Archive for Fat Beats

Video: Brown Bag AllStars, “406 (Fat Beats Tribute)” (Prod. By The Audible Doctor)

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Tim Althaus

This video is just another excellent example of what I’ve come to expect from the Brown Bag AllStars. They always  great production and deep lyrics that go beyond concepts covered in mainstream rap music – soulful, real life Hip-Hop.

For those of you who were oblivious, all of the cats from Brown Bag used to work at Fat Beats Records in New York, and this song is a dedication to the place that they once called home. From the memories of in-store performances, to the nervousness of going through their job interviews, this song covers it all. The Audible Doctor built a beat that – even if it stood alone – evokes emotion and storytelling.  (Side Note: For all of my people in the Mid West, The Audible Doctor is actually originally from Madison, WI. So, I’d like to give him a shout.)

The beginning lines of Koncept’s verse do a great job of summing up the entire crew’s feelings:

“You ever have to say goodbye to your dearest friend/remembering the day he died, wishing he was here again”


Finale Stops By Fat Beats & Talks To Vimby, Freestyles

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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I caught this nice video in my e-mail inbox from Audio Treats. Finale stopped by Fat Beats and spoke a few words about his new album as well as how he feels about Hip-Hop. This guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite emcees, if you haven’t checked out A Pipe Dream and a Promise you are truly sleeping. You can follow me after jump for part 2 which has Finale spitting an acapella on the streets of LA. Continue reading

Video: Evidence Freestyle @ Fat Beats L.A.

Posted in Video with tags , , , on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here is a video of Evidence freestyling over a classic beat by Alchemist at Fat Beats during an instore. Notice that EV is great when it comes to rhymes off the top of the head. This guy has absolutely torn the game apart the last two years and it’s no wonder. He’s a beast.

Video: Black Milk & Pharoahe Monch, Live in New York

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by Tim Althaus

artist_blackmilk-pic12Well the CMJ festival just ended recently and Detroit phenom Black Milk gave a performance of his single “The Matrix” with Pharoahe Monch (Sean Price isn’t in the performance). Pharoahe also does a performance of the track “Let’s Go” that was produced by Black on Pharoahe’s album Desire that came out in 2007. Black Milk just released Tronic on October 28th and is getting the attention of critics all over the place. Based on this video it looks as if Black can put on one hell of a show, and as usual Pharoahe looks like he’s lights out when he’s live as well.

All of you that are reading this I strongly urge you to go out and get Tronic on Fat Beats records. The album is super hot and you will not be disappointed. Also make sure you jump over and grab the free mix tape that Black put out before Tronic called Elec here.

Review: Black Milk, Tronic 

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by Tim Althaus

It seems like this year the show formerly know as Hip-Hop is being stolen away by the state of Michigan (Detroit area specifically). So far this year we have seen new albums from Guilty Simpson, 14KT, Buff1, two incredible albums from Elzhi and now we are privileged enough to receive Tronic with open arms. Last year Black Milk released Popular Demand to critical acclaim as a self producing emcee. I have to admit that it was one of my favorite albums of last year, and Tronic is definitely one of my favorites this year. Black Milk is one of those guys that just drops my jaw every time that I hear something new of his because it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before, I hate to compare him to Dilla (because there is no comparison) but Milk is taking it to that level very rapidly.

I have to say that this album had me from the beginning track “Long Story Short”. I was completely blown away by the elements of this track. It starts out with an almost “futuristic” synthesizer sound and fades to a beautiful piano melody. What comes next is a beat the hit me like a ton of bricks, it was so hard it almost made me cry. The incredible thing about the track is it literally is a long story short, it’s Black’s entire life up to this point in time and he tells his fable like Aesop. “Losing Out”, which is a track that features crafty veteran fire spitting Royce Da 5’9″, is another great track because the beat is lights out (particularly the sample) and Black and Royce exchange some straight butter verses. Black is very good on his verses but Royce holds his own as well and outshines Black a little. The only real conclusion comes out of Royce’s mouth in his last 8 bars: “I’m talking bout how we got it mastered, the fact is whenever me and Black do a track it’s a classic!” Detroit native Fat Ray (who earlier this year released an album with Black Milk titled The Set Up) joins Black on the hook for the track “Hell Yeah” which has a ridiculously hard beat, and some vicious flows from Black: “The whole world’s been patiently waitin’ for my comin’ to strike, patiently waitin’ like the second comin’ of Christ”. The track that most people would call the highlight of Tronic, The Matrix“, which features the legendary DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, and Sean Price is a straight classic and Pharoahe Monch absolutely kills this track: “Four finger ring rap sling slang Pharoahe the flows good/You couldn’t hang if you was Ving Rhames in Rosewood” “…Like the pant legs around the ankles of hipsters, I’m tight/Paint a more visual picture than Pixar…”. Black spits a great tongue twisting verse, and Sean Price never made gangs seem so interesting with his word usage: “I’m a kryptonite, but a blood today, Latin King tomorrow…”. The cuts on the album are done by Premier, and he never made it seem so effortless: “You love my style cuz’ I’m not what you used to, caught in the matrix… you’re in my danger field like Rodney”. I think that the track “Reppin’ For You” might be the highlight of the album for me. It has a great head noddin’ beat and Black’s flow to this track is lights out: “Every single line was written explodin’ like bombs droppin’/It’s like I’m Bin Laden when my pen’s jottin/The best to most with extra votes/A flow that’ll shock most like electric volts”.

All in all this is a great album and should be a indication of how great the Hip-Hop scene in Detroit really is. There are a few tracks that drag a little bit, but not enough to give this album anywhere near an average or below average review. Black Milk could hold up the city of Detroit on his shoulders, and chances are he probably will sooner than later with efforts like his last two. Tronic shows you what the definition of a producing/emcee should be.