New Keyboard Kid Beat Tape #based

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Love him or hate him, Lil B has worked with some A-list producers over the past several years including Clams Casino, 9th Wonder and The Cataracs. More recently, the Basedgod has enlisted Seattle-native Keyboard Kid as his main producer, and while B’s music is a bit trite at this point, his producer’s beats are everything but. Since June of 2011, Keyboard Kid has released five excellent instrumental albums; all with some form of “based” in the title. The beats range from fuzzed out, experimental hip hop (Lil B’s favorites) to standard boom bap hip hop.

The young Seattle-ite loves indie-rock samples, sampling Phoenix and Frou Frou, on his THE MIND IS SO COMPLEX WHEN YOUR BASED tape, but his tracks never get corny like Chiddy Bang’s or Hoodie Allen’s do. He’s also obsessed with video games resulting in the inclusion of many 8-bit sounds in his beats. The product is series of hazy, yet futuristic soundscapes with vocals that feel familiar, but are so far removed from their original context that they have a completely separate meaning. Keyboard Kid’s newest tape, BASEDTREASURE, is another great listen in the vein of his past few tapes and for only $3 is a steal. It features two instrumentals that have been rapped over by Lil B and Main Attrakionz, but the rest is all new work. Like Clams Casino, most will enjoy Keyboard Kid’s beats on their own, and the young Seattle-ite might see a Clams-like rise to prominence in 2012. Stream/buy BASEDTREASURE from Keyboard Kid’s Bandcamp below.

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