Aside from the unimaginative title this mash up project by Portsmouth’s Seanh2k11 is FLY AS SHIT.
Ayo my dear ole pal Narstie is in the flipping UK top fourty right now so we are celebrating like victorious spartan types out here in LA. Meanwhile Narst is celebrating by dropping a brand new EP and your friendly neighbourhood Don produced track one and it is A THING OF BEAUTY. Check it out you savages.
In other news I shared a bill with DJ Khaled last night. MAN LIKE DON SHELLED DOWN THE RAVE OH MY DAAAAAYS IT WAS EMOTIONAL. Also my Uber driver was DJ Khaled. Major key.
The key to success, mind you, is my hair.
Oh yeah, my snap is iakirathedon, some asshole stole my name on there.
STAR ON HEAD MAJOR 🔑 pic.twitter.com/acajIkCeCJ
— AKIRA THE DON (@akirathedon) January 13, 2016
I first came across Alabama legend G-Mane in 2010, which seems like another era already. I connected with the sound instantly. Somewhere between Nate Dogg and Pimp C, it had style, soul, substance, swag, swang and superior storytelling in abundance. I made me want to learn to drive again so I could cruise around in some great boat of a vehicle banging it. It was his Sex, Drugs And Money tape, on which he hit a beat that sampled Tom Petty, same song I sampled on Show The Joint.
So, despite coming from entirely different places, we were already united by music. That is the power of recorded sound, brothers and sisters. And a few years later, he hit me up on twitter for some beats, and I sent him some, and he liked the one that sampled Mercury Rev, and asked me to rap on it with him, and lo, there it was, Anglesey to Alabama, united in sound for eternity.
And now its been released, as part of his brand new album In God We Trust, which you can stream above, and purchase here. Its G Mane, so you already know its another beautiful collection of timeless rap music. Dude is as consistent as consistent comes. I’m working on some new shit for him right now, so you can look forward to more cross cultural country classics. Amen.
MEANWHILE IN WALES!
I have been continuing to run on my beach, go for walks every morning, and spend happy, happy times with my girl and my son. I’ve also been drawing more one off albums sleeves for people, so get yours while you still can. Oh, and I do believe MIDNITEMEN just got their first official remix commission from a legendary artist. Can’t wait for you to hear it.
Speaking of which, I do believe there’ll be a new transmission today…
OVER AND OUT.
Damn son this is nuts. From a pure production level, how they’ve managed to compress all the most bombastic elements of mid-naughties 50 Cent and Eminem into one song, whist simultaneously surpassing the ambition of those records and that retaining the peak level K-Pop glory is astounding.
Imagine if Eminem and 50 dropped a record that sounded this vast right now, rather than the tepid drain-circling misery they’ve been leaking like boiler-water for nearly a decade.
I mean, I won’t be bumping this like I am that Block B record, but still, impressive shit.
EDIT: I am bumping this like I did that Bock B record. Well played BAPS.
GMANE says: “GMANE teams up with London’s own Akira The Don, who also produced the track, to create dat ultimate smoke and ride music!!”
“Alabama country rap legend GMANE and I connected via Twitter last year, as is the contemporary and righteous way. We realised we had a shared musical heritage, both having sampled the same Tom Petty joint, he retweeted one of my mix tapes and I sent him some beats, which he said were unlike “anything [he] ever heard before.” Then I didn’t hear anything from him for ages and forgot about it until a few weeks ago he sent me back one of them, based around a backwards Mercury Rev loop, all vocalled up and beautiful, asking if I wanted to add some raps to it. The song came through as a one track MP3, as he’d had some kind of hard drive fakery incident, but I was able, with professional skills, to mix in elements of the original production, along with new ones, and give it some of that hi-fi audio quality it deserved. And, obviously I blessed it with a sweet sixteen.
ENJOY THIS FINE SHIT! And look out for more in the future.
PS, make sure you check the new Cam’ron tape, DonMane and GMane agree shit is fucking awesome.
“@akirathedon: DAMN SON this new Cam’Ron tape is aweosme” <<< TRILL TALK!!!
— gmanemusic (@gmanemusic) October 2, 2013
Speaking of Dipset (LIIIIIINK!) here’s a flick of me and Duke Da God and the Priority Crew going ham in LA last week. Amen.
Check this dope ass Torley-sampling joint I produced for my home Time, who you may remember from such hits as Full Metal Alchemist (I Walter White). This is the opening and title track from his forthcoming Newstalgia LP, which I have had the pleasure of hearing in full and it is BRILLIANT and INSPIRATIONAL, so look out for that shit. As previewed by The Unheard Nerd.
Speaking of production, can it be 5 years since I did all those joints for the Bizzle? It’s Lethal’s birthday today, so let’s celebrate by banging this classic record produced by, chorus-sung0-by, and video-starring-in-the by Your Friendly Neighbourhood Don. Amen!
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to vote for my beat-making ass in the #LORDOFTHEBEATS producer’s clash!