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Constant Deviants Omerta (25 Facts)

• April 11, 2016
Constant Deviants Omerta (25 Facts)

Constant Deviants Omerta (25 Facts)

Following on from the “Avant Garde” album Constant Deviants Omerta is the upcoming album, and in typical fashion we have 25 facts to share about the project.

We will be posting more promotional material ahead of the upcoming Constant Deviants Omerta album in the forthcoming weeks and months, as the album is due to be released on the 28th June 2016. Check out music from Avant Garde by searching for Constant Deviants in the search bar.

1. The concept for Omerta was inspired at a show in Vevey , Switzerland at the RKC where Constant Deviants and the Six2Six team performed and spent the night bugging out with the late great Sean Price. Great memories!

2. After releasing Avant Garde last year and creating such a laid back, jazzy feeling artistic album, M.I. and Cutt felt it was time to deliver a hard hitting gritty album but still maintain their “moving forward” outlook.

3. The concept for Luciano and Lansky was based on the fact that M.I. is Italian and Cutt is Russian.

4. The Six2Six team has started a Six2Six Films division to the company and in the process of recording this album filmed their second movie “Six 2 Six the Movie”

5. M.I. has fallen in love with acting and enjoys it nearly as much as his music

6. Dj Cutt released a project this year with an artist named Aye Wun titled “Groceries”.

7. Both Cutt and Aye Wun appear in “Six 2 Six the Movie”

8. Omerta is the first project that Constant Deviants recorded together in the studio since “Amongst Friends” circa 1998-2000

9. This album is the duo’s favorite album to date

Constant Deviants Omerta (25 Facts)

Constant Deviants Omerta (25 Facts)

10. M.I. swims 90 laps a day

11. Cutt is getting more into djing parties and playing classics

12. The first song recorded for this album was “So Underrated“. And that set the bar for the album

13. There is already another project in the works for Constant Deviants

14. Constant Deviants is one of the few groups still sticking to the dj/mc formula.

15. DJ Cutt made all the beats and mixed all of Constant Deviants projects

16. Both are sick of hearing about the presidential campaign “Cutt for President”

17. Six2Six Films will begin filming their 3rd movie while the current movie is making a festival run

18. Omerta was originally set to be an EP

19. M.I. released his solo LP titled “Catch 22” early 2016 produced by TCOR

20. Cutt spent a lot of time looking for samples that fit the concept of this LP

Constant Deviants Omerta (25 Facts)

Constant Deviants Omerta (25 Facts)

21. M.I. spent a lot of time making sure he incorporated “mob slang” and mob references in the lyrics but was careful not to come off like they were trying to be mobsters.

22. Luciano and Lansky both died free men

23. Six2Six is looking forward to getting more into scoring movies.

24. M.I. has gotten more into production and is currently producing the “Who” album for label mate Rome.

25. Competition still catchin speed knots!!!

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Masta Ace Disposable Arts Interview

• April 8, 2016
Masta Ace Disposable Arts Interview

Masta Ace Disposable Arts Interview

Masta Ace Disposable Arts is without question a Hip-Hop classic. In the second video from the “Kings of New York” series, Hip-Hop Kings present the Masta Ace Disposable Arts interview.

When Hip-Hop Kings owner Ryan Maxwell went to New York, Masta Ace was one of the first interviews conducted for The Kings of New York series. Masta Ace has recently re-issued  his classic album “Disposable Arts” as the physical went out of circulation. Masta Ace discusses the process behind the re-issue and talks about his favourite tracks from the record, along with the legnedary “Take a Walk”.

Later on in the interview, Masta Ace talks about the new two-hour documentary which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the album. Below System Records were responsible for making the re-issue and documentary happen, in partnership with Ace. If you haven’t seen the Masta Ace Disposable Arts documentary I highly recommend watching, as it’s a fantastic insight into the creation and history of the album.

