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Download: Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 2

Following up last year’s fantastic Instrumental Mixtape, hip hop producer Clams Casino has tweeted a link to download a brand new mixtape containing fourteen beats he’s made the past year. On the mixtape is some of his awe-inspiring production for the likes of The WeekndLil B, and A$AP Rocky and his remixes of Washed Out and Lana Del Rey. Download the tape here, or listen to some of the tracks below.

MP3: Clams Casino – I’m God [Lil B]

MP3: Clams Casino – Palace [A$AP Rocky]

Interview: Emerald Ruins (Producer for Lil B)

From the very start of his solo career, The Pack‘s Lil B has shown impeccable taste in his beats, exposing us to the ethereal soundscapes of Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. The Based God’s latest beatsmith of choice is the 15 year old Emerald Ruins who hails from the golden coast of California and has a certain knack for creating dreamy beats. “NYU”, the opening track to The Basedprint 2 and a track that Lil B absolutely bodies, comes from the hands of the young producer.

MP3: Lil B – “NYU (Prod. Emerald Ruins)”

Below, you can see my interview with Emerald Ruins. There’s no denying his talent (listen to “Find Out” and “Stay” below) and considering how young he is, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll have a long and productive career ahead of him.

You’re 15, correct? When did you start producing and how did you learn?

Yes, I’m 15 years old — think I started producing at around age 13. I don’t really remember what inspired me at the time to want to start making music but it must’ve been something dope, I was a big Ja Rule fan at the time, as was everyone else, so no doubt some heavy influence comes from them. I downloaded the FL Studio demo and shit was a headache, and since I was using the family computer which was in the living room, I couldn’t really be on it too much to play around on it cause someone always needed to use it. So it wasn’t until like 14 that I knew about mixing and mastering and effects and all that producing bullshit that keeps a song from sounding good to sounding amazing. Now, I’ve learned my way around the program and making music is funner because of it.

Where do you find your samples?

I find my samples everywhere man. YouTube, vinyls, forums, cassettes, CD’s, 8-tracks, commercials, toys, outside, anywhere — I hear a dog barking and look up dogs barking on YouTube and add that in my music, I play a video game and hear some spacey ambient shit and look up the soundtrack and sample that. Samples are everywhere mayne.

Is it hard balancing your music with school or are you able to keep both of those worlds fairly separate?

It’s not really hard balancing the two: if you took music away from me I’d probably still be getting the same grades I get, which are mostly C’s.

What’s it like working with Lil B, perhaps one of the most prolific artists currently out?

Working with the Based God man, it’s pretty dope cause now I have that under my “belt,” nahmean? Like if I want to work with someone I can say, “I’ve worked with Lil B,” and that’ll like, increase the chance of them wanting to work with me. Pretty cool.

Are you two working on anything else in the future?

Lil B has told me to keep sending him beats. He gave me his other contact info so he still wants to work with me, which is cool. So yeah, we’re working on some stuff.

Do you think you’ll be able to take a similar route as Clams Casino did after working with Lil B?

I sure hope so, Clams Casino is probably my favorite “new” producer at the moment, hearing rappers over his dreamy-spacey ass shit is like, fresh, you know? Like it’s something different and I really like that, I hope to take the same route Clams did and end up working with some really buzzing up-and-coming artists. Only time will tell I guess.

You’re young — from your perspective, what’s right and what’s wrong in the music industry today?

The music industry, well to be honest, me being as young as I am, I don’t really see much wrong with it other than Pitbull, that cat needs to chill it ain’t funny anymore DALEEEEEEEEE MR 305 WORLDWIDE enough of that shit. Oh and there really isn’t much variety in mainstream radio music, it’s mostly all generic house, but I dig most of it. Overall I think the music industry is fine, I read and hear from many industry artists that the industry is evil and fake and all that but until I experience that myself, it looks like an okay thing to me.

Where do you hope to be in about a year’s time? Are you hoping to turn this into a career someday?

In a year, I hope to have a pretty good following, artists everywhere wanting to work with me, and just you know, being bigger than I am now. That was my goal last year, and now I’m doing interviews like this, working with Lil B, getting my music posted on the Weeknd’s tumblr (which doesn’t exist anymore, sadly), more rappers asking for beats than last year, and basically am bigger than I was last year… so I’ve accomplished last years goal, now to double that this year, we’ll see how it goes, haha.

