Kid Cudi doesn’t seem to happy with Universal Republic right now. Yesterday the rapper (who just released a group album with Dot Da Genius, entitled WZRD) took to twitter to bash the major he’s signed to. According to him, the label refused to support WZRD. He blames a lack of promotion and says the label only shipped 55k copies. Read the entire rant below, transcribed by HHDX:
“Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off,” Cudi wrote. “So i apologize on behalf of my weak ass major label. And I apologize for the lack of promo, again, my weak ass major label. They tried to rush me thru this so i can just give em another MOTM, but guess what? Fuck that, next album is WZRD. MOTM3 on hold til 2014. who mad??? not me and @DotDaGenius.”
He added, “So its def gonna be tough to find one in the stores guys, I’m sorry about that. I gotta go out and find one too, becuz my weak ass label never even gave us a copy of our own album. FAIL!!! Im lettin Universal Republic have it, fuck it. What they gon’ do, spank me?? hahahaha. AND Teleport 2 Me, Jamie aint on the radio!!!! like helloooooooooo????? HIT HIT HIT!!!”
Producer Black Milk has worked with Slum Village, J Dilla, Elzhi, Phat Kat, Frank-N-Dank, Lloyd Banks, Canibus and Pharoahe Monch. Here he is making beats in his basement.
This is a music theory tutorial that talks a lot about beats, bars and tempo. If you want to know exactly what they are this is a great video. Enjoy!
Hans Zimmer in his studio working on the music behind The Dark Knight. Great piece.
This voice training video deals specifically with how to develop the ability to sing riffs and runs, but these same methods also help to develop overall pitch control, accuracy and vocal agility.
DJ TOOMP is a legend not only is he a classic in this game, but he produces classic like none other. DJ MARS drops you a jewel of an exclusive with the play by play break down of Young Jeezy’s first track of his new “Recession”. The track is also called recesion.
Dubspot Electronic Music Production Instructor, Synthesis & Sound Design and Logic expert Evan Sutton shows you how to navigating various effects parameters of Native Instruments powerful sampler Kontakt, and offers tips and techniques for transforming irregular audio samples into rich, harmonic, musical materials. They demonstrates how to morph a peculiar vocal sample – by editing, slicing, time-stretching, pitch-shifting, and syncing – transforming it into various elements for musical composition.
Ken Lopez, Clinical Professor of Music Industry at the University of Southern California, talks about his professional expertise. It comes from the live sound field. Thus, his classes do field trips to numerous local venues. Lopez explains that the classes meet with venue and road managers. He points out that if one understands business models of various levels of the industry, then one is exposed to all traditional positions. Therefore, one has the opportunity to see new career possibilities. Lopez emphasizes the significance of getting a diverse experience and having diverse knowledge. Entrepreneurship is the key. As a result, Lopez attempts to teach students to take charge of their careers and keep up with the movements of the industries.
Allindstrom.com sat down with Jeff and Eric Rosenthal otherwise known as comedy duo “It’s The Real”. In the interview we talk about how they got their start (Eric worked with Kanye West, Jeff as a writer for Rap-Up). We discuss the start of “It’s The Real”, branching out into podcasts, working with MTV, and projects they’re working on for the future.
Classic Albums is a documentary series about pop and rock albums that are considered the best or most distinctive of a well-known band or musician or that exemplify a stage in the history of music. This particular one is on Jay-Z’s album Reasonable Doubt. Full documentary after the jump. Great documentary!
Answering viewer questions about monitor selection. He also briefly touches upon acoustic treatment and monitor placement. Great information!
Keith Richards, one of the greatest songwriters of all time talks about his beginning and his experience in the industry and of course, songwriting. Enjoy!
Hitmaking duo Da Internz share the recipe behind the year’s most-talked-about collaboration “Birthday Cake” with Rihanna and Chris Brown, and address the controversy surrounding it.
Remote Recording is the definitive name in location recording, providing top quality mobile solutions for the most demanding production requirements. From the Academy Awards to The Rolling Stones, 7-time TEC Award winning engineer David Hewitt and his crew have brought professional and reliable service to the industry for over 20 years.They are proud to showcase The Silver Studio, a world class mobile studio on 18 wheels with a client list that reads like a who’s who of the music business.
Joe Bermudez interviews Dr. Luke on Mass Movement Radio. Dr. Luke is known as the pop single king. Tune in!
In our interview with Mac Miller we talk about working as an indie artist, his creative sales plan, finally getting away from the Wiz comparisons, and more.
In Kempire Radio’s 2nd installment of ‘Behind The Songs’ we meet hit songwriter, Claude Kelly. Claude Kelly has written for Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Brandy, Fantasia, Whitney Houston, Jessie J & countless others. In this new interview Claude talks about how it all began for him, the advice Whitney Houston gave him and his dream to write a ‘classic’ for Brandy.
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne may be in contention for Best Rap Album at the Grammys, but Dion “No I.D.” Wilson—who produced one of the disc’s bonus cuts, “Primetime”—initially wasn’t too impressed with the blockbuster collaborative LP.
“I kinda didn’t agree with the direction that Watch the Throne was going because I felt like, ‘Y’all were two of the best that did it as far advancing, pushing the bar, the envelope of what hip-hop can do and is,’” Wilson told XXLMag.com. “And I felt like some of the songs were copping out a little to me.”
Months after his first listen, Wilson was fortunate enough to hear the final WTT version while in New York for Big Sean’s Finally Famous listening session. Again, Jay and ‘Ye’s frequent collaborator wasn’t thrilled. Something was missing. Yeezy had been working closely with RZA, Q-Tip, The Neptunes and Hit Boy, just to name a few, but he hadn’t produced a record on his own as he did on his previous records.
“I get the co-productions, but how you gon do an album and you don’t go to the machine and do one beat by yourself?” No I.D. explained. “We have always sparked this challenge in each other and it bled into the world, so I just wanted to hit him in the stomach real quick. This is what you got? He was like, ‘No, that’s cool. I’m bout to do something.’”
No I.D.’s challenge resulted in Yeezy chopping up Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” for The Throne’s smash hit, “Otis.” The song was added to WTT at the 11th hour and became the LP’s second single. It’s now nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the Grammys.
“I remember even at the time at the label they was like, ‘What the hell? No I.D. just came in and messed up our release schedule,’” he recalled. “We all amongst ourselves really are battling each other each and every minute of life, but it’s all in the spirit of advancement and the pursuit of dopeness is what I call it.”
John Kalodner is a legendary veteran A and R executive in the Rock/Pop music industry. His career has included stints at Geffen Records, Sony/Columbia Records, Atlantic Records, and Sanctuary Records. He has been involved with such artists as Billy Idol, Journey, Chicago, Steve Vai, Bon Jovi, Joe Satriani, Shawn Colvin, Aerosmith, Santana, Black Crowes, Cher, Iron Maiden, Sammy Hagar, John Lennon, Simon and Garfunkel, Madonna, Whitesnake, Elton John, Damn Yankees, Genesis, and many others.
Pat Pattison discusses how you can gain ideas and concepts from the titles of your compositions.
10 new features on pro tools 10. All of them are not exclusive to pro tools HDx and could be used on any system. This is not a complete review but a taste of the new features.
A look into NAMM 2012 at the Dynamic Phrase Synth & Dynamic Effects Processor. Enjoy!
85 years old and celebrating his first number one record of his career, Tony Bennett joins Jian in Studio Q to talk about his storied life, his latest collaborations with the likes of Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse, and his renaissance in the later part of his career.