HHD has never done a Producer Of The Year accolade in our previous two years of existence but this award is warranted in 2013. No one is responsible for more ill beats in my iTunes collection from this past year than producer extraordinaire, Alterbeats (Twitter, Website, Facebook, YouTube). He has made bangers for some of my favorite artists along with crafting his album, Class Struggle. He is one of the hardest working producers in the game, and emcees know that if they need some heat, they can check in with this Parisian Producer. Be sure to check out Alterbeats’ projects and song credits. You can check many of them by checking this LINK. So please congratulate Alterbeats on this inaugural award on any of his social networks and be sure to check some of his favorite hand picked tracks below:
Alterbeats – Real Talk (ft. Skeezo) (Video)
I love it when two of my favorites join forces for a track. Alterbeats and Skeezo do damage with their track, Real Talk, off of the producer’s album, Class Struggle, which is out now. This track serves notice that real recognizes real and the more heads like this collaborate, the better off we all are as fans.
Alterbeats x Mic Handz – My Life (Video)
This video is full of changes of direction, dope production from Alterbeats, and raw rhymes from Mic Handz. Every video that’s done for an Alterbeats’ cut is just extremely well done. There’s no getting around that. There’s also no denying Mic Handz’ opportunity to achieve his dream. He has the skill, the production behind him, and the cosign from a lot of other dope artists. Let’s see what he does next to make those dreams a reality. Meanwhile, make sure you cop Class Struggle if you have not already.
Alterbeats – Class Struggle (2013)
I wish I had more time to do a proper write up of this release but as it is time is short and I want to at least let you know that i’s out there. I just finished giving Class Struggle it’s first listen and similar to their previous release, The French Revolution, in that it’s chocked full of bangers. I of course have my favorite tracks: Brass Knuckles by Halfabrick, Real Talk by Skeezo, and Idol by Bekay are tracks that will be on repeat.
But more than that I love the production that Alterbeats is doing. He just keeps getting better. You can cop this album on iTunes, Amazon, UGHH and elsewhere. You can also stream the album in it’s entirety at DJ Booth simply by clicking the link below:
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Alterbeats – Idol (ft. Bekay) (Video)
Alterbeats outdid himself with this production and Bekay was the perfect emcee to drop those lava rocks all across it. This is just one of those perfect combinations. The strings with the oriental flare over the crescendo of boom-bap flavor makes hip hop heads of all walks happy campers. Class Struggle is dropping in just a few days, so make sure you mark the calendar.
Alterbeats – Grustle (ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skeezo and Mic Handz) (Video)
Alterbeats’ Class Struggle is dropping on October 29th. The two songs I have heard from the project have both been fantastic but I expect nothing less from the French producer. He also only works with some of the most gifted emcees in the game, so the combination of talent is always ill. This time we have Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skeezo, and Mic Handz, all of whom are ruthless with the verbals. Mic Handz, in particular, has got the flow going on this track. Don’t sleep!
Single You Out: Alterbeats – Fruit Punch (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah)
Alterbeats went out and got a couple of the most distinctive voices in the game for the lead single to their forthcoming project, Class Struggle. That is the follow up to their first and highly acclaimed album, The French Revolution. If you haven’t checked the latter, you should be ashamed! Anyways…Guilty Simpson and Rockness do this banger a service by blessing the mic. All heads recognize, the project drops on October 29th.
Artist Spotlight: Skeezo
Last year was when I first became acquainted with Skeezo’s music. My initial feeling was that this guy was bringing back that NYC hardcore rhyming that groups like Mobb Deep and MOP made prevalent back in the 1990s. The dude’s lyrics hit like a hammer and he is unafraid to spit those street mentality rhymes in a world that more appreciates the candy coated genre.
Last year he and I briefly touched on a showcase on HHD for his talents and with his album, Face Value looming next month, we felt it was the perfect opportunity for new fans to get to know that man behind the music.
So peep this interview and make sure you cop his album in March. There’s some serious heat to occur.