For most of 2020 Inglewood’s own rising star, Griff Tyler, had been applying pressure and grinding. He’s seen a lot of success come his way that year, a lot of which is crossing over into this new year as he is consistently making big moves, and has gotten radio play multiple times. He has just released a brand new music video for his track, “Cold Piece”, which was on his latest mixtape, Play Your Cards Right, which was released back in November of 2020.
The video starts off with Griff and a couple of girls riding through LA in a Jeep Rubicon just living and having fun, but behind the fun being shown is a story. The video then proceeds to show a mystery man and woman enter a house with a duffel bag. It then cuts to Griff and the girls scoping them out looking at pictures of them as if they were on a stake out. Later that night Griff and the girls break in and steal the duffel bag and make their way back to the garage. Then they are all just waiting in a garage and the mystery woman walks thru the garage and they all embrace. This revealed that she was undercover, meaning that she was the “cold piece” all along. The video does an amazing job having a story that matches the song.
Griff has a lot more in store and is showing no signs of slowing down. With big move after big move he is on track to real mainstream success. Griff has his eyes on the prize and is going to continue to work and play his cards right until he reaches the top. The visuals are up now on Youtube, and Play Your Cards Right is out on all mainstream platforms.
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Bay Area star, Rayven Justice, had an amazing 2020, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. He is starting off the brand new year with a smash hit featuring Detroits rising star, Sada Baby. The track is titled “Doggin”. Rayven has made a huge move being featured on Too $hort and E-40’s bundle album, “Aint Gon Do It/ Terms & Conditions”. Sada Baby has also been making a name for himself constantly releasing music. He is currently fresh off his highly successful single, “Whole Lotta Choppas”. The song samples Chaka Khan’s “Aint Nobody”. The duo make a perfect almost yin and yang type flow to the song as it meshes Rayven’s smooth voice and Sada Baby’s gritty street voice. The entire song is a fun upbeat vibe you could either chill to, or party to.
The video shows the two in a mansion just living and having fun. Full of foreign cars and plenty of women, the two know how to throw a party. In his verse, Rayven pays homage to his hometown, Oakland, “Bro can’t hang where I’m from they’ll smoke him/ All this game and fame come from Oakland”. Rayven never shies away from his love for his city, and that is part of the reason why he is so loved out there. Sada Baby wastes no time in doing what he usually does and that's just flat out, go hard. His verse really covered all bases, from talking about his hard past, his gang, his hustle, how he lives now, etc. It all went together bar by bar perfectly.
“Doggin” is the lead single from Rayven’s upcoming project “Back 2 Slidin”, which is set to be released on February 11th. With this title he pays homage to his first big record “Slide Thru”, which dropped back in 2013. The song gained millions of views and amassed heavy radio play. Some features that are set for the upcoming tape include YBN Nahmir, Youngeen Ace, Pacman Da Gunman, Jim Jones, and much more. The single is out now on all streaming platforms, and the visuals are out on YouTube.
After a 28-month long wait, Playboi Carti finally stayed true to his word and released one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Just months after the release of his sophomore album Die Lit, Carti announced WLR in August of 2018. After an abundance of leaked records, a couple of false alarm release dates, and only one official single out, the wait is over. Whole Lotta Red is here.
The Atlanta native emerged on the scene as a rapper at the peak of the Soundcloud wave. The era who’s biggest influences came from Supreme & A$AP Mob. For the last five years we’ve witnessed some of these rappers fall off from the face of the earth, and watched others go on to become some of the biggest artists in the game. Carti has been able to remain relevant in the hip-hop community. He is one of few artists that has been able to grow his fanbase during a hiatus from releasing music.
During this period of Playboi Carti’s relevance, the 24-year old has significantly evolved his sound. Now, whenever you listen to breakout tracks such as “Fetti” & “Broke Boi”, it's difficult to recognize that those are even Playboi Carti songs. Since those early days, Carti has become the godfather of the “baby voice” in hip-hop. A style that has been stolen or revamped by multiple artists, and isn’t particularly popular with the older hip-hop crowd.
