Producer Spotlight: Rob Denir0

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Sharon and I have been doing Respect Due for about a year now, and we’ve learned that persistence is key in the underground hip hop game. Many of your favorites worked hard for years in anonymity, honing their craft and networking. There’s not many overnight success stories, you just have to keep grinding and hope to garner the right attention. Today’s guest may be new to many listeners, but Robert has been doing this for a very long time. He’s shooting his shot these days, and he’s money from all over the court.

RD: You made a big splash this year and really got your name out there. How long have you been making beats, and what made you decide this was the year to release a ton of music?

Rob: I’ve been doing this for about 16 years now, don’t know what exactly made me really go for it this year. It was just a feeling that I had that it was time, and it worked out.

RD: Yourself and Won87 made one of the more unique releases of the year in Mean Streets, take us behind the theme of that album and how it came together.

Rob: I think it all started with me and Won87 being fans of each other’s work. We had talked a few times in the DM just giving each other respect and then I think I suggested we should do a collab album, using the same samples flipped in our own ways, he came up with using the movie Mean Streets and it just kicked off from there.

RD: Ice Lord emerged with The Black Angel of Carlyon, fully produced by you. How did you guys link up? Was that the first full vocal project you produced?

Rob: This was my first project with a featured artist. I had seen a post of his for History of the Guillotine and knew right away we were a match. I hit him up and said we should do something, he checked for my beats and it just went from there.

RD: How do you differentiate what goes on your instrumental projects as opposed to what gets sold/used for vocal albums?

Rob: Instrumental projects are 100% my brainchild, so I’m able to be more creative and push the lines a little more. In vocal projects I usually prefer the rapper take creative control for the most part and I just provide the soundscape.

RD: It doesn’t take many listens of your music without noticing the deep jazz influence. Who are some favorites, both for general listening and inspiration to make new material?

Rob: Alice and John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Issac Hayes. Too many to mention

RD: With such a prolific 2018, do you plan on keeping your foot on the gas next year? Any projects you can tell us about at this time? Any specific goals?

Rob: From here on out my foot is on the gas. I just dropped an album called Drugs with my little brother King Nasty. Album features Icelord, Lil Eto, Madhattan, Creasy, and Killy Shoot. I also dropped another EP called Galesi Brescia on my born date based off the movie Taxi Driver (Galesi Brescia is a .25 Cal he used In the film). Album features Lunatic, Mav Montana, whatamess, Josiah the Gift, Royal Minus, Teek Hall and Hooks Arthur.

RD: Who inspires you among the underground hip hop community?

Rob: I really like Rome Streetz, Sage Infinite, Supreme Cerebral, Killyshoot, Lord Juco, Jamal Gasol and The Whole Piff team. V’Don is the best producer in our community in my opinion, and I was blown away by Farmabeats on his Street Farmacy album with Rome Streetz.

RD: You’ve already taken part in a producer-driven project, but if you could have any 5 talents for a Robert Deniro project who would they be?

Rob: Rome Streetz, El Camino, Willie The Kid, Roc Marciano and Freddie Gibbs.

Rob’s soundcloud is https://soundcloud.com/user-95551664

Follow him on twitter @RobertDenir085 IG is robdenir0_bhmg

https://robertdeniro.bandcamp.com

Mean Streets can be found on Won87’s SC https://soundcloud.com/won87/sets/rob-deniro-won87-mean-streets

Edweird – Frequency

 

Edweird brings us a full project over flowing with his raw personality and creative processes. Produced by Dosey Dose the tone of this project offers sharp abstract sounds fitting for Edweird’s bars. His music stands apart from other artists. He uses a combination of intense lyrics with a twisted sense of humor that work together showcasing his intricate style with Frequency.

Codenames hits first with its beat immersed through out the track giving a spacey feel to its sound. The electric echo of the beat lays the foundation for Edweird to match its energy. Kick back and enjoy story telling at its finest. My only question for this is what did Edweird find out in those ancient equations?

D’wight Schrute features Daniel Son. Edweird never disappoints and when he spits there is always a story being told. Daniel Son comes in with a kicked up level to his flow which validates his enormous talent. When these two work together it expands Daniel Son’s versatility proving he is always ready to attack a beat.

Daniel Son – ” Make a move for the big bag guarantee when we come back we leaving the crew fed…” 

Glockenspiel for this track Edweird delivers a composed flow fitting the tone of ringing bells chiming on this beat. His lyrical narration brings you directly into the story being told in each song.