Finally, the very last question confirms that Masta Ace is already working on a documentary of A Long Hot Summer nad filming has began. Please make sure you subscribe to the HHKMusic YouTube channel and share the video with a friend. You can watch the Masta Ace Disposable Arts Interview on the YouTube player below.

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25 Facts About Virus Syndicate Symptomatic Album

• March 12, 2016
Virus Syndicate Symptomatic

Virus Syndicate Symptomatic

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As we celebrate the release of Virus Syndicate Symptomatic new album, the lads have provided 25 facts about the project you will not read or see anywhere else. Please also support by downloading the new album from the iTunes link above.

1. This is the first album that has been nearly all produced in house since our first album

2. The preacher on Shadows is actually Nika D acting with an effect on the voice

3. We have shot more music videos to this any other project

4. There is an underlying narrative throughout the album

5. There are 14 tracks on the album

6. It’s the first album we’ve used live musicians on

7. Our video to Psychopath was prohibited from media use in France due to its content

Virus Syndicate Symptomatic LIVE

Virus Syndicate Symptomatic LIVE

8. It took us 9 months to make

9. The chaos & commotion video was a last minute idea planned 24 hours before the shoot

WATCH – Virus Syndicate – Chaos & Commotion

10. We have Italian and Polish rap remixes of Gimme The Mic and Rainy Season

WATCH – Virus Syndicate – Gimme The Mic

11. Dope DOD and James E Mayer feature on the album

12. 50% of the beats were produced by JSD on planes and in hotel rooms on The Swarm album tour

13. It’s the first Virus Syndicate album with a multi territory deal

14. Shadows is based on a true story

15. Every lyric in Insane is 100% factual

Virus Syndicate Symptomatic (Chaos & Commotion)

Virus Syndicate Symptomatic (Chaos & Commotion)

16. Rainy Season was recorded way after the album was finished and only put on at the very last minute

17. Questions & Answers was inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis

18. They are real bible quotes at the beginning of Psychopath

19. We did the album artwork three times, one of the versions involved us having our faces physically painted

20. ‘Wanna Be Me’ is the only track not completely recorded at EY3 Media and was in majority recorded at our old Salford studio

21. Do Suttin was originally called Gorilla Pimp and had a completely different hook and concept

22. F Wid Me was inspired by one of our ex’s

23. It’s the only album we have made without falling out with each other!

24 DEAD is inspired by the pilot who decided to fly his plane into the mountains with a plane load of passengers

25 This is our best album yet… FACT!

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25 Facts About Horseshoe Gang – Anti Trap Music

• February 15, 2016
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Horseshoe Gang – Anti Trap Music

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As we approach the release of the upcoming Horseshoe Gang album “Anti Trap Music” we have 25 exclusive facts about the album. Please pre-order the album from the iTunes link above.

1. We listen to R&B way more than we listen to Rap

2. We never hear each other’s raps until one of us is in the booth recording it

3. We almost put out a Mixtape dissing all the whack rappers in the industry & calling out their names

4. All 4 of us are actually brothers

5. We were homeless half of our childhood & half of our adulthood

6. Our mother had 7 kids

7. Our middle names are Julius, Richard, Dwight & Antron

8. We all agree that the Simpsons is the best cartoon of all time

9. We all agree that “Straight outta Compton” is the best movie of all time

10. Kenny & Demetrius are team Jason Voorhees and Julius & Dice are team Freddy Krueger and we always have heated debates about who’s better

11. Demetrius, Julius & Kenny never went to any school ever

12. We have 2 younger sisters that sing

13. We’ve lived in Long Beach significantly longer than anywhere else but we’ve also lived in Miami, Oklahoma, Oakland, Las Vegas, Harrisburg & Dallas