In April, Playboi Carti released “@ Meh” his first single in two years, which was the first real sign that WLR was possibly coming out. After comparing the single to this album, it’s clear that “@ Meh” just didn’t match the vibe that Carti envisioned for this project. Fast forward seven months later, and Carti had been active on Instagram & announced that he had turned in the album to AWGE & Interscope Records.
The album’s cover art matches the punk theme of the project. It’s inspired by a Slash Magazine (70s punk rock outlet) cover of Dave Vanian (lead singer of The Damned). The executive producers on this album are Kanye West, alongside the Creative Director of Givenchy, Matthew Williams. After seeing this, you can tell the album is bigger than just music, it’s a whole creative experience.
WLR contains 24 tracks, and no previous singles, so if you haven’t heard any leaks, these are all original songs. Carti sets the tone of the album with “Rockstar Made'' produced by F1lthy, who orchestrated instrumentals on six tracks in total. The intro is followed by “Go2DaMoon'' featuring Kanye West. Now, most people, including myself dread Kanye West verses in 2020. It has seemed difficult for the 41-year old to find a pocket to rap in all year long. However, this verse was one of his best he’s had in awhile, despite that bar being set pretty low.
On the track “Beno!” (reference to Homixide Lil Beno 5), Playboi takes a different direction and deviates from the aggressive rapping style that he’s displayed all the way to this point of the album. On production is Lil 88 and Ken Car$on, with the latter being signed to Carti’s Opium label. “JumpOutTheHouse” might be the go-to anthem for when the stay at home order is lifted, and we can go outside again. “M3tamorphosis” was not the Kid Cudi featured track most of us wanted. The people wanted the highly anticipated “Kid Cudi”/“Pissy Pamper“ featuring Young Nudy & Cudi himself. This collaboration that we received instead, is something I can live without.
“Slay3r” (where he pays homage to the metal band) has a catchy hook, and again Carti claims he’s a “rockstar” and goes over the lifestyle he lives on the turnt up record. On “No Sl33p” the instrumental sounds reminiscent of a Street Fighter theme song. The influences for this project are very clear in the music. “New Tank” was one of the tracks Playboi Carti previewed on social media when he became active again in November. Carti acknowledges some rumors on this line:
“I'm servin' that base (Base, yeah)
I got me some thots (Thots, thots)
They thought I was gay (Slatt, woah)”
The third and final feature was fellow Atlanta artist, Future, who has been one of the best feature artists of 2020. He was featured on the track “Teen X”, and even at 37 years of age, the trap legend was able to get on the same vibe as Carti, and mirror the cadence & flow. Future easily had the best featured verse on the album. After the persistent use of the vampire emoji, and always dressing like Dracula himself, Playboi Carti was able to bring that imagery to music on “Vamp Anthem” using a Johann Sebastian Bach sample. This was the song that really turned things around. The first half of this album didn’t live up to the hype, despite there still being a couple of solid tracks. “Vamp Anthem” gave off an intro track type of vibe for the second half of this album.
“New N3on” is a track that the Carti fanbase has been anticipating since the song was made about two years ago. The Maaly Raw produced track even sounds like it was made in 2018, because Playboi Carti is already past that sound, and you can hear the difference in the other tracks on the album. On “Control” Carti takes a more love song direction that gives the album’s substance a little more balance. The fact that Akademiks was given the intro for the track is crazy, but that’s a topic for a different time.
People who were waiting for a Pi’erre Bourne produced track had to wait until track 18 “Place” (a song that always makes me think my music is paused from 0:02-0:07). Despite the hiatus, the pair haven’t lost a step in terms of their chemistry. The track was first previewed back in December of 2018. In 2019, a 4-second video surfaced on the internet of a Drake verse on the track, so hopefully a remix is on the way for the deluxe version. “Sky” is an album standout, and Carti opens up about his experiences with different drugs, as well as feelings towards the girl in question. “Over” is very reminiscent of “Long Time (Intro)”, and that makes sense since both tracks are produced by Art Dealer, who was credited on seven songs on WLR.
