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Available Only at VerseAll.com

Available Only at VerseAll.com

VerseAll has put together a 10 track instrumental beat tape entitled “#TheThrowAwayBeatTape” set to be released tomorow, 9/29/2014, exclusively through VerseAll.com. The purpose for this project is to introduce recording artist and music lovers to the VerseAll sound. This project is also free to download at verseall.com and all recording artist have permission to use these tracks for their future projects. Also be on the lookout for “Crossing Borders” set to be released later in the year. Checkout the two tracks below off of the #ThrowAwayBeatTape and also go to VerseAll.com to download the entire 10 track project.

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Easy Mo Bee

Easy Mo Bee

The 90’s Hip-Hop Era is considered by most people as the purest or realest time in Hip-Hop History! I too agree, not taking anything away from the 80’s pioneers, but there was nothing like the 90’s sound when it came to Hip-Hop & R&B included.  There were a lot of variety, musically in the preference of your choice. For every Biggie fan, there was a Busta Rhymes fan, for every Busta Rhymes fan, there was an L.L. Cool J fan, or a Wu-Tang Clan fan, or A Tribe Called Quest fan, or a Tupac fan, or a fan of all mentioned, and so on and so on. A lot of classic albums were made during the 90’s era, and a lot of memorable hits were made by some of the best producers in the game. Easy Mo Bee was one the Hit Producers leading the way during that time. Easy Mo Bee worked with both Tupac & Biggie as well as Miles Davis, Lost Boyz, L.L Cool J, Craig Mack, Busta Rhymes and the list keeps getting longer. I have posted two video’s below of Easy Mo Bee breaking down his hit records, vinyl collection, life, and the current state of hip-hop.

Remember to always BEat Inspired.

Large Professor in The Lab Holding some rare Vinyl!
Large Professor

Large Professor

In this first edition of “Sample Flippers”, I chose Large Professor. The original song is entitle “Sugar Man” it is performed by Rodriguez. The sampled selection appears 8 seconds into the song. Peep the sample below.

Here (Hear) is the flipped version of the sample. The song entitled “Your The Man” performed by Nas, produced by Large Professor. This is dope because of how LP manipulated the voice to make it sound like he said your the man instead of sugar man. The sampled selection appears at 1:16 into the song. Peep Nas “Your The Man” in the video below.

Large Professor in the lab

Large Professor in the lab

Large Professor is a producer/lyricist from Flushing Queens, NY who has worked with the most notable mc’s in the game. His credits can be found on some of your favorite records. Large Professor has worked with Nas, Q-Tip (ATCQ), Neek The Exotic, Main Source, and many more. Peep the video below featuring Large Pro as he talks about how he got started producing.

Producer/ Lyricist Black Milk

Producer/ Lyricist Black Milk

Black Milk is a producer/lyricist from the mid-west. He has worked with many artist in the music industry including Slum Village, Pharoahe Monch, Fat Kat, ElZhi, Danny Brown, Sean Price, and many more. He has put out solo albums as an lyricist and instrumentalist. One of the dopest producers to date.
Peep the video below as Black Milk makes a beat on the spot. and remember to always “Beat Inspired”!

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005INST: Let the world know who you are and where you're from? 

REZ: My name is Randy "Rez TheSilverback" Nizer. 
I'm an 18 year old Mc/beat maker from Manchester, New Hampshire and 
I just love the hip hop culture! P.S., I say beat maker since I don't PRODUCE other genres. 
I'm strictly hip hop as of now. 

INST: Who have you worked with & how long have been beat making or producing?  

REZ: I have worked with a bunch of people; Artist like 7oddz from the Chi, Resolute & J-Merk, Coal, 
Taboo & Grim from NY's Dead Rabbits. Currently working on building with Godilla & Burke The Jurke. 
And believe it or not I have only been making beats for about a year. Maybe a little less.  

INST: How did you get started beatmaking-producing?  

REZ: I have always loved hip hop from every aspect, DJing, Rapping, and Producing. 
But I mainly started because I have always had a visions Of my unique sound but 
being able to keep it Boom Bap & Gritty. Another reason was because 
I never had enough money to buy beats. So I went after it myself.  

