- BRONX, NY, United States
- WELCOME , I GO BY THE NAME OF RAYDO. I WAS RAISED IN THE SOUTH BRONX, NEW YORK CITY SINCE THE AGE OF SIX YRS OLD.GROWING UP IN THE BRONX I WAS SORROUND BY THE ELEMENTS OF HIP-HOP, GRAFFITI , DEEJAYING, BREAKDANCING, RAPPING. I HAVE CREATED THIS WEBSITE TO PRAISE & PAY HOMAGE TO THE MEN & WOMEN BEHIND THE BOARDS MAKING THE BEATS FOR ALL YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS.REMEMBER HIP-HOP IS NOT DEAD AS LONG AS THE BEATS KEEP BANGIN'.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Nas compares his tenth solo LP to Marvin Gaye's famous 1978 album, which chronicled Gaye's own divorce.
Friday, June 29, 2012
DX: Let’s leap back to 2012 from 1995 and talk about this Ma_Doom project. You know the chatter is out there about this being more of a mixtape than an album since you’re spittin’ over old MF DOOM beats. What do you say to someone to motivate them to treat this like the retail release it is and fork over that $8.99 to Amazon?
Masta Ace: Well, I understand that there are quite a few purists, as far as [MF] DOOM fans, that have gone over those [Special Herbs] beats a million times and they’re not interested in hearing them again. At the same time, I know that there are many, many, many people like myself who weren’t familiar with all those beats. I picked tracks that I wasn’t familiar with, and I know that there’s a lot of people that aren’t that familiar with all those beats like that. And so for most of those people there’s gonna be a new experience, a completely new experience.
For those cats who are already familiar with those beats, get into the records. Get into the songs, get into the album for what it is, give it a chance and you might be surprised that there’s actually an experience that’s a little different than the instrumental albums.
And there’s additional production, because we beefed up – added kicks and snares and bass – the original tracks and added some cool little things and drops and change-ups and things like that to kind of spruce it up a little bit.
DX: Now, I don’t wanna get ahead of this project, but I wouldn’t be doing my duty if I didn’t ask if there’s gonna be an official follow-up to A Long Hot Summer coming soon?
Masta Ace: I don’t have it [planned]; it’s not in the works. It’s not anything that I’m planning or thinking about, but I am gonna be [releasing something else]. The next project is supposed to be a soundtrack to my DVD life story, which is partially shot. I got a lot more shooting to do. But I’m gonna be doing a soundtrack to that, to my life story, which in a lot of ways Ma_Doom kind of sounds like. So I guess in a way it’ll be a continuation of some of the stories and ideas that are on this record. But it’ll be a full soundtrack. And it’s gonna be produced mostly by Marco Polo, but I do have a DJ Premier track that I’m excited about. My first ever collaboration with him.
DX: You talking about you don’t wanna wait on people, how long did you have to wait for that? [Laughs]
Masta Ace: Nah, not long. The stars gotta be aligned just right with Premier, but it worked out. I did DJ Eclipse’s show the other night at Sirius Satellite Radio and Premier was filling in for him and I mentioned this beat that I had heard him play two years previous, that at the time was supposed to be for another artist. I asked him whatever happened to that beat and he told me it never got used. And we went into his laptop and dug it up and he said it’s open. So I was like, “That’s my beat. Let’s go.”