Friday, March 25, 2016
This was the only way I was going to end this series. There wouldn't have been a Check The Recipe at all if it hadn't been for the time and experience I've had studying, learning, and observing how these guys work; how they approach writing a song, deciding how to deliver, which lyrics would be best used and when. As I explained in a previous post, after years of gladly producing and working behind the scenes for mixtapes and albums, I had the idea of putting something out there that I could call my own. After the success the first Check The Recipe, I was already set to work on the second chapter of the series
J-Dub was an integral part of the creation of the Elite Eight and helped to dictate the initial idea of Still Raw. Runna lent his vocal energy to the songs "Lost Thoughts" and "Go Get Her," which was, originally, one of the very first beats I wanted as part of Check The Recipe 2. Runna also contributed in the sultry "Thinking About You," a self-contained story of a couple attempting to rekindle the heat in their relationship.
Thright Hook, known at the time of the release as Right Hook, was a major element in the creation of CTR 2. Hook was instrumental in developing the feel and pacing of the project. He also made a footprint on the vocal side of things, as he collaborated with many different artists, as well as writing his own song with a dancehall/reggaeton flavor entitled "My Way, Your Way." During the making of the mixtape album, C.Luk was working on the promotion of his release, "The Dead C Scrolls: Manuscript One." The vocal stylings from Check the Recipe 2 and creativity of the sounds helped the Mic Controller make his decision to start a live band, along with The Chef, an easier one. Shortly after the release of CTR 2, the gears were already in motion for the creation of Sunspot's live band: Not Sure Community.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Chyna appeared on CTR 2 on Still Raw, holding her own as the only female emcee on the song. Chyna brings a style that's allows her to bring more of a hardcore style to her delivery, while still being able to use wordplay in a clever way. I've had the privilege of working with Chyna while she was still developing and discovering what her sound was, as she worked on mixtapes and other hip-hop projects.
Many of you know Caleb from the music group Fame or Juliet. The group has taken the underground hip-hop world and turned it upside down with the meaningful messages and eclectic rhythms in their music. Caleb made two appearances on CTR 2. He was featured on Still Raw as a part of the Elite Eight, along with Chyna. Caleb also released a track, a duet with Thright Hook, entitled Pot of Gold, which also saw a collaboration with Seth Chaos and I on the production side of things.
Both Chyna and Caleb have been featured on BET's 106 & Park; Chyna, as a participant of the Freestyle Friday rap battles, and Caleb, with Fame or Juliet, on the Wild Out Wednesday talent competition. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside both acts, and hope to do so again in the future.
The In$idaz are a rap duo from Lynn MA. They're making their name known in the hip-hop community with beats to make you dance and a back-and-forth rap style that makes any groove they ride THAT much more infectious. The In$idaz influence was felt in both installments of the CTR series. You can hear them together on the high-energy song "How We Party" on CTR2.
Shizz made his impact felt on CTR 2 with Still Raw, which features seven other emcees (collectively known on the track as the Elite Eight). This talented lyricist brings a smooth delivery to his approach, yet he still accentuates the energy of the beat. I thought that this quality made him unique and, therefore, a perfect candidate to blend with the Elite Eight.
A-Class is a classic example of the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Hailing from Salem, MA, Class first linked up with Sunspot Productions on the One Night Stand project, featuring on Right Hook's "Mamacita." The positive feedback from that song led to a second team up between the two performers, which is how "IDK" was created. Here's hoping for future collaborations between Right Hook and A-Class!