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Free Download: Donny Hathaway – A Song For You Remix prod by Mr Kuyateh

 

Valentines Day is 3 Days Away

Donny was on my mind after I did the Jay Z flip (*see below*)…

 

I was thinking this would be a dope dance track, lol, my usual thought.  But what direction and how it would go was completely up to fate.  At first I arranged the whole track and then chopped it up into pieces to rock with.

There were a few different versions that were ok, but the final was it yet it was missing something.  It did’t tell the story of Love and it’s struggles, it was simply a dope lil dance flip.

So as luck would prevail, I played the whole track which was already on a layer but not vocally stretched to match the beat.  “That’s official!”, I thought.  “lemme just stretch the track out manually (aka mad time consuming smh) and see what I have or if it end’s up being too much work for the moment.

I tried my best to just zone out and enjoy the slow flow.  Thinking about it is counter productive and make any production task mad tedious and annoying.

Fast Forward a few hours and a few days of mixing it up properly for public listening and you have the track above.

Free Download 

Soundcloud be tripping and shxt but I think they enabled the ability to download my tracks now.  Try it out and see if ya can, if not lemme know… bless up!  – Mr Kuyateh | Brooklyn

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New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain (Mr Kuyateh 90’s Brooklyn Remix)

 

I’m an 80’s baby at heart and 90’s Slow Jams representative.  Haven’t had much time to create and had to vent through music recently.

With all the talk about the New Edition BET Movie, I figured it was time to flip an oldschool classic.  I had this on plenty slow jam tapes back in the day.  If ya know what I mean, just smile and continue reading.

This flip was subtle and maintained it general smooth flow, but with a driven Hip Hop vibe.  I have a version with lyrics spitting over em, but for now enjoy this.

“Make lots of freaky and uninhibited love, not war… – Mr Kuyateh | Brooklyn African

Migos – Bad and Boujee ft. Lil Uzi Vert (Mr Kuyateh Brooklyn Remix)

 

Happy New Year my peoples, I wish each and everyone of you a prosperous and reflective 2017.  May it be more progressive and filled with wisdom… – Mr Kuyateh

 

Welcome to The Brooklyn Word, the hiatus has been incredibly uplifting so check back from time to time to see and hear the growth.

We got some new music in the house…

Migos – Bad and Boujee The Remix Story

I’m chilling a few days ago, thinking I wanna do something different.  That antsy feeling that develops with a producer in between releasing projects started bubbling.

Now i fux wit Migos, remember in 2014, I did the “Freak No More”Remix.

I appreciate their musical soul and ability to work cohesively as a team.  Also their flow, which is in a lane they own.  The New York side of me that is built on lyricism and wordplay is halted, enjoying simply their execution of Southern soul.

What if I flip a trap type production/flow, making it sound like something that I’d rock in the 90’s? What if I twist it up a bit, to something New York heads would bang on the radio back in the day… Brooklyn style?

That idea was persistent enough to where I fired the computer up, late late night as usual.

Imported the acapella and I wasn’t really sure what was gonna happen next.   Typically i’d build a beat from scratch but this Jay Z instrumental (This Life Forever) that I flipped happened to be up.  Well not happened to be up, it was the last project I worked on.

The beat is banging, let me test something out.  So I chopped up the “Bad and Boujee” joint as a sample layer.  Then created another sample layer chops and just kinda played around till something formed.

I’m kinda a one take type of producer, like 75% of the time.  Working with what’s at hand improving and correcting.  To me the first take is the most instinctive and natural, anything after is merely a correction of past mistakes (or so called mistakes, as mistakes are beautiful in production).

What I learned in about 20minutes, is that I didn’t have to do much time stretching of Migos/Lil Uzi Vert vocals.  Their natural rhythmic pattern worked for the timing that I had.  I’m thinking, oh snap, it more than works… it sounds dope and they sound like an early Outkast.

Then BOOM!  I realized that the energy is the same with a twist.  If their exposure to Brooklyn sounds was increased and they started feeling east coast type boom bap or melodic type productions, then they’re flows would adjust and meld itself to fit that musical form.

The Remix

The production flowed quickly after that.  I was able to make a few versions with the Jay-Z beat.  Each of them spitting had it’s own vibe, like some old Wu-Tang “Protect Ya Neck” type shxt.  Figured I’d play this bass on the keys and not make it too busy in the center spectrum.

With that, I hope you enjoy the sound vibes and check back soon ya hear!  Salute  – GK | TBW

 

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Salute To 90’s Hip Hop Culture and The OG Artists | Producers

Track: produced by Mr Kuyateh

Im back in Brooklyn with new energy after having a relaxing week with the family enjoying nature to it’s fullest.  I worked on this my last night away and added vocals last night.

The adding vocals is always a random thing, as I want to hear others on it but that’s a challenge in itself.