14. Here’s our Favorite colors
Black for Demetrius, Gray for Julius, White for Kenny & Purple for Dice

15. We all agree that Michael Jackson is the best entertainer of all time

16. When we did our Mixtape Monthly series we thought about doing Mixtape Weekly

17. Our older brothers Kxng Crooked & Mad Man started teaching us how to rap when were about 3 years old

18. Our mother used to sing & had a record deal with her twin sister in the 70s

19. Demetrius & Dice don’t drink or smoke

20. Demetrius is so much of a Lakers fan that he’s almost gotten into fights with strangers because they were cheering for the other team

21. We got the idea for our Mixtape Monthly series from Kxng Crooked’s Hip Hop Weekly series

22. We hate listening to the radio

23. Julius just became a vegetarian

24. We can’t understand anything that Young Thug is saying

25. We all agree that Denzel Washington is the best actor of all time

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25 Facts About Britizen Kane – Orson Welles EP

• February 8, 2016
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britizen kane – orson welles EP

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Here are 25 facts about the new Britizen Kane album “Orson Welles EP” which fans can download from the bandcamp link above. Also make sure you follow Britizen Kane on Twitter (@IAmBritizenKane)

Till There’s Nothing Left
1. I originally wrote this track for a freestyle video for B The Movement’s YouTube channel in early 2015.
2. The vocals you can hear at the start of ‘Till There’s Nothing Left’ are actually the final bars on my 2010 mixtape ‘Mine For The Taking’. I LITERALLY wanted to pick up where I left of.
3. This record also includes some of my favourite wordplay I’ve ever written (the whole ‘see his face like Sia’s face’ scheme being my overall favourite!).

Make It Out Alive
4. ‘Make It Out Alive’ is the first track I’ve ever produced that I’ve rapped on as well.
5. The basis of the instrumental and hook line for ‘Make It Out Alive’ came together in about 10 minutes during a phone call with 3D, where I was attempting to do an impression of Future’s rapping style.

Feels Like Fire
6. This record is actually a remix of a Dan Kent produced track by Flexplicit, Kuniva (D12) and Kof which Dan Kent kindly let me drop some verses on.
7. ‘Feels Like Fire’ originally had two completely different verses written for it when I first got given the instrumental in 2013, but I decided to scrap them on the day of the session to record the final take for the EP…so I had to write new ones on the Metrolink en route to Mister’s studio.

Goldmine
8. I had the hook idea for ‘Goldmine’ years before I ever actually had an instrumental to use for it.
9. Two of the verses recorded for this track were reworks of verses originally planned for collaborations with my long time musical family, Mark Waters and Mister.

Listening To Jadakiss
10. Each verse on ‘Listening To Jadakiss’ starts with an opening bar from a track by three rappers who have influenced me the most, (Sway, Tech N9ne & Joe Budden).
11. The instrumental for this track had originally appeared as an instrumental for a freestyle on a promo CD I did in 2011 entitled ‘The Wordplay Manual’.
12. This song was written as one long wordplay scheme in which I included the names of over 40 hip-hop artists/groups.
13. Despite being my favourite producer to work with, this is the only track on the entire EP which Sean Divine produced.

You In I (Feat. Kris Evans)
14. ‘You In I’ was originally written in 2013, and was going to be called ‘As Much As You Deserve’ with McLean providing the chorus. Some of the lyrics I wrote for that track are still present on this final version.
15. I initially sent the track to Legal EyeZ and Kris Evans to see if they knew a male vocalist who could lay a hook down for me. Later than night, Kris emailed me the track back over with his chorus recorded!

Lost My Way
16. ‘Lost My Way’ wasn’t originally going to be included on the EP, and was just recorded as a personal vent.
17. The final song I originally planned was entitled ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, but was left incomplete due to not being able to find a reliable female vocalist for the record.

