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By Matthew Trammell. The producer is one of the most crucial yet anonymous figures in all of music. Every now and again, we aim to illuminate these under-heralded artists with Beat Construction. Today, we talk to Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan of Christian Rich, Nigerian twins out of Chicago who have been producing for over a decade and have adapted to countless shifts in rap sounds since their first placements. Their credits—which include beats for Lil Kim, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples—are diverse for a reason.
How did you guys first get your foot in the door?
TAIWO: We’ve always been doing music together. We found out about hip-hop in 1990s—started hearing Tribe, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, and all them, and we liked the beats. As far as getting in the game professionally, that wasn’t until we were in college, so I want to say 2000, 2001. We got with a production company out in New York with Ez Elpee, the same guy that did “Oochie Wally” and “Get Money” and all that stuff. He hit me on my two-way pager. I got the Motorola one later, but I had the small Motorola joint. He was like, “Yo I like y’all beats. Send me some stuff.” Back then you sent CDs; you didn’t send emails. So we put some beats on a CD, and the first beat he ever placed was Lil Kim. The song she did with Styles P on the La Bella Mafia album. That was the beginning. That was like, I want to say, 2001.
Since Pharrell premiered his new tune ‘Freedom’ for Apple Music, he started performing the tune on his live performances at the Dear GIRL Tour 2.0, where he also premiered a new tune titled ‘Able’, they both sound promising especially ‘Freedom’, which sounds like it’ll be all over the net when it will be released, can’t wait for the studio version, until then, check out the Live Performances below, thanks to Creatrice.
Pharrell Williams – Freedom (Live) (2015)
Pharrell Williams – Able (Live) (2015)
Here are all 6 tracks produced by Pharrell Williams from the DOPE Soundtrack. The OST includes 4 tracks by the Movie group called Awreeoh and it also contains 2 tracks that already released last year, with Kap G’s ‘Cocaina Shawty’ without Fabolous and I am OTHER signee Buddy with his tune ‘New Money’, check out all tunes below, thanks to YB. Make sure to cop ‘DOPE OST’ now on iTunes.
Awreeoh – Go Head (15′)
Awreeoh – It’s My Turn Now (15′)
Awreeoh – Don’t Get Deleted (15′)
Awreeoh – Can’t Bring Me Down (15′)
Kap G – Cocaina Shawty (15′)
Kap G – Cocaina Shawty feat. Fabolous (Mixtape Version) (14′)
Buddy – New Money (15′)
A Year ago, Pharrell played some of his upcoming music to the Holy Ship crowd, at the third-annual Electronic Music Cruise, where he also previewed Kendrick’s ‘Alright’, which was actually Fabolous tune, and a couple days ago, Fabolous leaked his version with a Video directed by Gerard Victor of the tune. I also managed to put back both version as a collaboration together, you can check out the video and my edit below.
Kendrick Lamar & Fabolous – Alright feat. Pharrell (DJ Freakiii Edit) (15′)
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