Anything you want to add?

Not much, thanks for the interview, and to artists: send me a message or tweet or anything if you make good music and want to work with me! Would like to thank everyone who been supporting me and listening to my music, who been sharing my music, giving feedback whether it be positive or negative all feedback is appreciated, thanks to my fam they dope and supportive, everyone who’s been apart of my music all of that, thank you and keep looking out for me and my music! Thanks.

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Lil B’s Lecture at NYU

Lil B‘s recently released his a mixtape, The Basedprint 2. You can download the mixtape here, which has the first track aptly titled, “NYU”. On April 11, 2012, Lil B had his extremely hyped, legendary lecture at NYU. Two weeks ago, it was announced that Lil B would be having a lecture at NYU. In an interview with Fuse, the rapper talked about how it happened and what will the lecture be about. He said, “what I will tell you is that I specialize in the progression of humans. It’s gonna be a real progressive talk and when everybody leaves, their lives will be changed.” When he finally took his spot on the podium, he did not disappoint. Below are some highlight quotes from the lecture:

  • “Be in tune with your rare—this is a very rare thing. I’m like a robot. Hey look, tell your hand to do this.” [Raises hand]. “It’s like, man, that’s amazing! That’s amazing to me.”
  • “To say “I’m not that gorgeous” is only a reflection of the media. You are gorgeous. I’m telling you. You are what you believe you are. You are a model. You are a rapper. You are a student. You are a positive person. Don’t let these words feel like you’re different.”
  • “Every single person you meet, look at them like a golden million dollar baby.”
  • [Audience member: “What inspires you?”] “You guys. It’s you, bruh. Being here, we could be brothers now. It’s good, regardless. And everybody, speak both languages too. Listen to slang. Slang is like learning another language. Be bilingual and go learn some slang. For sheezy! Brang dang dang. If you know some slang, rep that. You feel me? You feel me?! Yeah, bruh. Use swag, yeah, dummy.”

You can listen to the entire unscripted 80-minute lecture below. Or you can check out the full transcript of the lecture here.

Mixtape: Clams Casino – Instrumentals (Mastered)

I’m a few days late on this one, but here’s a Christmas gift from standout producer Clams Casino. In 2011, Clams went from being Lil B‘s best producer to becoming one of the most talented producers in the game today, period. To thank all of his fans for getting to him to where he is today, Clams released a completely remastered, high-quality (320kbps) version of his mixtape, Instrumentals, one of my personal favorite releases this year. If you haven’t heard it already, or even if you own the old version, make sure to download the mixtape below.

DOWNLOAD: Clams Casino – Instrumentals (Mastered)

Clams Casino and the “Just For Now” Sample

It’s rarely the case that a hip-hop producer can single-handedly carry an emcee through a track. But such is the case with New Jersey’s Mike Volpe, better known by his stage name Clams Casino, who first turned heads after his collaborations with Soulja Boy and Lil B began making rounds on the Internet. With a keen sense for smooth vocal samples, Clams Casino creates dreamy, ethereal soundscapes that swallow you up and carry you away before the first crash or hi-hat even drops. And the best part of it all? His music works with or without an emcee over top.

That’s something you can’t find with new-age (pardon the pretentiousness) producers. Sure, T-Minus creates synth-laden beats with a similar loftiness, but the soundscape doesn’t even come close. Face it – a track like “She Will” needs Drake and Lil Wayne to fully function.

What may be more impressive is how all of his fantastic beats come together. “I’m God”, perhaps the defining song so far in both Clams Casino’s and Lil B’s careers, takes it roots in Imogen Heap‘s breathtaking “Just For Now”, a song that sounds nothing like “I’m God”.

MP3: Imogen Heap – “Just For Now”

MP3: Lil B – “I’m God” (Prod. by Clams Casino)

That same song, “Just For Now”, was even been sampled by Clams Casino more than once. ASAP Rocky‘s “Bass”, believe it or not, comes from the very same sample. Originally intended for Lil B, Clams Casino actually reworked the beat after the Based God decided that one part of the song was a bit too fast for him, ultimately resulting in yet another song from the same sample entitled “I’m The Devil”. That part was thus taken out, slowed down, and given to Rocky.

