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
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.
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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
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
Alot of me and Willz p writing sessions go in the direction of whatever Willie is feeling that day, but on the day we wrote this song we were both dealing with relationship issues with our significant other. Well, my wife was home that day, and heard the writing and recording of this song, and I must say, she can’t stand the song, absolutely hates it, and i understand why. It’s hard being in a relationship with a artist, everything in life finds its way back to the art, which can become overwhelming for someone who just supports the art, its hard for them to understand that creativity is all we think, dream, talk, and breathe, that shit can get old to non-artist. On the other side of that coin, the artist who can write about their pain, and issues (not all artist can do this, some stuff is too personal for some artist) learn that writing about it becomes therapeutic, and what I have seen is that the real stuff is more relate-able to the music listener. Whats the line from the movie “Five Heartbeats, pain makes great songwriters”.
Let me take this quick moment to say this to my wife, “I know I’m not easy to deal with, but you can never say I’m boring, and you want find a man who loves you more, thanks for tolerating my passion”
No need to get into the song concept, it self explanatory, and WillzP performance of the song captured all the emotions, I flipped a Al Green sample on the beat, and it’s a perfect soundtrack to the story me and Willz P was trying to tell. -by Monstalung
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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
The second I heard that reversing sound effect at the beginning of 95’s instrumental, I just knew this track had to be about something from my past. What better thing from the past to talk about than all my failed attempts at getting some special attention from the opposite sex? Rewind is based in reality but not all of it is true. I promise that I really got into a argument with a girl at 3 in the morning about Nas versus Jay in her dorm room though. It’s always the embarrassing memories that burn the brightest…-by B-Hyphen
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