Houston bred a growing scene of homegrown rap artists throughout the mid- to late ‘90s, and Big Moe became one of the first to break out of Texas and go national. Unlike most of the Houston rappers, who tended to offer a hardcore style, Moe offered a much more accessible one.
He both rapped and sang, and his producers crafted smooth, melodic tracks that bounced along at a leisurely pace. His second studio album ‘Purple World’ from Priority Records has been released in 2002 that features also a Chad Hugo production on the tune ‘It’s About To Go Down’, check it out below.
Big Moe – It’s About To Go Down feat. Noke D, Mr. 3-2, D-Gotti, Lil’ Flip & Toon (Chad Hugo, Blue) (02′)
The Quarry – I Knew (16′)
The Quarry – Someday Soon (16′)
New York City-based band Makuta released their new single titled ‘Straight Outta Love’ produced by Chad Hugo. “‘Straight Outta Love’ is a song that we had the chorus kicking around for a while. We are a live band, and always make it a point to bring in live energy and performance into the recordings. So we record primarily live and track the core of the songs that way, to keep things honest. We finished a version of ‘Straight Outta Love’ before we went on tour this summer, and really road-tested it. We like to do that to see what resonates with folks, what they respond to, etc.
We came off tour with that song refined and fine tuned, with a greater sense of clarity on how to finish the studio version of ‘Straight Outta Love.’ We took a look at the existing recording, and even though we were still excited about it, we felt that it needed a bit more of something. Aleata brought in our good friend, Chad Hugo, to come in and add some new elements that took the song to where it needed to be.” said the group’s frontman Doug Makuta, make sure to cop the tune on iTunes, and check it out below.
‘He’s a white boy with soul’ says Pharrell. SG Lewis, a 20 year old music producer from Reading, UK who blends influences of club music with the emotive touch of classic songwriting to create his own personal sound and made himself known to PMR by way of remixing Jessie Ware’s recent single ‘You & I (Forever)’. Scott Vener and Pharrell played his track ‘Warm’ on OTHERtone Episode 1 last year where Justin Timberlake and Cara Delevingne were guests.
Pharrell said, “He’s a white boy with soul” and JT piped up, like, “what are you trying to say?!” Now the ‘white boy’ just released his new EP with Chad Hugo with the single ‘Meant To Be’ a sass-filled funk groover, produced by Chad Hugo and SG Lewis himself taken from his ‘Yours’ EP, that released on Friday (August 19th). Check out the tune below and make sure to cop it on iTunes.
The Long Beach rapper’s upcoming EP will have a visual component directed by Nabil Eldurkin. After announcing his Prima Donna EP earlier this week, Vince Staples has shared links on his website to two “private screening” events in Los Angeles and New York City on his personal website. It seems as though the Long Beach rapper will be throwing his hat into the ring with Beyoncé, ScHoolboy Q, and, most recently, Frank Ocean, who have released extensive visual projects to accompany their albums.
A flyer for the events reads, “story by Vince Staples and Nabil Elderkin,” Nabil is a Los Angeles director who is well-known for his work with Kanye West and Frank Ocean among others. The flyer also lists musical contributions from James Blake, DJ Dahi, No I.D., and Chad Hugo. Apply to win tickets to Vince Staples’ Prima Donna EP private screenings here.
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