Every once in awhile I get stuck when making a beat, like I need to hear the vocal part before I move on, or it just sounds done, doesn’t need anything else but a vocal, but sometimes MC’s cant see that vision, it might feel like it’s not finished. This beat was like that, it was getting passed on by a couple of artist and I knew how “flow friendly” beat this was, but no one was biting, until Thack heard it, and rode that beat like a old rodeo hand (not sure if that is a actual term or not). Beats like this need a lot of punch lines, why i thought my brother 6’6 240 was perfect for it, but so was Thack. Thack went so hard with the punch lines that we tried to cater the video around his verses (hard to do with limited video budget, meaning none), not sure how successful we were, but it sure was fun! The video got really good feedback from the minute we released it.
Its a very fun track, which is reflection of me and Thacks writing and recording sessions, they are fun. We really slay this song when performing it live, the crowd really gets into it, the beat has a natural bounce that is infectious blaring through BIG live PA speakers. Not sure why we called it BunnyHop, I’m sure its the bounce in the beat I was just speaking of, but this song was a example of my simplistic theory (later confirmed by Kanye West in the Rolling Stone article about when he met Rick rubin )My brother (6’6 240) later agreed he slept on the beat and concept once he heard BunnyHop. – by Monstalung
#juneizsoundvizion Day 26 “WV Clap” 6’6 240, Ace Beanz, DJ Sean Nice
R.I.P Lacy Neff. WV Clap is the 2nd most successful music release we have ever had at Soundvizion, and it was Lacy Neff (DJ at 102 FM-Radio WVAQ) that believed in the song, and played it on prime time on WVAQ, which then became a gameday anthem, thanks Lacy for believing in our music.
My dear freind DJ Sean Nice, who produced the track, was also at that time doing a DJ Show on WVAQ and would play the song on his show, between Lacy playing it prime-time, and Sean playing it in the evening, that song took off out the gate, next thing 98.7 the beat in Charleston started spinning it, we started booking more paid performances, it was a good time.
And the boys did their thing on that dope Sean Nice beat, Ace Beanz, and 6’6 240 has tag team a lot of beats over the years on almost all our projects, but this one was special, and I remember the vocal recording session going extremely fast, but very efficient.
Most producers when they submit beats for our artist I get a CD with maybe 10-20 beats. Not with Sean Nice, uh uh.
1. He aint submitting nothing, you going to see him.
2. You might leave with 3 beats, and you will have to beg for them, but no more than 3.
3. Everything he plays is bangers, so you really have to listen to everything and make some hard decisions.
Sean Nice is one of the most talented people i have met in my lifetime, period, master level execution in multiple aspects in the performing arts. Hopefully one day he will release some music to the public, because homie can do it all, and makes incredible music.
Our biggest music release ever is the “Gold and Blue” (West Virginia University football anthem), and “WV Clap” was the follow up off the 6’6 240 album “Hard Work and Dedication”, and it took off, and it opened up a lot of doors for us, none of that happens, without Lacy Neff believing in our song. Forever thankful Lacy.-by Monstalung
First off Happy Birthday to our Soundvizion brother Jathara, whose birthday was this past weekend (June 26), told ya #juneizsoundvizion. Jathara produced this track, and wrote the hook and concept for this song also. Since me and my brother (6’6 240) are HUGE Cleveland CAVS & Browns fan, this could of been our anthem for the NBA playoffs. It was extremely cold shooting this video, this video was supposed to have a second part too it featuring the song “WV Clap”, we shot the footage, but the guy who shot and edited the video never finished it. This was off the “Handwork & Dedication” album from 6’6 240, which was our first retail distribution deal with FYI record stores in WV, this release was some of Soundvizions best work, and sadly, 6’6 240’s last project for us. In hindsight, we were just getting started, but this is when we hit the independent wall, after 10 years of doing music, but not reaching our objectives, it took a toll on us, that we never really recovered from. I’m hoping my team get their second wind, I know I have, because we make great music together, and whats better than making something great with your friends? -by Monstalung.
First time I heard Willz P was when he was recording with Marcus D’tray, and his voice was so soulful, i knew I had some hooks for him to do. Once we started working together we saw we had chemistry on sparking ideas for songs, and ever since, we have been trying to master the art of songwriting. Never knew our relationship outside of music would go in the direction it has, with out a doubt Willie is one of my few best friends. We have been through a lot together, good and bad, and I’m grateful for someone like Willie Pruitt in my life. This is one of those rare times, where the art brought something bigger than music, dont get me wrong, we make great music, but the friendship is way bigger. I chose this video because I think your able to hear what I heard that first day I heard his voice.-by Monstalung
6’6 240 got booked for a show at Fairmont State college with Trina and Bubba Sparxxx, we were openers, and like we always do we brought a bunch of CDs and business cards to pass around backstage. We saw Bubba and his crew checking us out when we performed, so I knew I had to get them a CD, and I did. Bubba was extremely cool, said he liked the show, and would check out the CD.
Jump up to 4 months later, I get a call from a Georgia area code ( I know the area code because I use to live in Atlanta, and my brother Gandhi lives there still). I did not believe it was Bubba at first, but to make a long story short, he said he had been pumping the CD while on tour, and he wanted us to come down to Atlanta and vibe out.
