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    Slot-A “High Tide” Release | @IAMSLOTA


    As many of you know due to some of our previous posts in the last couple days, not only is Slot-A the featured producer for the Drums Bang Producer Beat Box, but he’s also been planning to drop a new beat tape. Well, today is that day, and below you can stream and download Slot’s brand new High Tide beat tape. If you dig it and are a producer, you may be interested in getting the drums that Slot crafted for this project. They’re available over at the Drums Bang website.

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    Drums Bang Interview w/ Slot-A (Video) | @IAMSLOTA @ProducerBeatBox

    When Slot-A was in town for our Writer’s Block showcase last month (June’s is this upcoming Wednesday), Drums Bang sat down with Slot and talked about his past and how he got started, his production and sound, and some about on his new beat tape that we’re sharing tomorrow. Be on the lookout for “High Tide,” and make sure to check out his featured Producer Beat Box over at Drums Bang’s website. A few things you get if you buy the box are listed below.

    Our inaugural DRUMS BANG: Producer Beat Box for June 2014 features Michigan to Chicago producer/DJ SLOT-A, who has produced for the likes of Jamall Bufford aka Buff-1 (The Black Opera/Athletic Mic League), Add-2 (Jamla Records), Scheme (Molemen), Neak, Grumpy Old Men, Gerald Walker, Sincerely Yours, and many others.

    If you purchase DRUMS BANG: Producer Beat Box for June 2014 you will get the contents listed below shipped to your doorstep, and yes, shipping is free in the US. More details on your box is listed below:

    1) Exclusive drum kit from SLOT-A with 40 custom crafted sounds. These aren’t just any kicks, snares, hats, breaks, etc…these are customized and crafted by SLOT-A himself. No copy and pasting from other kits!

    2) Live musician samples in bass form. Basslines Basics played by Clarence Jones (aka Gritts) of Sweet Poison Victim. There are 74 authentic bass samples, loops and one shots included.

    3) Live musician samples in guitar form. The Ted Somerville Guitar experience features Ted Somerville of Sweet Poison Victim. There are 104 guitar samples, loops, one shots and other experimental sounds included.

    3) Maja 7th & Dominique Larue’s “GRAND” EP with exclusive acapellas for five of the tracks.

    4) Slot-A’s brand new exclusive “High Tide” beat tape in digital form.

    5) Writer’s Block beat tape in physical form (CD) for the month of June. Special one-of-a-kind packaging. It features 10 dope producers from around the world, sponsored by BDTB. You can submit to be a part of it next month by hitting this link.

    6) Stickers, stickers.

    7) An item to add to your gear/adapter collection OR a discount coupon for either a music store or gear. It varies each month.

    8) Artwork for SLOT-A’s “High Tide” beat tape. The artwork is also signed. 8×10.

    9) Exclusive music from Chicago’s Sincerely Yours that was produced by SLOT-A.

    10) An informational and possibly comedic video about producing from Chicago’s ILL Brown (producer for Bun B, Freddie Gibbs, Casey Veggies, GLC and more).

    11) A one-of-a-kind button made by Make Me Sandwich. Pin it to something.

    12) Detailed information on all of the artists and vendors involved with the Producer Beat Box for this month.

    13) All of the digital information comes on a customized 4GB flash drive.

    14) Yes, that’s over $100 worth of freshness for only $30!

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    Drums Bang Launches w/ First Writer’s Block Beat Tape Release | @producerbeatbox


    With post number 8,000 here at BDTB, I’m happy to unveil a couple of things with our friends, fans and followers. Today is the launch of my side business, Drums Bang, which is a business that focuses on supplying drums, samples, acapellas, beat tapes, music, and many other really cool things all in an easy package delivered to your door each month. You can read more about that and check it out at the website, drumsbang.com, and I’m thinking all of you producers and beat/music heads out there will enjoy it.

