MP3: Kenn Starr & Finale - "Home Comes First" (prod. Apollo Brown)
Fourth Single From MMG Compilation Goes Back To Emcees' Roots
The fourth single off the recently released Mello Music Group compilation album, Helpless Dreamer, is all about recognizing where you come from. "Home Comes First" combines the talents of emcees Kenn Starr and Finale on the mic and Apollo Brown on production. With Starr and Finale both dropping albums on Mello Music Group in 2011, titled Square One and Odds & Ends respectively, and Apollo still hot off the success of his collaborations with The Left and Boog Brown, these three seem to have no trouble staying busy.
Apollo's crackling, chopped-up horn instrumental provides a subtle enough beat for the two rappers to spit more introspective and serious rhymes. Starr's lyrics focus on his native state of Virginia and current hometown of southern Maryland, and when he raps "I continue to carry the torch for the ones that I know are depending on me to see their dreams come," it's clear to see how much it means to him. Finale laments that "home is home / it's the only thing I tend to think about if I'm gone" in reference to Detroit, and while he and his collaborator may hail from a different part of the country, it's clear that the sentiments they share could not be more similar. "Home... comes first," the hook repeats - something that we can all relate to.
In celebration of 15 years in the mixtape game, Miami heavyweight DJ EFN has hooked up with DJBooth.net to drop a brand new compilation project, Diggin’ in the Tapes.
Assembled over the course of an extensive search through his archives of DAT tapes, A-Dats., Mini Discs and 4-Track tapes, the set is a collection of both classic and unreleased freestyles, as well as original tracks recorded for EFN’s mixtape series. Included on the street album is the underground hit single "Corleone" which features Ras Kass.
Among the big-name artists to make appearances throughout DITTT are Kanye West, Rick Ross, Bun B, Cam’ron, Ras Kass and the late Guru. Beats come courtesy of The Alchemist, Miami Beat Wave, Plex Luthor, Hazardis Soundz and many more!
01. Intro (ft. Kanye West) 02. Freestyle (ft. Kardinal Offishall) 03. Weight of the World Pt.1 (ft. Bun B, Grafh, & Stat Quo) 04. Corleone (ft. Ras Kass) [prod. Nick Fury HD] 05. Freestyle (ft. Capone-n-Noreaga) 06. Interlude (ft. Pharrell, Compton Ass Terry, & N.O.R.E.) 07. On & On (ft. N.O.R.E. & Sean Kingston) [prod. Hazardis Soundz] 08. Freestyle (ft. Joe Budden*) 09. Why Wouldn’t We (ft. Mr. Cheeks & Iconz) 10. My Block (Miami) (Remix) (ft. Pitbull, Garcia, Brisco, Heckler, Gunplay (of Triple C’s), Flo-Rida, Cubo, DJ Khaled & Smitty) [prod. Miami Beat Wave] 11. Freestyle (ft. Stat Quo & Kardinal Offishall) [prod. Da Riffs] 12. Get That (ft. Heckler, Capone-n-Noreaga & Lil Jon) [prod. Midi Mafia] 13. Freestyle (ft. M1 (of Dead Prez)) 14. Freestyle (ft. Guru (R.I.P.)) 15. Yes-N-Deed 05’ (ft. Wrekonize (of ¡Mayday!) & Rick Ross) 16. Freestyle (ft. Pitbull) 17. High as F*ck (Freestyle) (ft. Redman) 18. Give Em’ a Song (ft. ¡Mayday! & David Banner) [prod. Plex Luthor] 19. One to Da head (ft. Garcia & Sean Paul) 20. Bilingual (Remix) (ft. Wyclef*) [prod. Hazardis Soundz & Maximus] 21. Freestyle (ft. Cam’ron) 22. Freestyle (ft. Buckshot) 23. Freestyle (ft. Smif-n-Wessun & Mecca) 24. Frontline (ft. Bun B, I-20 (of DTP) & Heckler) [prod. Big Drain] 25. Drink Champ Pt.1 (ft. N.O.R.E.) [prod. The Alchemist]
Producer IMAKEMADBEATS Releases Second Half of Daylight/Nightlight Dual-EP
Producer IMAKEMADBEATS is back again with the release of the free EP Nightlight as the second half of his dual-EP concept album Daylight/Nightlight. Daylight/Nightlight takes a multifaceted look at the highs and lows of life, evident through the stories delivered by collaborators Butta Verses, the lyricist behind the Daylight EP, and Nightlight emcee MidaZ The Beast, most recently heard on his last mixtape The El MidaZ Affair and as a guest on Alchemist’s GTA: Chinatown Wars Gangrene Mix. While the two EPs are being released separately in a radio edited digital format, IMAKEMADBEATS and Doxside Music Group will later release both for sale together in an unedited physical format.
Nightlight finds MidaZ delving into the darkest corners of the mind with ferocious vigor. As IMAKEMADBEATS’ partner-in-crime in the grimy duo known as BlakOut, MidaZ masterfully manipulates words in the same style that has helped build his reputation in underground circles as a force to be reckoned with. IMAKEMADBEATS completely flips his style on this half of the project, providing MidaZ with tense, hard-hitting beats to vent over – musical beds that fit the edgy tone set throughout the EP. Songs like "Subliminal Diss" and "Word Of Mouth" capture the Nightlight theme, exploring unfiltered angst, while previous single "Flyers" features MidaZ taking shots at lazy and incompetent show promoters.
On January 18, 2011 IMAKEMADBEATS will drop his self-titled solo debut, featuring Black Milk, Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Butta Verses, Hezekiah, and more on Doxside Music Group.
IMAKEMADBEATS has built his reputation on an obsessive dedication to his craft and a mad scientist-like approach to tweaking samples, drums, and live instruments - proving himself to be both a rapper's producer and a producer's producer. Most people first became aware of IMAKEMADBEATS from his 2009 collaborative project The Transcontinental with Oxnard rhyme-slinger Roc C (a project that featured the likes of Oh No, Big Pooh, Rakaa Iriscience, and Chino XL), which subsequently led to the nationwide Smash Mouf Tour. In addition to the much-anticipated forthcoming Doxside Music Group self-titled debut, IMAKEMADBEATS is also unleashing his dual-EP concept album Daylight/Nightlight, featuring Butta Verses and MidaZ the Beast respectively. Also in the works are projects with Beretta 9 (Wu-Tang's Killarmy), his BlakOut album with MidaZ, an instrumental project, and more placements on projects by artists seeking the "IMAKEMADBEATS" treatment to their music.