Rhett says: This showcase event [the brainchild of Philly producer extraordinaire Hezekiah along with the help from the indy label Soulspazm… and Beat Fanatic head honcho Slopfunkdust] would always feature four producers playing their beats live off their respected machines, as well as having well known MCs rock over their production, plus a sample challenge round where each producer would have to flip a sample that the committee from the Beat Society has chosen… In 2004… Beat Society… asked me to participate as a producer. I was very honored, and to tell you the truth, I was hella nervous. “Why?” you ask? Well, I had to share the stage with some of my favorite producers who happen to be also my friends: Jake One, Marco Polo, & Kev Brown. To be on the same stage as these heavyweights had me shook….haha! I had a lot of pressure (1) because I was repping the hometown and didn’t want to let Los Angeles down and (2) the general public didn’t really know me as a producer; I was known more for being a DJ/Turntablist and I wanted to showcase my production to the public.
When you listen to the audio, you can hear each producer’s individual style and what equipment they were using: Jake had the ASR-10, Marco Polo and Kev Brown had the MPC 2000XL, and me…I had the MPC2000 and the Technics 1200 (yeah, I brought my set up at that time…lol). You can tell I was really nervous…haha. Also, when you listen to the audio, you might be familiar with some of the production that we played that night, especially Jake’s production of De La Soul‘s “Rock KoKane Flow” and WWE’s John Cena‘s wrestling intro song “The Time Is Now.” I played beats that would eventually make onto the Visionaries‘ fourth album We Are The Ones .
All in all, I had a great time sharing the stages with these guys, bonding and cracking jokes, and showcasing my beats. And it was a great feeling when my peers who I am a fan of their work gave me my props as a producer that night….that meant alot to me. I am honored to be featured and be part of this historic moment of the Beat Society history.
Hosted by Stef Tataz & Sao at the Knitting Factory, L.A.
[Via Beat Junkies ]