Friday, March 25, 2016

Highlights of CTR2, Part 7: The Sunspot Team

Check The Recipe 2 is my latest mixtape which features 18 musical talents from the 781 area and beyond. I'll be giving some background info on two of the people involved in CTR2 in this entry. Sit back and take in some insight on the Recipe. This is the final entry of the Highlights of CTR2 series.

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.



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