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July 22nd, 2014 | By

The internet has def helped a lot of producers gain exposure. It’s also exposed some hilarious stereotypes that are sometimes true. My latest video takes aim at some of the dumb things hip-hop beat makers do (myself included) – from awkward MPC photos, to e-diggers, 99 cent beats, and more.

It’s all in good fun, so don’t get too offended. Like I said, I’m guilty of some of this stuff too! Have more to add? Tweet @illtalbeats with #ProducersBeLike.

Nas - One Time 4 Your Mind

July 20th, 2014 | By

I picked up Hog Fat by Jimmy Gordon and His Jazznpops Band a few weeks ago while diggin. The Flying Dutchman logo caught my eye and as a rule, I pick up anything with the word “fat” in the title as it’s usually dope – Toe Fat, Fat Mattress, Fatback Band… I skimmed through it when I got home and heard some decent loops and drum breaks. After posting on Instagram I realized I missed the biggest loop on the LP.

The track “Walter L” was famously sampled by Large Professor for Nas’ classic “One Time 4 Your Mind” off of Illmatic. The use of the loop is a testament to what a great ear he has. For some reason, the sample often gets credited to Gary Burton’s version of “Walter L“. Check it out.

Interview on

July 5th, 2014 | By

TreksWord    Recently, I was lucky enough to get interviewed by TreksWord representing Stolkholm, Sweden.

Fellow beatmaker/blogger Trek asked plenty of great questions like my difficulties promoting music, what equipment I use, how I feel about the 90′s resurgence and the drama with my Joey Bada$$ video. It’s really in-depth so make sure you take a read.

Full interview here.

Innocent? - Proof In Numbers (feat. Sadat X)

July 5th, 2014 | By

Check out the new Megadon produced banger from Innocent? featuring Brand Nubian legend Sadat X. Innocent? lays out the difference between MC’s and rappers while Sadat X does a lot of math (in a dope way).

Jackin’ for Beats?

June 30th, 2014 | By

Busta Rhymes and Eminem - Calm Down Genesis LXG - House of Pain

The internet and radio went nuts today for the new Busta Rhymes and Eminem track “Calm Down“. (They also went nuts for Busta’s outfit at the BET Awards, but that’s a whole different issue). The Scoop DeVille banger loops and chops a familiar intro horn sample from House of Pain‘s “Jump Around” produced by DJ Muggs.

There is someone else going crazy, and that’s rapper Genesis LXG. However, it’s not because the track is dope; it’s because they stole his beat. A few months ago I was up at GID Radio and I met Genesis (who is like 7 feet tall btw). I heard the track “House of Pain” and really liked it. Today, when I heard “Calm Down” I was surprised to hear almost the same exact beat, minus Genesis. Genesis has taken to Twitter to address the beat jackin but this is a true David vs. Goliath story. Take a listen to the below tracks and you be the judge…

J Rawls - Rio (feat. Rashad)

June 16th, 2014 | By

Dope new video from veteran J Rawls. The video takes place in a record store so you know I’m a fan! Spent more time looking at the wax than the Brazilian (Get the joke? lol). The track is from J Rawls new album The Legacy featuring Masta Ace, Illa J, Oddisee, Wordsworth, Nottz Raw, as well as production from Kev Brown. Check it out.

Cormega - Fallen Soldiers

June 15th, 2014 | By

When you think of Wet Willie, you probably think of someone sticking their finger in your ear. A couple of dudes from Alabama thought it would be a great name for their band. The group released a few albums in the early 70′s on Capricorn records and charted with the single “Keep on Smilin“. Their debut self-title album didn’t have any hits, but did contain the cut “Beggar Song“. “Beggar Song” was used for 2 of New York’s greatest rappers – Jay-Z and Cormega.

In all fairness, Jay-Z rapped over the sample first on the track “Like That“. The song was featured on Kid Capri‘s 1998 album Soundtrack to the Streets. I don’t own the album and I couldn’t find any production credits online. I’m going to have to assume since the album was put out through Trackmasters, Tone & Poke might have produced it or Kid Capri himself. I have heard he was heavy in the digging circuit in the 90′s and he certainly has a fair share of hits under his belt. Either way, the track went on to become a Jay-Z non-album favorite.

Two years later, The Sqwad featuring Cormega single dropped, using the same loop. J-Love looped the same part as the Jay-Z track, but heavy panned it to include extra guitar notes later in the sample – essentially making it mono. The song became so popular, Mega would eventually include it on one of his albums.

The loop doesn’t kick in till 3 minutes in, so either listen or fast forward. Check it out and decide who flipped it better.

Smif-n-Wessun - Wipe Ya Mouf

May 27th, 2014 | By

Ahmad Jamal needs no introduction, but I’ll give him one anyway for any novice diggers out there. Jamal is a jazz pianist out of Pittsburgh, PA. He’s been recording music since the 1950′s and has been sampled by everyone from Jay-Z to Common Sense to Nas.

Despite many other Jazz artists who struggled to adapt to the electronic sounds of the early 80′s, Jamal stayed relevant. His 1980 release Intervals contained a mix of different Jazz styles. The first cut on the album – “You’re Welcome, Stop on By” – is a cover of the well known song by Bobby Womack (also check versions by Vickie Anderson, Rufus w/ Chaka Khan, and more!)

The track was famously sampled by Baby Paul of Da Beatminerz for the classic Smif-N-Wessun cut “Wipe Ya Mouf“. Baby Paul looped the intro strings and then filtered the high-end for the verses, in the trademark 90′s sound that we all love. If you never heard Dah Shinin’, ram your head into the wall a few times and then go cop it.