Artist Spotlight: Sedizzy

 

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RD: For the uninitiated, talk about your history. How many releases did you have leading up to Slick Talk Season?

S: I’ve been spittin since around 2005, since I was 15. We had a whole gang of spittas with us back then. I mean if you dig hard enough under Toxic Intoxication Recordz, you can find about 3 full length mixtapes. Wish I still had them jawns on disc.

RD: Looking back, what area do you feel you’ve improved on the most since you started?

S: Composition. I’m a huge Big L and Sean P fan so I took the whole multi syllabic style to heart. I’d say rhyming at least twice in every bar to extend the story telling is where I really focused my attention. Back in like 05 we were just battling, so the grimiest shit you could conjure was what was being thrown around.

RD: On Slick Talk Season you tapped in with a number of talented guys. Talk to us about the project, how long did it take to make? What led you to reach out to the guests and producers?

S: I’m really proud of STS, even though it was kinda rushed. Being my first official project I wanted to connect with some of the artists I was vibing with at the time. It probably took about 5 months to release. I heard Daniel Son x Giallo Point’s joint Remo Gaggi, and I was like ‘bet this northern cat is bodying this, let me touch base’. We wound up linking in Jersey City while he was out here performing with Crimeapple for a show. My partner and me loaded up the whip with the laptop and mic stand then drove north to a hotel in Jersey City. We wound up banging it out in Dan’s hotel room with DJ Finn, Futurewave, Asun Eastwood and Blizz there. Mad humble dudes. Fastlife was a different story. I hit him up about a collab and we went from there. My mans had the bars back to me in like 2 days. Salute to Fastlife for that. Most of the tape was produced by Timeflex, I found him on the MurderTheBeat Instagram page and just vibed with him. He actually mastered the entire project. STS title track features Daniel Son and was produced by my partner Veracity. We go back to the sandbox so it was necessary. The last joint Gunfire Romance was laced by Filfy Tarantino, we linked after I collaborated with Fast. Since STS, me and Filfy have dropped another single featuring Killy Shoot.

RD: You’re one of our most local guests, 5 minutes down the road in Camden. What are your experiences coming up in the South Jerz/Philly scene?

S: Crazy, when I was really coming up it was before Instagram and social media it was the Myspace era. In the early 2000’s it was all about battle rap. I was everywhere back then. Every corner I heard was wildin, every battle was like trying to chop somebodies’ head. It was ruthless back then, and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it for anything.

RD: Favorite venue to see a show?

S: I love the TLA and Electric Factory for shows. Seen JMT a million times out there.

RD: What’s the next move?

S: I got a new EP fully produced by Onaje Jordan of the HomeTeam titled Slumlord. There’s some heavy hitters on that tape so keep a look out. After that, I got a collab tape dropping wit MuggzonDrugz. We created a duo and it’s fully produced by NexQuickBeats out of France. Keep a look out for that early 2020.

RD: Shouts?

S: First and foremost my wife for always holdin me down and my homie Veracity for blessing me with lab time since we were kids. I wanna salute y’all at Respec Due Records and Podcast for allowing some local grime ball to get some shine. Peace to all the homies that reached out and built with me, my brotha Cocareef, Chuck Chan, Killy Shoot, M.A.V., Onaje, Jay Royale, Muggz,and Yellow Balaclava. Too many to name

 

Support Sedizzy’s music here https://sedizzy856.bandcamp.com

Follow him on IG @sedizzy 856

 

 

Producer Spotlight: Wavy Bagels

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RD: For the uninitiated, tell the good people about your background making music, and your Bagels and Dagels beat tape series.

WB: I was introduced to music as a child by my intermediate family, but its not what I wanted to do. I wanted to be an artist, astronaut which eventually lead to me trying out pro wrestling and then producing. My life is type wild. I started making beats at 18 by the name of “razorSHARPE” which was also my wrestling name.

Years later, I would continue to fuel my passion for music, changed my name to “Wavy Bagels” and here we are. “Bagels for Dagels” is just my personal series of “bagels” for display to ensure that they will keep coming fresh for the people to get.

RD: Finding proper credits can be challenging at times, but I do see a few placements for Intell, U-God’s son. How did you guys link?

WB: I met INTeLL via the brother S.I.T.H (Sick in the Head) about 6 years ago, both repping Staten Island. S.I.T.H.  I was shooting a music video for a joint we did called “Bake the Dough” ft. Mic Handz. INTeLL helped out with photography, and shooting alongside my great friend Alex Antigua.

