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Floyd Da Locsmif (In The Loop LLC)
Reps: Atlanta, GA
Floyd Da Locsmith has appeared inside the pages of Scratch Magazine and blessed artists as diverse as Cee Lo Green, O.C, J-Live, Waajeed, John Robinson (Lil’ Sci of Scienz Of Life) and 50 Cent with heat. He’s also celebrated for his remixes as illustrated by the Hip Hop community at large’s overwhelming response to his work on the first disc of the critically aclaimed OutKast remix project “Outskirts: Unofficial Lost OutKast Remixes”.
Floyd’s recent joints are his “Divine Dezingz: Interludez And Essentialz” series available through his MySpace page (Vols. 1 & 1.2). In The Loop is on the come up, I thought you knew?:
Speek (After The Smoke)
Reps: Tallahassee, FL
I picked Speek’s group “After The Smoke” for my last “5 New On The Radar” post due in part to his versatile production that ranged from straight up Hip Hop to R&B to Pop music. With Speek’s joints you can identify his influences but he takes elements from them all and puts his own unique spin on it instead of doing what so many others do and make copycat material to what gets spins in the club or on the radio.
All it takes is for you to hear “Go On Home”, “Dial Tone”, “Like Never Before”, “Love Abduction”, “Haunting Me”, “Charm” and “Ooms” before you recognize that he got some serious shit on deck. Look out for After The Smoke and Speek down the road.
Green Tank Productions
Reps: Bangor, ME/New York, NY
Green Tank Productions was originally based out of Bangor, ME but have made major moves and now work out of New York City. The team consists of A.M.C. (pictured above), 7th Son, Mr. Blu and Jim Thorpe and they specialize in Hip Hop and R&B production. They have a bunch of bangers up on each crew members individual pages but they have several placements on upcoming releases, most notably on the ST Da Squad album and the forthcoming Affiliate project. Be on the lookout for these cats in the future, y’all been warned:
The Gaslamp Killer
Reps: Los Angeles, CA
If you’re completely unfamiliar with the turntablist/beatmaker known as The Gaslamp Killer, the first way I’d suggest you experience his sheer brilliance is by seeing one of his high energy live sets via YouTube. After that I’d direct you to another video in which GLK is paired up with beatmaker Flying Lotus so you can better understand the wide ranging applications of his abilities in regards to recorded music.
I would then direct you to his MySpace page where you can hear some of his compositions, if you’re still on board after that I would then highly recommend his back catalog of recordings, including “It’s A Rocky Road” Vols. 1 & 2 and his new Obey Records project “I Spit On Your Grave”.
Reps: Philadelphia, PA
Small Pro has had a MySpace music page up since 2005 where he posted up both original beats and remixes of classic or popular joints from throughout the long and storied history of Hip Hop music. From time to time SP has thrown up a joint that that’ll have you make the stinkface but he outdid himself when he perfectly executed his latest opus, the remix project “Crooklyn Gangster”.
The blend of beats crafted for Jigga’s vocals and music/sound bytes from Spike Lee’s modern classic film “Crooklyn” fit together so seamlessly that “Crooklyn Gangster” spread like wildfire over the internet and received rave reviews from so many Hip Hop blogs that I was literally left with nothing to type about it. It turns out that dude is a fellow OKP and I didn’t even realize it until recently, just like with Danny Swain last year. Go check out Small Pro’s MySpace and download “Crooklyn Gangster” now:
Just 5 more left, after Friday it’s a wrap!