INST: Of all of the artists that you've worked with, do you have a favorite 
artist that you work well with?   
REZ: Like I said before, I have only been doing this for about a year. 
So to say a favorite artist as of right now, I cant say. 
But everyone I work with slay tracks, so they are all my favorite! 004

INST: What equipment and or software are you using?


REZ: Fruity Loops, vinyl & a turntable. That's it! 

INST: Do you use or prefer sampling over playing live instruments? 

REZ: I love to sample and sample anything I get my hands on, 
but I would love to use live instruments or work with someone who does! 

INST: Who influenced your style? 

REZ: Just my peers and love for the music. I always hear beats I really 
dig and never know who the producer is. 
Names don't really impress me. Its what kind of product you are putting out. 
But Alchemist is definitely (1) of my top influences 
along with the obvious Premier. 
Domingo is also another legend I look up to and have the honor of building 
with him! 

INST: Do you ever see yourself quitting or retiring from beat making?  

REZ: Only when my hands fall off or if I go deaf. Or both. 

INST: Do you feel that there a difference between being a 
producer and being a beat maker? 

REZ: Yes, there is a very big difference. For instance, 
Domingo is a PRODUCER. 
He can go from Hip Hop to R&B to probably Folk if he really wanted 
to [Haha]. 
I am a beat maker, I just make beats. 
But that is where I do best at until I feel the need to grow 
into other genres & try new things. Nothing wrong with being a beat maker though. 

INST: Any tips, tricks, or advice that you'd like to share? 

REZ: Only advice I really have, Is be true to YOU & do what you feel is right. 
If you truly believe in your soul what you are doing is right.          
Then that's all there is to it. Cliche I know but its the truth. 

INST: Where can we hear your work? 

REZ: You can find my work just about anywhere. 
You can google me or find me on these sites. 

