5/24 The BLAP On The Radio crew sat with A$AP Ty Beats, the young upcoming producer that has already made some smash hits withA$AP Rocky, SchoolBoy Q and the rest of the A$AP Mob. Check out the stream below and see how he got his start, what he’s working on right now and hear the exclusive beats he drops at the end! If you are looking for the #BLAPOrCrap Sample segment, this is it!
Mr. Lif was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts Lif brokeout with his Enters The Colossus EP (Def Jux 2000), establishing him as one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking MCs in the game. He further cemented this status with a string of acclaimed releases including the “Emergency Rations” (EP), “I Phantom” (LP), & Perceptionists project with Akrobatik.
Tired of clichés, a culture in crisis, and a floundering economy, Lif stands apart as a new breed of MC appealing to listeners tired of hearing about the trivialities of hyper-consumerism and egomania that have infested hip hop culture and society. Based on the strength of his releases and relentless live show, Lif has been featured by MTV, Rolling Stone, SPIN, The NY Times, Entertainment Weekly, and XXL among others.
Since 2005, the word iStandard has become synonymous with the world of music production, and it’s easy to see why. Its founders’ vision was to create a platform in which the music producer could step out from behind the boards and display their talents to an audience conducive to enhancing their career. Over the past 8 years, iStandard has showcased thousands of fledgling producers in front of some of the biggest names in music at their live iStandard Producer Showcase in 25+ cities, the Beat Camp program in 4 cities at the SAE Institute, and to millions online via iStandardProducers.com. iStandard, as an entity, is as unique as the creative talents of the producers it represents. Thousands of trendy 18-35 year olds hoping to catch an earful of the next sound attend what can be deemed as lifestyle events, in US cities from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. iStandard embodies powerful informational tools, both online via our exclusive interviews, daily news updates, and technology pieces, as well as live at the iStandard Producer Showcase and our exciting new Beat Camp program.
We are geeked to have Unkle Chip rock with us this Blapisode. He’s literally booked all the time but we got lucky this Friday. He’s definitely one of the most consistent DJ’s we go out to check for in NY. If you don’t know who he is, check him out at the More Than Enough Parties thrown at LPR every other Saturday and peep his mixes on his soundcloud.
Unkle Chip is hands down the most aesthetically inclined DJ we’ve listened to. On top of that, he’s a part of NY/NJ’s illest DJ Crew - The Elite Camp. His knowledge of overall music is shown in all of his sets. Unkle Chip bows down to no one and you end up changing your list of favorite songs in the process. Influential indeed by his very nature.
Matt attended Sarah Lawrence College for music theory and composition, where he also headed the live sound tech team. After school, Matt began an internship in the audio department of Shooters Post &Transfer where he assisted on notable films “The Carter”, and “On The Inside.” Soon after he landed an assistant’s position with renown NY producer Mark Marshall where he worked with artists Abby Ahmad, Jenna Torres, and Vanessa Bley. While assisting Mark, Matt picked up a second assistant’s position with Denise Barabarita (Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone, SWV). Matt was eventually hired as an in-house engineer by multi-platinum producer Bobby Eli (The Spinners, MFSB, The O-Jays). At Bobby’s studio, Matt engineered many notable projects including Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector, and world renown jazz pianist Uri Caine. Matt became head engineer, and head of the internship program. Weiss-Sound opened in 2009 as an independent resource for music and film projects.
Kev Brown’s soulful style of production has earned him comparisons to revered producers such as Pete Rock, who incidentally helped Brown’s career gain some momentum after being introduced to him through Grap Luva. (Petes brother) The pair then went on to collaborate on “What Ruling Means”, from Marley Marl’s BBE Beat Generation installment Re-Entry (2001). His appearance alongside Grap Luva left an impression on the underground and he subsequently contributed a track to De La Soul’s AOI: Bionix later that year.
Kev Brown continued to build his resume with contributions to DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “The Magnificent” (2002). As a then-member of Jazzy Jeff’s production-for-hire unit A Touch Of Jazz, Brown contributed no less than 7 tracks to the project yet it wasn’t until his remix of Jay-Z’s The Black Album, aptly titled “The Brown Album” was released in January, 2004 that he began to receive recognition.
As the first producer to do so (to date there are more than 100 submitted remixes of the project), Brown made use of Jay-Z’s starpower and commercial appeal.
After numerous productions and collaborations with artists throughout 2003 and 2004, Brown made his debut in 2005 with “I Do What I Do” through the independent Up Above imprint. The single, “Life’s A Gamble”, followed in early 2006. Among current projects is “Random Joints”(re-released in 2012 with extra bonus material), 2012 also marks the beginning of the Low Budget Records imprint with a partnership with ReDefinition Records.
Anthony Marshall co-founded “LYRICIST LOUNGE” in 1991 at the age of 16. What started out as five MCs hanging out in a rehearsal room soon turned into one of Hip Hop’s most respected brands. Over time, Mr. Marshall would establish the Lyricist Lounge as a blueprint for discovering emerging Hip Hop MCs. Through several Lyricist Lounge branded albums, DVDs, tours, and television opportunities, artists such as Mos Def, Eminem, 50 Cent, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Notorious B.I.G., Q-Tip, Common, The Roots, and the Black Eyed Peas all became a part of its respected history. In 1999, Mr. Marshall helped to develop a Hip Hop musical/comedy sketch show called “The Lyricist Lounge Show”. The concept was brought to MTV and the show became one of their highest rated programs.
In 2005, Anthony Marshall helped to launch “CURRENT TV” (Al Gore’s TV network) and the company’s VC2 (Viewer Created Content) initiative. His job was to manage a portfolio of film producers who consistently created content for the network. In 2010, Marshall joined GTM Inc (a Marketing and Advertising company) as an Executive Producer for the company where he helped to produce Web Content for Smirnoff. Later, he helped to develop a Branded Content reality television series about DJs, also funded by Smirnoff, called MASTER OF THE MIX. The show enjoyed two seasons on both BET and is now returning for a 3rd season on VH1.
Ski Beatz is an artist, legendary record producer, musician and MC originally from North Carolina. New York City’s own Hip-Hop aficionado, DJ CLARK KENT, discovered Ski Beatz during a performance with the “BIZZIE BOYS” after opening up for the legendary MC DANA DANE. Ski Beatz was originally known as “MC WILL-SKI” and was a member of the group “ORIGINAL FLAVOR”, which was the first group, managed by future recording industry executive DAMON DASH. Ski Beatz began to produce music for rap duo, CAMP LO on their first debut album “UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT” which peaked at NUMBER 27 on the BILLBOARD 200 CHART and spawned the hit single, “LUCHINI AKA THIS IS IT” reaching the TOP 5 on the HOT RAP SINGLES CHART. Soon after, Damon Dash commissioned Ski Beatz to work on the debut album of another artist on his roster, JAY Z. Jay Z’s album “REASONABLE DOUBT” marked another major production placement in Ski Beatz career. Ski Beatz produced four tracks off the album, including the hit singles “DEAD PRESIDENTS” which was a commercial success as indicated by its RIAA CERTIFICATION as a GOLD SINGLE and “FEELIN’ IT” the fourth single.
That’s only 1% of Ski Beatz’s resume. Tune in and hear what he is up to in 2013, and a more in depth view of his background.