The first winners of the Tight 32 Emcee and Producer Challenge both originally from Illinois have made it loud and clear they are going to make the hip hop invitational spicy for the competition. The new rules are set all artist/emcees must be invited to enter the Tight 32. The wordsmith 4-Ize took the crown with a witty 32 flowing over the production of Dj Fac3. A part of winning the challenge is having a custom studio performance of the winning verse and conducting Spotlight Interview at Patchwerk Recording Studios.
The Weekend Werkshop series provides a monthly dose of knowledge and real world experiences told by current contributors to what we call the culture. Our most recent weekend workshop series brought the expertise of Grammy Award Winning Songwriter/Producer/Dj/ and Head Of Music for I Am Other, Kawan Prather. Patchwerk Recording Studio was alive and sold out for the morning seminar.
Events where the winner is based on lyrical prowess is very limited today but that is a true focal point with our "That Tight Thirty Two On Thurzdayz" competition. The producer of the month, Robert Limbo, is also a previous winner so knew what he needed to do for the win. Mixing those beats before submitting is key! The question is, "How would each emcee be able to flip the beat and make it their own?"
One thing you shouldn't do is sleep on the importance of the audio engineer.. Often times at the studio, the engineer will get asked to teach and share the knowledge. You shouldn't be in your feelings if they aren't all ready to give up the keys to their quality sound. Let us not mention the added headaches necessary to even receive credit on werk they completed. We have a starting point for you and the Engineer's Corner assembled of the Patchwerk Recording Studios audio engineers is a great look.
Our first ever Masterclass was taught by one of the South’s most prominent producers, the legendary Drumma Boy . This event was a 2 -day werkshop geared towards up-and-coming producers, where they would receive one-on-one advice and tips from the Grammy-nominated producer, as well as netwerk with other producers from all over the country.
Calling all producers! Finally created a program to help the production community receive recognition for their werk. Hosted by audio engineer/producer Brandon Thomas and special guest we present "The Bassline."
The monthly contest designed for hip hop producers and emcees took place Thursday, November 17th at the legendary Patchwerk Recording Studios. 12 emcees signed up and only a few were able to complete the task of spitting 32 bars within the 15 minute time frame. The winner of our producer portion Kangaroo809 was the selected winner of the month beating out 12 other producers for the monthly title. This is actually Kangaroo's second time winning this year. Each emcee took a different approach and delivered heat. We want you to check out the verses and let us know who was the best out of the group. Simply leave comments below.
Knowing how to properly promote and market your music to media is essential in the music business. We sat down with journalist, radio personality, and senior editor at HipHopWired Maurice Garland on ways to effectively market your music to media outlets. Garland got his start as a journalist while attending school at Fort Valley State University where he ran the college radio station and contributed writing to the school newspaper. His hard work and networking led him to be introduced to the founder of Rolling Out Magazine, Munson Steed where his career began to flourish.
Many artists, managers, and producers gathered to get industry tips on music publishing from Kobalt Publishing’s VP of Creative Services, Al “Butter” McLean. Al Butter has been with Kobalt for over 10 years working with numerous clients such as Paul McCartney, Lauryn Hill, Katy Perry, and Noah “40” Shebib.