This is an album where the production shines, and a song that backs up that statement is “ILoveUIHateU”, and Pi’erre Bourne outdid himself once more, and Playboi Carti has perfected his baby voice flow. It’s arguably one of the best instrumentals on the project altogether. The
Bon Iver “iMi” sample was constructed exceptionally on “F33l Lik3 Dyin”, and it did the job in terms of an outro track.
From a fan’s standpoint this is the album I expected from Playboi Carti (except a few leaked tracks), and anyone who has paid attention to him this year would agree. From the hair, to the vampire-esque clothing, to the way he typed on social media, to the previous single & features of 2020, it’s not hard to believe he would take this approach. There were a lot of leaked tracks that were missing from this album, however Carti already has announced a deluxe version is on the way. Hopefully it'll be similar to how Lil Uzi Vert released his album & deluxe version for Eternal Atake, with the latter featuring leaked tracks that have been highly anticipated.
Playboi Carti is the rap game daredevil, and it’s been that way since the beginning. From challenging Kendrick Lamar by releasing his debut mixtape the same day DAMN. dropped, to his trendy baby voice, and now dropping this "alternative" and "psyched out" album with the whole world watching. There are almost comical lows on this album, but there are polarizing highs as well. This is an album that may not be perceived well by the traditional hip-hop fan, and rightfully so. There is no real lyrical content, and at times it might not even be considered rap music. However, this is a sonically futuristic album, and Carti might have foreshadowed the future of a whole new genre. Yes, for the past two years most of the hip-hop community was able to live without Carti dropping, but when he finally released, the whole music community tuned it. That’s just an example on how intriguing he is as an artist. Whole Lotta Red is out now on all streaming platforms.
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Since the 1980’s, Oakland legend, Too $hort has been one of the early pioneers of bay area rap. He has put on for not just other bay area rappers, but for the entire city. He has just released a new track with visuals titled “OAKLANDISH”. Too $hort uses the track to connect the older and newer generations, by tapping in with new school Oakland rappers, Guapdad 4000 and Rayven Justice. Although the track is titled “Oaklandish”, the track is more of a bay area tribute as a whole. Shouting out neighboring cities such as Vellajo, San Jose, Stockton, Modesto, and many more. $hort also wastes no time shouting out fellow bay legends, E-40 and Mac Dre in a bar. "If you from The Bay let me hear you say 'Yee'/When you out of town tell the DJ play me/I love E-40, Too Short, and Mac Dre".
The bay is very well known for their very tight knit community. Everyone knows everyone, everyone loves everyone, and everyone supports each other, This video does a great job at showing this, as they brought the whole city out to turn up in front of a DOPE ERA store. The video is full of amazing drone shots over the ocean, the bridges, the city, and much more. The video also shows off famous bay area landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, The Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, and even a cameo from another bay legend, E-40. Too Short's single comes after he clashed with fellow Bay Area titan, E-40, for the last Verzuz of the year. The duo also revealed that they would be teaming up with Los Angeles' Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg to release a new album. The track is out now on all mainstream streaming platforms, and the video is up now on YouTube.
In the early 90s Long Beach, CA was the true home of G-Funk, and is responsible for giving us west coast legends such as Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Nate Dogg. Despite the timeless music those icons created, that era is far behind us now. In recent memory there really hasn’t been a clear leader to carry the torch for the LBC, but that may have just changed. $tupid Young has been leading the way for his city as of late. Since the release of his breakout hit, “Mando” featuring Mozzy back in 2017, Young has been all gas no breaks. After releasing three mixtapes since 2018, the Cambodian-American rapper has released his long-awaited debut album From Here On Out.
