William “Bootsy” Collins got his big break when James Brown plucked him for the original line-up of his groundbreaking early 70s backing band, The J.B.’s. But it wasn’t long before the charismatic Bootzilla – armed with his “space bass”, elastic vocals, and mischievous wordplay – would become a funk icon in his own right. Watch him tell his story to Andrew Noz during the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid.
From the comfort of his New Jersey bedroom, 23-year-old producer Clams Casino turns out beats for a dizzying array of rappers like Lil B, Soulja Boy, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, and Havoc of Mobb Deep. His reverb-heavy, ethereal productions have earned him a cult following amongst the music blog community, and his recent instrumental release on the Tri Angle label has only solidified his status as one to watch in this omnipresent Internet age. In this sessions he talks beats, business, and his take on sound quality in the digital age, with Noz of Cocaine Blunts.
With a record catalog long enough to fill an encyclopedia, Mannie Fresh has basically been the sound of New Orleans hip hop for the past 25 years: producing hits for Nola staples like Lil Wayne, Juvenile, BG, Big Tymers, and bounce queen Cheeky Blakk among others. In addition, his marching drum snare rolls and 808-heavy production trademarks have been picked up on and incorporated in the dirty south canon at large. In this lecture, hosted by Cocaineblunts' Andrew Noz, he touches on everything from his humble beginnings with local MC, Gregory D, to the Cash Money heydays, and his more recent approach to DJing and production.
Despite his refusal to give interviews, Kenny Dixon Jr’s voice has been clearly amongst the loudest, when it comes to preserving the rich heritage of Afro-American music and fighting the music industry powers that be. Blessed with an immaculate way of sampling, he takes stems from blues and soul, and respectfully takes them onto the next level – just check his 'Tribute (To The Soul We Lost)' ode to Marvin Gaye for proof. From his dark and dusty deep house tunes on Peacefrog, Planet E and his own KDJ label, to his more recent outings on the R&B-drenched Mahogani Music imprint, Moodymann's fingerprint has stayed unmistakable. You can't kick this feeling when it hits!