Other Miscellaneous & Boring Sh!t
18. This is my first full solo project released under the stage name ‘Britizen Kane’ since I retired ‘Bigfoot’ in 2014.
19. 5 out of the 7 songs were originally intended to appear on my 2015 mixtape ‘The Quality Of Life’ which I later scrapped entirely.
20. This EP is my first project that has been co-mixed and recorded by other people as well as myself since 2010. I’m too OCD with my mixes to let anyone else ever touch them!
21. The project’s original title was ‘The Glass Ceiling EP’, in fact, you can hear me reference ‘the glass ceiling’ on several tracks.
22. The project started its life as an EP…then I turned it into a mixtape…then back to an EP…then back to a mixtape…before FINALLY settling on an EP…I think.
23. During the recording sessions for the EPixtape, I laid down 20+ freestyles and remixes to various instrumentals…most of which will probably never see the light of day.
24. This was the first (and hopefully the last!) project I’ve ever part-recorded using Logic… F**K that! Back to Cubase I go…
25. My original idea was to have a single record called ‘Orson Welles’ as a tribute to the actor who wrote and starred in ‘Citizen Kane’, but I eventually decided to name the entire project after him.

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25 Facts About Mike Two – Thoughts of a Beautiful Dream

• February 5, 2016
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mike two – thoughts of a beautiful dream

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Following the release of Mike Two’s brand new album “Thoughts of a Beautiful Dream”, here are 25 facts about the album. Please support and download Mike Two – Thoughts of a Beautiful Dream on the link above.

1). J57 & Optiks we’re the only two people that believed in me and all my crazy ideas for creating this project.
2). I wanted to create an album that can be played in the halls of the Louvre.
3). Gold chalice it’s about my desire for competition and wanting to be one of the best. “I can see the day when they’re not Kings again” – Gold Chalice
4). Moonwalk it’s about the people who don’t fuck with you until your poppin’.
5). Mean Joe Scheme’s cousin Pablo is the main reason “Vanity” made the project.
6). It was Optiks’ idea for the hook on “Two3”.
7). “Lit” was the first record me and Koncept did together.
8). Mean Joe Scheme got a hidden interlude on the album.

mike two

mike two

9). Akie Bermiss became Charlie Wilson for the end of the “Transatlantic”.
10). Dream big features my brother Rocman Apollo who is one of the biggest reasons I rap. As well as my homie Terrence Keller who in the mix of making this album changed it to that from T-DOE.
11). Sunset to Black Renaissance is 2 separate Optiks beats we made into one and features my brother Haas on the hook over the phone.
12). Me and Mean Joe Scheme wrote the hook for Chamber Music.
13). I wrote and performed the “King Me” track in the same day.
14). In Cloud Talk I make a mention of Sandy Brock who was the Staten Island basketball legend. It also features Mean Joe Scheme in the transition during the recording I told him to channel Jermaine Dupri’s intro on Usher’s record “My Way”. ( Hilarious)
15). The record “Princeton” is about my feeling of wishing I would have attended the university. It also was the first recorded we recorded for this project.
16). Jemyle Jones is my favorite rapper who’s also my barber.
17) Koncept & Joe’s cousin Pablo have Epic fade battles. (Inside joke)
18) Katiah and I have the same length of hair and his mixtape drops February 29th

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miketwo

19) I’m born and raised in Staten Island, NY
20) Nicelle narrates the whole album
21) I wrote every record on this album in my head.. no pen and or blackberry
22) I convinced J57 to start 57 music
23) I’m Mike Two because my dad is one
24) “Vanity” was the last record recorded for the project.
25) I’ve known Sauce producer of “The Clean” since high school.

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25 Facts About Mean Joe Scheme – You Gotta Watch

• December 13, 2015
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Mean Joe Scheme – You Gotta Watch

25 Facts About Mean Joe Scheme – You Gotta Watch

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Here are the excellent 25 facts from Mean Joe Scheme on his upcoming album “You Gotta Watch”. Please support by downloading using the link above  when the album becomes available on the 15th of December.

1. The title “You Gotta Watch” comes from key advice from my father. Pretty much all of his tutelage is marred with the belief that you must be aware of your surroundings at all times. “You gotta watch, papi..” and such.