From Here On Out is 12-tracks long, and about an half hour listen all the way through. Leading up to the album’s release, $tupid Young dropped three singles. The lead single is the DJ Idea-produced “Wit a Sticc” featuring one of Detroit’s finest in Tee Grizzley. Grizzley shouts out the Asian Crips as the two MCs reciprocate verses to go along with the catchy hook. The second single is “I Can’t Change” featuring NoCap with LA producers Laudiano & Steelz cooking up the instrumental. The third and final single was the west coast thumper “Suppose To” featuring Mike Sherm & Blueface.
After listening to the three singles, they all shared two similarities. One, was that they all included high profiled features. Two, they were all sounds we’ve heard $tupid Young use before. The MC released the big featured tracks prior to the album drop on purpose, so that when the project was out all the new music’s spotlight was on $tupid Young for the most part so that he can display original sounds.
On the intro track “10 Toes Down” featuring Rolls Rome, Young sets the tone for the album with his storytelling about his past life & the people in his life he’s lost on the melodic instrumental. After a somber introduction, he turns the mood up immediately on “Stay Down” produced by Cypress Moreno. Young teamed up with his Empire labelmate Rucci for “Nobody”. Rucci acknowledges the Asian Boyz in his verse and shows unity with the lyric “I wear my flag on the right, you wear the flag on the left”. Young flexed his skills as an MC on “Stupid Freestyle”, with a flow we haven’t heard from him before. “Huh” was a solid way to put the stamp on the 28-year old artist’s debut album.
$tupid Young flexes his ability as a storyteller, and as an artist who can put a solid hook together consistently. He had heartfelt music, turnt up music, and he displayed bars all throughout this project. From Here On Out is out now on all streaming platforms.
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It's no secret that California is a factory for new talent, pumping out a number of rising stars every year. West Coast native, Killio, has been on radars for some time now. Born Blane Parish Williams, Killio is a rapper hailing from the West Adams District in Los Angeles, California. From recording his first song at just 15 with his brother, Reem Riches, the 25-year-old West Coast rapper has done so much in his lengthy 10 year plus career. He has produced hit tracks and has also gone on to collaborate with other certified L.A. stars such as RJMrLA and Jay305. He also recently signed himself a deal with No Limit Records. He has climbed up the ranks for years now, and is searching for that respect that he so well deserves. He has just released his newest project Youngest In Charge.
The tape is a 10 track long,23 minute listen with features coming from Slumlord Trill, White John, and Big Sad 1900. Killio has been fighting against the odds his entire life. He even spent two years in prison back in 2016 after being charged with a gun related incident. Killio was getting into a lot of trouble with the law after the unfortunate passing of his best friend, rapper, Take Money, who lost his life in a fatal car crash. In 2018, Killio was released and decided to really put his all into music and has been consistently releasing music ever since with a loadout of singles, and an album titled “Killio Season” which was released earlier this year.
“Jump Out” is a perfect intro to the tape, setting the tone letting the fans know that Killio is playing no games. The beat screams West Coast. “Zombie” is an aggressive hard lyric song over a softer beat with a heavy bass. This one is already a stand out on the project. “Stranded In The Rain” featuring Slumlord Trill is an amazing experiment on the project. The heavily autotuned voices of the two in a melodic ballad just gives listeners chills. “Stuck In The Past” is one of the catchier songs on the tape. The song starts by jumping into the chorus and merges perfectly into the hooks and verses. “Perky Party” featuring White John is an instant turn up. The two make a perfect duo with Killio’s high energy and White John’s laid back flow. “Drop A Pin” featuring Big Sad 1900 starts off with Big Sad dropping a hard turnt verse and transitions to Killio to finish it all off the way he does best. “Not Patient” is another of the catchier songs on the tape. The beat, lyrics, flow, sound, and length of the track all together fit perfectly. “Canceled” is a perfect middle track that fits and flows so perfectly in the tape. “Dope Slangin” is an automatic West Coast classic. The beat does nothing short of putting on for LA rap. “Grabba” is the dark and perfect outro to the project. With a dark and eerie piano melody and somber yet hard lyrics, it put away the entire project the best way possible. Youngest in Charge is out now on all streaming platforms.
