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I was having a beer the other night, catching up with old friends, and an unconfident DJ was controlling the tunes, only fielding requests. One friend’s suggestion: “Put on any People Under The Stairs song. It will automatically be good music with chill vibes.” Sadly, the request was denied as we were dealing with spotty WiFi and an unfamiliar iTunes but the statement stuck with me. I really couldn’t recall a PUTS track that failed to fit his description. This morning I was flipping through some instrumentals to find some good bedding and came across the “Down In LA” instrumental. My goodness was he right.

The instrumental:

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Black Milk is the hydra of the production world these days. He ostensibly tries to catch the listener completely off-guard from song to song throughout If There’s A Hell Below. Each track seems like it could land on a totally different sounding album. If such was actually the case, I’d put my vote in for a “Story and Her” sounding project. In the first half of the track, Black Milk creates a mellowed-out version of himself – a groovier, almost early-De La vibe. In the second half, he goes all Voodoo on us, channelling his inner R&B J Dilla. The transparency of Dilla’s Detroit influence on Black Milk throughout his career is pretty incredible. It seems like one out of every four or five tracks you can hear one of Dilla’s heads feeding into Milk’s.

Note: That fade-out beat is such a Dilla move! And damn is it good.

Jesse West is one of 5 artists you should know:

Jaden Smith – “Trophy”

I was sent this today from my good friend Nicky D over at Tone Adventures. I had no idea this existed because, to be honest, following Jaden Smith‘s rap come-up has not been a priority of mine — but maybe now it should be? I am speechless. I mean, Smith’s releases prior this mixtape were garbage. “Trophy” is actually a well made hip hop song. It features dope, old-school production (I think self-produced) and an impressive display of fluctuating flows from Smith. Maybe his pops has been teaching him a thing or ten about music. This track is a good sign that Smith might be talented but I am going to reserve complete judgement until I hear more releases like this.

Note: I am 98% sure Smith uses the same sample in “Trophy” as Clear Soul Forces use in “Get No Better”

This is the sample I am referring to: (Check out 0:32 of “Trophy” and 0:17 of “Mãe Cambina”)

Can you name the legendary producer who sampled this 1975 love song?

Clue: There are two quick vocal samples. One between 0:20 and 0:30 and another between 1:35 and 1:45.

Hint: The beat that uses this sample is probably more beautiful than the original song.

The Answer

Just some heat from the dude who most thought had beginner’s luck with 1999 and slumped with Summer Knights.

I think this is some of the best energy he has ever had on any track, and the beat is some piffems.

This track was an integral piece of my instrumental thesis playlist last spring. Sometimes, though, its presence was counter-productive, as my mind would digress toward some existential thought completely unrelated to the financial situation of the Eurozone. Other times, though, it propelled me forward, motivating my fingers and stimulating my brain.

After Thoughts” is vigorously reflective yet staunchly inspirational. It will send you back in time to a moment warranting contemplation, subsequently forcing you into profound thought. I don’t think it is any coincidence that the song is titled, “After Thoughts.” Oddisee is a thoughtful guy and an artistic producer. This is how he describes The Beauty In All as an album:

“The Beauty In All is about the flaws & mistakes that give life its character and worth – how even ignorance can give light to knowledge. For me, not knowing how to do something & still trying is a process that helped my production style evolve. If everything we are is out in perfect tutorials, we might never deviate from the teacher. This record is dedicated to imperfection and the sense of pride & accomplishment we get from our struggles. Hopefully, you listen to this record, reflect on the ups & downs of life, and see the beauty in all.”

In “After Thoughts”, Oddisee employs the most conservative production of any track on the album. The rest of The Beauty In All is more off-beat and experimental, but given the narrative above, how can one be surprised. You can check out the rest of the project below:

Special Teamz is from Boston. The humans in it are Edo G, Jaysaun, and Slaine. This album is Stereotypez from 2007, the same year The Phoenix spacecraft was launched toward the Martian north pole. Peter Rock produced it.

How to listen to Freddie Joachim/Leaves in 3 steps:
1. Sit, lie, or walk
2. Listen with quality headphones
3. See what happens

Freddie Joachim is back with his classic, nostalgic instrumental design. Man can you get lost in his sound. Crisp drum kicks keep you popping back awake as your mind takes a ride to who knows where or when. Each track will evoke some new recollection or thought chain.

If you haven’t listened to Midway yet, what are you doing?

I don’t think we’ve ever posted a snippet of a song here at BEATSPILL, but I am far too shocked and excited not to post this. I really didn’t think this would ever happen and even if it ever did, I was a bit skeptical of how it would sound. Nas and J Dilla? But damn that wuz nice.

Nas uses Dilla’s “Gobstopper” from his classic album, Donuts and spends half the time paying homage to the legendary producer (as many seem to do who use his beats – makes some sense). The final cut is sure to be dope.

Here’s the instrumental for your listening pleasure:

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