    With that, our monthly Writer’s Block producer showcase has expanded to also putting out monthly collaborative beat tapes from producers all around the world (read more here). Not only can anybody submit, but a pressed-up physical CD will be included each month in the Drums Bang: Producer Beat Box. It’s also released digitally for free. Make sure to check and download that for free below, and if you’re in the Indianapolis area you should check out our Writer’s Block showcase this upcoming Wednesday at Sabbatical.

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    Skittz & LONEgevity “Beats & Breakfast: Season 2″ Release | @beatsxbreakfast @lonegevity @skittzformpro


    You’ve seen all of the episodes and heard all of the songs, and today you can download the entire Beats & Breakfast series album Season 2 for free! Included in the download is also all of the instrumentals. Check out all of the credits below for Skittz and LONEgevity‘s entire project, as well as some of the art (all completed by TR), and make sure you download the entire project now.

    1. Time ft. Ace One & Pope Adrian Bless
    Verses: Ace One, Skittz, Pope Adrian Bless
    Chorus: LONEgevity (Co-Written by E-Ru)
    Production: LONEgevity

    2. Celebration ft. Grey Granite, Gritts & Tyler Knapp
    Verses: Grey Granite, Gritts, Skittz
    Chorus: Grey Granite
    Bass: Gritts
    Organ: LONEgevity
    Production: LONEgevity, Tyler Knapp

    3. Measured In Weight ft. Gritts, Black Eddie & ILL Brown
    Verses: Gritts, Skittz, Black Eddie
    Chorus: Skittz
    Production: ILL Brown, LONEgevity

    4. See Me Shining ft. Ace One & ILL Brown
    Verses: Ace One, LONEgevity, ILL Brown
    Chorus: Skittz
    Production: LONEgevity, ILL Brown

    5. Get Back ft. R-Juna & Ace One
    Verses: R-Juna, LONEgevity, Ace One
    Chorus: Skittz, Ace One
    Production: LONEgevity

    6. Must Be ft. WhoisLouis & Ace One
    Verses: WhoisLouis, Skittz, LONEgevity
    Chorus: Ace One
    Production: LONEgevity, WhoisLouis

    7. They Say ft. Theon Lee
    Verses: Skittz, Theon Lee, LONEgevity
    Chorus: LONEgevity, Skittz
    Bass & Guitar: Theon Lee
    Ride Out Rimshot: Theon Lee
    Keys: LONEgevity
    Production: LONEgevity

    8. Triumph ft. Oreo Jones, Gritts & DJ Spoolz
    Verses: Oreo Jones, Skittz, LONEgevity
    Chorus Vocals: Gritts
    Chorus Cuts: DJ Spoolz
    Production: LONEgevity, Oreo Jones

    9. FTDS ft. Rusty Redenbacher
    Verses: Rusty Redenbacher, LONEgevity, Skittz
    Production: LONEgevity

    10. We Got You ft. Jaecyn Bayne & Breakdown Kings
    Verses: Jaecyn Bayne, Skittz, Ace One
    Chorus: Jared Hiner, Skittz
    Guitar: Brian Benson
    Bass: Nate Muterspaugh
    Keys: Jared Hiner
    Production: LONEgevity

    11. Make It Happen ft. Gritts & Dominique Larue
    Verses: Gritts, Dominique Larue, Skittz
    Chorus: LONEgevity, Gritts
    Production: LONEgevity



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    Skittz & LONEgevity Presents Beats & Breakfast S2E10: “Make It Happen” ft. Dominique Larue & Gritts | @beatsxbreakfast

    The tenth and final episode of our Beats & Breakfast series debuts today, Tuesday the 20th of May, and features Columbus, Ohio’s Dominique Larue and Indianapolis’ Gritts. It’s a funky, jazzy track titled “Make It Happen,” and is available for download and such from the below areas. We hope that you have enjoyed our second season! Skittz and Lone will be putting together a package release in the near future that will also include the instrumentals, so make sure you stay tuned!