2. The film “Paid in Full” is a big inspiration throughout the entire project, none more obvious than the single “51020”. Rico (played impeccably by Cam’ron) has a line in the first scene of the movie during a Chinese food dinner that can be heard at the end of the song. If you listen to the project closely, you’ll hear some of the movie’s dialogue sprinkled in the lyrics.

3. “Champagne” was originally entitled “Intentions” after a conversation I was having with a woman I was (am still sort of?) casually dating the day of the session. Most of the song was a freestyle. Optik’s suggested that I go in the booth and feel it out. So somewhere in the stems is a long gibberish track of gold that only we will hear.

4. Noah Dreiblatt’s (alto saxophone, “Champagne” and “Oddysey”) coming into the fold as told by Optik’s (Producer of the majority of the album whose credits include Jon Connor, Blitz The Ambassador, and Talib Kweli among others): “We performed at Freddy Nyce’s (Head A&R for Tommy Boy Ent.) show in Brooklyn and he was playing sax for his band King Holiday that was added to the bill last minute. After their set, Noah wandered into our dungeon-esk green room. We had a good conversation that lead to an invite to the lab to record some stuff for my album, then, your album.”

5. “G-Dep” is named G-Dep because of the adlibs. I am a huge fan of “Child of the Ghetto” and just kept saying the hey hey hey’s every time I would hear the beat. It was only right I represent. Hold your head, Dep.

6. The album was recorded entirely at Optik’s home studio in Brooklyn. Fact: He fed me dinner after basically every session. The man can cook

7. “Big Pistols” was recorded last of all the songs. In fact, it was always going to be blended in to “Gun to the Door”. Mike Two (fellow fiveseven music artist and GENIUS) heard it late in the process and suggested trap style drums be added for a different feel. He can be heard on the end of the song saying his signature adlib “WHIP WHIP!”.

8. As told by J57 (Executive producer, producer of “G-Dep”, and Big Homie)

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I couldn’t be any prouder. This kid is one of the most humble, hard working and talented people I’ve ever met. I remember I didn’t know he rapped when he came to a Brown Bag AllStars show years ago at Littlefield in Brooklyn, then fast forward a few years and he’s on stage rocking my birthday show at Littlefield and the sold out crowd went crazy for him. I still have him saved in my phone as Chuck. The roots are deep in our friendship. I believe in him. You’re going to love him, trust me. They’re ALL going to love him.

Fact: I remember hanging out at Optiks’ spot when Mean Joe Scheme and I came up with the game plan for him to make a bunch of singles for us to leak / create an internet buzz from, back in May 2015. As the summer went on, I noticed that Mean Joe was creating some real cohesive and epic sounding stuff with Optik’s — by late July, told me it was going to be an EP and that I had beats on it as well, etc. I told him I didn’t want to hear it until it was finished, because I want to hear it how everyone else will hear it — completely unbiased, so we can get the best product out there as possible. A few months later he and Optik’s decided to make it a full length LP, in which they did an incredible job doing! This will be the first release on my Five Seven Music imprint followed by my solo LP called “I’m the J57” as well as Mike Two’s album “Thoughts of a Beautiful Dream” and Katiah’s mixtape titled “The MixKatape” — all due out in early 2016 on Five Seven Music.

Mean Joe Scheme - You Gotta Watch

Mean Joe Scheme – You Gotta Watch

9. “By My Lonely” almost didn’t make the album. After recording the first verse I was really not pleased with the sound of the song. I was in the middle of telling Optik’s to scrap it during a playback and I think he accidentally muted what was a major component of the original beat. All that was left was the smacking drums and the guitar sounds played by Brett Cimbalik (co-producer and very tall human). It became very sinister, very fast. Exactly what the album needed.