He recently joined forces with fellow Wu-Babies Pxwer (Method Man’s son), Sun God (Ghostface) and Young Dirty Bastard (ODB) to form “2nd Generation Wu”. We just did a successful show in Harrisburg, PA. I got to DJ. It’s wild to me because I grew up listening to OB4CL and I think about the “keep the family together” line by Raekwon in “Glaciers of Ice”. It’s like watching life imitate art.

RD: Are placements something you pursue, or do you prefer to let the work breathe on your instrumental tapes?

WB: I feel producers today have the ability to do both simultaneously so I never stress one over the other.  I’m currently pursuing the placements that come natural and makes sense for both parties involved whoever that may be, but I am currently working with artists whether they are known or not. As long as the art is not compromised.

RD: You show a lot of love on your Soundcloud, constantly re-posting other’s works. What is the first thing you listen for when you hear a new producer’s work?

WB: That FEELING. If a beat got me thinking or moving in those first 20-45 seconds, I’m gonna share it. I’m also big on sharing the wealth with friends who I feel deserve to be heard just like how that opportunity was given to me. Whattup, Complexion! (Future Beats Show, UK)

RD: If there is an area you could improve at, what would it be?

WB: Between music and film & TV (freelance boom operator) I’ve done a lot of audio work, but recording and mixing live instruments is one aspect of audio I feel I haven’t done enough of and that only comes with practice. Songwriting as well.

RD: What aspect of beat making do you consider your strong suit?

WB: People always tell me about my drums, so I guess it’s the drums. I personally try to have a defining snare in every one of my bagels. The snare always hits me first. Before the kick, before the percussion.

RD: If you had a hefty budget to begin work on a WB producer album with all the trimmings, what 5 talents are you calling first?

WB: Sheesh. This one is tough. I would probably go with Thundercat, H.E.R., Anderson.Paak, Robert Glasper and SiR. I’ll engineer the hell out of that session and be a sponge soaking up knowledge at the same time.

RD: If you could add any piece of gear to your setup, what would it be?

WB: SP-404. It’s been a staple in the beat scene for years and I never owned one, but it’s always exciting to see a peer who owns it engage with it. There’s no letting go of the knobs. There’s always a function to sneak into a mix. It’s fun. That SP-555 is elite too. Shouts to the brother DøøF!

RD: What can you divulge about upcoming works?

WB: S.I.T.H and I are working on a ton of projects, but as of right now we are wrapping our debut project “BrainWavy” coming soon. Out record “Tazmania” is out now. We’re performing May 1 at Wonderville in BK.

Not doing beat tapes this year, but I will bring back my “Wavy Reworksss” series of remixes and edits for the DJ’s. I also heard of this supposed “solo wavy bagels project” but it’s only a rumor.

RD: Shouts?

WB: Big shoutout to the family GREEN STUDIO NYC, where I’ve recorded such artists including S.I.T.H, DFNS, AKAI SOLO, Lungs, Ba Pace, Benji Socrates, Lord Jah-Monte, BARS (of Your Mystery Guest) Theravada, Rob Chambers, Mutant Academy, K Solar, Asad Ill and many others. Extensive shoutout to TASE GRIP, The Boppers, 2000 Ent., Mutant Academy and 2nd Generation Wu.

Big shoutout to the Beat Scene! In Plain Sight, 9th Haus, Pushing Buttons Collective, The PVSH, Beat Haus, Beat Cinema, Controller Rise, Highwater Music, Brooklyn Beat Syndicate, Bananas, Chamber of Cyphers, Beet Trip, SAT SYN, The Build Co., Off The Scene and MTROKNWN. Thank you for pushing the culture forward!

Follow Wavy on Twitter and IG @wavy_bagels

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/wavy_bagels

Bandcamp https://wavybagels.bandcamp.com

Imported Goodz Interview

The talented crew of Imported Goodz joins us for this interview on Respect Due.

RD: How did Imported Goodz form together ?

IG: Imported Goodz came together from childhood friendships in South Florida, years of basketball, a love for music, and making beats. [Broken Rhythm]

RD: The first release had some amazing quality and unique details. Can you tell us about the concept for that debut release? Were there any issues with the production of that product?

