Ruff Graft was originally an in-house collaborative beat-tape made within a week by just some of the Millennium Jazz Music roster as they all took time out to pay homage to the late great Mr James Dewitt Yancey aka J Dilla.
We decided to revisit Ruff Graft and build upon the original track-list by including some of our newer label mates and then record the whole thing to cassette tape for ourselves and some dedicated collectors.
Since the release of the original CD and the RGR cassettes we had toyed with the fantasy of completing the cycle and releasing the album on 12″ vinyl. Eventually we stopped talking about it and just gave it a go.
Up and coming producer Sweeps concocts a head nodding jam in the form of his new single “san francisco”. Using classic drum breaks, obscure vocal samples laced with retro futuristic soundscapes and vocal snippets from Biggie Smalls and an announcer talking about San Francisco, the listener is ushered into the offbeat sonic landscape. Quite interesting to say the least. Hit the play button and get with the program.
Shabaam Sahdeeq kicks off 2018 with a gritty banger of a single titled “Timeless”. The song is the title track of his newly released full length album. Teaming up with producer Icerocks who builds a cinematic, hard hittinng backdrop for Shabaam’s decisive lyrics and commanding vocal tone.
The project is his first official solo album in over three years and sees the hiphop vet returning to the SP1200/MPC grainy sample type beats that made his Rawkus Records singles classics in the 90’s. Production on this joint is handled by Icerocks (Meyhem Lauren, Spit Gemz) and additional heavyweight producers including J57 (Westside Gunn, Joey Bada$$), Nick Wiz (Rakim, Cella Dwellas), DJ Doom (Blacastan) and The Arcitype (Slaine, Vinnie Paz) bring the heat. Guest emcees on it innclude Planet Asia, Ras Kass, Milano Constantine (D.I.T.C), Masta Ace, El Da Sensei (Artifacts), El Gant and more.
Also check our interview with Shabaam Sahdeeq HERE
Brooklyn based producer/engineer/instrumentalist sndwn. recruits the duo of Waju and Emeka for his latest song “Routines”. The duo deliver some dope profound lyrics over sndwn.’s mellow, soulful backdrop. “Routines” is taken from his album “The Halo Effect”. “The Halo Effect” is a 13 track project and is your typical producer album in that sndwn/ produced all the tracks and got some amazing vocalists from all across the country on the joints. It was about two years in the making.
Bio: sndwn. is a Brooklyn-based producer, audio engineer, and DJ. Music is in his blood – he grew up writing songs on the guitar and piano and was exposed to different sonics from an early age. He interlaces these elements to create a layered and identifiable sound – a blend of melodic chords and samples, ambiences, and hard-hitting drums that make you vibe and snap your neck at the same time.drums that make you vibe and snap your neck at the same time. sndwn. is also a founding member of the Free.All.Mind$ Collective.
Stream the project below Spotify: HERE Apple Music: HERE
Once again we welcome y’all to 2018 and our newest segment that showcases the best instrumental submissions from producers far and wide. We do get a lot of these submissions and we gave it much thought to give some much needed attention to the men and women who work behind the scenes twisting and turning the knobs. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a warm reception to the very first set of our top instrumental submissions for the year 2018.
Myrial delivers a very sombre and nostalgia filled track. Using mellow drums and a heart warming Spanish guitar arrangement, he crafts something for the cold rainy nights.
LuxGaze‘s instrumental titled “Nostalgia” is just what the beat doctor prescribed. Using a very ominous and somewhat emotional powerful string arrangement over a downtempo drum patter, LuxGaze creates something that is both reflective and sobering.
J. Boom (formerly of the Finnish production crew The Boomjacks) delivers his full length instrumental tape titled “Due Tape”. Going solo for this project, he crafts a superb collection of eclectic instrumentals from an era in his life circa 2016-2017. The music could be described as eclectic hip hop and boom bap. It’s basis is on heavy sampling and hard hitting drums.
North Carolina based producer Product_90 shows why he has always been a fan of hip hop on his new track “Warzone”. With influences ranging from 9th Wonder, Flying Lotus, Pete Rock and many others, Product_90 crafts a hard hitting joint that will rock the tweeters off your speakers. Dark, grimy and head nodding are the words to summarize his effort.
German producer who goes by the moniker Misc.inc gifts us with his lo fi style of hiphop which also combines soulful arrangements over boombap-ish drum patterns. His latest work titled “The Chosen One” caught our ears with its sombre, reflective instrumentation.
So there you have it, please show some love to these hard working producers by spreading their works far and wide.
First of all, we would like to welcome you all to 2018. The past year has seen a lot of growth, changes and whatnot but regardless we are still here. We at TWIB are always looking at new ways to help showcase new hiphop artists from around the globe and as promised we will ensure to bring nothing but the best of the underground to the foreground.
For the premier week of 2018, we present to you the submissions that caught our ears and eyes. Check it out below and show the artists some much needed love.
Hadj DSE taps into the D.A.I.S.Y A.G.E for some inspiration on his new single “Euphoria”. Teaming up with NBDMG & Selfishszn and producer Mellowdrama who crafts a bouncy summery sounndscape for the trio.
Santa Ana, Ca Native Eddy Rotten (Edward Miguez) serves us his brand of hiphop fused with punk elements. The sombre/gloomy track is a genre bending record that flirts with the idea of being rock and being hiphop), his single for his upcoming Mellow Thing Produced project “And then the skies were grey…”. This single was dedicated to all those that sacrificed so much for someone that was never content.
The duo of HVDES X JOSVANI team up for a tag team effort titled “Underground (Freestyle)”. This is some throwback, all bars no gimmicks type track.
Emily Georgia debuts on TWIB with her unorthodox brand of hiphop fused with rnb and pop sensibilities. On her single “No Rebound” she sends a clear warning to any wannna be players with shady intentions towards her.
DJ/Producer DeeZystep comes through with an inspirational joint to wrap things up. THE SF bay Area, CA artist delivers an insightful perspective on his new single “One In A While” which he says was inspired by people around him and also dedicated to his late older brother Brandon. It’s about trying to stay sane & make sense of living through the ups & downs of life, working hard to come out on top of the struggle with a smile on your face, and seeking hope when you’re in despair. The song is off his upcoming album “Surreality” which is set for a the 19th of January.
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After gifting us with his insightful single titled “On My Way“, Mike SB is back with another tune titled “Karma” that panders to an unknown female on the first verse. Mike SB employs a melody laced rap verse and wax poetic about his love, life and music over a dreamy soundscape provided by his producing partner GOLDDIGGA.
Some people have to grow their ability to get to the money over the years, in Jackson, Mississippi native Mike Hu$tle’s case it just comes naturally. This is clear with one listen to his latest project “Natural Born Hustler”. Over the course of 13 tracks Hu$tle brings you into his world through sound. He approaches each track with a street mentality, while still being able to drop some knowledge for the listener to be able to take with them.
Assistance on the project comes in the form of features from Hollywood Luck, Dolla Black, Mal Walker and more. All-in-all Mike Hu$tle crafts a project that is true to the southern roots of hip-hop with a balance that rivals O.G.’s like 8 Ball & MJG to U.G.K.
Nate Joel puts his inner most thoughts on paper for his significant other on his new single “Love, Sahara”. Making use of a soulful/jazz infused backdrop, Nate delivers a heart warming tribute with hiphop, neo soul sensibilities that would surely draw fans of the genre in.