Marvin Gaye – “Save The Children” Sample Beat (NYC Boom Bap prod by Mr Kuyateh)

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!

 

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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

 

Video: Alicia Keys – In Common (GIBRIL REMIX) + FREE DL

So I been in my creative feelings this week and just finished creating this video for the remix… enjoy! – Gibril

Alicia Keys – In Common | Brooklyn Deep House Remix

2015 Essence Street Style Block Party | THE BROOKLYN WORD TV

Little Red Corvette Remix by Gibril | Day 1 of 14 Days (Limited Free Download)

 

New Video:”Psalms” ft. Loren Oden by Adrian Younge

So, I was up on Adrian then I fell off (got distracted and forgot to check his album out). Then I wanted to shoot him while he was NYC performing at some event (forget what it was) but was denied when I reached out his label Linear Labs  who put me in contact with their publicist Yash Zadeh at BIZ3 (I apparently wasn’t big enough lol, pricks get on my nerves, but that’s the business no hate).

Ironically, he was spinning at our Soul In The Horn party (hottest Friday night party in NYC) the following night and I was able to film him in my home.  Gotta love serendipity…

My intentions are always good and I’m about the artist, but regardless, some people prefer fucking wit the big boy media music sites (even though I’ve written for them and stopped to be more independently free with my no filtered mouth, they are blood suckers and so not real lol, more on that lata).

Now today, I got an email from Linear Labs with links to the new video.  I was hoping a promo was up in there, but nah.  I was about to delete it when something said, just check it out.  I mean I’m still in my writing mood, it may be dope.

Glad I did, the sound immediately was a banger.  You could hear elements/sounds and rhythmic patterns that has a similar energy to his most successful sampled placement on Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby“.  It gritty, funky soul that resonates with any hip hop head immediately.

Every time the tracks gets quiet and Loren Oden comes in, it’s like the heavenly moment where angels appear and light transcends from above, so dope.  He does everything right as always, I haven’t heard everything yet but I also haven’t heard a track that I couldn’t fuck with.  They are not necessarily club/party bangers unless they are music enthusiast and understand the non-traditional (by todays standards) sound flow.  But it’s a must for those that love dope rhythms, live musicians, real musicianship and a beautifully constructed orchestration.

Loren’s voice is mad dope, I need to look more into this brother.

It was sampled from “Sirens” produced by Adrian Younge

Peep “Sirens II” ft. Bilal and Adrian performing at Brownswood with one of my heroes Gilles Peterson (super respected music tastemaker and influencer).  Ali Shaheed Muhammad is missing though he produced it with Adrian.

You can never go wrong with Bilal, his mental is super natural.  That’s all I can say, one of the dopest musicians out there.  Keep vibrating B.

With that, you can check the album out here which I’m doing, but I do want a physical copy for the collection of not just this, but all his albums.  His multi-instrumental abilities and ear for the subtlties are quite beautiful and a rare skill.  You also got to give him props on the videos and artwork direction.  I’m not sure how much credit to give him or if it’s a separate that does it.  Either way he approves everything, plus i’m sure he is mad hands with art direction, given Adrian’s meticulous nature with production/arrangement/musicians/composing.

Peep the full album…

 

He seems like he’s a chill dude and we both have an affinity for vintage and classy Polo/Ralph Lauren (BK Polohead here since 93).  Another reason to support, real Lo Heads stick together, even though he’s not about that Lo-Life Loyalty, he’s about that Lo life.

Props to this dope brother again, you’ll catch a review soon… Maybe once I get the albums. Salute! – written by Gibril Kuyateh Instagram

DANCING WITH MY DAUGHTER…

 

One night, my daughter and I were chilling.  When the perfect idea came up!

Let’s have a “Just Dance Challenge”.  Now I’m not gonna front, i’m an old man in the dancing game.  I just don’t move like I used to, it is what it is, regardless this little challenge was actually inspiring.

It was pretty dope to see my daughter naturally pick up the love for dance.  Now as a parents, we hint and make it extremely accessible to her (since she was born), yet allowed her to explore it on her own.  I’m proud to say that she loves to dance and is self motivated.

I already knew it would happen, when was the answer that I didn’t know.  Now that I see her little body absorbing movement like a sponge, I will dance more around her and teach her my philosophical beliefs on movement.

I want her to understand the limitless possibilities of expression with the body.  How to push past her boundaries and develop a sense of self with her movements.  This is gonna be fun and something that I’ve always dreamed of.  I didn’t have a son to teach it to, but she’s more than enough and way tougher.  She’s perfect and will know the secret art of The Kuyateh dance!

So FYI, i’m seeing these dances for the first time and they show up mad quick.  No excuses either way, she beat me.

2015 Essence Street Style Block Party | THE BROOKLYN WORD TV

The Summer of 2015 was ‘Poppin’ in Brooklyn.  Concerts, parties, performances and so much more was jumping off practically everyday.  The last big event that occurred, was the Essence Street Style Block Party.  It was a beautiful day of fashion forward rooted spirits and families enjoying city life, music and ethnic culture.

Enjoy the video mix, photos and more clips will be uploaded over the weekend.

 ‘We Are Family’ (Brooklyn Remix | Gibril Kuyateh)

Soundcloud: @gikumusic