At the moment, there's no producer in the game quite like Providence, Rhode Island's araabMuzik, aka the "MVP of the MPC." Although he cites Dr. Dre, Swizz Beatz, 9th Wonder and Just Blaze as influences, he's also inspired by genres such as trance, electro and dubstep. As such, his sound is extremely diverse, ranging from more traditionalist Hip Hop instrumentals to immense, electronic anthems that most emcees wouldn't dare spit over. His sample-based approach involves fast-paced, real time MPC triggering and complex drum programming, and his live performances are a sight to behold compared to some of the more complacent artists in his field.
Since coming under Dipset Records' Duke Da God's imprint in 2006, he's produced for The Diplomats as a whole, Cam'ron, Jim Jones, J.R. Writer, Hell Rell, Lloyd Banks, Capone-N-Noreaga, The U.N., Jae Millz, Styles P, Tragedy Khadafi, 50 Cent, A$AP Mob, Slaughterhouse, Joe Budden, Danny Brown and many more. He's also a sought-after remix artist. But, as became evident with the release of his excellent studio debut Electronic Dream in 2011, he's just as comfortable without an emcee on the assist, if not more so.
Unfortunately, araab was shot in early May after several unidentified men attempted to rob him in his native Rhode Island. His wounds weren't fatal, though, and he's since recovered nicely. The talented young musician has a long, promising career ahead of him, and we're looking forward to what he'll deliver next.
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