Here's a quality track sent over by Matthew the Great, a producer/artist based out of Boston, MA. Primarily a beatmaker (who occasionally dabbles on the mic), Matthew (formally known as The Milkman) has produced for a number of artists (Fresh Daily, Chris Faust, Roger) and produces creative output of many different mediums and genres with his group BDC (Bad Decisions Collective). Matthew's styles are all over the map, and Mindstate epitomizes the schizophrenic nature of his thought and creative process. For more of his music check out his website and SoundCloud page.
This EP/Demo/Mixtape/Whatever is some remixes that are old and (sorta) new. I made the tracks originally (except for 1 that has a sample, guess which one :-P) and all of them are different genres of music that I listen to. I did these remixes for a lot of reasons; to see how it would sound with my music, to see learn how to adapt to not just one genre.....majority of it is because there were contests to remix some of these songs and they didn't win. Oh Well....ENJOY!!!! :-D
I am very pleased & excited to introduce you to Young General’s Hip-Hop For Adults, Vol. 2. The new mixtape kicks off with “I’m A Beast,” a track mixing Young G’s lyrical dexterity with the scratching and table riffing of DJ My Boy Elroy. I’ve seen this song performed live with a band on a few occasions, and while it is indeed a crowd-pleaser, a more apt label is “crowd-winner” – it’s a song that can be performed to an unknown audience to win their attention.
The song works the same way in this series, inviting listeners into Young General’s follow-up to 2011’s Vol. 1. The lush production from G’s regular collaborator Letter L gives the track an introductory feel before it settles into its booming refrain. Feels like an action film’s opening credits. Perhaps that’s why G was inspired to rip off a series of superhero mentions in the song’s second verse.
For the new October/November edition of VIBE, we see none other than Eminem gracing the cover as part of an exclusive reunion of the cast of 8 Mile, 10 years after its release. (Wow... 10 years ago I remember seeing this as a freshman in high school. Thanks for successfully making me feel old, hah!)
The full cover story can be read here - and it's a must-read for fans of the classic movie. It's a ping pong discussion between Em, Mekhi Phifer (Future), Anthony Mackie (Papa Doc), Omar Benson Miller (Sol), and Evan Jones (Cheddar Bob) that ranges from the chemistry and creative process on set, how Mekhi was initially going to pass on the film, and even a dope tidbit on "Lose Yourself", excerpted below.
I remember doing “Lose Yourself.” I went to the trailer during lunch and laid a scratch from top to bottom, just one take through and then stacked some ad-libs and shit. I was going to come back and re-do it. I actually ended up keeping it. That’s my most vivid memory—that song, and walking around set with a pad of paper. If I didn’t have that, I’d write it on my hand. I was like a little hamster: I’d go from my lunch trailer to the treadmill to run and then jump to the music trailer to make some beats.