10. Mike Two named “Champagne” champagne.

11. The chorus for “Realize” was inspired by the way Andre 3000 said “ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT” on “Gasoline Dreams” off of Stankonia. Also, My cousin was in the studio for this session and we were making fun of the saying “Real eyes, Realize, real eyes”. It kind of just clicked off from there.

12. The mighty PitchBlak Brass Band blessed the album kind of by accident. The band leader (and very talented artist in her own right) Tubafresh was called in to hear the album early so we could go over ideas for a show we would do later on in the fall. She asked if we wanted to her to bring her tuba. Op was like, “Hm. Oddysey?”. After the session, she plugged Optik’s with the other band members and boom. Space.

13. Noam the Drummer (very skilled DJ, producer, and dear friend) played the notes for “It Was Written” live while Optik’s laid the drums. Essentially the whole beat was made live.

14. “Gun to the Door”, in my opinion, is the real beginning to the album even though it’s track two. The first track kind of serves as a dream sequence that I’m telling a friend and what I’m saying at the top of “Gun” is kind of the end an anecdote.

15. Which leads me to say that “Big Pistols” is sort of a statement that I am a fan of and can easily make the non-traditional Hip-Hop music of today.

16. The “51020” video was shot in SoHo in one day because we’re live like that.

Mean Joe Scheme - 51020 Video

Mean Joe Scheme – 51020 Video

17. “You Gotta Watch” (the song) was produced by IMAKEMADBEATS who is in a production team named A Gang Called Dumb alongside Optik’s, and Seandammit.

18. Jemyle Jones directed and edited the “51020” video.

19. “Everybody/Nobody” is a commentary on how people project their feelings about themselves on to Hip-Hop artists and just life in general. The last verse is me taking responsibility for doing that to myself, as evidenced by the slight change in the chorus at the end of the song.

20. J57‘s verse on “51020” is all fact. Thus, Five Seven Music.

21. Koncept heard the unfinished “By My Lonely” for approximately 30 seconds and loved it.

22. Optik’s didn’t think I’d really like the beat for “Champagne”. He kept calling it some “teenage love passing me by sh**”.

23. I wanted Optik’s son, Gio, to sing on “It’s Mine, Ok.” and he sternly refused. The post-script to this is now it’s his favourite song of mine and he’s been singing it a lot recently. He’s the harshest music critic I know. This is big for me.

24. “Everybody/Nobody” was originally titled “Je Suis”, French for “I Am”.

25. I know “Oddysey” is spelled incorrectly. But that’s how Optik’s spelled it and that’s how it shall be written in stone.

You can also watch the brand new video from Mean Joe Scheme – 51020 on the YouTube player below.

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25 Facts About Koncept and J57 – The Fuel

• November 5, 2015

Koncept and J57 – The Fuel

1 – “The Fuel” EP is being released first, but was recorded after our “Flight” LP that is dropping in 2016.

2 – Most of Koncept’s vocals were recorded in his previous apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

3 – Koncept’s vocals for “Porcelain” were recorded in Warwick, NY the day before moving to the west coast. Hollis recorded her vocals at J57’s apartment in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn shortly after.

4 – “Crazy Is Beautiful” was recorded in Portland, Oregon the day before shooting the video for “Porcelain” in Cannon Beach (where the Goonies was filmed).

5 – “Crazy Is Beautiful” was originally intended to be on the 2nd full length album which will drop after “Flight”. Nevaeh (sings the hook) is the daughter of friend, Jessica Keaveny who is a very talented photographer.

6 – “Jump” was also recorded in Portland. Koncept wrote and recorded “Jump” to let off steam one day when in the studio and was in a particular mood. The song was not intended for the EP or for any project. It was more for his own release/therapy. A week later Koncept & J57 knew it had to go on the project. There is artwork for this song. Maybe it will be released some day.

7 – Koncept spent months in the Red Bull Studio LA with James Musshorn mixing and mastering “The Fuel” EP. Each song has at least 5 different mixes due to us being perfectionists. J57 was on Skype/Facetime from Brooklyn for many of those days mixing.

