March 1, 2008

Beat Kings

This DVD has been out over a year now, but I just recently had the chance to see it and definitely want to recommend it for anyone who hasn't. I always like to watch documentary videos on DJing, producing, digging, or any aspect of hip hop for that matter, and this one is definitely worth watching...

'Never before has there been such a comprehensive documentary about the art of beat making. DJ Mathematics (of the Wu-Tang Clan) reveals the science behind the origins of hip-hop music with the genre's greatest producers in the all new DVD, BEAT KINGS: The History of Hip-Hop (Nature Sounds)

Beat Kings is a 66 minute film that gives the viewer an exclusive look into the architects behind the rhyme. Hear it first hand from the musical legends that shine light on Hip Hop's brightest stars like Jay-Z, Biggie, and Nas. Beat Kings brings the public into the producers private studios as they reveal the secrets behind making hit records. Mathematics interviews stars like Kanye West, Just Blaze, Havoc (Mobb Deep), Trackmasters, Swizz Beatz, RZA, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Alchemist, David Banner, Easy Moe Bee, Prince Paul, and more as Beat Kings chronicles the history of beat making from its early beginnings into the 21st century.

Producers provide information on the equipment they use, how they learned how to use it, and how they developed their style. Veterans will take a look at this milestone DVD as a breath of fresh air, while newcomers will be able to learn the ropes from the legends themselves. Viewers will also have the privilege to hear the producers' opinions on the current state of Hip Hop music, where hip-hop came from, and where it is going. Respect the Architects, respect the Beat Kings.'

Check the promotional myspace page for info on how to purchase

Here are some clips from the film:

INTRO


THE BEGINNING


DJING


THE PRODUCERS


OUTTAKES

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