Back from a hiatus, the mysterious Dj Gibril Kuyateh returns to Brooklyn Radio with special twisted treats and ear candy from Brooklyn and beyond. Special guest is Chicago Emcee & Producer Tree! Most of you heard the new Ghostface and BadBadNotGood (BBNG) joint ft Tree called “Street Knowledge”. Well, Tree brings a particular clarity to Trap with his own style called Soul Trap!
Two of my favorite Philly emcees spitting straight bars. It’s pretty safe to say that I’ve been a Roots fan since Organix and over the years bumping into the crew art parties and shows. They naturally led me to Bahamadia once researched other Philly lyricist and so on…
I had no plans of doing a duet, but late nights spur the wildest of thoughts in the studio. This beat could have gone with the 40 or so acapella’s that’s in the library but somehow got caught up in a Philly Cheesesteak of meaty lyrics.
We fuck with real bars over here and oldschool beat aethestics when it comes to production. Dope samples, banging chops and thumping kicks is a start to a delicious sound.
Blacks Thought lyrics are from an acapella Roots track and the Bahamadia was a random freestyle on stage that was twisted to work. The lyrics by both were chosen for it’s intensity and equal power.
Bahamadia at one point, ended up spitting some ole crazy rapid in ya fucking dome bars. Then Thought, came back with a philosophical heater that let heads know that he ain’t going no where anytime soon.
Let us know what you think.
…and that’s The Brooklyn Word!
Prouced by Mr Kuyateh ft. Roxanne Shante, Bahamadia, MC Lyte & Queen Latifah
What do you do when you find 4 acapellas from hip hop’s dopest female emcees? You remix it and call it “Queens of Hip Hop Vol. 1”. Cause ain’t nothin betta than dope lyrics over jazzy beats.
I was adamant about beginning the project with voices that pioneered the lyrical side of the game. Not only are these women game changers but lyrically suited to handle any rapper that crossed their path.
Peep how they command the attention of the listener in each track. The delivery is razor sharp, from the gut, and thought provoking. Their words swing through the rhythm, cutting through the bullshit.
The production is a salute to the art of chopping shit up and sampling it. I wanted to create a lush jazzy vibe to embrace emcee’s lyrics. It was important for the beat to be self sufficient as an instrumental. It had to have it’s own fun life and yet not overpower the track. Like sex, the balance of words and rhythm was key.
Enjoy this flavorful mix, and that The Brooklyn Word…
With all the political fuckery and bigotry going on, I felt like this would be a perfect opportunity to step back in the studio as it’s been awhile. (to be continued) – Mr Kuyateh
Rest In Love to all the social activists worldwide that have passed fight for the cause…
R.I.P. Dick Gregory!
The track is on their latest EP #Cashmeredice which dropped on April 7th. To have fun with promotion, they put the word out for a #niaremixchallenge and I responded with this remix which includes a Marvin Gaye sample flip.
The fun part was creating an experience around the production and hoping that the listener is able to connect with it. Mixing the layers and then mastering was a bit of a challenge but the sounds seem to resonate accordingly.
Let us know what you think of Mr Kuyateh’s and check out their latest release Cashmere Dice. Bless up