Smoko Ono is a Chicago producer you're probably not too familiar with yet, although he once produced a dope collabo between two Chi-town staples Tris J and Sir Michael Rocks, which we featured, "Good Shit Talkin," and even if you didn't hear that, it's likely you heard his production on Vic Mensa's "Feel That." Apa
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
As of late, Rockie Fresh's music has been taking on a baroque character that somewhat resembles the Graduation-era work of another Chicago rapper. Following the lush, piano-led "Hesitate," Rockie's shared "I Need," a Peezy-produced track that makes use of similarly-styled strings.
Vic Mensa is barely old enough to drink, but that hasn't stopped this 21-year-old MC from livin' the life. After touring with Disclosure earlier this year, Mensa's popularity has been on the steady rise.
Rockie Fresh decides to help our week move along with a new drop today, "Hesitate." The MMG rapper addresses haters and the industry politics on his new record. It's a relatively brief track, produced by Peezy & Cam, who build the cut around a 'wooh' vocal sample and piano keys.
The other week Audio Push reached a monumental amount of Twitter followers (40k to be precise), and they celebrated with their growing fanbase by releasing a mellow ode to marijuana, "Mary Jane." The record came with the announcement that the Hit-Boy-signed crew would be dropping weekly releases going forward.
Man, Rockie Fresh always gets the illest beats. He's worked with Lunice, THe Hood Internet, Boi-1da, MIDI Mafia, and of course, Hit-Boy, who provides the triumphant, horn-led production on "Official," a new freebie that Rockie shared on SoundCloud.
The Hood Internet were tapped by Dr. Pepper to produce a free EP, Out Of The Ordinary, as part of the brand's on going music campaign One of A Kind Studio Sessions. The last EP that was a result of their One of a Kind Studio Sessions was RZA's Only Place To Get It EP which dropped in May.
Production duo and mash-up artists The Hood Internet are back today with Rockie Fresh rapping over their beat on "We Run It." Last week we saw The Hood Internet x Tinashe on "One Step Over", and just like that cut this one is also a part of The Hood Internet's new EP Out of The Ordinary.