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J. Cole on making “Power Trip” (2013)

Apr 13, 2014 by Lex primost - 0 Comments

What are you doing from 4 to 6 a.m.? J. Cole is all business. “We flew to L.A just to play this shit for [No I.D.],” he explains in this video. “N**ga stood up and clapped. I was like, ‘Fuck yeah, that’s gold!'” There’s a reason why we ranked it No. 8 on our list of The 50 Best Songs of 2013. In this video, J. Cole breaks down the making of “Power Trip,” with a good ol’ level-smashing 808 kick and that catchy riff which loops throughout the track. Hold out to 7:00, where Cole plays a beat he made for Jay-Z which is unlike anything you’d think Jay would rap over. —Sydney Yeo


DJ Mustard Breaks Down “My Nigga” (In studio)

Apr 10, 2014 by Lex primost - 0 Comments

Exclusive in-depth interview with highly sought after producer DJ Mustard. In part 1 Mustard talks to Nick Huff Barili about how he created “My Nigga” for YG, breaking down each element that went into the beat while at the legendary Encore Recording Studios where he records at. Mustard goes on to talk about how he knocks out most beats in under 30min, what inspired him to get into producing and how his cousin serving life sentence in jail made him stay away from gang life and focus on music. Part 1 of our interview ends with Mustard talking about the difference between a beat-maker and producer, how he prefers to work on whole albums and why he gets upset when people keep saying that he is influence by the Bay. Check it out