As the year is wrapping up, it’s always interesting to see who’s on pace to blow up in the music world the following year. In 2020, the west coast killed the local scene, and it's only a matter of time that the rest of the world taps in. BlueBucksClan is a group to be on the lookout for in 2021.
The Los Angeles duo has been on fire all year, and they’re capping off their 2020 with a brand new music video for their track “Want Me To”.
The Baby E produced track is the duo's warmest love song to date. The track also illustrates the pair’s chemistry and the enduring appeal of their casual boasts. After DJ says he’ll gift a woman Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Cartier, Jeeezy sounds unfazed and ups the ante: “I could put you in Off-White if you want me to / I could put you on a flight if you want me to.
BlueBucksClan is celebrating their successful 2020, and this music video is an example of the lifestyle they live. The duo is seen flaunting buss-down jewelry, riding around in foreign whips, and flying women out of state in their private jet. The music video for “Want Me To” is out now on YouTube, and stream BlueBucksClan’s music on all streaming platforms.
Compton has been known for raising up talent, with the likes of YG, Kendrick, and more making their names known in the Los Angeles area. Enter Campanella Park native, YS. For the past year the 20 year old has been nothing but consistent with his music. Dropping 2 projects and 10 videos throughout the past year alone. Against all odds, he has done nothing but prevail. He has gained many cosigns from the likes of artists such as 1TakeJay, Shoreline Mafia, and many more. He has been buzzing on the West Coast for a while now and is currently expanding his sound globally.
The rising star has just released his newest project titled “Cold Hearted” with features coming from Sada Baby, Guapdad 4000, and WS Boogie. This is latest release after his highly addictive “Street Icon” project with platinum producer, Ron-Ron. YS has a sound that we have seen a lot of in recent years. A mix of hard aggressive lyrics, with a melodic flow. This is one of the most popular sounds in the game right now. Unlike most rappers though, YS puts a West Coast spin on the sound and really leaves his and his cities mark on every track.
“Hard Times” is the gloomy and dark intro that really sets the scene for the entire tape and it does an incredible job at doing so. “Shot Caller” produced by Charlie Shuffler, is the hit single that dropped previously to the tape. Featuring Oakland star, Guapdad 4000, the two go absolutely in on a melodic murder spree. “Souls in the Sky” is an ode to his fallen brothers and you can feel every ounce of pain in this track.
“Really In the Field” featuring Sada Baby is the hard hitting Compton track we're used to. The duo take turns murdering the beat talking bout their lives in the streets. “Killas & Demons” is a catchy ballad over a deep dark piano melody. In this track he talks about the life that he lives and how he isn’t scared of a thing. “9 X’s” is another catchy ballad, this time over a strong and depressing guitar riff. “Match Your Energy” is a track where YS talks about the betrayal and the fake that he had to endure by the ones that surrounded him that he thought he could trust. “Don’t @ Me” is that classic West Coast bop that we all know and love. This track really shows off the versatility that the twenty year old has. “Trenches” is another perfect example of the extremely popular sound that he is running. Partnered up with WS Boogie, the two do a fantastic job at calling out fake gangsters. “Life of Thirty” is the perfect outro to really top off the entire project. Another
dark melody that gets you to feel his pain before calling it all off.
“Cold Hearted” is out now on all mainstream streaming platforms. Go give it a spin!
Brielle Marie Talks Having Her Project Presented by Snoop Dogg, Influences, & Remixing Tracks - By Matthew Pacchione
Central Florida’s Brielle Marie answered some of my questions in anticipation of her Winter 2020 release, “Floating.” The singer-songwriter released the LP Tranquility, presented by Snoop Dogg, in 2019, and an EP in 2020 called Summertime Chill.
