Str8buttah’s Teck-Zilla recruits Hustle Inc’s AQ for this hard hitting dub-step/trap infused banger titled ‘Don’t Sleep’. This single is a wake up call for everyone that ever disbelieved.
Don’t Sleep is taken off Teck-Zilla’s upcoming full length compilation which will feature artistes from Nigeria,US and Canada. Expect a few guest surprises and a very special single dropping in the coming weeks as Teck-Zilla heads to Nigeria for the home coming tour of Lagos!
Welcome to the sophomore edition of Track Breakdown; A segment where we look at 2 tracks from different artists and find a connecting source of inspiration between the two.
First off is Jermaine Dupri’s ‘Protector’s of 1472’ of his debut album ‘Life in 1472’ . A sleeper posse banger which featured Snoop Dogg, Warren G and ROC(where he at now?). Produced by the legendary Dj Premier, a timeless cut that still sounds fresh today. Boombap forever!
Almost a decade later, 9th wonder and Buckshot bring back the boom bap in the form of yet another posse cut ‘U Wondering' off their debut collabo project ' Chemistry’. Features Big rapper Pooh and Sean P. An excellent cut by all means, different approach, similar feel. Classic to be frank!.
Welcome to the maiden episode of Track Breakdown. This is where we will look at tracks from different artists and find a connection between them via the original source of inspiration.
First off: we have Big Pun's You Ain’t a killer off his debut platinum selling album ‘Capital Punishment’. This was produced by Bad Boy records producer Younglord. A simple piano loop over a gritty drum break gives this track some type of gloomy/eerie vibe. In a way, less is more in this case. This was surely a banger!!
Our second entry will be from the now defunct group Little Brother: ‘Watch me’-a Khrysis produced joint off their sophomore, often slept on, classic album ‘The Minstrel Show’. This has that legendary Khrysis thump, vocal chops,hard drums plus a guest scratch from Dj Jazzy jeff. Need we say more??
Souled Off:A Dedication To Molly Molls (Happy birthday Teck-Zilla)
Str8buttah in conjunction with thewordisbond.com proudly present this love themed instrumental collection titled “Souled Off:A Dedication To Molly Molls”. Entirely produced by Teck-Zilla using soul samples, hard beat breaks and then some. It is essentially a reflection of his experiences through falling in love,lust, heart breaks and loneliness (and not the drug). Like the popular saying goes, misery needs company, this collection needs your ears.
Str8 Buttah is a Lagos (Nigeria) based collective of MCs– Teckzilla, XYZ, R-Cube, Deck the Nexus, Enigma and Rae – an amalgamation of crews and solo artistes that frequently interacted in the Lagos underground scene in the early 00’s, united by mutual respect, time-tested friendships and their undying love for hip-hop.
Their origins can be traced backed to ‘The Constellation’ a four-man rap crew that had Rae, Teckzilla and Deck as original members while at the University of Lagos. The Constellation released their free EP (A Stellar Demonstration) and got sparse airplay with the single ‘Mic in my hand’ in 2003.
After the crew split Rae and Teckzilla became ‘Ill Alliance’; Deck the Nexus went on to release his seminal underground classic ‘By Word of Mouth’ in 2005 with production by himself, Teckzilla and Rae under the banner of Str8 Buttah Productions. On the strength of ‘By Word of Mouth’ and unreleased tracks from the Ill Alliance project a buzz started to grow for the trio as a production crew. Following the failed reunion of the constellation as ‘Street Poets’ they began working closely with R-Cube (an MC they had been working with since the early days and the closest thing they ever had to an A&R, manager or publicist) and his brother Enigma, a budding lyricist, both long-time friends of Rae on numerous unreleased projects.
At the same time XYZ was building a buzz of his own as a solo MC and producer. One half of the duo Afromystictechs (with fellow MC AZ) he joined Str8 Buttah Productions out of mutual respect and recognition of similar visions. In 2006 he formed (another!) group with Teckzilla and Rae called LMN-3. The crew, though still undefined, by then had started gaining more recognition and radio play. In 2007, Str8 Buttah evolved from being just a production crew to a dedicated rap group on the verge of releasing their ‘IllaStr8’ mixtape, a labour of love featuring a Who’s who of The Lagos hip-hop scene, arranged by Teckzilla and XYZ with support from longtime group collaborator MC/Producer Venomous. The video for the lead-single ‘The Anthem’ featuring, Venomous and directed by R-Cube (Dedicated to the memory of fleet militant R.I.P) is already getting airplay as this six-man crew keep mic cords and fingers crossed on the rest of their story being history…
We featured producer/emcee/beat-maker Tekzilla’s five track EP Chicken, Chips, Crackers and Cranberry Juice on the 20th and defo cannot hype enough about his clean productive sound and ultimately his wish to experiment like some Frankenstein creating eccentric-”The beat is alive!” An aural foray through dub-step, samples from Michael Jackson’s back catalogue to electronic flexes it’s nice. - See more at: http://afro-hits.com/hes-alive-tekzilla/#sthash.dsRgrLm4.dpuf