Soundcloud.com/rezinhiphop Youtube.com/rezin603 RezTheSilverback.bandcamp.com 
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Optiks is a producer who has worked with a nice roster of lyricist that are well known. His beats are full of all types of intruments ranging from flutes to horns, then samples and strings etc. When I listen to Optiks production style, it gives me a feel good vibe, almost like everyday is a celebration. I was pleased to be contacted by Optiks, who reached out to me via twitter and was interested in the requirements of my blog.
After doing my research on Optiks, I was amazed by his sound and wanted to interview him immediately. Optiks is the type of producer that make other producers go back in the lab and try to out do what he has done. Thanks Optiks for allowing me to interview you. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing out Producer Spotlight of the week, Optiks!
INST: Let the world know who you are and where you’re from?
Opt: I’m Optiks,  producer/engineer for Jon Connor, Blitz the Ambassador, Psalm One, and Kap Kallous.  I’m born and raised in Cincinnati, a product of the Ozone (Orlando, FL), and settled in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  I’ve been in a lot of places and it all helped make me the artist that I am today.
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INST: Who have you worked with & how long have been beat making or producing?
Opt: Man, I’ve worked with a lot of people over the years.  The main ones are Jon Connor, Blitz the Ambassador, Kap Kallous, and Psalm One, who I have an album on the way with.  It’s crazy!  I’ve also worked with Talib Kweli, Maffew Ragazino, Freeway, Styles P, Heltah Skeltah, Saigon, Les Nubians, and a bunch more.  You can hear some of those at http://www.soundcloud.com/optiks and if its not there its probably at http://optiks.bandcamp.com.
I’ve been making beats about 12+ years now, since 16, and really producing since then as well.  I used to come up with the song concepts and write some of the rhymes for my homie that I was in a group with, and we would sell the cd’s in our high school.  We got a lot of love and sold every copy we pressed up so I felt encouraged to keep doing it.
INST: How did you get started beatmaking-producing?op scribble live beatmaking[1]
Opt: When I was younger I took piano lessons and I convinced my mom to put me in an electronic music class.  It was me and one other kid in it and I learned how to arrange my own songs and a little bit about synthesizers and how midi worked.  Shoutout Mr. Jolley!  I don’t think anybody else ever took that class, haha, but it was my first exposure to writing my own music.  When I went to college at Kent State in Ohio is when I started to get more serious because I met Blitz the Ambassador and produced for songs on his album, Double Consciousness, when he just went by Blitz and was one of the dopest and most critically heralded artists coming out of the Cleveland/NE Ohio area.  I got a little bit of local recognition for that and that was it for me, I knew that I wanted to pursue music full-time.
INST: Of all of the artist that you’ve worked with, do you have a favorite artist that you work well with?
Opt: Aaaaah, this is tough.  I don’t know if I can give a straight answer, haha.  I’ve had special, magical moments, with every artist that I work closely with.  Blitz the Ambassador really pushes me to create a vibe with every beat.  We work really closely together and co-produce almost all our records.  If I come with a beat, he’ll come with a hornline, or I might come with some ill drums for something that he makes.
I feel like me and Psalm One’s album is some of my best work.  We have some really dope records, like, gritty, pop/dance type joints…not sure how to describe it but our album’s crazy.  Not a lot of samples, its more of a collage of sounds influenced by every genre from prog-rock to funk, to bass music.  I can’t wait to put that shit out!
Last time I was in the studio with Kap Kallous was dope, too, we made some ridiculous, big, trunk rattling, 808 heavy type joints, but incorporated a musical element that a lot of that type of shit doesn’t have.  And Jon Connor is just a beast, so I’m always excited when we do records because he’ll take the simplest shit and make a classic out of it.  I’m also doing a project with my homie, cRitical, from Critical Madness, and that’s been a really fun project.  The dope thing about working with him is he’s a serious movie buff so we’re always pulling these crazy pieces of dialogue and creating a cinematic vibe from the samples.
INST: What equipment and or software are you using?
Opt: My setup is super minimal.  I have a turntable, Microkorg keyboard, Fruity Loops (an old-ass version), and Pro Tools.  Got a bunch of records, too, and a mic setup in a storage closet.  I’ll be up in there with jars of rice and couscous, or banging on pots & pans, laying down live percussion haha.
INST: Do you use or prefer sampling over playing live instruments?
Opt: I got into hip-hop because of sampling.  I’ve built by name up by always finding ill samples that other producers don’t touch.  But…right now, I’m more interested in working with live musicians.  I do my little thing on the keyboard, but I’m no real player.  Fortunately I’ve been blessed to know some great musicians.  I can pretty much get any instrument I want from working with Blitz the Ambassador, and I co-produce a lot of material with my homies Seandammit from Orlando, and Boatlaunch from Flint, MI.   I’m always gonna sample, though, I’m just enjoying the live aspect more right now.
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INST: Who influenced your style?
Opt: Everybody.  I was really into electronic music and trip-hop as well as hip-hop when I was younger, so groups like The Prodigy, Morcheeba, and Portishead have always been a big influence on me.  I could list producers for ever but some favorites are: Dilla, Dr. Dre, Hi-Tek, Q-Tip, Earthtone III (Outkast), DJ Quik, Mike Dean, and El-P.
INST: Do you ever see yourself quitting or retiring from beat making?
Opt: Naw.  If I ever stopped feeling inspired I would hang it up, but I’ve been thru a lot that would’ve led others to quit and I’m still going strong and feel happy about making music.
INST: Do you feel that there a difference between being a producer and being a beat maker?
Opt: Yes.  A beat maker just sends out beats and hopes someone will rap to it.  They don’t wanna work with an artist and let a record grow organically.  Or maybe they just don’t know how.  I just know I always hear about “producers” not wanting to make changes to beats for an artist and that shit bugs me out because the beat is just the start.  Its just a demo or idea.  I can’t even finish most beats until I hear a song over it, then I’ll come in and add new parts, drops, additional instruments, etc.
INST: Any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share?
Opt: Listen to as much music as you can, and study as many other artists and producers as you can.  I learn more from other genres than anything else.  A lot of people get stuck because they fall in love with their own sound and only listen to themselves and people they know.  You need to keep an open mind to keep yourself fresh and inspired.
Also, don’t use other producers drumkits.  That shit is wack.  Over the years I’ve had people ask me whose drums I use, and they’ll offer to trade Timbaland and Just Blaze kits for whatever kits I have.  I HAVE NEVER USED ANOTHER PRODUCERS DRUMKIT FOLDER OFF THE INTERNET.  That shit defeats the purpose.  Be original.  Put in work and find sounds the same way your favorite producers did.
INST: Where can we hear your work?
You can also hear my work if you pick up any Jon Connor, Kap Kallous, or Blitz the Ambassador albums.  You might hear me if you turn on your tv and tune in to MTV or ESPN.  I’m under the radar, but I’m everywhere.