Nice To Have – [070 Shake]

070 Shake continues her hot run in July and drops her a new video for a song entitled “Nice To Have.” I feel like Shake is always popping up in dope situations and moments. I feel like it started last year when we heard her lend some vocals that landed on Kanye West’s “Ghost Town” off his album Ye. That was quickly followed up by her landing on one of the best rap albums that dropped last year in Pusha T’s Daytona on the song “Santeria.” Shake’s had a relatively quiet 2019 so far and she’s only released one other song back in April which was “Morrow.” With the release of a new single and video in “Nice To Have” and a North America tour which kicks off in September, we should see her debut album Modus Vivendi coming out sooner than later. Watch 070 Shake’s new visuals for “Nice To Have” after the break.