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    BDTB Interview w/ J. Brookinz About His “Gateway” Project | @jbrookinz

    Having only acclimated myself into the hip-hop community two years ago, I found myself hearing a certain name no matter what circle of emcees or producers I was surrounded by. That name was J. Brookinz.

    The local producer has seriously laid down work with most, if not all, major emcees in Indianapolis. Whether it is through creating a beat for their latest release or setting up annual shows like the annual Producer Beat Battle, which showcases some of the best producing talent Naptown has to offer and puts their skills in a head to head match, he is staying busy building in Indianapolis.

    There is also another project that J. has cooked up for the past four years and that project is called the Gateway. The producer came up with the idea five years ago and it was rumored that last year’s effort, Gateway 420, was going to be the last mix he would put together for our city.

    Fortunately, he has pushed aside those thoughts of letting it go and has decided to come back with what may be known as the best release to date. When asked why he decided to take another go at the project the producer had this to say, “I knew I was going to come back, but the way I was going to come back was going to be different, it couldn’t be just me. I invited some of the homies to come in and make some of the beats. I wanted these guys to take over.”

    Brookinz had always intended the Gateway be a part of his legacy and as something that the community could work on, come together and carry out every spring. And although years past have been filled with the producer running around putting everything together, this year was different. He got to relax a little bit and really take in the experience of the Gateway, but he goes on to say, “I have a job to do, I gotta keep watch and make sure that everything is running smoothly.”

    And trust me, only having been at the house J. held up in for an hour or so, it could be very easy to get caught up with everyone there. I could understand that struggle of keeping everyone on task. I mean, if Super Street Fighter is going on, you’d be hard pressed to get me to do anything.

    Matt Riefler was just the assistance Brookinz needed to help everything run smoothly. He worked on the engineering and recording for the #GATEWAY5 this year. Other producers that helped with creation of the beats include Dylan Prevails, Knags, Mandog, Harry Otaku, and Philo T.


    Another reason Brookinz decided to get back to the project was because he saw it as not only a place that artists from all walks could collaborate and learn from each other, but also a project that could really boost the morale for the hip hop culture of Indy. “Some guys are young and some guys are proven. I respect these guys and I want to do something for them.” It is opportunities such as this that really spring boarded the producer to the status he has attained today. “People gave me the chance to do things when I had no business doing them, but just as a shot to prove myself. So whatever kind of music you make, it doesn’t matter, it’s cool with me. I’m no guardian of the culture, so if we can work together, let’s do it.”

    As leader of the project, he also had to decide who was going to put their verses over the beats, but this may not have been as difficult as it sounds. “I mainly leave it open.” He brought most of the Ghost Town fam for the first to really flesh out the skeleton of the project. Then, he opened the door on the second day of recording to cats who had been hitting him up trying to be a part of the album.

    Brookinz plans on dropping the mix on April 18th, but has much more on his plate as well. #JBrookinzWeek has officially kicked off and the producer plans to stay busy putting together a showcase at Indy CD and Vinyl this weekend for Record Store Day, hosting a 420 party at Sabbatical on Sunday, and dropping the tape (all while celebrating his birthday too). We also may get the special treat of a single being dropped from his most recent untitled solo project.

    No concrete plans yet for next year’s release, tentatively titled, Gateway 666, but Brookinz plans on coming back and really taking his skills, and his friends’ skills, to the next level. So, if you are trying to get in the hip hop scene in Indy, it would be best for your health to get to know the name J. Brookinz. That is, if you haven’t already.

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    BABA: Dave Grohl Interview w/ Off Camera About Being A Successful Musician Today (Video)

    It’s been a while since I’ve written or shared anything for our BABA series, but this definitely belongs in there regardless of if it’s hip hop related or not. Dave Grohl, a drummer that some of you may know from bands such as Nirvana and Foo Fighters, sat down and talked about cool stuff in this two minute interview. Hey, be a better artist.

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    NoisePorn Interview w/ Oreo Jones (Video) | @OreoJones @noiseporn

    NoisePorn caught up with Oreo Jones down in Tampa, when he was on tour recently, and it’s a pretty in depth talk about him and his career and life thus far. Check this out, and check what NP had to say below.

    For this edition of NoisePorn Unzipped, we got to chat with “milk’s favorite emcee”: Oreo Jones. The Indianapolis-based emcee is described as “a bearded brother who summons multiple musical personalities for every new project.”

    Emerging in 2010, Oreo not only explored the hip-hop scenes of Indianapolis, but also delved into the indie music scene. He dropped his first EP titled “Delicious,” which was led by his single “Good Times.” The song reached the No. 4 spot on Hype Machine, proving himself to be an up-and-comer to watch out for. In addition to some big releases in 2011, he began “repping for fat kids everywhere” by starting his own hilarious YouTube cooking show called Let’s Do Lunch. Just one year later, he released his first full-length album, “Betty,” which further showcased his diversity, both musically and lyrically.

    After speaking with Oreo first-hand, we can tell you that his laid-back yet humorous personality has undoubtedly contributed to the diversity of his music. In our exclusive one-on-one interview with Oreo Jones, we discussed his Indianapolis roots, where his musical inspiration comes from and so much more.

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    Interview w/ Hit-Boy About His Path, Progression & More (Video) | @Hit_Boy

    Hit-Boy goes talks in-depth in a long interview with theSTASHED. Take a look inside the “Ni**as in Paris” producer’s musical mind.

    It’s one of Hit-Boy’s most revealing interviews of his career, and one that shows that he’s just getting started. The producer/artist reveals who he’s working with in the near future, what to expect from his next solo project, and more. Also, the music you are hearing in the background is a never-before-heard Hit-Boy instrumental that will belong to a returning rapper in the near future.

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    Kanye West’s “College Dropout” is 10 Years Old

    Billboard caught up with a couple directors, Coodie and Chike, and interviewed the two fellas about some of Kanye’s early days. Not only that, but they shared a bunch of old Kanye footage, and touched on a few things such as his early work, the conflict with him selling a beat to Jay-Z that he originally sold to Payroll (I the song back in the day), and a ton of other randomness from the College Dropout. All while playing The Wire. Enjoy!

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    Step Brothers (Alchemist x Evidence) “Lord Steppington” Release & Interview | @Alchemist @Evidence

    Yesterday, the Step Brothers, also known as Alchemist and Evidence, released their long-awaited Lord Steppington album together. Along side that release, which you can stream in it’s entirety below, is an interview the two did (that video up at the top) with Fuse. I don’t really have to write anything else about this do I? I mean, you all know who these guys are, and you have been anticipating this like me, right? Cop from the links below.

    Buy from iTunes
    Buy from Amazon
    Buy from Fifth Element
    Buy from Best Buy

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