So Friendzone’s long-awaited Kuchibiru Network 3 mixtape has finally hit the webs today and it is even greater than we ever could have imagined. Exclusives from Jerome LOL, Main Attrakionz, Ryan Hemsworth, Keyboard Kid and more were the first lines to catch our mind’s eye, but Silkky Johnson, Finally Boys and Shady Blaze also feature prominently and more than hold their weight on an impressive lineup of contemporary MCs and producers. You can stream and download individual tracks below, but you should really just grab the entire tape in one fell swoop right hurr.
Laying in wait for months, Keyboard Kid has finally hit the masses with the long-awaited Don’t Leave BasedWorld tape, featuring 27 brand new instrumental creations. While the tape’s cover takes cues from Eazy-E and baroque art, the songs within exemplify the prolific beatsmith’s expansive repertoire and undying work ethic. The tape description puts Keyboard Kid squarely in the Lil B taskforce and the Seattle resident shouts out Raider Klan, Grimes and an odd Nickelodeon cartoon on various tracks. Keyboard Kid is at his best on the euphoric “Based Can’t Stop” and bonus jawn “My Based Journey” and while his productions are certainly tailored to a certain type of MC, Don’t Leave BasedWorld see KK expanding on his previous blueprint into exciting new territory. Few producers manage to ground ethereal/supernatural qualities in concrete beatwork quite like Keyboard Kid. It can only be described as the most based. Stream below and/or cop Don’t Leave BasedWorld for $6.99.
I can’t pretend to have known Austin Peralta or to be profound enough to properly eulogize him, but what I can do is recognize the enormous outpouring of love for a young man and transcendent musician who has tragically passed away. It’s easy to portray false love/appreciation through a computer screen, but I truly believe in the genuine nature of the hundreds of tributes that have popped up across the web. I remember seeing Austin at Low End Theory earlier this year and remarking on the ingenuity of his (quite literally) mind melting solos, but leaving halfway through the set nonetheless. Whether it was a lack of patience or just pure laziness, I can’t remember, but Austin’s passing has enlarged a feeling of deep personal regret. On a larger scale, Austin’s passing, like his music, is a remark on the ephemeral nature of life itself. So please, listen to this recording from Austin’s release party in Eagle Rock last year and recognize the incandescence that was Austin Peralta.
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For a guy who references satan a lot, Keyboard Kid’s music is generally pretty positive. The #basedworld don is gearing up for the release of Don’t Leave Basedworld and has let loose a steady stream of tracks, both on and off the album, to garner excitement. While the Seattle-based producer has often proven prolific, some have questioned his ability to stand alone as an artist as opposed to just hip hop producer. Actually, this sad sap is probably the only doubter. Anyways, the Keyboard Kid joint is “666Seance” a bonus track from the album and one his more abstract outings to date. Stream and download below and keep your eyes peeled for Don’t Leave Basedworld.
Taking a step back from his usual output of blunted hip hop pâte, Keyboard Kid released ComputersxDrugs earlier, a mixtape that is about as close to the label “laptop music” as anything out there. Nary an organic sound on this tape. A lot of ComputersxDrugs is pretty uncomfortable in the sense that I can’t really imagine an appropriate time to indulge it. It’s part techno and part noise, but there are moments of inspiration, particularly on “R@!53d0n8B1t”. Stream below.
While some deride the whole #Based movement, it’s impossible to deny the quality of music that has flown out of Lil B’s deranged mind. Seattle’s own Keyboard Kid is the prime purveyor of the based sound at the moment and has really come into his own as a solo artist in recent months. Later this month, he will release Don’t Leave Based World, an instrumental album that should act as a culmination of the work he’s put in over the past few years for a slew of MCs. “My Based Journey” is a bonus track from the album, but you can download the lush track over at Potholes In My Blog. As always, stay based friends.
Deniro Farrar’s sound has always been more akin to West Coast artists like Main Attrakionz and Schoolboy Q than his East Coast and/or Southern counterparts and the Kill Or Be Killed tape sees the Charlotte native matching bars with Green Ova member and East Oakland representative Shady Blaze. The tape is essentially an expanded version of last month’s DESTINY. altered and features an drool-worthy list of producers ranging from Green Ova mainstays Ryan Hemsworth and Friendzone to Sines and Lunice’s 808s driven take on Bass music. Like the title suggests, Farrar and Blaze are mainly concerned with street realism and their contrasting lyrical styles mash surprisingly well. Astral Plane favorite Haleek Maul features on the desolate Hemsworth produced “Cold Blood” and contributes one of the tapes best verses. Stream Kill Or Be Killed below and head here to download it (name your price).
Not only is Seattle’s own Keyboard Kid the Basedgod’s main producer (a feat in its own right), but an ever improving DJ as well. In March, we saw him join forces with DJ Darwin to craft the “808′s and Space” mix and it looks like he’s collaborated with the Mad Rad representative once again. The two are featured in this week’s Mixmag’s Mix of the Week — quite an honor. If I had to guess, Darwin handles most of the mixing while KK takes on song selection. I could be wrong though. Like “808′s and Space”, the mix features a mixture of KK originals and fuzzy, hip hop oriented bass tunes. The MΔRRI$ tune (“Different Girl”) is especially nice. Like everyone else (not a bad thing), Baauer appears in the mix. Dude is quickly making a name for himself. Stream and download below and find the tracklist after the jump.
Keyboard Kid has released seven beat tapes on his Bandcamp since last June, but today brings us first “official release.” “BasedExorcism” is off of the five song Transition EP set to be released on Brighton label Donkey Pitch, home of Slugabed and Arp101, in early May. The track doesn’t deviate from the standard Keyboard Kid line all that much. Lo-fi crackling synths. Barely decipherable wails. Some nice sub bass. The track speeds up and slows down at its own pace, giving off the sense that an MC would only be an ancillary asset. Stream the track below and lookout for Transitions in early May.
#based martian Keyboard Kid and DJ Darwin, member of Seattle party rap crew Mad Rad, got together to deliver a mix in anticipation of their upcoming show at the New Museum in Brooklyn. The mix covers several of contemporary bass takes on hip hop anthems (Jaw Jamz “Mr. Me Too,” Obey City’s “Fuck That Wobble”) before delving into Keyboard Kid and Darwin originals. The Phoenix sampling “BURN ONE, PASS IT” shows up as does “God Devil.” Overall, the mix has impeccable song choice and the two artists more than adequately handle themselves behind the decks. Here’s what they have to say about the mix.
808′s & Space is a handful of original productions, remixes and tunes me and my lil broKeyboard Kid have been feeling of late. Its also a small chunk of the live mix/set will be performing at The New Museum this Friday in NYC. Hyped to also be playing an after party at Santos Party House to wrap the night up. FREE Download below.
If you’re around NYC on Friday, you would be remiss to miss (see what I did there?) out on this great event.