In the meantime, i’m filling the void and particular type of sound that’s flavorful to my ear.  Hopefully my added vocals will allow others to hear that there is structure and definition to the sound.

The only trick is being dexterous enough to catch the rhythm of the offbeat jazzy riffs.  I get it, but others i’ve learned takes time understanding that type of thing.  All good though, i’m enjoying exploring this release as it’s breaking me out of a shell.  So not my intentions to rhyme professionally, i’ll write/produce though.

Earlier this week… (updating shortly)

I caught this post from Pete Rock earlier this week, I had mix feelings that evolved those few allotted minutes.  Check the clip of Lil Yachty on Hot97 Ebro in the Morning.  He is XXL Class of 2016 and is labeled as one of the hottest rapper’s in the scene… (don’t laugh, it’s rather sad but the construct is what it is)

😕👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾💩💩💩

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Now if you love anything about 90’s Hip Hop or the Hip Hop culture in general, your probably already listening and watching like “WTF is going on here?” baffled at today’s standard of the best.

Aged heads and culture purveyor’s measured and still uphold to the best Emcee’s being based on ability to flow, how dexterous they were verbally, street credibility, their production and so on.

One could argue that hits/sales were just as important, yes.  But to those who wanted to freshest and best, we all knew the radio was a few steps behind what the hood was pushing and that was off of lyrical notoriety.

Today’s standards are the polar opposite.  What would be corny by 90’s standards and true hip hop heads is the popular sound.  WTF?

Here are the top 5 things that people based a corny rapper on:

  1. Ability to freestyle
  2. Confidence/swag on the mic/Crowd control
  3. Delivery/Punch lines/Metaphors
  4. Subject matter
  5. Flow with the rhythm/production choice

Now to be fair to the culture, these are some pretty damn logical qualities that one would want to have as a professional artist.  But along with aged standards, come the responsibility to put in the work for it….

Many young musicians aren’t trying to hear that.  They like “fuxk it!  I’ll just put a track on ShxtCloud and bypass the real emcees that wouldn’t fuxk with me on their waste day.  Get mad love from people that just enjoy the music but not really about that life and be good without a label deal.”

That shxt actually worked.

The new culture of artist have developed a social media ecosystem that support every whimsical and serious endeavor.  Enough for labels, media and corporate sponsors to take em seriously.

So even if the all the hip hop heads never purchased one album or track, they’ll continue to eat since that fan base is not their main demographic support system.

Where does that leave lyrically gifted emcee’s and boom bap producers?

Exactly where they need to be, so they can rise up and take hip hop back.  Hip Hop needs a lyrical shake up to cause that shift.  I may be over zealous and sure it may be wishful thinking under this current construct.

Who knows, in the next few years, NYC could produce a lyrically dominant force that kicks the games bars up.

Until then, glad the OG’s and new 90’s culture heads are doing it.

Keep fighting the good fight, the war wounds only add character… salute – Mr Kuyateh

 

 

 

 

BROOKLYN LET’S MOVE – free SUMMER PARK JAM + Live Painting + Live Dance Music + Dope Dj’s Cary Grant + SnowBklyn + Mr Kuyateh + FREE AFTER PARTY IN BEDSTUY

This Saturday August 20, 2016… Dj’s SnowBklyn, Cary Grant & Mr. Kuyateh are coming together on behalf of Brooklyn Let’s Move to bring you a global soundscape of sonic sounds.

We are calling all dancers (bboys, bgirls, house dancers, african dancers, breakers, reggae dancers, modern)…. to get it in.

Music includes Afrobeat, Afro House, Latin, World, Eclectic, Funk, Soulful House, Deep House, RnB Flips, Hip Hop, Jazz, Breakbeats, Rare exclusive cuts, on the spot remixes and more with creative trio.

Live Painting will be done by Brooklyn Artist KITO

The free AFTER PARTY will be at 622 Marcy Ave, BKLYN from 11pm – till @ Cary’s Grants beautiful Bedstuy home. Come through peacefully and with good vibes.

The park is located across the street from the Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art on Washington and Eastern Parkway.

Powered by The Brooklyn Word, SnowBklyn & All True Men Org

Flier Artwork by Mr Kuyateh

Video Reviews: Young Paris ft. Ben Bronfman & Sadat X ft R.A. The Rugged Man

RnB meets Afro melanin vibes…

Young Paris Feat. Ben Bronfman – Best of Me

For those not familiar with Young Paris, he’s the Congolese Brother whose following is growing in NYC and Worldwide.  His proud demeanor might be taken as cocky to some, but very typical for an African man.

That paired with the commercial flair of Ben Bronfman, leads to this downtempo lounge banger.  Ben is an activist/entrepreneur whose Billionaire family is rooted in entertainment.  Being a child of the former CEO of Warner Music has it’s privileges.