8 – Originally the EP was only 4 songs. Now it is 8.

9 – “The Fuel” EP had previous artwork that will never see the light of day.

Koncept and J57 - The Fuel

10 – Major labels freaked out when they were playing the EP and LP in their offices and wanted to sign them on the spot.

11 – Andrew Thomas Reid basically freestyled over the “Excitement” beat and the 4 bars off it were taken and made into the perfect hook for the song.

12 – You can hear that the very last clap at the very end of the song on “Excitement” is slightly off. It was kept because imperfection is beautiful.

13 – Half of the beats on “The Fuel” EP were made back in 2008 and 2009. J57 strategically saved them for the future and didn’t show them to anyone.

14 – Back in 2010, close friend/collaborator, Sene from Denitia and Sene, originally had a song over “The Fuel” beat for the intended Sene & J57 album. They even performed that song live for a few months around NYC and various other cities but decided to scrap it over time.

15 – Joe Rogers aka The Grand Concourse co-produced “Excitement” with J57. J’s original version (created in 2009) was his attempt at making an Exile meets Kid Cudi sounding beat. Joe and J brought it to another level when they sat down in Joe’s Room17 studio with a ton of analog gear in the summer of 2013 and revamped the beat.

16 – Two of J57’s new artists that he’s producing, Mike Two and Nichelle are both on “Crazy Is Beautiful”. Mike Two (who’s background is ghost writing for major labels) wrote the chorus and laid down a demo for Nevaeh to get the gist of it. Mike’s vocals sounded so good that they kept his vocals in and even had Nichelle come in and sing some background accenting vocals at Optiks’ home studio in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

17 – Mike Two coached Nevaeh how to deliver her vocals over Skype the day before Koncept & J57 shot the “Porcelain” video.

Koncept and J57 - Porcelain

18 – Back in 2009, J57 had a solo song recorded to the “Excitement” beat but never let anyone hear it except for the person that sung the chorus on J’s version, Jefferson Price. J decided to scrap it as well as the rest of his solo album in late 2009 but kept the beats for future endeavors that he felt made sense.

19 – The “Porcelain” beat (created in 2014) was originally for J57’s debut solo LP, then while on tour a year later J played the beat for Koncept saying it would make more sense to use it for Koncept & J57 and that Hollis (whom they met 2 weeks prior) would sound perfect on it. J called Hollis and asked to if she was down to collaborate and she said yes. The rest is history.

20 – “Live Forever” was originally on “Flight” and was worked on at Red Bull Studios LA back in May 2013. PJ Katz even added extra keys there and James and Eric from Red Bull mixed the track. Dice Raw was a later addition to the record.

21 – “Plane Ticket” was a beat that J57 made in 2013 and wasn’t going to show anyone because he felt like none of the artists he worked with would like it for any of their albums. He luckily showed Koncept & Joe Rogers aka The Grand Concourse during a drunken studio session at Room17 Studio and they created the song known today as “Plane Ticket”.

22 – J57 originally made the beat for “Jump” for 1 of his solo albums “We Can Be Kings” and planned on featuring 1 or 2 emcee’s on it and called the song “The Next Kings” in homage to his old crew from back home on Long Island; TNK. As J’s album progressed, he realized that the beat would stick out like a sore thumb so he showed the beat to Koncept. Months later Koncept dug that beat up and recorded an incredible song to it and wanted to call it “The Next Kings” and to release it as a single. Koncept didn’t know that J57 planned on releasing an album called “We Can Be Kings” so they then decided to call it something else — then Koncept came up with “Jump”.

23 – The drum work on “Patience” was an homage to J57’s very long time love for the late, great J Dilla’s drum work.

24 – Whiskey and vodka fuelled Koncept & J57 during the 2 year creation of “The Fuel” EP; between long, fun studio sessions at Room17 with Joe Rogers to long, fun nights with their business partner, Kyle Watkins, in Manhattan going over the master plan.

