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
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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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
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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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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