IG: Thank you for the kind words on the first release. The title for Untitled Drums was inspired by Kendrick Lamars Untitled album. We didn’t have any song titles so it was fitting to just call them Untitled Drums. Conway calls his verses drums so we put the two together and it had a nice ring to it. As far as the music concept the goal was just to make sure that every second counted. All killer no filler. They say you have your whole lifetime to make your first album. I believe that to be true. Most of those beats are over 10 years old. Anytime you start something new it’s inevitable that there will be issues and this project was no exception. One major issue was we dealt with a clown engineer initially for the project who was recommended by a friend of mine. Long story short his mixes were subpar and he lacked professionalism. Sold his soul for a dollar. Jokes on him we’re on RDR blog now yuh feel me! Ha! [FN-2188]

RD: How do you divide the tasks of running Imported Goodz among the group? Who takes care of what to help drops go smoothly?

IG: Let me preface this that there is no one leader in the group. We all have say and input. As far as executive producing goes I for the most part take on that role and divide up the assignments to our strengths. We all make the beats. Broken Rhythm aka Dustin Mounce handles all the artwork for our albums. Broken Rhythm and Wayne Gordon handle all the mixing now. I handle all the social media and customer service for our merchandise. Mike Lima is head of security. [FN-2188]

RD: Was there any difference in the creative process between the 2 projects released on Imported Goodz?

IG: The first release was basically FN-2188 poking his head out of the back door yelling “Supper’s ready!” to the rest of the group. Everyone always talks about what could be or let’s do this one day, but FN-2188 brought it to life. Seeing his grind throughout it, and holding the actual product in our hands is what put the battery in our backs for the second project. Our creative process was the same, but the drive was definitely stronger on the second one. [Broken Rhythm]

RD: What can you share about working with Daniel Son on your latest project Killing Clouds?

IG: Working with Daniel Son I can share with you that he is a professional and he murks every beat. [FN-2188]

RD: RDR has a life long love for the Miami Hurricanes. I was shocked to hear the Sean Taylor clips with the photo images of Daniel Son throwing up the U. Who’s idea was it to add these amazing touches to this project. What was the creative inspiration behind that?

IG: A few of us are from Miami, but even just growing up in South Florida the Canes were huge in the 80’s. After finding out Daniel Son was a fan, we had to find some way to tie him visually to Miami. We had limited pics to choose from, but managed to find one with him throwing the “U” up. We thought it was dope with Daniel Son being from so far away to have love for UM football, which is so close to many of us. [Broken Rhythm]

RD: The artist for the cover is very talented could you share with us the concept idea behind the projects art?

IG: The art was created by Dusitn Mounce (aka Broken Rhythm), which was centered around the title “Killing Clouds”. Killing clouds is a dope way to describe shooting a firearm in the air, but it also describes how we’d like to rise in this game. On the cover Daniel Son’s eyes are pupil-less to show a tunnel vision like trance. His lower jacket includes a silhouette of the Toronto skyline. The black line style allows colorful layers to be built and not compromise Daniel Son as a focal point. I went with a purple and neon green combo because I love using loud colors when I can. [Broken Rhythm]

RD: What do you look forward to for the future of Imported Goodz?

IG: We want to quit our jobs to make music with artists that feel our shit. [Broken Rhythm]

Constant quality music and we wanna be on Rap Snacks. [FN-2188]

So many dope projects lined up for the future that we had an amazing time putting together. Right now, we’re not at the liberty to announce, but trust the people will be treated right as always. We’ve also finally opened up the channels of selling beats after much demand. It’s been a dope experience being able to connect and supply people with them Imported Goodz. We’re really excited to hear what people cook up over our music. To future connections never hesitate to hit us up at importedgoodz954@gmail.com [Wayne Gordon]

RD: Do you have any Shout Outs ?

IG: Shout Out to Old Spice Wolfthorn deodorant for lasting all day and anyone who supports our path. [Broken Rhythm]

Shout out to all the supporters of Imported Goodz. Shout out to Johnny Dang for creating the biggest chain in the game for me. A custom Imported Goodz piece comprised of 18 carat yellow and white gold and 3800 genuine round cut white diamonds. When I first laid eyes on this piece I had to rub the side of my face like Ace when he saw the gold bbs’. Also I wanna speak into existence Eli Porter – Imported Goodz coming one day. [FN-2188]

Simple – to all the people that supports us. Being able to make the music that we love and inspire an emotion in someone will never be overlooked. Don’t believe the hype, making that human connection weighs more than anything and with that said… shout out to the people! [Wayne Gordon]

Follow Imported Goodz on IG & Twitter @ imported_goodz_

Bandcamp: https://importedgoodz.bandcamp.com/