25 – You are The Fuel. Each and every one of you. We made this music for you. For you to listen, feel, and see. To laugh, smile, jump, and cry. Be inspired to reach your own goals. Passion is life. Passion is fuel.

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Irn Mnky and Eskar – Back to the Future Mixtape

• October 21, 2015
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Back to the Future Mixtape

DOWNLOAD | Irn Mnky and Eskar – Back to the Future Mixtape

As we celebrate BTTF day, Leeds based Irn Mnky and Eskar have teamed up to release their brand new mixtape “Back to the Future Mixtape”. Available to download from £6.99 from the bandcamp page listed above, the download is also available in cassette format which is limited edition so make sure you purchase early to avoid disappointment when it inevitably goes out of stock. You can view the official artwork and download link to the Irn Mnky and Eskar – Back to the Future Mixtape here.

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The Doctors Orders – 10 Favourite DJ Sets

• October 9, 2015
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The Doctors Orders

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In a continued celebration of our friends The Doctors Orders reaching their 10 year anniversary, Spin Doctor has put together his favourite 10 DJ Sets throughout the years. The Doctors Orders are preparing for Scala on the 23rd of October (hit the link above for details and tickets) with arguably their biggest DJ lineup to date! In no particular order, spin Doctor highlights sharing a stage with the likes of Jazzy Jeff, Mr Thing, The Nextmen, DJ Nu Mark and many others. You can view the full list below.

Jazzy Jeff @ BBE 10.5 – 30th Sept 2006 @ Canvas

DJ JAzzy Jeff

DJ JAzzy Jeff

This is still one of the biggest shows we have done and for me this was the set of the night and was the first time I heard Jeff spin. It was a real eye opener of how good a DJ can be.

DJ Nu Mark – 21ST APRIL 2012 @ Koko

As well as his dope set using kids toys Nu Mark’s set on this night was straight party. A mix of bangers and surprise Rock & Pop classics which set the place alight.

The Nextmen Boat Party – Every Year!

The Nextmen DJ

The Nextmen DJ

I have always been a big fan of Brad & Dom’s style. They have been one of the main stays of our parties over the last 10 years and they always go in extra hard on their boat parties.

Mr thing @ J-Dilla Tribute – Feb 2006 @ Cargo

Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of our Dilla tributes and although they are always a highlight of the year Mr Thing’s set at the very first one set the tone for every year after.

?uestlove – 3 HR SET 11th Sept 2010 @ East village

You know that ?uestlove comes with a depth of knowledge that surpasses most in the game. This set was three hours of break to the beat killers that was as entertaining as it was educating.

Just Blaze vs Alchemist – 6th April 2010 @ East Village

These two are a pair of the most talented producers in the game and the first of these sound-clash nights sold out in days (which is always nice) and they tour the place apart with just their own beats.

DJ Spinna – Wonder-Full – 24th JULY 2015 @ Scala

I’d been wanting to do Spinna’s Wonder-Full party since going to one in Berlin years ago. A night of all Stevie Wonder work might be too much for some but the vibe and selection were amazing.

Bobbito 45s – 5th April 2014 @ The Book Club

Bobbito DJ

Bobbito DJ

Bob was one of the first guys I booked and we have gone on to become good friends. He only plays vinyl and this set for our 45 x 45s party was so on point.

Beat Junkies (JROCC / BABU / RHETMATTIC) – 23RD AUG 2012 @ Jazz Café

I have always been a huge fan of these guys so to put them on as a crew was a real treat. It was a great balance of party rocking and turntablism that wowed the place.

ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD – 15TH SEPT 2012 @ PLAN B

Tribe have always been my favourite group responsible for my favourite album of all time. They say not to meet your heroes but Ali did not disappoint. A real gent and killer set.

Ali Shaheed DJ

Ali Shaheed DJ

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