AUDIO: THE BEAT SOCIETY LA SHOWCASE (2014) w/ JAKE ONE, MARCO POLO, KEV BROWN, & RHETTMATIC

Peace Everyone….

It’s been a hot minute since I posted up on the Beat Junkies Blog….

just recently found this live recording audio of when I participated in the Beat Society LA Showcase in 2004…listening to this recording had me buggin out and brought back memories. This featured beats by Jake One, Marco Polo, Kev Brown, & yours truly.

Let me backtrack a little…..Some of you might be familar with the Beat Society Producer Showcase, some of you might not. For me personally, this is the one that started it all with the producer showcase genre, in terms of having established & upcoming producers at that time. This showcase was the brainchild from Philly producer extraordinaire Hezekiah along with the help from the indy label Soulspazm. Beat Fanatic head honcho Slopfunkdust was also instrumental in connecting the dots. The event was always hosted by Stef Tataz & Sao. And almost every producer that had a name or just getting a buzz has graced the stage: Kanye West, Nottz, Illmind, Exile, 9th Wonder, B!nk, Oddisee, & many more.

The showcase event would always feature 4 producers playing their beats live off their respected machines, as well as having well known MCs rock over their production, plus a sample challenge round where each producer would have to flip a sample that the committee from the Beat Society has chosen…The event was mostly based in the East Coast, primarily Philidelphia.

In 2003, it was the first time that the Beat Society Showcase ventures out West, specificially Los Angeles at the Knitting Factory. There, they had Dj Khalil, Illmind, Hezekiah, & the Dilated Junkie himself, Dj Babu. I had the honor of spinning music in between. What was also monumental, Dilla & Madlib were in the house chillin in the background peepin out the event.

In 2004, they had another Beat Society LA showcase (again at the Knitting factory), but this time, they asked me to participate as a producer. I was very honored, and to tell you the truth, I was hella nervous. “Why?” you ask? Well, I had to share the stage with some of my favorite producers who happen to be also my friends: Jake One, Marco Polo, & Kev Brown. To be on the same stage as these heavyweights had me shook….haha! I had alot of pressure, (1) because I was repping the hometown and didn’t want to let Los Angeles down and (2) the general public didn’t really know me as a producer; I was known more for being a DJ/Turntablist and I wanted to showcase my production to the public.

When you listen to the audio, you can hear each producer’s individual style and what equipment they were using: Jake had the ASR-10, Marco Polo & Kev Brown had the MPC 2000XL, & me…I had the MPC2000 & the Technics 1200 (yeah, I brought my set up at that time…lol). You can tell I was really nervous…haha. Also, when you listen to the audio, you might be familiar with some of the production that we played that night, especially Jake’s production of De La Soul‘s “Rock KoKane Flow” & WWE’s John Cena‘s wrestling intro song “The Time Is Now”. I played beats that would eventually make onto the Visionaries‘ 4th album “We Are The Ones”.

All in all, I had a great time sharing the stages with these guys, bonding & cracking jokes, & showcasing my beats. And it was a great feeling when my peers who I am a fan of their work gave me my props as a producer that night….that meant alot to me. I am honored to be featured & be part of this historic moment of the Beat Society history.

Bigups to Hezekiah, Jim at Soulspazm, Slopfunkdust, Sao, Stef, Jake, Marco, Kev, Casual, Akrobatik, Mr. Lif, Thearapy aka Paten Locke, Prince Po (Organized Konfusion), Black Silver, OhNo, Dj Romes, Dj Khalil, Chace Infinite, SA-RA, & to the listeners…..enjoy this time capsule moment.

Rhettmatic

AUDIO: THE BEAT JUNKIES PRESENT: SOUNDCHECK – EP. 2 w/ ELZHI & TUXEDO (3.10.15)

If you have been following what we’ve been doing, you know that we started our very own Radio Station channel at Dash Radio….Beat Junkie Radio! We also have our very own show called Soundcheck, that we do live every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7-10PM. We launched our first show on February 10th with special guests Dilated Peoples, MED, & LMNO.

This past Tuesday, March 10th, we did our 2nd show with special guests Elzhi & Tuxedo aka Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One. We posted up this week’s show on our soundcloud page. Now you’re wondering “What about the 1st episode?”. We’ll post that up soon but we wanted to flip it & post up the 2nd episode first. Enjoy the show & make sure you tune in to Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash.

