Charlie Heat Takes His Chances On ‘Rhythm Roulette’

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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.

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

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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.

Brasstracks [@brass_tracks] Hook Up With Mass Appeal For A Rhythm Roulette

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Simply put, Brasstracks is “HORNS SYNTHS DRUMS.” The duo composed of Ivan (trumpet) and Conor (drums) have been taking dance music to new heights by mixing in analog instruments. The punchy jams give you a full live experience right through your headphones. That’s why it’s no surprise that they were a part of Chance’s Coloring Book by producing “No Problem.”

When we took them to Norman’s Sound & Vision in Williamsburg, they ended up with Gene McDaniels’ 100 Lbs. of Clay!, The 5th Dimension Live!!, and Jack Ü’s self-titled album. After they find their initial loop with 5th Dimension’s “I Just Want To Be Your Friend,” they quickly get to work and bring their idea to life. Then a slow piano progression on Gene’s record catches their ears for another beat. No love for Jack Ü this time around.

DJ Dahi Takes His Turn On the “Rhythm Roulette”

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The slap of Kendrick Lamar’s “Money Trees” is one of the most recognizable and groove-inducing beats of the modern era, and it’s all thanks to DJ Dahi behind the boards. We caught up with the auteur behind some of the dopest west coast production in hip hop today, and sent him off to a record store to play this week’s edition of Rhythm Roulette. With his picks of Torche’s Healer/Across the Shields, Lights’ Little Machines, and Neil Young’s Hawks & Doves, Dahi is able to stitch together doom metal, pop, and Neil’s classic rock into a really unique sounding composition that’s still got a hip hop bounce. Using snippets of Young’s vocals he creates an ambient, looped background, and even breaks out the harmonica to jam out — we’ll bend the record sampling rules slightly in this case.