I see that Roc Nation is attached to the project, that would have to be off of Ben’s network. If Roc Nation took on Young Paris, his branding would be kicked up more than what I’ve seen.  That’s coming though as he continues to mesmerize crowds with an exhilarating performance. (update… I’d like to correct myself, Young Paris is officially signed to Roc Nation

I’m a little surprised that the video is under budgeted given the tone of the track.  It lacked the feminine energy and playa vibe that it was creating.  Surely some fly shorties would have stepped this video up, something both individuals are no strangers to.

Regardless, i’m curious to see the direction that Young P takes as he continues developing as an African artist.

Ben is on some Pharrel/Kanye type vibes.  I actually didn’t know that he was an artist, I know he has his hands in mad entertainment projects but this was interesting nonetheless.  Not mad at him for embracing African energy as this opening let’s many more follow in the footsteps.

I’m thinking about remixing it what an Afrobeat vibe, maybe get creative and add melanin females in the visuals….


 

Classic Hip Hop vibes…

Sadat X – Industry Outcast’s (feat. R.A. the Rugged Man & Thirstin Howl III)

Salute Sadat X (Brand Nubians), I miss hearing his iconic voice.  He teamed up with R.A. the Rugged Man and Thirstin Howl III for rapid fire, lyrically induced track filled with Polo aka Lo’ analogies, mental gems and an energy I haven’t heard in awhile.  Mainly because tracks like this don’t get the commercial air play it deserves.

It’s reminiscent of the underground tracks they’d play back in the day on the Stretch and Bobbito show here in NYC, but in 2016.  I haven’t seen R.A. the Rugged Man in a minute but I know he’s very active in music and working with that kid A.F.R.O who spits/rhymes like an alphabetic beast.

Vibe out and let us know what you think.  I never really thought of Sadat X and R.A. being Industry Outcast but thinking about what they could mean, I guess I get it.  The challenge of releasing solo projects minus the team (Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, Alamo) is always there, but they’ve been doing it for years.  Some of the albums worked others didn’t do as expected but they are still here.

To Hip Hop lovers, they’ll always be embraced.  To hear Sadat X go in even deeper, check out his recent album Agua with production from Pete Rock, Diamond D, DJ Scratch and more.


 

 

Archived Promo Vids ft. Dj’s Premiere, Just Blaze, Natasha Diggs/DProsper and Young Paris Filmed/Edited by Mr. Kuyateh

 

Dj Premiere  was scheduled to spin at Soul In The Horn (Fridays Night Hottest NYC Party). I wanted to do something special but I didn’t have any prior film since I never shot Premiere.

I don’t like bothering folks, not my M.O., so I didn’t discuss a direction with DProsper and just wen off on my own creatively.

I found a video that paid proper respect to Gang Starr, chopped it up in Final Cut, found some audio of Preem (fixed it in Logic Pro), brought it over to Final Cut, and chopped/merged as necessary to the beat adding subtle effects…

Just Blaze rocked the Soul In The Horn party this particular night.  It was especially dope because he kinda stopped the party vibe to shout out the dope ass Polo Intarsian Eagle sweater I had on.  It was new and not many had it especially going for almost $500 at the time I got.  That was a special moment and then he invited me to come through to his Bday Party and we even exchanged Polo gifts.  I gifted him with a 2 Tone Lo-Sport Spellout and pocket Silk Lo Handkerchief, he blessed me with a dope Sportsman button down for the winter…. that was our first meeting, dope right!  There was more, secret shit in the works shhhh!

Regardless, I did something similar to the Premiere video.  Found some video of Charlamagne tha God talking about Blaze, extracted the audio, cleaned it up in Logic Pro, this time I had some stuff I shot of him.

Just came back, and I caught him doing exhibiting turntabilism with a rarely known “scratching at that specific point blend” for a multi-layered on the spot remix.  Seeing many Dj’s come through and filming all of them, I gotta say that I enjoy Just Blaze’s ability to relax and have fun.

Everyone does the damn thing, but he is comfortable, has fun and doesnt play it safe… he’s quite creative and nice on the decks.  It’s fun to watch.   Shout out to my Brother in Lo in the back, catching every bit of the show.

Young Paris was having a jump off at The Brooklyn Museum.  I got the message from DProsper and to come through film for it and the after Party in Williamsburg.  Now I didn’t have video that I shot personally and found one of his vids online which had the right promotion feel.  I chopped it up, added some text about his upcoming performances and after party and boom…. i like this, because I started getting better with keeping things cleans visually.

Thats it for now… i have so much video and dope material to show.  It just takes a long time to edit and upload that stuff.  People have no idea of the time and effort even for quick promo’s.  If you have someone that does a good job and it’s affordable, keep em… As the work that we put in is often under appreciated.  Support your local creatives and respect them by paying them…. simple!

Besides… my rates are going up, things have changed. – Mr. Kuyateh