Episode 2 w/ Elzhi & Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)
March 10, 2015.

First Hour
Mix: Dj D-Styles
1. Grand Master Flash & The Furious 5 – The Message (Tall Black Guy remix)
2. Love Again Instrumental – Run The Jewels
3. Danny Brown- blunt after blunt
4. Eprom – Empires
5. Love Again inst. – unknown artist
6. E-40 – Art Of Storytellin
7. Captain Murphy feat Viktor Vaughn (DOOM) x Earl Sweatshirts x ThunderCat – Between villains
8. Royal Flush feat Sean Price – Beasting
9. Dizz1 – Frazzled
10. Jon Wayne – Mean Muggin
11. Stagga – The Motoskillz
12. Stagga – Stagga Sound Killer
13. Gas Lamp Killer – Flange Face
14. Adrian Younge – Turn Down The Sound
15. Rapsody – Godzilla

Guest Interview: Elzhi
16. Elzhi – February (prod by 14KT)
17. Jake One ft. Elzhi & Royce da 5’9 – Glow
18. Elzhi – Boomerang Slang
 (prod by Houseshoes)

19. Dabrye – Game Over feat Jay Dee
 (Instr)
20. Step Brothers – Step Masters
21. Freestyle Fellowship – This Write Here
22. Jay Dee – Hoard Inst.

Second Hour:
Mix: J.Rocc – Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Mix
1. Notorious B.I.G. – Queen Bitch
2. Notorious B.I.G. – Players Anthem demo
3. Biggie Freestyle 2 (Bucktown beat)
4. Notorious B.I.G. feat Sadat X – Come On
5. Red Hot Lover Tone – 4 my peeps feat Notorious B.I.G. & Organized Konfusion
6. Pudge The Fat Bastard feat Notorious B.I.G. – Think Big
7. Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya
8. Heavy D & The Boys feat Notorious B.I.G. – A Buncha Niggas
9. Eddie F & The Untouchables – Let’s Get It on feat Heavy D, 2pac x Notorious B.I.G. x Grand Puba
10. Notorious B.I.G. – The Ugliest
11. Notorious B.I.G. – Real Niggaz Do Real Things
12. Notorious B.I.G. – Freestyle (Black Superman)

13. De La Soul – Rock Ko.Kane inst.

Guest Interview: Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)
14. Tuxedo – Do It
15. Tuxedo – Number One
16. Tuxedo – Watch The Dance
17. Tuxedo – R U Ready
18. Tuxedo – So Good Inst

19. Slum Village – slum village
20. PRHYME – U Looz

3rd Hour
Mix: Dj Rhettmatic
1. Slum village – Scheming feat Jay dee x Posdnuos x Phife Dawg
2. Oddisee x Phonte – Requiem
3. eMC – Triple Threat
4. Frank Nitt – Slipping
 (prod. by J.Rocc)
5. Jay Electronica – Road To Perdition
6. yU & nottz – Homicide
7. Ab Soul – 47 Bars
8. Ras Kass x Apollo Brown – PNT
9. D.R.U.G.S – Dark jr
 (Inst)
10. Your Old Droog – Sonic Youth
 (prod. by Marco Polo)
11. Oddisee – Word To Wise
12. Kissing The Curb
 – Jake One ft. Busta Rhymes x Bishop Lamont
13. Now On – Catapults
14. 14KT – W.C.E.F feat MED x Kokane
15. 14KT – RockABye Baby
16. eMC – Charly Murphie
17. Joey Bada$$ – Paper Trail$
 (prod. by Dj Premier)
18. Saga – City Streets feat Roc Marciano
19. Your Old Droog – Homicide
20. Gangrene feat. Earl Sweatshirts – Play it cool
21. Red Bills – The Black Opera
22. Snoop Dogg – Cadillacs
 (prod. by Madlib)
23. The Joint Chiefs (Frank Nitt & Rhettmatic) – The Nitty Show
24. Fashawn feat. Busta Rhymes – Out The Trunk
25. Crown Royale (Buff1 x Rhettmatic) – The Chosen Few ft. MED, Fashawn, & Tres Styles
26. Axel F – Superman
27. Talib Kweli x Madlib ft. Strong Arm Steady
 – The Function
28. The Visionaries feat. Rakaa & Brother J – Need To Learn
28. Gangrene – All Bad
29. Gangrene – Take Drugs
30. Gangrene – Vodka & Ayahuasca