A down-to-earth, self-described “girly” person, Brielle is also an Autism awareness advocate. A number of proceeds from her single “Only Human” went towards the Autism Society of America (www.autism-society.org) and she performed it for the Autism Walk at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Q: Tell us about your new track, “Floating.” What was it like working on it? Was it different than any other song you've recorded, or have you been using the same process?
"Floating" has a very somber, soft, pretty, feel-good vibe. The song is about love and how love makes you feel so warm, happy and alive - and how it makes you feel like you’re "Floating."
My recording and writing process has pretty much always been the same. I typically write melodies and words to a beat. Then, in the studio, I record the hook first, and then the verses. The song later gets mixed and sometimes the beat will get tweaked before the song is mastered.
This song in particular is different from other songs I have recorded because my singing on the song is very light and airy almost like a whisper, because that's the type of singing that the vibe of the record needed.
Q: Has COVID had any negative impact on your music career?
No, it hasn't. I work on music when I'm inspired and you can work on music from home. I just recently went back into the studio to record though because many studios were shut down for a little bit due to COVID.
Q: What's up with the "Snoop Dogg Presents" on the Tranquility album? There must be a story here!
Snoop Dogg and his label allowed me to release my album using "Snoop Dogg Presents". Snoop’s A&R found my music originally on SoundCloud and some of songs ended up being reshared on Snoop Dogg’s SoundCloud page. An A&R is someone on a record label who scouts out talent/artists. I have never personally met Snoop Dogg, though.
Q: You've remixed a lot of your tracks - why is that?
I like having different versions of my songs available. Sometimes people end up liking the remix versions better. My song "Only Human," for example, is a ballad but the remix version is one that people can dance and vibe to more. Also, the remix version ended up in a movie called “Signature Move.”
Q: I've seen the genre "Future Soul" applied to your music - do you agree? What does that mean to you - is there anything important to that label?
Future soul is more of a fusion of different types of genres such as pop and electronica, but I don't think my music fits into just one genre. I think it has elements of RnB, Jazz, bedroom pop and future soul.
Q: Do you draw on any other influences in your life?
For music I draw more from real life experiences. Sometimes I have watched a movie and it gives me inspiration to sing or write such as the movie "Begin Again" with Adam Levine and Keira Knightley.
Q: What's the common thread between all your musical influences that you try to emulate?
One of my Influences is Sade - I love her sultry and somber vibe and sound. I love Amy Winehouse, the Beatles, and Smoky Robinson, too. I think they all have amazing songs. I love the vibe of Sade's music and Smoky Robinson is a huge Influence of mine for his song writing. Each one of them are artists, not just singers. It's not about who sings the best but who has the best songs, songs that make you feel something.
Q: Thank you for this interview!
Thanks for reaching out!
Brielle Marie’s music can be found on all streaming platforms, including Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube.
Watch the “My Forever Love” music video here:
Brielle can also be found on Instagram: briellemarie17 https://www.instagram.com/briellemarie17/?hl=en
The Real Chinoo Talks Working on Saint JHN’s Latest Album, Being in the Studio w/ A Boogie, & Starting His Own Rap Career
If you’re not familiar with the name The Real Chinoo, I can almost guarantee that you’re familiar with his work. The producer/rapper is half of multi-platinum, multi-gold, Billboard charting producer duo The Atomix (with the other half being Tay Da Producer). His resume includes production credits for A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Kodak Black, Rico Nasty, and Shoreline Mafia, among countless others. After starting a successful production career, The Real Chinoo has tried his hand in the booth as a recording artist. He released his debut single, “Diamond in the Rough” earlier this year. The DMV native sat down to talk about his new career as a rapper, working on Saint JHN’s While The World Was Burning, linking with A Boogie wit da Hoodie in the studio, and what’s next for him.
NS: You released your debut track as a recording artist “Diamond in the Rough”, how has the reception been?
Chinoo: “I’ve been getting a lot of different feedback. I’ve had people reach out saying the song like helped them. I like hearing both good & bad feedback. At the end of the day, it all helps.”
