Established industry beatmaker MTK with a new round of instrumentals for your wanting-ass. Budding rappers go forth and be mediocre over the very non-mediocre Sophisticated Slap 2.
Finally got a chance to check out XP’s new EP, The Revelations. Local master of bombast MTK is responsible for producing all eight tracks which are very Just Blaze-ish in their big-samples-meets-big-synth grandiosity. “Make Enough” (featuring Hellfyre Club’s resident genius Open Mike Eagle) and “Take Me Back” (with Q Dot and Ashley Dubose) were highlights for me. Xperience has always sounded like he’s rapping (and singing) from the pulpit, but on Revelations he explicitly puts himself there: check out “Walk By Faith” for rap proselytizing on wax, the likes of which Seattle hasn’t really seen before.
Xperience drops a new clip from his upcoming The Revelations EP. “New Religion” was produced by MTK and the video was shot in Brooklyn and Seattle.
Here’s the latest video treatment for The Bar’s “At It Again” off that Walk Into A Bar record you should already have by now. The story about this one via the crew’s YouTube:
Footage shot July 2011 in Honolulu, HI by Canh Solo, lost in a devastating hard drive crash, miraculously recovered in 2012, and edited by Prometheus Brown in one stoned night.
New drop from Notion and frequent production collaborator MTK, with some help from Pac NW neighbors Grynch and Luck-One.
Bellevue’s Akrish goes from break-ups to, well, break-ups on “Without You,” the first drop from his upcoming Progress Over Perfection. MTK on the beat.
One thing producer MTK isn’t, is subtle. Everything in his production warehouse — from the beats, to the synth, to the samples — are big, powerhouse workouts of hip-hop composition. Sophisticated Slap is a sampler collection of the nationally-sought local producer otherwise known as Matthew Crabtree. The collection, which at its best sounds like the sonic love-child of Just Blaze and Dr. Dre, features a few joints recognizable (previous tracks blessed by RA Scion, Bambu and Prometheus Brown) and others ready for brand new poetical adornment. MCs would be wise to drink their 5-Hour Energys before hopping on, however, as these beats are not conducive to lyrical cut-laying.
Bellevue’s Michael Akrish (real name, no gimmicks) dropped this brief hat trick yesterday with assists from MTK and DJ Nphared. Promising area rap from the east side of the Lake.
Get familiar with Seattle MC Notion on this pleasantly bumping three-track EP featuring production by MTK. Notion’s high-pitched rasp rides with admirable precision over MTK’s soulful thump, though guest MC Chev (one of the best local rappers flying under the general public’s radar) kills him on his own sh-t on the EP’s best track, “Right Here.”