    Purchase and Listen to “Make It Happen” Below:
    iTunes
    Bandcamp
    Soundcloud
    Audiomack

    Credits:
    Verses: Gritts, Dominique Larue, Skittz
    Chorus: LONEgevity, Gritts
    Production: LONEgevity
    Video: TR & Kato

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    Skittz & LONEgevity Presents Beats & Breakfast S2E9: “We Got You” ft. Breakdown Kings & Jaecyn Bayne| @beatsxbreakfast

    In the second to last episode of the second season for our Beats & Breakfast series, Skittz and Lonegevity featured hip-hop infused band the Breakdown Kings (a group that Skittz and Ace One are a part of) and emcee Jaecyn Bayne. This session came about because these artists were a part of our live B&B session at ORANJE for 2013, where they all sat down and came up with the idea for the song (live at the festival in front of patrons), and then performed it live in front of the whole audience a couple hours later. Good times and a song about the fans. Check out episode nine above and bump below!

    Purchase and Listen to “We Got You” Below:
    iTunes
    Bandcamp
    Soundcloud
    Audiomack

    Credits:
    Verses: Jaecyn Bayne, Skittz, Ace One
    Chorus: Jared Hiner, Skittz
    Guitar: Brian Benson
    Bass: Nate Muterspaugh
    Keys: Jared Hiner
    Production: LONEgevity
    Video: TR

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    Skittz & LONEgevity Presents Beats & Breakfast S2E8: “FTDS” ft. Rusty Redenbacher | @beatsxbreakfast @rustymk2

    We’re nearing the end of the the second season for our Beats & Breakfast series with Skittz and LONEgevity, and today we have episode 8 (of 10) with an Indianapolis hip hop pioneer and musician, Rusty Redenbacher (of Mudkids fame). This is a funky jam. Check out the links, credits, song, and a few words from B&B below.

    This was definitely the hardest episode to put together as we had a lot of different circumstances that got in our way, from car problems, getting in from out of town, and managing multiple groups of artists that were crashing at the studio from the previous night. Either way, Rusty came through and we knocked out a great song and ate some great breakfast! It’s funky. - Lone

    Purchase and Listen to “FTDS” Below:
    iTunes
    Bandcamp
    Soundcloud
    Audiomack

    Credits:
    Verses: Rusty Redenbacher, LONEgevity, Skittz
    Production: LONEgevity
    Video: TR

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    Pete Sayke x ThatKidMyself “Forever” Release | @PeteSayke @ThatKidMyself


    Not only have we premiered the latest Beats & Breakfast episode today, but we, in part with THHP, the Honor Roll Gang, and the good folks over at DJ Booth, have joined forces to share Pete Sayke and producer ThatKidMyself‘s brand new collaborative effort. Forever is 14-tracks long and full of well-thought-out concepts on life, emotion-inducing instrumentals, and a lot of well-written rhymes in song form.

    Check out the track-list below, as well as the stream from DJ Booth, and make sure to download this for free!

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    Skittz & LONEgevity Presents Beats & Breakfast S2E7: “Triumph” ft. Oreo Jones | @beatsxbreakfast @oreojones

    For the seventh episode of our second season of Beats & Breakfast, Skittz and LONEgevity invited over Indianapolis’ Oreo Jones. Additionally, Ace One, DJ Spoolz, and Gritts contributed to the session. This episode happened the morning after the ORANJE festival, and our live Beats and Breakfast lounge we put together last year, so needless to say they were all a bit sluggish. Breakfast was filled with English muffin type sandwiches, black bean and corn sauteed side dish, caramel rolls, and fruits and stuff. Check out the accompanying video above, and listen and check the song and credits below. Enjoy!