” Bad acid batch I’m flashing back to bat country…”

In Jest for this track you just gotta go pull out the Lo fit and two step. This delivers a groovy beat that will instantly have you swaying. Edweird brings in his unique flow making this one of my favorites from the Frequency release. Edweird is the mad scientist of underground hip hop music. Every track he creates is truly one of a kind.

“I’m not waiting around for the weight of the crown to weigh my cranium down…”

Knackwurst this beat lurks behind Edweird’s lyrics helping to define his creative talent with composing of the music. The way he uses self expression to tell the tale of these songs animates them into a whole other level of entertainment for the fans.

Lost Soul has one of the best hooks on this project.  “I’ve been through the long haul, can anyone tell me have you seen my lost soul only here to reach the impossible high class whole teams on the honor roll…”

This track has a featured video shot by Mercenary

Mr Sinister applies a dusty beat to the base of this song. Edweird delivers this interpretation straight from his fascinating mind. This song carries an eerie sound that fits his dynamic flow.

No Mas shows off Edweird’s complex skills as he melts into the background of the high tones in a melodic way. Each track on Frequency holds its own distinctive sound.

The Wicked Never Sleep the sedative beat hums along Edweird’s eased approach to his flow on this song. The wicked never sleep has a dreamy sound that lures you right in.

Frequency is an engaging end for this project. Blizz brings in a raw feel with his feature. The perfect ending to this wicked Frequency ride.

Check out Edweird on Twitter and Instagram :

@EdweirdNoise

Purchase Frequency here on Bandcamp:

https://edweirdnoise.bandcamp.com/album/frequency

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Edweird produced by Dosey Dose – Lost Soul

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Producer Spotlight: Kurse

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Today we drop in on Kurse, a talented producer who reps Poison Ring Regime and has a knack for working with top shelf emcees. We view him as a respected talent who humbly puts in work and lets his tunes speak for themselves. He just completed his second album with Eff Yoo (Spicaso Dos), dropped one of the best loosies of 2018 with WateRR (Dollars and The Rent) and is currently working on a joint album between Supreme Cerebral and Nowaah The Flood (Free Enterprise).

RD: In 2015 you produced The Experiment with PhybaOptikz, was that your first fully produced project?

K: Indeed, this was my first full body of work.

RD: You worked with Crate Divizion earlier in your career, do you still have a good relationship with those folks?

K: Yes this is true, I still have a great relationship with Giallo Point and Phyba. Both are stand up individuals with talent and poise.

RD: In the past few years you’ve produced for a number of Poison Ring Regime members. I know Nutrition is on the way, what can you tell us about the talented roster and what to expect from that release?

K: Without a doubt, we formed like Voltron off the jump. The true connection and nucleus of these happenings came to be by the good graces of my brother Killa Kali. Nutrition is on the way as well as Free Enterprise which will be housed under the PRR/GCM labels. I also have EP’s cooking with Ca$ablanca and my man Jamal Gasol. We got more in store but I’m gonna keep the lid on the rest.

RD: Nowaah The Flood is one of my favorites to emerge in the past few years, you’ve done almost an albums worth of material with him. What brought that about? Is he just very easy to collaborate with?

K: Mine as well. It was brought about through listening to a few joints he had done with the homie Clypto. That’s how Flood got on my radar. It just so happened that Killa Kali had both made us PRR as well so it just seemed to be the right fit creatively.

RDYou often post custom works of art on your IG, is graphic design a big passion of yours? What are some of your primary artistic influences? 

K: I love photography and art, it’s definitely a passion like my music is. Some main influences are Blaxploitation/Poliziotteschi and Giallo film poster artwork primarily from the 70s and 80s.

RD: Let’s talk gear, has your setup changed much over the past few years? Any key additions that have added to your sound?

K: It hasn’t really changed to be honest, the only thing that’s been updated is my controller which was an Akai MPD 32 and switched to the Akai MPD 226. As far as software and DAW’s are concerned I upgraded to Propellerhead Reason 10 this year and it’s been a game changer on many levels.

RD: Yourself and Eff Yoo recently dropped a second project together, what do you want fans to know about this release?

K: I just want the people to know that they getting both Spicaso & Spicaso Dos when they purchase either digital or physical. This took almost two years to create and release so I’m just glad that it’s finally available to the people.

RD: If you had to name a few of your favorite productions, what would they be?

K: Eff Yoo – Saks Fifth Avenue/Nowaah The Flood – Flood The Streets/Waterr – Dollars & The Rent

RDAre you a goal-setter? Do you line up certain things to accomplish, or take collabs as they come?