MIXTAPES THAT JAKE ONE & MAYER HAWTHORNE (DJ HAIRCUT) MADE THAT INSPIRED THE CREATION OF TUXEDO

The creation of Tuxedo came about when platinum producer Jake One & singer/producer Mayer Hawthorne exchanged with each other their Funk & Boogie mixtapes: Jake’s mixtape series “AR” & Mayer’s mixtape as Dj Haircut “Shoot The Duck”.

“Mixtapes are part of the reason Tuxedo exists. Jake and Mayer made these two mixtapes long before they knew each other, about 10 years ago. Shortly after meeting they exchanged these mixes, and realized the ground was already set for their collaboration.”

INTERVIEW: NOISEY INTERVIEWS TUXEDO (MAYER HAWTHORNE & JAKE ONE)

While in Toronto, Canada for a DJ gig, the dynamic duo of funk, Tuxedo which consists of singer/producer Mayer Hawthorne & platinum record producer Jake One, did an interview with Noisey, discussing their love for Funk & Boogie, how they connected, & why they say ‘Funk & Disco has never left’.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview

Now disco and funk seems to be making a comeback.
Hawthorne:
 Oh yeah, now it’s huge. I mean the top two records last year were disco.
One: It was kinda weird for us in particular because we probably did the first record in 2007, the first song for this project. So building songs over the years, and Mayer Hawthorne kind of happened in the middle of that, which took him to a whole different place, obviously, in life.
Hawthorne: Jake was doing beats for Drake and Rick Ross and everybody.
One: It was just something that we were doing for fun.
Hawthorne: Every once in a while we’d get together for two weeks or a week and knock a couple out and go our separate ways and come back and do it again for a week. The whole record we did actually make in the same room together, though.
One: Going back to your question—last year we heard “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk) and “Treasure” (Bruno Mars). So I was like, “fuck man, we had these!” The whole time, we had them. I was kind of like, man I don’t want people to think we’re biting their shit. That definitely wasn’t the case, but it made me feel like there was a place for this. It was just sort of confirming our passion. It is weird that it’s a thing, you know?

To read the rest of the interview, click here: http://noisey.vice.com/en_au/blog/Tuxedo-Hawthorne-Jake-One-Tattoo-Toronto-venue-Interview

MAYER HAWTHORNE & JAKE ONE ARE “TUXEDO” – NEW ALBUM COMING SOON!

The dynamic duo of Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One have joined forces to become “Tuxedo”. These two talented indivuduals got together to make that stoopid funk grooves that’ll make you wanna get down & boogie!

Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) and Jake One (Taurus) – they are descendants of the one- word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush & Zapp

The Tuxedo collaboration began with an exchange of mixtapes back in 2006. The fruits of a long-standing kinship were three tracks that mysteriously showed up on Internet doorsteps nearly two years ago. In between personal projects, these three tracks became a full album’s worth of Tuxedo. The album was mixed by original disco don dada John Morales at his home studio in South Plainfield, New Jersey. “I flew out there,” Mayer says. “His wife made me spaghetti and everything.” 

The duo is excited to release the upcoming album on Stones Throw Records, which also marks Mayer’s return to the label since his debut release of A Strange Arrangement in 2009. Until then, stay classy.” 

Album drops March 3, 2015!

VIDEO: JAKE ONE’S “BEHIND THE BEAT” – 50 CENT’S “HUSTLER”

Our good homie, producer extraordinaire, Jake One (De La Soul, Drake, Rick Ross, etc) has a video series called “Behind The Beat” where he shows you behind the scenes of his productions and the hits he made. This particular episode, he shows you the making of 50 Cent‘s “Hustler”, using his trusty ASR-10. Jake makes producing Slappers look easy…..make sure you check out his other episodes.

De La Soul – “Rock Kokane Flow”

Drake – “The Furthest Thing”

Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z & Dr. Dre – “3 Kings”