Zaytoven [@zaytovenbeatz] Uses the New MPC Live on Akai’s “Standalone Challenge”


In this episode of the Standalone Challenge, Akai links with Grammy-award winning producer Zaytoven (Gucci Mane, Migos, Drake, Future). Watch as one of the main architects of the Trap sound, creates a track from scratch using only the MPC Live and an MPK249 plugged directly into the Live. No computers were used in the making of this beat.

We not only see how intuitive the music making process is on the MPC Live but also get a glimpse into the workflow of one of ATL’s finest.

Bryan Michael-Cox Takes Akai’s “Standalone Challenge” Using the New MPC X


In this episode of the Standalone Challenge, Akai goes into the studio with renowned hitmaker Bryan Michael-Cox (Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige). Plugging his MIDI keyboard and external hard drive directly into the new MPC X, Bryan creates a beautiful track on the fly using the sounds contained in the X and a few hand-picked samples. No computers were used in the making of this beat.

We not only see how quick and intuitive the music making process is on the MPC X, we also get a glimpse into the workflow of this multiple Grammy-award winning producer.

Charlie Heat Takes His Chances On ‘Rhythm Roulette’


The Grammy-nominated Charlie Heat is a name you’ll be seeing a lot more of in 2017. Since working with Lil Uzi Vert early on, the Jersey artist Charlie Heat caught the ear of Kanye and has been on a tear ever since.

We headed to Philly to see how Charlie comes up with this stuff. After hitting up a record shop, he walks out with The Best Of Fabienne Delsol & The Bristols, Mutabaruka’s The Mystery Unfolds, and a Lou Reed record. After he finds his first golden sample, he slowly adds layer after layer for a certified banger. He continues hunting within the records and ends up making a whopping four beats in total. But for the final beat, he decides to work from the ground up, building it from scratch.

AraabMuzik Shows Fact Magazine How He Made Joe Budden’s “Flex”


The Rhode Island producer got his start making beats for Cam’ron’s Dipset label in 2006, and his breakthrough 2011 mixtape Electronic Dream is one of the 10 best albums of the decade so far.

Since then he’s worked with A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent and released his debut album Dream World despite being shot on two occasions. He’s also regarded to be one of the best producers in hip-hop today for his unique way with the MPC sampler.

We linked up with AraabMuzik in his studio in the Bronx for the latest episode of our How To Make A Track series. During the session he gave us a detailed, step-by-step masterclass on the techniques and methods he used to produce ‘Flex’, a collaboration track with Fabolous and Tory Lanez.

‘Hard Knock Life’ Producer 45 King Plays ‘Rhythm Roulette’


The 45 King has been the mastermind behind several hip hop classics, old and new. His claim to fame started with “The 900 Number” which will forever stay funky fresh. Then with his Flavor Unit, he went on to produce several cuts on Queen Latifah’s debut album All Hail The Queen. After a few remixes here and there, his name was inescapable as he went on to produce Jay Z’s “Hard Knock Life” and Eminem’s “Stan.” Especially with a name like The 45 King, you know we had to take him to the shop to see his sampling chops firsthand.

The 45 King walks out of the record shop with Courtney Pine’s Journey to the Urge Within, Weather Report’s Mysterious Traveller, and Sonny & Brownie’s self-titled album. Although he dismisses the first record, he ends up finding the loop he uses as the base. Then with his iPhone recorder, he samples himself to throw some hi-hats into the beat. He also incorporates the other two records but in a very unconventional way.

Jaisu Shows Fact Magazine His Sampling Technique


Danny Brown collaborator Jaisu shows us how it’s done.

Jaisu’s 2015 album A Long Player, released on Astral Black, was one of the most tragically slept-on albums of last year – a bedroom boom-bap dream that glides through sample after lush sample till you’re fully immersed in its haze. Another milestone in the career of a producer that had already grabbed the attention of everyone from Danny Brown to Tony Yayo, both of whom hit up the young Scot for beats, it showcased an epic knowledge of the art of sampling – which is why we arranged to visit him at his Glasgow home for a glimpse into his process.

The message of the tutorial is clear: sampling isn’t easy. It requires patience – the 13 minute clip here is cut down from hours of footage, shot across two days – and an ear for smart sounds just begging to be recycled and repurposed. But as you’ll see, the pay-off is well, well worth it.