Folks have been feelin’ our newest franchise, “Three Dope Beats ft.”, so we’re going to continue to give the people what they want! Before all the dance, funk and disco we’ve been heavy to write about, it was all and only about hip-hop for us. What can we say, growing up in New York on B.I.G. and Jay will influence you to become a hip-hop head.
It’s pretty clear though hip-hop has dramatically changed over the course of the last few decades, as a new wave of beat making takes center stage. The core hardware, production software and applications have improved, the speed and abundance of sharing has increased ten fold due to social media and the rise of mobile, and there is this Nu Cool mentality that you can mix together just about any sounds you desire. As a result, hip-hop extends and blends many genres together.
We compiled three of our favorite beats from the last few days below, all of which exhibit a severe level of originality and progression. Check them out!
◊ “Baby Edit” – Krs.
Not gunna lie.. Toronto based beat maker Krs. was one of the first producers we started fuckin’ with on SoundCloud. The young label founder and adept beat maker is a pioneer, visionary and cultural arbiter. Film Noir is one of the more progressive Nu Cool music labels we’ve kept up with and it’s scale is a testament to his leadership and vision. His sound, which often infuses buttery / purring drum work with crisp Caribbean flavor, makes it clear that he can create original music that is heavily routed in culture.
Check out his latest knock “Baby Edit” above and tell us that sound isn’t unique.
◊ “Love Paradox” – Craves
Anthens (Greece) based producer Craves caught our attention nearly 5 months ago with this tropical infused hip-hop track dubbed “Hold Me Close“. Since then we’ve kept a keen eye on the forward thinking, xylophone expert-integrating producer. Seven days ago a collective known as IMBW dropped their Vol. 1 compilation including a number from Craves titled “Love Paradox”. Abstract yet dazzling, this track takes more dips and turns than a two door sports car in a police chase. That tribal trap breakdown at the 1:30 mark has us straight up safari swervin’!
◊ “badman” – tessellated w/ maestro
The psychedelic hero known as tessellated has a sound that is best described by comparing it to a cameleon on acid. One drop it’s future reggae, the next it’s jazzy soca trap or tropical bass. But that’s why we love the Kingston killer. Regardless of what you may consider a particular track to be genre-wise, tessellated has a sound that is refined, unique and undeniably lit. Peep his newest “badman” and tell us that isn’t a bipolar banger.