New Music Blog Added To The Sample Matrix…

Just wanted to let you all know that I added Blaxploitation Pride to the sample matrix…  I remember checking it out a looong time ago.  I have no idea how I forgot about this site.  It’s an absolute must visit website.  So head over there right now and check it out!

Blaxploitation Pride

 

Submit Music To G-Unit For Free…


Dre McKenzie, head A&R over at G-Unit records, has put out an official open call to all producers, beat makers, songwriters, MC’s, singers, directors, screenwriters, to send whatever kind of great creative content you can muster into his email box.  Now obviously I understand the music part of the equation, but the screenwriting & film reels request is pretty interesting.  I will try to find out some more details on the situation.  In the mean time, head over to dremckenzie.com for more details.

 

IK Multimedia’s Amplitube 3… The Official Review!

I used to own a Roland Fantom X6 keyboard workstation.  I loved it.  We had good times.  We made some great tracks.  We made a few bucks.  It served me well…  But about a year ago I betrayed it and posted it up on eBay.   I had made the decision to go 100% MIDI controller and “in the box” for my keyboard sounds.  One of the main reasons for this was the growing quality of products such as IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube.   These plugins can essentially take one solitary high quality WAV file and turn it into thousands of different & great sounding “patches”.  This, in my humble opinion, is something that is making hard-to-edit keyboard patches borderline obsolete.  That being said, IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube has been one of my favorite plugins for a while & and it seems they have stepped their game up again.   I am pleased to present to you my first ever review, reviewing AmpliTube 3!  Click below for MORE!

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Help Better Someone’s Life By Going To A Concert…

Jimi Kedrix is one of the truly good people in the music industry.  So much so, that being around him and seeing what he has done and does (outside of producing big records) automatically makes you feel like you aren’t doing enough for people that need help…

Jimi is currently working together with  Engaging Achievement who help inner city middle school students visit college campuses and support them as they work towards attending said colleges.  Jimi has organized the “Brooklyn Live Benefit”, a concert taking place in Brooklyn NY whose proceeds will go towards Engaging Achievement’s initiatives.  Check out the flier below and show some love and support!

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The Break Down #2: Love – Doggone – by Frost Gamble

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Some drumbreaks, like Impeach*  or Amen** , have been used on hundreds of records to the point where even the casual fan can recognize the original track.   Others, like Love’s Doggone, may have been used by far fewer producers – but still be every bit as sick.

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Love was an influential psych rock band active in the late 60s / early 70s.   They experienced a small degree of commercial success, but inspired a number of successful bands yet to come.   By the time their 1969 album Out Here was released, their line up had changed completely, and their sound had evolved to a more experimental, wide-ranging sound.

This break seems to have gone mostly unnoticed for the 80s (collectors were mostly buying funk records?) and had a couple uses in the 90s – but when Kanye West picked it up and dusted it off, people took notice again.   Clocking in at 12 minutes long, Doggone features a 9 minute drum solo by George Suranovich that provides lots of sample opportunities:

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Submit Your Music For FREE!

Secret Beat Submission Update!!!!!!

First off, I’d like to thank all of you who sent in beats for the secret beat submission …

Submit Your Beats To Juelz Santana…

Here is a nice fresh one for everybody…  Juelz Santana put out another call for beats a couple …

Send your beats to Rick Ross…

Rick Ross put a call out for beats.  So get your best maybach music together and send him …

Submit beats to Nicki Minaj…

It seems that the lovely Nicki Minaj is looking for beats.  She has posted up on her twitter …

Send Your Beats To Diggy Simmons…

Diggy Simmons posted this email on his twitter a while back.  Please no cursing in your beats… There …

Send Beats To Styles P…

As any other MC does, Styles P needs beats. He has posted this email numerous times, so I’m …

Submit Music To G-Unit For Free…

Dre McKenzie, head A&R over at G-Unit records, has put out an official open call to all producers, …

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