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Daily Archives: 04/22/2012

Kool A.D. of Das Racist just announced that after releasing his debut solo mixtape this year, he plans to release a solo album entitled 51″ and along with the announcement released this song, which is not to be confused with the Das Racist song of the same title.  Although Das Racist was formed and is based out of the east coast, Kool A.D. is originally from the bay area, and this track is an homage to that.  Enlisting some of the bay’s best current rappers, including Mondre M.A.N. of Main Attrakionz, Kool A.D. and co. go in over a classically Bay-sounding beat with a bass-line that would fit right in on a Too $hort song.  Kool A.D.’s mixtape, The Palm Wine Drinkard, was very abstract and avant-garde, so this seems to be a pretty steep turn in the other direction, which for some people may be a good thing.


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The importance of the producer and beatmaker has been getting a lot more attention in the past few years.  The best hip-hop seems to be coming from rappers and producers who work with each other’s styles to create a better product.  Some of our favorite hip-hop collaborations include ASAP Rocky and Clams Casino, Vince Staples and Michael Uzowuru, and Chris Villa and Hanz.  Hanz and Villa are two artists based out of Augusta, Georgia who have been releasing a steady stream of distinctive and aggressive hip-hop that has the two artists mutually benefiting from the other.  Brandon’s talent extends beyond his role as a producer with some great tapes, remixes and other releases as Hanz.  I recently got to chat with Brandon about his work as Hanz, his influences and songwriting process.  The entire conversation can be read below (left largely unedited as always)…

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