K: To be honest it really depends. It’s a bit from Column A and a bit from Column B.

RD: Is there any upcoming projects you can announce at this time?

K: Free Enterprise is a joint album with Supreme Cerebral and Nowaah that I am fully producing.

RD: The standard question, your making a Kurse producer album with a hefty budget. Who are the first 5 calls you make?

Spicaso Dos can be purchased here https://www.earcandy12.net/product/spicasodos

Follow Kurse on IG @ _kurse_
Twitter: The_Kurse
Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/kursed-music

Producer Spotlight: Loman

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The Boston-based producer and DJ is coming off a very strong two year run. When he’s not producing countless gems for Termanology, he has handled full production duties on Easy Money’s Flyer Lansky album, as well as EP’s for Chuck N Lock (Blue Shell Theory) and YBfromthecity (Wild Shark). He has also worked with personal favorites such as Reks, CRIMEAPPLE, Estee Nack and al.divino. His recent collaboration with Latrell James (Okay) took home the Boston Song Of The Year award.

RD: Boston has become a very dense and talent-rich scene. Who are some of your current favorites?

BL: It’s hard to keep it to a few but Kadeem, SPNDA, Nack, Divino, and YBfromthecity come to mind at the moment.

RD: How did you become interested in creating music?

BL: When I was in high school, The Black Album was the first time I paid attention to producers, and The College Dropout got me interested in sampling. My friend Dapper Dan was making beats on Fruity Loops when we were 15. He lent me a 4-disc bootleg of 9th Wonder beats and I was obsessed with it. I downloaded the demo version of FL shortly after that and got started. A lot of my older beats sound like 9th – Term will still call me 6th Wonder to this day.

RD: You have a strong working relationship with Ea$y Money, is there anything you could share about making music with him?

BL: Ea$y is like my big brother. He’s the most difficult person I’ve ever worked with. He’ll let you know when he doesn’t like something by insulting you – he says it sticks more that way. Working with him made me a better producer. Also, he had quit rapping years ago but I wouldn’t stop bothering him to do an album with me, so he came back just to make Flyer Lansky.

RD: What are some dope shows you’ve hit recently?

BL: Nightworks. Nightworks. Nightworks. We have The Stew here too, that’s best beat battle I’ve seen. Slime Beach in Philly was wild, it was 100 degrees in there and Nack had one of my favorite performances ever. I saw Latrell James rock a few times, his shows are on another level and his band is amazing.

RD: Who do you enjoy listening to currently?

BL: Auerbach’s Garden by Codenine & Grubby Pawz has been on repeat. I’ve been revisiting Madvillainy a lot lately, it still gives me the same feeling it did the first time I heard it. A lot of instrumental shit too, I listen to Dibia$e beats all the time.

RD: Termanology is a strong force in underground hip hop, describe your relationship with him.

BL: Our sessions for Shut Up And Rap were some of the best times I’ve ever had. I had never released any music or been in a studio before that, so everything was new to me. We did “rapper shit”, it was great. A lot of the sessions turned into parties. Term can write a verse and record it faster than anyone else I’ve seen. He shared a lot of knowledge with me that still helps me to this day. Term put me on when I was a no-name producer kid trying to get my beat CD’s to anyone I could. I owe my career to him, there’s no other way to say it. And we’re still working together, always.

RD: If someone was going to listen to your material for the first time, what would you recommend?

BL:  I’d probably give them a beat tape I did called Space Jams, but more recently I like the songs I produced on THE CODEX LEICESTER, so I might hand them that first.

Editors Note: That is an album from Codenine, which is quite good.

RD: Should we be on the lookout for any upcoming releases?

BL: I’m dropping an instrumental project via City Yard Music in January called Spotta-Fi. It’s a lot of dusty jazz loops and drum breaks, and I made the whole thing on the Pocket Operator. I’m also working on projects with Kadeem, Codenine and Haze. Me and Vinyl Villain made a bunch of beats together, they’ll be out on various projects in the near future. I want to do more instrumental releases next year too.

Note: 1 of these productions has since come to light, check out the VV and Loman co-produced ‘Dead Face Notes’ on Rome Streetz latest EP Noise Candy 2

RD: What’s something your looking forward to in 2019?

BL: Working with City Yard Music a lot more next year, they added me to their team. Look out for new releases, products and events. Shoutout to Grubby and Haze.

Billy’s website is https://www.loman.xyz

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/billyloman

Bandcamp: https://billyloman.bandcamp.com