DOWNLOAD | The Fuel EP – Koncept & J57
EXCLUSIVE | 25 Facts About Koncept and J57 – The Fuel
As we get even closer to the release of Koncept and J57’s EP “The Fuel” we have a brand new track to share titled “Live Forever”. Koncept and J57 have teamed up with Dice Raw for the single, which has been uploaded to the official Koncept and J57 soundcloud page. We’ve seen multiple tracks and videos leaked from The Fuel EP to aid the promotional campaign, and we’re expecting a couple more before the EP is officially released. Please make sure you pre-order Koncept and J57’s The Fuel EP from the iTunes player above, and also check out the exclusive 25 facts about The Fuel which went live last week. You can listen to Koncept and J57 – Live Forever ft Dice Raw on the soundcloud player below.
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.
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.
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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As we continue to prepare for the release of Koncept and J57’s upcoming “The Fuel EP”, we have a brand new single from the E.P which features long time collaborator Akie Bermiss. The track is also titled The Fuel, and is one of eight tracks which is featured on the E.P, which is now available to pre-order from the iTunes link listed above. Please check the Hip-Hop Kings archives for the previous Koncept and J57 music from The Fuel EP, and you can listen to Koncept and J57 ft Akie Bermiss – The Fuel on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD| Sock Money – EP – Juan Deuce
Returning to Hip-Hop Kings is Juan Deuce, with the J57-produced single “El Oh Vee E”. Juan Deuce first blessed our site in September with the single “You Right” which was also produced by J57, and also featured DJ Mekalek. Juan Deuce presents the new songs with El Oh Vee E, which is featured on Juan Deuce and J57’s Suck Money E.P. Fans can download the E.P from the SoulSpazm link which is listed above. You can also watch Juan Deuce – El Oh Vee E (prod J57) on the YouTube player below.
As we announced last week, Koncept and J57 will be releasing a joint EP titled Fuel, which will be available to download on the 20th of November 2015. We have already seen the official artwork and track listing and expect to see plenty of more promotional material ahead of the EP. Koncept and J57 team up with Hollis for “Porcelain” and the EP also has guesr features from Akie Bermiss among others. You can listen to Koncept and J57 ft Hollis – Porcelain on the soundcloud player below.
For those who have followed Hip-Hop Kings over the years, you will be fully aware of the Brown Bag AllStars, and specifically Koncept and J57. If you aren’t aware this is the time to get involved. The highly anticipated “The Fuel” E.P has a confirmed release date of November 20th 2015, and we can now share the official artwork and track listing. Guest appearances come from the likes of familiar faces in Akie Bermiss and Hollis, with other features coming from Nevaeh, Dice Raw and The Grand Concourse among others. You can view the official artwork and track listing here.
1. Porcelain feat. Hollis
2. The Fuel feat. Akie Bermiss
3. Excitement feat. Andrew Thomas Reid
4. Crazy Is Beautiful feat. Nevaeh
5. Live Forever feat. Dice Raw
6. Jump feat. Akie Bermiss
7. Patience feat. Denitia
8. Plane Ticket feat. The Grand Concourse
DOWNLOAD | Juan Deuce – Sock Money E.P
Check out this banger from Juan Deuce ft DJ Mekalek titled “You Right”. Produced by Brown Bag AllStars member J57, Juan Deuce gives fans a great track from his upcoming “Sock Money” E.P. DJ Mekalek is credited for the scracthes, and it’s worth noting the full EP is produced by J57 and will be released on the 23rd of September via SoulSpazm Records. You can also buy the single from iTunes so please click on the link above to support. You can listen to Juan Deuce ft DJ Mekalek – You Right (prod J57) on the soundcloud player below.
As we all know, Method Man is due to drop a new solo album titled “The Meth Lab” on the 21st of August 2015. We have a new single from the album which is titled “The Purple Tape” and features Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Inspectah Deck. Method Man has called upon the services of the Brown Bag AllStars producer J57 who worked behind the boards for the single, which has been praised by blogs and fans alike. Look out for some more promotional material ahead of the release of The Meth Lab, but you can listen to Method Man ft Raekwon and Inspectah Deck – The Purple Tape (produced by J57) on the YouTube player below.
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A brand new video from the PitchBlak Brass Band titled “9 Lives Cypher” was released yesterday, featuring MC’s J57, Chris Cubanalli and Tony Beatz. Uploaded to the official PitchBlak Brass Band YouTube channel, blogs are supporting the new release which can also be downloaded from the iTunes link listed above. Produced by Tony Beatz and filmed and edited by Carty Arthur, make sure you follow (@PitchBlakBrass) for their latest updates on Twitter. You can watch the PitchBlak Brass Band ft J57, Chris Cubanalli and Tony Beatz – 9 Lives Cypher on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | J57 – Sample Free Remix EP
Brown Bag AllStars rapper/producer J57 returns to Hip-Hop Kings with this new project titled “Sample Free Remix EP”. J57 has had a busy past year, and the Sample Free Remix EP features official remixes for the likes of Pharoahe Monch, Cage, Murs, Torae, Fashawn and Akie Bermiss. J57 has also promised brand new music with every single artist on this project, along with the highly anticipated Fuel E.P with Koncept dropping later this year. You can view the download link and artwork to J57 – Sample Free Remix E.P here.
1. What’s Love (J57 Sample-Free Remix) ft. Torae, Pharoahe Monch, Akie Bermiss
2. The Void (J57 Sample-Free Remix) ft. Cage
3. Whatever It Takes (J57 Sample-Free Remix) ft. DJ JS-1, Murs, Fashawn, Akie Bermiss
4. Matters (J57 Sample-Free Remix) ft. Choosey, Fashawn & Ishe