MP3: ASAP Rocky – “Bass” (Prod. by Clams Casino)

MP3: Lil B – “I’m The Devil” (Prod. by Clams Casino)

Simply put on your headphones and slip away into the music…

Listen: Washed Out – “Amor Fati (Clams Casino Remix)”

New Jersey based (no pun intended) producer Clams Casino was recently tapped by chillwaver Washed Out to remix their newly released single “Amor Fati”, which was just put out yesterday by Weird World. Those that order the 12″ single package are treated with three exclusive tracks, including this remix. In his reworking of the euphorically upbeat track from Washed Out’s 2011 release Within and Without, Clams gives it a more laid-back vibe, fine-tuning the summery track to fit the cooling weather. Personally, I’m a big fan of the original track, but without a doubt, Clams does the song justice. That should come as no surprise though, as the producer’s resume includes standout beat work for the likes of Lil BMac Miller, and most recently on A$AP Rocky‘s new mixtape. Check it out below, courtesy of Time Out London.

MP3: Washed Out – “Amor Fati (Clams Casino Remix)”

Listen + Watch: Hoodie Allen – “The Chase Is On”

joomplu:287Hoodie Allen does not disappoint his fans. With a year’s worth of experience under his belt since releasing Pep Rally, Hoodie’s back and better than ever. He just released a brand new track (and the corresponding music video!) entitled “The Chase Is On”, which serves as the first single from Leap Year. “The Chase Is On” has the same sound and vibe we’ve grown to love, but Hoodie’s lyricism and deliver have certainly improved, with the rapper employing a sing-song flow over a synth-driven beat.

“Pulling a Lil B,” Hoodie gave us a free download of the song, but also posted it on iTunes. You can support him by purchasing the song here. Leap Year will be out on July 26.


Interview: Chiddy Bang

I had the opportunity to chat with Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin, the duo behind rap group Chiddy Bang. We discussed Chiddy’s record-breaking freestyle for MTV.com, their new mixtape Peanut Butter & Swelly, their upcoming (and highly anticipated!) debut album Breakfast, and their involvement with Taco Bell’s Feed The Beat Program. They’ll be performing a concert in Philly next week for Taco Bell and for those of you who can’t make it, you can catch the performance live on the Facebook page.

Check out the full interview below.

Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege: Yo yo yo what’s up? How are you doing?

LitS: Good, how are you?

Chiddy: Good, good, just chilling in Orlando, Florida.

Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin: Wassup?

LitS: First off, Chiddy, congratulations on your new world record. Nine hours is an incredibly long time. What was going through your head while you were freestyling?

Chiddy: What was going through my head was like, “Man, I hope I have the endurance to be able to successfully rap for nine hours.” After the first hour, I was like man I could do this because I thought I had been rapping for maybe twenty minutes or so, but when I looked at the clock it had already been an hour, hour-fifteen. I was like, oh that went by kind of fast! Time pretty much flew by.

LitS: Why did you guys decide to do the freestyle in the first place?

Noah: I think it was actually our manager’s idea, right?

Chiddy: Yeah, it was our manager’s idea.

Noah: Our manager came up to Chiddy and was like, “Yo, you’re gonna rap for nine hours. It’s gonna happen.”

Chiddy: And I was just like, “Okay, I mean, I can rap, you know what I’m saying?” I thought about it and was like it’s a big achievement, you know, and I was thinking to myself, like I could actually have a Guinness Record. This was something I felt that although it was long and extremely strenuous, I did it. (more…)

Coachella 2011: Tyler, the Creator Joins Lil B Onstage

During Lil B‘s Coachella set, OFWGKTA leader Tyler, the Creator joined the Based God on stage, performing the song “Pretty Bitch”. Afterwards, the rest of the Odd Future gang, who performed their set on Friday, joined Lil B on stage as well, while Tyler stage dove.

Check out the fan-shot footage of “Pretty Bitch” after the break.

Lil B Releases Mixtape With 676 Songs

Lil B (known to fans as “Based God”) has just released a ridiculous new mixtape called Free Music: The Myspace Collection. What’s so ridiculous about it? Maybe the fact that it’s 676 songs long. Yes, you read that correctly. In just over 26 months, Lil B has recorded 676 songs and has compiled them onto one mixtape. You may not appreciate his music, but you have to at least appreciate his dedication and hustle.

The 676-song mixtape is available for free download, but requires three separate Megaupload uploads. Grab them herehere, and here. You can also download the 20-page tracklist here.