    “Triumph” Credits:
    Verses: Oreo Jones, Skittz, LONEgevity
    Chorus: Gritts (Written by Ace One)
    Cuts: DJ Spoolz
    Production: LONEgevity, Oreo Jones
    Site: beatsandbreakfast.com

    Purchase and Listen to “Triumph” Below:
    Bandcamp
    Soundcloud
    Audiomack

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    Skittz & LONEgevity Presents Beats & Breakfast S2E6: “They Say” ft. Theon Lee | @beatsxbreakfast

    Now that we’re in the final stretch for for Season 2 of our Beats & Breakfast series with Skittz and LONEgevity, we’re told we’re going to be seeing a few different styles of music. This week they invited the talented Theon Lee over and they worked on a soulful track featuring guitar and bass from Theon, and a nice little groove. Breakfast was filled with pancakes with chocolate chips and cinnamon flavored syrup, sunny side up and scrambled eggs, hash browns, and of course fruit snacks. Check out the accompanying video above, and listen and check the song, lyrics and credits below. Enjoy!

    “They Say” Credits:
    Verses: Skittz, Theon Lee, LONEgevity
    Chorus: LONEgevity, Skittz
    Bass & Guitar: Theon Lee
    Ride Out Rimshot: Theon Lee
    Keys: LONEgevity
    Production: LONEgevity
    Website: beatsandbreakfast.com

    Listen & Grab “They Say” Below:
    Bandcamp
    Audiomack
    Soundcloud


    LYRICS
    Intro: Skittz

    Verse 1: Skittz
    Give me time to watch a clock this is wasted method…..
    Wrinkles show the signs of work use pride to press it
    In with the new… in with the old…
    Well blended these injections and inflections tend to serve as my protection…
    Hoping I astonish… that i get selected…
    What i learned.. .this is churned and burned into my minds direction.
    Try to make connections… but some feel I’m a minion..
    Daily suit and tie for Skittz… shiiiit…. I feel like I’m winnin…
    Been here since my muddy days..
    Understatement killin it…
    Treating venues like these menus..order up fillin it…
    Swag rappers die..fry…melted down your golden eye…
    Fakeness in your brakes reconsider who you idolize…
    Uhhh… yeah… as I speed on free
    Move how I wanna move while your Freon leaks
    I’m strapped up, Lonegevity and Theon Lee

    Chorus Groove

    Verse 2: Theon Lee
    Well I don’t know if y’all noticed
    But I’ve been holdin’ my focus tomy motives
    I’m in the hood and all my homies got quotas
    And if they don’t, they out homeless I work for his sake
    And you expectin’ me to take a break from Crown Hill to do yo mixtape?
    Shit
    What about what you be doin’ for Skitz and ‘em?
    Well, then my niggas
    Besides the fact that they legitimate, they make good dishes
    Ain’t nobody feedin’ me, so can’t nobody DM me,
    Like this gone be the turnin’ point for your career and scenery
    My nigga, I wish I had a buck for every time I heard the word “Exposure”
    Trayvon died and now we actin’ like the world is over
    It went to twitter, now the work is over,
    We lost the trial and now the worst is over
    My purpose is sober,
    No more hard liquor and lyrics
    I gotta put my mind into something richer
    Just imagine, I could writin’ this verse
    I get a call and hear my little brother ridin’ a hearse
    I put my liveliness first.

    Chorus Groove

    Verse 3: LONEgevity
    First they say “Have Fun” but then it’s “Work towards money…
    …because without that you don’t get no milk and honey”
    Today’s quite sunny…
    but can’t enjoy the present til you solidify your future and know just what you’re gon’ be
    OK, REWIND…
    They say I needed college
    They said I needed growth… I’m questioning their wattage
    Cause I’m quite bright, figured out what I like
    But the only ones that agree seem to struggle more than I
    So I got that in my mind, I try to double down
    Work twice as hard realizing my own star
    NOW 10 YEARS LATER…
    A lot of things change…
    A lot rearranged, it’s really more of the same
    Instead of parental figures guiding… you got friends trying
    Gotta trust that-they-ain’t-lying
    Intentions aren’t irrelevant
    But they are irrelevant
    I’m looking for my score so I can settle it

    Chorus Groove + Ride Out

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