Beats No More 2 by 88-Keys on Apple Music

27 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

A longstanding producer from New York, 88-Keys has been making beats since the late ‘80s, and had his moniker bestowed on him by legendary Large Professor. He got his start engineering and interning at The Music Palace studio, and has since provided tracks for a wide assortment of hip-hop luminaries, including NYC icons like De La Soul, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, as well as Southern pioneer Scarface and Cali acts like Pharcyde and Yukmouth from the Luniz. In 2008, he showcased his mic skills on The Death of Adam, a star-studded concept album featuring Kanye and Kid Cudi, and Adam's Case Files mixtape, but it’s on the beats where he truly shines. For Beats No More 2, he hits us off with 27 instrumental tracks overflowing with chunky kicks, deep bass bumps, nicely chopped samples, and well-placed vocal snippets. Most of the joints here are short and sweet, touching on a wide variety of styles, and never getting boring. The bossa-nova inspired "Fresh Cut Grass," stuttery "Incepticons," and snap-infused "Quarter Water" are especially funky.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A longstanding producer from New York, 88-Keys has been making beats since the late ‘80s, and had his moniker bestowed on him by legendary Large Professor. He got his start engineering and interning at The Music Palace studio, and has since provided tracks for a wide assortment of hip-hop luminaries, including NYC icons like De La Soul, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, as well as Southern pioneer Scarface and Cali acts like Pharcyde and Yukmouth from the Luniz. In 2008, he showcased his mic skills on The Death of Adam, a star-studded concept album featuring Kanye and Kid Cudi, and Adam's Case Files mixtape, but it’s on the beats where he truly shines. For Beats No More 2, he hits us off with 27 instrumental tracks overflowing with chunky kicks, deep bass bumps, nicely chopped samples, and well-placed vocal snippets. Most of the joints here are short and sweet, touching on a wide variety of styles, and never getting boring. The bossa-nova inspired "Fresh Cut Grass," stuttery "Incepticons," and snap-infused "Quarter Water" are especially funky.

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About 88-Keys

Influenced in his teen years by Prince Paul's work on De La Soul's legendary album 3 Feet High and Rising, N.Y.C. native Charles Misodi Njapa became 88-Keys and made it his mission to become a hip-hop producer. First he became an intern and then an engineer at West Hempstead's famous recording studio The Music Palace, where he began networking and working with rappers like Large Professor, Nas, Q-Tip, and Pete Rock. The big break came in 1998 when one of his productions landed on the Mos Def and Talib Kweli album Black Star. The next year his remix of Macy Gray's "Why Didn't You Call Me" took things higher, and then in 2001 a track on Beanie Sigel's The Reason introduced him to Jay-Z and the Roc-A-Fella family. Work for the likes of Musiq (Soulchild) and the Pharcyde took the producer to 2008 and his debut full-length, The Death of Adam. Released by the Decon label, the album was executive produced by Kanye West and featured guest shots from Bilal, Little Brother, Kid Cudi, and Redman. ~ David Jeffries

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