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.
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
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
My boy Vishnue was visiting me from Connecticut, he came down to help me with some production on the 6’6 240 project we was working on at that time. I had a meeting setup with these crew out of Fairmont WV by the name of Phyr Squad, I ran into them at a couple shows and we all agreed to meet up and checkout each others music. My boy Vish is very hard to impress, so he was sizing them up, I could tell by the look on his face he thought I was wasting time, until we started to hear the music.
To me, different artist have strengths and weaknesses, some artist can ride a beat, or some have good melodies or harmonies, Phyr Squad is a group of great songwriters, they hear the beat, come up with a concept that fits the beat, and do a great job of of explaining the story and concept in the verse and hook, a skill set that is taken for granted. The crew consisted of at that time Sean Thrilla, Thack, Hazy, Kalis, and V Sizzle. Sean Thrilla and V Sizzle also did beats, and were very good. They were self contained when it came to making music, so it was easy fit for what I had going on, and the different writing styles and ideas was inspiring for my personal creativity. This song is one that did exactly that, when I heard this for the first time I was blown away, the way the hook works with the beat is perfect, they captured the mood perfectly for that beat, in my opinion. Phyr Squad consistently did that as songwriters, and it didn’t matter which one was on the track, they are all great songwriters. A great resource for me as a producer to have, and I greatly appreciate it.
We welcomed Phyr Squad into Soundvizion shortly after that, and wrote and recorded many great songs, and developed a great friendship. -by Monstalung
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“SupaCat” [VIDEO] ft @1abreezy @66240 @acebeanzjeff @johnnyharmonic1 @monstalung #juneizsoundvizion Day10
The making of this video was very emotional, we did this a couple years after everyone had relocated, and this was the first of our reunion show, and we coordinated this video shoot around everyone returning to Morgantown for the get together show. Johnny had been in LA for a couple years now, A Breezy just moved to LA also, in fact her and Johnny were roommates in Los Angeles, 6’6 240 moved to Cleveland, leaving me and Ace Beanz here in Morgantown. We recorded the song a year before, so I was just waiting on a time I could get everyone together to release it. So as you see in the video we did a 2 location shoot, one at the reunion show at 123 pleasant st (we call it home), and the other one was the next day in my backyard, and made a picnic out of it. The show was awesome, it was during the summer, and the small college town of Morgantown is kind of slow during that time, but it was a blessing in disguise because it made it more local with family and friends coming out to re-connect with old friends. Other member of Soundvizion where also there, such as Phyr Squad, B-Hyphen, Adam Payne, 808 Circus, Willz P, and we had a ball performing together. The next day we met up for the video shoot, and one thing about my squad, they can party, you get 6’6 240, Ace Beanz, A-Breezy, and Johnny Harmonic together, there is gonna be some drinking going on, which makes for a great picnic, but a dysfunctional video shoot, but it was way worth it, as much as I love this video, it doesn’t give justice to how much love and fun those 2 days were. We are doing our reunion show this coming Friday at 123 pleasant St June 16, 2016, everyone is trying to make it so it should be good. I wish i could get Paycheck Game, Marcus D’tray, DJ Bearcat, & Big Chief of 304 Reconz more involved with these shows, there is no Soundvizion without 304 Reconz, that is something we can work on in the future, because these reunion shows are not stopping anytime soon. It started as way to celebrate the music we made together, but in all honesty, its just a family Reunion with the loved ones, artist who build relationships with music and West Virginia as the common bond, but now its just about being with my best friends. -by Monstalung
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Another one of those beats that was just sitting around getting passed on, until Thack heard it. He wrote most of it right on spot. The horns in this beat always made me feel superhero-ish, and if you know Thack, he is a funny guy, we laugh most of the time we are doing anything, so when I bounced this idea for the video to thack, he just took it to another level creating “Camo Man”. I jumped in the fun and created “MonstaHat”, Thacks evil enemy. Me, Thack, and at that time Thack’s manager Christie Zachary went all around Morgantown finding scene spots, and shooting them, then laughing at the video playback, we had a a real fun time shooting this video.
The song is from a 4 song ep me and thack did called the Wing Chun Compsitions , since we both have a love for Bruce Lee, and Wing Chun is the style Bruce lee studied we went with that, i could easily make the title about how it connects with our projects, but honestly we just like Bruce Lee and it sounded good. -by Monstalung
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