Me and my brother (6’6 240) met at the Cheesecake Factory in Lennox Mall in Atlanta with Bubba and his manager Bobby Stamps, i ordered calamari and some drinks (remember this point), and we just vibed out, talked about the state of music at the time, and how similar our styles and personal backgrounds were, we were all on that proud country, trailer park, us against the world, hip hop music. Then they said something that caught me and my brother off guard, they said lets go to the studio, and we were like Hell Yeah! Then they said, yeah we gonna go by my boy Rico’s studio, which I followed with “you mean Rico Wade of Organized Noise?” and they said yes, me and my brother played it cool, but once we got in the car we started geeking out. We were both HUGE Organized Noise fans, and we were walking into the Dungeon Family Recording studios. We get there, and meet Rico, and and the team. They played a beat and Bubba and my brother started writing, I’m in full groupie mode looking at plaques on the wall, all the equipment I’ve only seen in order books, then my stomach started to rumble. That calamari was not sitting right, and maybe the moment was intensifying it but it was getting uncontrollable, so I go to the famous Dungeon family Studios bathroom, and puke my brains out. I kept saying to myself “dont F this up, dont F this up”, I scrubbed that bathroom like a first generation slave trying to cover it up. Once I went back out in the studio, I could tell Bubba and my brother was connecting on a personal level. We went on to become affiliates of New South Music (Bubba & Bobby’s brand) and have been performing, and working together ever since, we are as not as active as we use to be, but we do talk to each other a few times through out the year.
Me and Bobby Stamps became real close, I consider him a mentor, and a friend, and to have a guide for your dreams, someone who has done what your trying to do is invaluable, and I will always be New South, and always grateful for checking out the 2 brothers from West Virginia. – by Monstalung
Johnny Harmonic “Leavin” #juneizsoundvizion Day22 [VIDEO]
Depending who you talk too, either Johnny Harmonic, or 6’6 240, they both will say the other one stole this beat. I made the beat and here is how it went down. I been wanting to sample a few things of the Robin Thicke album Evolution, Willz P was chilling with me while I was working in the studio, and Johnny was on his way by just to kick it. I had my brother 6’6 240 in mind for the beat, and explained that to Johnny (who swears he does not remember me saying that), it did not matter, because once Johnny is motivated creatively he cant turn it off. I see him over there writing, soon I hear a melody come out, and Willz P and Johnny over there brainstorming and writing, i couldn’t get to caught up with what Johnny and Willz P was doing because I was concentrating on this dope beat that I’m currently working on at that time. By the time i got done with the beat, Johnny had half the song done, and it was SUPERDOPE, so now I’m caught in the middle and had to make a executive decision, give the beat to Johnny, or save it for my brother (who thinks he deserves everything anyway, artist egos man). Its too hard as a producer / songwriter to come up with great song, and johnny’s song was looking me dead in the face, and I knew it was dope, just had to man up to my brother. My brother was so mad, he recorded a remix of the song anyway (which i have, but has never been released). Johnny and my brother use to be roommates, and they were competitive all the time, in a best friends kind of way, so we at Soundvizion was use to it. They both give me a hard time when you talk about this song, and beat, but I think unconsciously i was the mastermind behind the whole thing, I got 2 songs for the price of one beat. -by Monstalung
Doing it for Fun Theory: 808 Circus #juneizsoundvizion Day 21
It was 2012 and up to that time I had been real strategic about my music projects and their releases. Using research, feedback, i guess, my own kind of analytics you could say. This is hard to do when your as close to the music as a producer, or songwriter, I don’t use numbers when I create (actually not true, music is nothing but numbers), I mean, it’s emotional for me, but when you run a independent company like mine you wear a lot of hats, meaning looking from a lot of different perspectives. I wouldn’t do it like that again. Artist need to be 100% creative without distractions, they just have to find someone they trust to handle their business, this is harder than making the music, but after doing it the other way, this time around, I’m going to find someone to represent us, and I’m going to do what I do passionately, make music and perform.
This new attitude and concept was spearheaded by my latest project at that time with my friend who plays drums Chris Audia, it was called 808 Circus.
808 Circus was a live DJ / Drummer act, we did live remixes, and mashups to classic hip hop, and rock on stage, anything with energy, with a custom made light laser effects show. Oh, and we also wore Morph Suits, costumes, wigs, and wrestling mask that hide our identity by the way, and it’s some of the most fun I have on stage.
Chris was playing drums for a local rock group called Shadow of a Martyr, and we (6’6 240) had done a couple shows with them, I think me and Chris was the contact person for both entities and kind of hit it off immediately through working out stuff for our bands to collaborate. Jump a year or two later, we both have free time, no current music projects, we always talked about jamming out, so we did.
The first practice we knew we had something, more important it was fun! It was exactly what I was looking for, and I got to apply my new theory to it, don’t think so much, just have fun, and I did. What that “just have fun” really means to me, is trust your art, trust what you like is dope. Me, Jathara, and my brother 6’6 240 wrote a song about blind faith on the Big Boi tactics album, it was time for me to walk it like I talk it, been on that path since, I highly recommend it.
Best thing about 808 Circus for me is the friendship with Chris that i value more than anything. We think a lot a like, we are both family guys, and hard workers. Musically we come from 2 different worlds, we both like each others world a lot, we just don’t know much about the other world, but honestly that to me is what makes it work, fusing our worlds.
After a few practices and pow wows we knew we both liked ENERGY, and we both like theatrics with live performances, the kind of stuff that might be hard to talk a full band into doing, but me and Chris was always on the same page. The gear, and load in, and load out, that it took of to create our vision (costumes,instruments, lights, sound) for live performances was extremely physically taxing, friends would help when they could, but sometimes it would be just me and Chris, but it would be worth it, but damn we needed roadies.
We had to slow it down because of a surgery I had to have, and Chris starting a family. I truly miss this project, and can’t wait to get back to it, I have so many ideas for what we can do, and so does Chris, when the time is right 808 Circus will be back.-by Monstalung