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CB Question of the Week: Beat stealing

This past week, our question was about beat stealing (not sampling, but straight up taking someone’s beat without permission), and we asked producers to share their thoughts on the subject matter that is frequently seen in the music business. We see it a lot in the hip hop/rap world. Rappers will do it, producers will do it, and labels will do it. For example, we will often see that happening when someone wants to ride a song’s viral wave, so they’ll jump on the same beat and spit their own bars over it; or when someone wants to jump on a beat by a big name producer (ie: J Dilla or DJ Premier), in efforts to get noticed or gain interest; or there’s the moment when someone will take a beat, say their vocal tracks were “produced by [producer of the beat they took without permission]” as if they worked on the song together, and go from there; or there’s the false claims where people will steal beats and say that they produced it, or go about without crediting the producer. Sometimes people sell the music and sometimes they won’t. What’s acceptable and what’s not? Is there a scenario where it’s OK?

The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats (part 3)

Good morning, readers! I am proud to announce that the third part in my The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats compilation series is out TODAY. If you aren’t familiar with this concept compilation series that I have curated, let me briefly explain what it is.

As an 80’s baby and a child of the 90s, I read the Goosebumps books as a kid and, boy, did a lot of them scare me. In my years, I’ve also seen all of The Twilight Zone episodes, and continue to watch the series when it marathons during holidays. Similarly, they are really cool, innovative creations that tell tales involving themes of horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, comedy and beyond–they take your mind into strange and scary situations that are based on dream and reality.

CB Question of the Week: Favorite music platform?

Good day, readers! Being that it is Saturday, we are here to share this past week’s open-ended question and answers with you. If you aren’t in the loop with what this is, every Sunday we ask a question through our social media websites, that is open to anyone who wants to answer. In turn, after the question has been active for 6 days, we share some of the answers that we receive in a blog post every Saturday. That brings us to today.

Jake Palumbo – “Tuffalupagus” (ft C-Zar Van Gogh) video

New York-based emcee, producer, recording engineer at SpaceLAB Recordings, and man of many hats Jake Palumbo dropped a brand new song and music video today, for a song called “Tuffalupagus”. The song title is a slang term by Jake that mashes the word “Tuff” (meaning tough, used as a complimentary adjective to describe someone/something cool), with the big, furry muppet Snuffleupagus (well, I think so, anyway), which forms the creative term Tuffalupagus! Hashtag that isht.

The I V League – “THE IV LEAGUE” (ft Shabaam Sahdeeq, Thekeenone, El Gant, & El Da Sensei)

The I V League (@i_v_league_) is described as an “International Fraternity of Extraordinary Emcees, Producers, and DJs”, and that couldn’t be any more correct. From what I’ve gathered, the collective is spread out across the globe and is made up of: Ras Kass, Shabaam Sahdeeq, El Da Sensei, 4rAx, Snowgoons, Jake Palumbo, Vanderslice, Atari Blitzkrieg, El Gant, thekeenone, and perhaps others. It’s a long list of talent. They’re kind of like the hip hop Avengers, in that they all do stuff on the solo tip and are dope at what they do, but when they team up with one another, they become a powerful supergroup. Avengers Assemble!

Rock Mecca – “Hell’s Angels” (ft Canibus)

Last week, New York emcee Rock Mecca (@rockmecca) released another single from his forthcoming Ironworld album. On “Hell’s Angels”, Rock recruited hip hop veteran Canibus, and the two unleash lyrical fury from the depths of the fiery underground, spitting verses that illustrate their drive and fight to get to the top. Expect no mercy and no pity. Produced by Jake Palumbo. Stream the single below.

Rock Mecca – “Tunnel Visions”

New York emcee Rock Mecca (@RockMecca) dropped the third single from his forthcoming album, titled Ironworld. Over snapping drums, a bold piano, cuts, and loud sounds of a big crowd, “Tunnel Visions” finds Rock Mecca spitting aggressive bars that revolve around NYC nightclubs and the gritty hip hop that fueled the audience during the late 90s and early 2000s. It’s a hot track. Produced by Jake Palumbo. Stream below, buy the single (check the others), and look out for his LP.

Jake Palumbo – “Curtain Jerker” compilation

New York-based producer, emcee, and music engineer Jake Palumbo (@JakePalumbo) released a compilation called Curtain Jerker, on his birthday, on September 24th. Similar to his third full-length album (Jobber to the Stars), this project’s title is another reference to professional wrestling. “Curtain Jerker” is a backstage wrestling term for the first wrestler that walks into the ring, in the very first match. Jake said that this is his sarcastic way of describing his place in the so-called rap game.

The Cypher Effect – C-Zar Van Gogh, Ed Ward, Mo Kofuma, Mike NOTES, Ciphurphace, & Jake Palumbo

On August 29th, The Cypher Effect posted their latest cypher episode, and it featured a bunch of dope emcees from the SpaceLAB Recordings roster! They’re not strangers to CrayonBeats, so color me excited, because I was excited to finally see this! Filmed during TCE’s road trip to New York earlier this year, they met up with C-Zar Van Gogh, Ed Ward, Mo Kofuma, Mike N.O.T.E.S., Ciphurphace, and Jake Palumbo, at the SpaceLAB Recordings studio, where the SpaceLAB gang did what they do best. It’s 10 minutes in length, so check it out, and become a fan of these guys.

Shabaam Sahdeeq – “Darkness” (ft El Gant, Masta Ace, Ras Kass & Pawz One)

New York emcee Shabaam Sahdeeq dropped a brand new, super ill posse track today, called “Darkness”. It features notable hip hop artists El Gant, Masta Ace, Ras Kass, and Pawz One. It was produced by Jake Palumbo, who conjured up a dark, haunting, sample-based beat led by hard-hitting boom bap drums, intimidating horn hums, bass guitar plucks, electric key chords, ghostly sounds, and a bunch of cuts. Wheeew, it’s a hot beat, and especially so with the emcees spitting filthy, assertive raps about this dark world we live in, and must survive through (with things such as murder, depression, suicide, hate, racism, ignorance, etc).

Rock Mecca – “One Man Gang”

Following up his first single, New York emcee Rock Mecca (@RockMecca) unveiled a second single from his forthcoming album, called Ironworld. Over a hard-knocking boom bap beat produced by Jake Palumbo, “One Man Gang” finds an ambitious Rock Mecca spitting aggressive, metaphor-heavy bars that prove he’s someone to look out for and he won’t stop fighting for his place on top. Dope track!

If these first two songs are what the rest of Ironworld will sound like, then you better keep your eyes and ears open for that release! Don’t sleep on this dude. You can either grab “One Man Gang” for that free download or donate a $1. Stream the song and then pick your poison.