How to Make An – AraabMuzik – Track

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Let’s face it – no one does it like AraabMuzik.

The Rhode Island producer got his start making beats for Cam’ron’s Dipset label in 2006, and his breakthrough 2011 mixtape Electronic Dream is one of the 10 best albums of the decade so far.

Since then he’s worked with A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent and released his debut album Dream World despite being shot on two occasions. He’s also regarded to be one of the best producers in hip-hop today for his unique way with the MPC sampler.

We linked up with AraabMuzik in his studio in the Bronx for the latest episode of our How To Make A Track series. During the session he gave us a detailed, step-by-step masterclass on the techniques and methods he used to produce ‘Flex’, a collaboration track with Fabolous and Tory Lanez.

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Rhythm Roulette: araabMUZIK

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For this episode of Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal linked up with araabMUZIK.

If you start making music for the Diplomats before you’re supposed to graduate from high school, you better pray that you’re consistently at the top of your game. That’s what araabMUZIK has been doing and then some. The Rhode Island producer has made a name for himself, in more than one way. His live MPC sets are dizzying and his imagination behind the boards is still expanding. He also miraculously survived a gunshot to the head in an attempted robbery in Harlem earlier in February. But he pushed through and released his album Dream World in July and produced Joe Budden’s last album Rage & The Machine.

As you can assume, it was only a matter of time before we got araab for Rhythm Roulette. We hit up Moodies Records in the Bronx and ended up with CDs from Blue Magic, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and The Dramatics (he’s not messing with vinyl). Then back at the studio with his AKAI MPC,
araabMUZIK chops up samples and does what he does best. Layer after layer, he builds in his signature sound and producer drops for what could be the intro to the next Dipset album.

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Rhythm Roulette: Jake One

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For this episode of Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal linked up with Jake One.

Very few artists can traverse the constantly shifting borders between the underground and the mainstream like Jake One. The Seattle producer is respected, and rightfully so, in both worlds for his work with 50 Cent and G-Unit, De La Soul, E-40, DOOM, and more. He’s also worked on complete projects with Freeway and Brother Ali. Then with Mayer Hawthorne, he put out a feel good album under the Tuxedo moniker. Basically, his production credits weigh a ton.

From Spin Cycle to his studio in Washington, Jake lucks out with The Best of Herbie Hancock, The Manhattans’ Forever By Your Side, and a Reverend E. Stanley Branch record. Jake One’s sampling methods kick in immediately as he skips around the records, finding a “Yeah!” from Rev. Branch and some drums from The Manhattans. He hears something worth taking from the choir on Rev. Branch’s record then drums from Herbie. The Manhattans also helped provide a snare. As the beat comes together all on his keyboard, he goes back to the choir to find some shouting to fill out the beat. Jake tinkers around with a bass line and before you know it, he’s sequenced a beat fit for the church and the club.

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Rhythm Roulette: Ayatollah

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For this episode of Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal linked with Ayatollah.

Ayatollah has been a staple of east coast hip hop for years. The Queens native is most well known for turning heads on Mos Def’s beautifully stark “Ms. Fat Booty.” But he’s also locked in time with Talib Kweli, various Wu-Tang members, Cormega, Tragedy Khadafi, Styles P, Pharoahe Monch, Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Smif-n-Wessun, Sean Price, and more. Outside of his work with other artists, he’s released a solid work of instrumental projects as well.

After a quick blindfolded browse at the Future Shock Records, Ayatollah ends up with Roy Ayers’ Vibrations, a BBE Disco record, and the compilation album Urban Classics 2. Set up at the DJ booth in the shop, Ayatollah chops up the Roy Ayers record with his MPC then adds some of his own scratches. He also throws on a sample from the “Where Did You Go” track from The J’s and “Yes It’s You” by Sweet Charles.

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9th Wonder – “Rhythm Roulette”

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After linking up at The Record Krate in Raleigh, Mass Appeal joined 9th back at his studio to watch the master at work. With Charly McClain, Jermaine Jackson, and The Temprees at his disposal, the GRAMMY award-winning producer warmed up with a few quick flips before ultimately chopping up Lovemen. The final result was so crazy, Rapsody immediately hopped in the booth to bless it with a proper verse.

 

 

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The HTML5 Drum Machine

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The HTML5 Drum Machine is a web-based drum sequencer that lets you create, save, and even export your own patterns using samples from classic drum machines. There are five kits: Acoustic, Techno, Hip Hop (Roland TR-808), House (TR-909), and Electro (Linn Drum). The drum machine features a Roland TR style sequencer, and each drum has its own volume and pitch controls. It’s beyond cool and we thought you might enjoy it too.

Click here to start playing! (Note: We find it works best in Google Chrome).