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
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
Willz P gets in my car one spring day in Morgantown and is like “I want you to hear this track me and Thack did”, I new it was gonna be dope, because they had already recorded a few songs together, and they were all banging to me. It was very rare for me to hear something out of my camp that I did not engineer or produce, that is what made Phyr Squad intricate in their part of Soundvizion, hearing them create, would inspire me, we pushed each other, and since they were self maintained It would be refreshing to hear a finished song from my team that I never heard before. Thacks quick wit, along with meldoy and harmonies he adds to a song make him a incredible songwriter, I honestly think he would be one hell of a country music songwriter, the way he can tell a story. I honestly think Thack and the rest of Soundvizion is just getting started, we had to take a break because LIFE will do that to you, but we were born to create music, in the end I think that is where we will be.-by Monstalung
My birthday is June 17, which is always followed by Fathers Day, did not know how this year would be for me since this would be the first Fathers Day with out my father, and it was not the same, but it ended up being one to remember.
June 16, 2016
It started the night before my birthday at 123 Pleasant St for the #juneizsoundvizion show, which was just awesome with performances, and reuniting with my crew. A-Breezy flew all the way in from Los Angeles, and my brother 6’6 240, surprised me and drove in from Cleveland, which was a double treat;
1. We both started Soundvizion together back in 1999.
2. We are extreme Cleveland Browns, and Cavalier fans, and we had Game 6 on at 123 Pleasant St.
Best of all my Son, came in from Washington DC also, and having him there was just the icing on the cake! We reminisced, Cavs won, and performed together, and when the clock hit midnight I was 50 years old. Special night.
June 17, 2016
After a good sleep in from the show the night before, myself, my son, and a few freinds hit downtown for some socializing, we started at the Brew Pub, then hit The Apothecary, JW Thirsty for their awesome wings, and finally the Rocktop for a night cap and some rooftop kicking it. It was cool seeing A Breezy reaction to the new venues in Morgantown since she left.
June 18, 2016
Today was family time, so me and the wife, and my son headed out to Cheatlake http://www.coachscrabshackwv.com where we had just a great time, food, drinks, and the location is right off the lake, I will never forget the great time I had with my family. A-Breezy lives in Los Angeles, and it’s also where my wife is from, so the two of them get together all the time when my wife goes home to visit, and since this was A Breezy’s last night in town, me and my wife went out with A Breezy. We met her at Tin 202 on high St in Morgantown WV. You want to try the White Russian when you go to Tin 202, and we will end the details of this night here, just say, it was AWESOME!
June 19, 2016 (Father’s Day)
It’s Game Day, I woke up nervous, for Cleveland fans this was more than a game. No championship in any professional sport in over 50+ years makes you the butt of all sports jokes, we had a opportunity to get the last laugh today.
I needed to get my mind off the game, so me and my son went to see the movie Warcraft, it wasn’t bad, but not as good as Game of Thrones later that night (thats a whole other post), but it did the job. We got out of the movie an hour or so before tip off, we ordered Pappa Al’s Pizza (pretty good) and got ready for war.
Watching the Cavaliers win the NBA championship with my wife and son will be one of the best memories I have ever had. My father being here to expereince it, and talk to him about it was the only thing missing, but somehow I feel like he had something to do with it all. Best birthday / father day ever. -by Monstalung
Fresh Like Dougie was getting great feedback, 400,000 video views, and picked up by Music Choice TV on cable, everyone was feeling the team joining forces on the same song, so we decided to do a whole mixtape together. This song is off the “Santa & Soundvizion Save Christmas mixtape”. This song “Ah Ok” features 6’6 240, Ace Beanz, A Breezy, and Willz P, and they go in on the Jay Electronica track. Everyone had their own solo projects going on, but we were getting great music from the collaboration songs, we should of gave the “Voltron” idea a little more attention…maybe.-by Monstalung.
Beanz had put in his time, and it showed in his craft, he was getting better, from song to to song, it was time for him to drop a full project. We just got done wrapping up the mixtape when we started working on his debut album “My SouthPark Story”, Beanz had a couple outside producers he wanted to work with, one being Sam Gotti, who produced this track “Cook It”. The first few minutes into recording it I knew we had one. This is one of those anthems felt everywhere, the vocal sample is relatable to hoods worldwide, and Beanz flow was just right for the beat. We got the song done early in the project, like the second or third song recorded, it made developing the rest of the songs easier. This song never got the push it deserved.-by monstalung
They come from 2 totally different environments, but Beanz and Johnny have a real bond.
Ace Beanz knows the poverty side of Morgantown, something you wont see in a WVU brochure, all college towns have that side of town, and Ace Beanz knows it very well.
Johnny Harmonic comes from a more of a family based community of Summersville WV, which has it’s sides of towns too which Johnny had to maneuver his way around, but a little different than Beanz.
I have known Ace Beanz since he was a small, I went to school with his uncles, Beanz and my baby brother (6’6 240) was best friends, but our family was connected way before they met.
I was introduced to Johnny by a mutual friend, Aaron Cruthers, he knew johnny through the theater department at WVU, I knew Cruthers because he was a bad ass musician who played for a couple of bad ass bands (The Emergency, LBC, and Big Ass Manatee) locally in Morgantown, he knew Soundvizion very well, and he thought Johnny would work good with us, and he was right.
When I introduced Johnny to the crew, he naturally gravitated to Beanz, and Beanz took him under his wing like a little brother. They balance each other out very well, Beanz is real laid back, while Johnny is always hyped and ready to get the party started. They both like to stay fresh with the clothes, and they truly enjoy each others company. Whenever we collaborate on a song and I know they are both going to be on it, i know the session is going to be fun, we all just really clique. You can hear it in this song, it represents how the 3 of us can “make the doughnuts” when we get together. -by Monstalung
When i go digging in the crates for samples to make beats, every once in awhile i found some vinyl that just have so many amazing sounds to sample, I usually end up making up to 6-8 different beats. I have personally defined this as “sample raping”, just taking everything, no respect for the original creator ( I do respect them, but I’m sure I crossed the line of “borrowing”), as a crate digger, these albums are very rare. I remember the first time i found one, it was the soundtrack to Death Wish 4 featuring actor Charles Bronson, but the soundtrack was produced by a young Herbie Hancock, and dudeeeeeee, the samples on that album was dope!
Same thing happened with this song “Special”, I was in one of my beat making zones, where I rank out 30-40 beats in a couple of weeks, may sound like a lot, but I had help, because this one album had many great sounds on it. It was Angela Winbush, who I sampled before, but went back to find more once I found out she produced some of my favorite Isley Brothers records, and later married Ron Isley, if she was good enough for Mr Bigg Ron Isley, she was good enough for me.
I made beats for 6’6 240, Boogie Boys, Thack all of the Angela Winbush album, but this beat called “Special” was my favorite. I was saving it for A Breezy, because she didnt really have a voice heavy sample yet in her previous songs, and wanted Ace Beanz to get a verse, because certain beats I make are just perfect for Ace Beanz vocal tone, and this was one of them. At first I didnt think A Breezy was feeling the beat, but when she let me hear what she wrote, it was just how I imagined it would go, this is one of my favorite songs i have ever been involved with.-by Monstalung