Jamaica’s music culture boasts with a great abundance of talent. No matter the field, Creatives cover every sector and have no problem showcasing their work. While showcasing talented folks is nothing new on 13th Street Promotions, today we’d like to highlight a Jamaican Producer who steadily hones his craft. Though he hails from Portmore, Jahbariii currently resides in the US and blends Jamaican influences in his sound along with Hip Hop. What caught our attention, was his knack for recreating popular beats and coming up with some unique productions from sometimes odd places. Below are some of his recent recreations, and a few unique beats. Feel free to check out his Website if you want to work with him. Don’t forget to share our Articles with a friend, and show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Florida based Producer Kris Karz is at it again! While he has been on the low, he manages to pop up with something unique for you to hear. Today he drops something for you to get crazy to, and that is the “On Your Back (Kngly Remix)“! Blending the sounds of St. Lucian Artist Messi hit “On Your Back” with Dancehall Artist Konshens’ “Bruk Off Yuh Back” over Crystal Waters’ infamous “Gypsy Woman” instrumental, something is wrong with you if you’re not dancing. Apart from his productions, Kris is busy working on the new season of his “Kngly Live” series. Turn up your speakers, or plug in your headphones, it’s time to dance! Have a listen below.
Recently, Recording Artist Royal Blu and Producer Tim Foresta finally released their long anticipated project, the “sinG with God EP“! Featuring 5 tracks, listeners were treated a mix of awesome lyrics, melodies, and production that will have you rocking and rewinding to catch the lines. Recently we got a behind the scenes look at the creative process with Blu and Foresta, more specifically the situations that led to the making of each track. Tune in!
Track 1: “Let’s Get High“
Royal Blu: For “Let’s Get High”, I remember being in studio and one of my Engineers who helped with recording the session was intentionally smoking near the booth so it could aid in me capturing the feeling of the song (haha). Leno Banton and some of the REM crew was in the studio session as well, and they’re like the Ganja gurus. So it made even more sense.
Tim Foresta: “Let’s Get High” was a very interesting process. I only had this rough loop of the hook part of the beat. I had no clue where this could go, but it had a vibe, so I sent it to Blu. He then was able to write an entire song with three verses, hook, basically a whole arrangement on this simple loop. He sent it to me via voice note. I was blown away and it instantly became clear what kind of a song this will be. Within an hour most of the ideas you hear now came to my mind. That’s also what I like about working with Blu. The process doesn’t follow the simple pattern of I send a beat, he writes a song – done. It’s always different.
Track 2: “Believe (ft. Lila Ike)“
Blu: I haven’t really said this anywhere else, but the song “Believe” was actually written out of me being hurt. I had a song called “Wrote You This Song” that was originally set to be a part of this EP, but didn’t make the cut. It was the first song Foresta and I ever did, but we didn’t work in studio together for it. He was still in Germany. But basically, that song was about singing to my past self and letting him know that things get better in the future. Because the past self I was singing to at that time lost all the files for his song, the studio I was working with got ripped down, I was betrayed by friends, lost loved ones. It was a depressing time. So that energy carried over into writing “Believe” because I wrote those two songs very close together.
Foresta: Believe. In 2014 I was in South Africa shooting a Documentary about Zimbabwean refugees, living in the streets of Cape Town looking for work. It was an idea by director Thandi Sebe, who at the time wanted to write a Theatre play about it. Growing up in Cape Town, she always saw these groups of men gathering and always wondered who they were and what they do. So, while doing this Documentary I composed some music for it as well and this is where the idea for Believe came from. In the end I didn’t use that beat in the documentary, but interestingly enough the topic Blu found for it perfectly fits the scene of the film that inspired me coming up with it.
The names “DJ Tyrece” and “Universal Zincfence” may not be names you’ll instantly recognize, but they will be popular pretty soon. The names belong to a young Jamaican Producer by the name of Tyrece McNaughton, and he has been cooking up some fire that will surely bring out the lyrics out of some Artists. Today, he presents his Riddim Project titled, “Universal Joints Vol. 1“. Inspired by Hip Hop Producers like Pete Rock, J. Dilla, 9th Wonder, and Jamaican Producers like Teflon Zincfence, BNJMN, and SOS Dynamikz, Tyrece brings listeners into his sonic and sample filled world through 15 tracks. Whether you want to write pages of lyrics, or just absorb the sounds, this project is definitely a collector’s item. Get familiar with Universal Joints by pressing play below.
Producer Kris Karz has been pretty busy these past few months. From blessing the Internet with his “Kngly Live!” series, to producing tracks for the likes of Leno Banton, Dylan Golden, and K. Charlz, he decided it was time to let people in on some of his secret sounds. Though unofficially announced, he will be releasing a series of EPs with the first being today’s entry, “Pastel“! Featuring a lot of samples (If your ears are good, you might recognize a few hits), Kris really wants you to enjoy the sounds in every way. With 3 tracks and assistance from Alex Coombs, Wizzmer, and Tony Trombone, consider this the appetizer until the next course. Support Kris Karz and Kngly Studios, you may never know what he has next in store. Time to see sounds, check out the EP below!
We featured Jamaican Producer Chnce earlier this year along with some other dope Producers, and today we’re dropping something new from him! Titled “Deep In There“, he not only plays his role as Producer, but dons the hats of Songwriter and Recording Artist. Featured on the “Therapeutic Riddim“, a part of a Compilation by Kreatif Substans (more on that later down), Chnce goes into “Mr. Loverman” mode for the ladies! Putting a chosen lady in the starring role for a good time, Chnce details what they’ll do from the foreplay right down to climax. According to the Producer, while the track is explicit, the intention of the song was to be soft and mellow, with a few dashes of aggressive and clever lyrics. From here, Chnce flexes his pen to ensure that the ladies’ imagination is on fire when giving the track an earful. This is Chnce’s second appearance as a Recording Artist, but don’t expect him to put it at the forefront anytime soon. Expect more Production from him later this year, and maybe a surprise verse or few. Have a sexy good time by checking out the track below.