Our very first mix tape has just been released!
Featuring 10 great songs by various talented artists from around the country.
I cut a few acoustic guitar pieces from another He Is We song called “Kiss It All Better.”
It started as a true hip hop remix, but it turned out to be more indie rock than anything. Still works for spitting a few meaningful bars over.
It was a lot of fun to make, regardless of the end result.
Photography by Rico Torres – courtesy of Dimension Films.
Here’s something nice and lazy for you.
Although it’s more like some kind of lounge jazz thing, it reminds me of something you might hear while standing in an elevator.
Tempo: 118.5 bpm
How’s this for different?
Smooth Jazz infused with a Reggae style groove.
Hope you like!
Tempo: 130 bpm
I have a new beat tape coming out soon called “ACID.” The tape will feature all downtempo-style hip hop instrumentals with a jazz influence.
The tape will be available very soon, but in the meantime check out one of the songs that will be included in the tape. This should give you a great idea of what you’ll be hearing when it releases.
This is a jazz instrumental with a very heavy hip hop influence. Specifically, this would fall under the Acid Jazz sub-genre.
Lots of DJ scratches throughout.
Tempo: 78 bpm
Here’s a lively and jazzy hip hop instrumental with pianos, brass, and synth instruments.
Tempo: 91 bpm
Today’s forecast was partly sunny, and since I had no other name for this song, I decided to name it after the nice weather. Plus this one feels good.
This is a bit of soul and hip hop mashed together.
This song has a nice catchy acoustic piano, an electric piano with a wah-wah effect, and a Wurlitzer organ. There’s a synth pad that comes in during the hook sections only, which is a nice touch I think.
If you’re a fan of the Soul Music instrumental, then I think you’ll like this one.
Simple and effective. The hook is my favorite part.
Tempo: 94 bpm
(Sound effects help tell the story in the very beginning, middle, and end of the song.)
Seriously though, it’s getting late, I gotta go…
So I get in my car, crank it up and the music starts to play.
I head through the city, on my way back home. The music carries me the entire way as I float through my downtown neighborhood.
I finally arrive safely as the music comes to an end.
I turn the car off, hop out and off I go.
Thanks for listening.
Tempo: 77 bpm
This was an experimental jam session we put together for fun. We challenged ourselves to use instruments not typically used in hip hop. To be honest, I’m not even sure this is hip hop. I wasn’t going to share this at first, but I decided to go ahead and post it.
In this song you’ll hear a steady acoustic guitar, a live bass guitar, a latin trumpet section in the beginning, along with another latin brass section in the middle, a brief cello piece in the background, and a live harmonica that takes the song out. The drum break is live, and includes several fills to help break the beat down in some sections.
While this instrumental may not be perfect for song writing, it’s a great piece to listen to. Enjoy!