If you’ve been wondering where 88-Keys has been, like I have – I suppose he’s been busy doing this…hopefully making more music.
In the second installment of Rhythm Roulette we linked up with Grammy award-winning producer 88-Keys. From a Steve Martin standup record with no music to a hardcore noise metal record, 88 wasn’t given much to work with but stuck with the challenge. Watch out for more episodes to come. – Mass Appeal
While he’s currently hard at work on 3 separate projects, (Night At The Elysian, Chicago Picasso 2, Naledge Is Power), Naledge decided to give you two unreleased joints that won’t be featured on any of the projects! The first joint is produced by frequent collaborator MStacks while 88 Keys handles the production on the second…
“I hit up Kanye & asked him if he had the a cappella files for this (which wasn’t out at the time). He gave me the files without hesitation. I turned over this remix rather fast but never finished it because I couldn’t come up with a hook for it. I played it for Kanye & he liked this a lot. So much, in fact, that he was going to reach out to Brandy to lay a hook down on this. Unfortunately, for me, Common didn’t feel this half as much as ‘ye did. So I got the word back from Common & Derek (his management) while they were in Japan that they were going to pass on it. It’s cool though. They are all still my brothers. No love lost. I only hated him for like 5 minutes. *ha* I keeed. I keeed.”
The polo man puts his magic touch on ‘Testify’ and Common wasn’t feeling it? What do you guys think about it?
Their upcoming Crowd Control tour kicks off this Sunday in New York City, so it was only right for the group to drop a track to start it off right. It was produced by Double 0 and 88 Keys and will most likely be performed live in living color. Hit the jump to see if they’re coming to a city near you.
Considering I have a finer appreciation for the production aspect of music, guys like 88 Keys are way inspiring to me. The dude is truly a master beat maker. Take a look at what he can do on his old school MPC 3000. Wait, did he say he’s had it since he was 14? Now that’s getting your moneys worth out of a product.
“Two blocks away from his Harlem home, 88-Keys sits back and recalls the day Q-Tip introduced him to a little detroiter named Jay-Dee during a Beats, Rhymes and Life recording session.
Back in 1994, Dilla hadn’t accomplished much yet, but somehow skillz recognized skillz, and 88 gave him a beat-tape with his beeper number on it…
NB : if you’re from Newark and remember jacking this guy’s backpack in the mid-90′s,
you might be the owner of the greatest Dilla beat-tapes collection ever. Unless you recorded some bad boy shit on them or just threw these no-rap tapes away.”