If you haven't checked out DJ Wonder on Sway In The Morning with the swift cuts and dope transitions (turntable lingo) then please pay attention to this joint. His famed Wonder Mix for July 12th was a very dope twenty-plus minutes of spinnin'. Of course I am excited with this episode because he added to his playlist the ILL Conscious gem "Vibe Vibrations" (featuring the Left Coast phenom Yung Miss). I wasn't expecting this WISDOM BEATS production to be a part of today's playlist, but I am honored to have this song played for the multitudes to listen to, even for a few moments. DJ Wonder deftly blended "Vibe Vibrations" into the classic Dilla-produced "Stakes Is High" (which is a song that influenced my production style). Other gems abound on this Wonder Mix. I won't give any titles away; I'll leave it up to the listeners to catch some known and unknown music. Make sure to check out Sway In The Morning on SiriusXM Shade 45 in the mornings to start your day on a great note!
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Raleigh, NC will again be home to the Fleet DJs Music Conference. Hilton Garden Inn will be the host for this year's festivities, as the Oak City will welcome a bevy of artists, producers, DJs, bloggers, models, photographers and tastemakers from across the country. There will definitely be star power in the building, with notable names making appearances, such as Tisha Martin-Campbell, Daz Dillinger (Tha Dogg Pound), Big Gipp (Goodie Mob), Gunplay (MMG) and many others. Panels, performances, networking, and of course partying. This is going to be an epic weekend, so don't miss the 7th Annual Fleet DJs Music Conference. WISDOM BEATS will see you there!
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Creative and artistic freedom is what most artists (in my humble opinion) strive for in this day and age. DJ Jazzy Jeff, one of my go-to legends when it comes to turntablism and production, has now entered the realm of a musical free agent, so to speak, with the release of the final installment in the Magnificent series, M3. This is the first Jazzy Jeff-helmed product as an independent artist, and that freedom serves him well. He's been so influential in developing artists and sounds for the better part of three-plus decades, and this album is an emphatic exclamation point for Magnificent as a sonic trilogy. Dope collaborations abound, with Dayne Jordan, Rhymefest, Amir (Jeff's son), Masego, James Poyser, Andre Harris (Dre & Vidal) and others contributing their talents to this exciting project. I have no secrets about DJ Jazzy Jeff as one of my biggest influences, and M3 is another feather in a stellar, almost unparalleled career as one of the dopest DJ's ever (actually he is the dopest in my book). Stream and download the project (and thank me later). Fleet DJ/Fleet Producer WISDOM BEATS signing out!
Collaborating with Jamil Honesty has truly been an honor. What turned out as a simple beat submission to a respected emcee has turned out to be a blessing indeed. What resulted was "Searching", a song anchored by a dope Roy Ayers sample. With the beautiful and spirited vocalist Whitney C adding her vocal flourishes, "Searching" is destined to be a joint played during the dog days of summer (not only in the hometown of B-more but across boundary lines). The song has taken on a life of its own, being featured on Rap Is Outta Control with DJ Eclipse and DJ Riz (SiriusXM Ch. 45), as well as a slew of other terrestrial and online stations (spanning the US, Canada, UK, Belgium). Rounding out this joint is DJ Grazzhoppa providing the succinct scratches, and you have a timeless hip hop song (in my humble opinion). Support the music and the movement by visiting Bandcamp and downloading "Searching".
Friday, April 20, 2018
Arrested Development emcee Speech (not to be confused with my cohort and Illogical B-more spitta) had a noble idea to go into a jail for ten days to facilitate and record with talented, yet incarcerated individuals. This is indeed a story of redemption and hope, one that all can utilize in their life endeavors. Peep the trailer for this riveting and dope visual.
16 BARS FESTIVAL TEASER from RESONANT PICTURES on Vimeo.
16 BARS FESTIVAL TEASER from RESONANT PICTURES on Vimeo.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Ullnevano is right back at it with more dope rhymes complimented by 21st century boom-bap. Produced by Norfolk, Virginia beatsmith MANHE and featuring Frederick, MD emcee J-Berd, "Downtown" showcases each lyricist taking listeners on a trip down memory lane in their respective cities. Be it Baltimore Street (B-more) or Church Street (Frederick), each emcee paints a vivid picture that listeners can relate to on a visceral level. "Downtown" is part of an eight-week Twitter series/music release entitled #SHAMMGODWEDS. Dope concept to continue with the running theme of excellent hip hop releases for 2018. Make no mistake, Ullnevano and company are in it for the long haul, and we are all the better for it. Salute!
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Respect Due Vol. 1 by ATL lyricist staHHR is an extremely dope collection of freestyles over notarized Hip Hop joints from a bygone era when lyrics AND beats mattered. staHHR is no stranger to Hip Hop culture, as she has cultivated her growth for the better part of two decades. This 13-song collection, hosted by Fort Knox and mixed by DJ Deliver, will spark the eardrums for certain. 2018 is shaping up to be an excellent year for Hip Hop with a purpose (if you really look for that realness and authenticity). Support my sista and cop her joint via Bandcamp: https://stahhr.bandcamp.com/album/respect-due-vol-1
Thursday, February 22, 2018
In Celebration Of Us is the most recent album release for one of my favorite artists, Skyzoo. Released 2.10.18, this joint is fifteen tracks of pure heat. Nothing out of the ordinary for one of the most consistently dope artists in Hip Hop (actually any genre). Per usual Skyzoo hits the fans with a BTS showcasing the process for genesis and completion of In Celebration Of Us. Take a look, and if you haven't copped the album, hit the link after the video.
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-celebration-of-us/1333871047Twitter: @skyzoo
Monday, February 19, 2018
ILL Conscious is ready to drop his opus The Prerequisite today (2.19.18), and I am excited for the masses to hear this sonic wonder. Of course I am very proud to have contributed a track to the album, and it is an honor to have such a dope emcee to drop this type of project in today's climate. The video below is for the dope joint "The Testament", featuring DJ Audas and produced by Kyo Itachi. You get visceral visuals of our hometown, B-more, in this 1:53 video. When The Prerequisite hits all major digital outlets (as well as physical availability) make certain to support!
Friday, February 2, 2018
B-more emcee Greenspan (@Greenspan410) is continuing to expand his creative horizons on the Hip Hop front. His recent video release, "INDIE", is indicative of his dedication to elevating his craft and pushing the envelope. With a dope cosign from Okayplayer, "INDIE" is showcasing #BlackExcellence at its finest, with visuals of Greenspan cruising the streets of East and West Baltimore (fly Lincoln Continental as the vehicle of choice). Baltimore-bred filmmaker Angel Kristi Williams (@angelkristiwms) directed this gem. "Indie" is a dope joint from the 2016 Greenspan project Never Gone Die, a HipNOTT Records release. Peep the video below and support dope artistry such as this!
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
For the January 21, 2018 episode of No Ideas Original Radio Show podcast you have Shabaam Sahdeeq as guest. This recent episode of the college radio program on 91.3 FM (WVKR) is a special one indeed on my end. I had the honor and pleasure of producing a joint for B-more spitta Jamil Honesty. The track, entitled "Searching" (featuring dope vocalist and my Judah's Juke Joint sista Whitney C) is one of the tracks being played during the 3-plus hour set for No Ideas Original. I'm definitely proud of this accomplishment, and I'm humbled by the entire chain of dope events surrounding my beatmaking for 2018 and beyond. Not lost on this accomplishment is the fact that legendary emcee from Soundbombing lore Shabaam Sahdeeq is guest on the show. Shout out to Walter Herrmann for showcasing and recognizing dope material that may go unseen or unheard.