NS: After listening to that track it sounded like you got a lot off your chest, is that fair to say?Chinoo: “Yeah I think so, cause in the time I recorded the song that’s how I was feeling at that time. It was like a therapeutic type of session. It was probably like 4 o’clock in the morning, that’s what it was on my mind, and I was like this is how I’m going to get it out.”
NS: When did you make the decision to start your career as a rapper?
Chinoo: “To be honest, it wasn’t even like an actual decision (laughs). Once quarantine started I was just kind of in the house, cause they were beginning to shut down the studios. I was just at home making beats all day, and I was just like ‘I’m gonna try something out’. I was originally just trying to write and get better at songwriting, so I could just shop out records on my beats. I was just playing it for a few people, and they were like ‘why don’t you put it out yourself?’. I gave it some thought, I talked to my friends & family. I was just like it’s time to put it out, so I dropped it.”
NS: Now that you're both producing and rapping, do you tend to keep beats for yourself instead of sending them to other artists?
Chinoo: “I’m actually never really too attached to a beat. I rather send them out and get a placement, because I can always make a new beat around whatever I record, you know because it’s my beat. I never really save stuff for myself.”
NS: Saint JHN just released his album, While the World Was Burning you worked on three songs, what three tracks? & how’d you two link up?
Chinoo: “ I worked on ‘Freedom is Priceless’, we did that one down here in Atlanta. ‘Time For Demons’ we worked on here in Atlanta. “Back On The Ledge” we worked on in Atlanta. “Monica Lewinsky, Election Year” was originally from his last project, so I worked on that one too. It’s crazy, like he’ll call me just to like record him sometimes, but I like working with him because he lets me just do my job, and let me be creative. He’ll record a bunch of takes, and he’ll just let me piece stuff together. There’s stages to this, and he definitely gets it, so I like working with Saint.”
NS: You worked on Yung Manny’s album Confused was there just a DMV connection and how'd you two collaborate?
Chinoo: “That’s crazy that, that happened. It wasn’t really like a DMV connection. We just happened to be in Atlanta, and the managers I had at the time kind of just connected us. It just worked. (laughs)
NS: A couple years ago you worked on A Boogie’s Hoodie Szn how’d you and Tay get that opportunity, and what did that do for your career?
Chinoo : “I feel like that was really like the start of my production career. So basically, we were doing a lot of work out of Mean Street Studios. I was actually an engineer over there for Atlantic (Records), and DJ Drama’s Generation Now in print. That’s kind of how it came up to be. Shoutout my guy AJ, he was going out of town, and he hit me up so I was like I’m down. I replaced him and I locked in with A Boogie for a week. I just remember one time we were in the studio, and he was going through beats, but none of them were sticking. I just loaded up some, and he hopped on them immediately. It didn’t happen how like other people would do it, like emailing beats. I was just there and I got it off like that.”
NS: You’ve worked with everyone from G Perico to Rico Nasty to countless records with TJ Porter, how do you think you’re able to touch all regions of music?
Chinoo: “ When it comes to me & Tay, our niche is basically being versatile. We don’t focus on one style of beats, we just see how versatile was can be. We always experiment, and try to push ourselves sonically. By doing that we were able to tap in with different sounds, so whenever we go in the studio with a certain artist, whatever they’re looking for, we probably have it. We always experiment and try different tempos, different sounds, different drum patterns, all of that. Being able to work with all of these artists gives us more ammo to just keep trying new stuff.”
NS: What’s next for you?
Chinoo: “As a producer we are planning on, basically signing artists. We already have a couple artists. We want to bring in new producers, just to continue building a team. As an artist, I’m definitely going to be dropping some more music. My whole thing is just staying creative. As long as we continue being students of the game, learning the business, learning how to push ourselves.”
Stream “Diamond in the Rough” on all streaming platforms, and be on the lookout for more music coming soon.