Thursday, November 5, 2015

Beat Talk: General Grown (Grown Man Talk)

The Beat Yard catches up with rising Georgia based rap recording artist General Grown to discuss his music, current projects, beats, working with Young Goku and more!  Read all about it here.

The Beat Yard:  What's up General Grown?  What's going on? 
General Grown:  LOVING LIFE.  Everything good.  Blessed to be here doing the usual STRAIGHT WORK NO PLAY.

The Beat Yard:  What are your plans for the fall? 
General Grown:  Ya boy mixtape called ALL GAS NO BRAKES is about to drop.  Getting ready for the ATL'S HOTTEST ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS.  I'm a nominee for HOTTEST HIP-HOP MALE ARTIST.  I got some shows coming up.  Other than that we keeping the ball rolling on building the GROWN MAN TEAM A.K.A G.M.T.   

The Beat Yard:  You have a single out right now called "Champion" how would you describe the beat on the single? 
General Grown:  When I got the beat I hadn't came up with a concept to write on.  Listening to it gave me an adrenaline rush FASHO... It made me think about my past and how I've overcame a lot of things in my life.  So to me it was inspiring, it had the CHAMPION feel before I even came up with the hook, fit for a TRUE CHAMPION.  This beat will definitely make you bob your head. 

The Beat Yard:  You worked with Young Goku for the track correct?  Why'd you decide to work with him for this single and most of your music?
General Grown:   FASHO.  I been dealing with Young Goku since I first started taking my music serious.  He's SUPER TALENTED, and he makes beats that fits me perfect.  Plus ya boy about loyalty, and building relationships with people that's about business.  THAT'S MY FAM....  

The Beat Yard:  What type of beats bring out the best in what you do? 
General Grown:  I like high energy beats for the most.  I dig laid back beats too, but a beat that's energetic pushes my writing skills.  Ya boy love to get on a beat and LITERALLY KILL IT.

The Beat Yard:  What type of sounds do you like hearing in beats? 
General Grown:  To be honest I like all types of sounds.  I feel the more creative the beat is, the more creative the artist can get.  As long as it's not too much going on though.  

The Beat Yard:  Aside from Young Goku, who are some of your favorite beatmakers / producers? 
General Grown:   Just to name a few Lee Fleshman, Mannie Fresh, Dr. Dre, Mike Will Made It, and KV.  I'v worked with both Lee Fleshman and KV... Can't wait to work with the rest. 

The Beat Yard:  In your own words, what's the difference between a "beatmaker" and a producer? 
General Grown:  I use to get a misconception of the two... For example: Young Goku made the beat to CHAMPION, but I produced the song.  A beatmaker just makes the beat, not help with the direction of the song.  A producer does both. 

The Beat Yard:  Do you buy beats from outside producers? 
General Grown:  Yes... If it's a beat the catches my attention and fits my flow, I gotta have it.  Young Goku hasn't sent too many beats that I don't like.  That's another reason why I mostly use his beats... 

The Beat Yard:  What's something you would like the readers to know that they may not already know? 
General Grown:  As the Founder/General of the GROWN MAN TEAM A.K.A G.M.T ya boy wanna say WE JUST GETTING STARTED! THE TEAM GOT A LOT ON THE WAY FASHO! I wanna give a BIG S/O TO YOU GUYS THE BEAT YARD FOR THE LOVE, Southeast Hip-Hop Mag, Blacktopia, the whole G.M.T, My Grown Fam, Realistik, VE, Moody and Chaplin, AND ALL SUPPORTERS! SALUTE FROM DA GENERAL! GO-TIME WE-GOIN!!!!!

Purchase his single "Champion" here on Amazon and iTunes
Champion - Single, General Grown



Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Beat View: Abiss "Point & Shoot" (Review)

Abiss "Point and Shoot" (Clean Version) 

Forget all about the battle between Drake and Meek Mill, The Beat Yard would like to declare Abiss' "Point and Shoot" as the dis record of the year!   On the track she goes after her opponents, kicking, punching and body slamming them over the beat.  Who is her target you may ask?  It's all those who take subliminal shots at other people in records and social media.... she tells the wack emcees that take cheap shots and make subs to just cut out all the cute, fluff talk and just "Point and Shoot"!  Ironically, Abiss isn't naming names on this particular track either, however... whoever she is talking about they certainly got the message and it wasn't a "hint", Abiss kills her enemies with this bullet!  

The beat is also powerful as well.  Abiss spits over a dark, violin laced piece that blares through the speakers and has the sound of something that would be placed strategically during a "Brave-Heart"-isque sounding speech right before a battle scene in a movie, come to think of it.... her actual lyrics sound like a "Brave Heart" speech right before a battle!!  Listen to this battle cry here at this direct link

Polo Young Cocky murders the BEAT on New Single "Nino"

Polo Young Cocky "Nino" 

We over here at The Beat Yard love to recognize when an artist murders a beat and Polo Young Cocky did just that for his new single "Nino"!  Check out his high energy on the song, as he goes hard!  Listen to the single and judge for yourself at this direct link

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Beat on "Power Up" is POWERFUL!

Check out the beat on one of the hottest new singles titled "Power Up" by rising Arkansas based rap artist JVN Barz!

You can listen to the single here at this link

This BEAT goes HARD!  The beat was produced by Trippy!  Check it out and post your feedback below!

Ratchet female rapper, cleans up and records Positive song For The Kids!

Ratchet "Back 2 School"

Rising female rapper known as Ratchet cleans up her act in order to put out a positive and inspirational song for the children to listen to.  The name of the song is "Back 2 School" and it showcases Ratchet's lyrical and songwriting ability with her spitting uplifting rhymes for kids to chant along with over a strong steel drum laced track.  For the hook of the song, Ratchet's very own daughter is featured repeating the chorus right along with it, and her Elementary School aged daughter sounds so adorable on the song!  Listen to the track for yourself at the direct link below.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

NCC Records' THE EMPIRE is bringing BOOM BAP BACK for 2015-2016

NCC Records' The Empire is Bringing Golden Era / Traditional Boom Bap hip hop back with their current single "A Message To Hip Hop" featuring veterans MC Serch, Lin Que AKA Isis and Craig G.!  Check out the single here at this direct link

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Beat Yard Video Of The Week: Ms. Ke "Party Time"

Take a peek at the latest video from rising Missouri based recording artist Ms. Ke titled "Party Time".  Watch it and feel free to post your feedback in the comments section below.  

If you would like more information on Ms. Ke, contact "Jay" at

Radio Host Meichell T. Jackson has a GREAT EAR for BEATS!

Popular Blogtalk Radio Host and VP of Operations of the Blacktopia Movement, Meichell T. Jackson has a great ear for beats!  She's not a recording artist or performer herself, but the music she chooses to showcase on her show "The Late Night Take-Out" definitely lets you know she knows what's good for the ears!  Her show is every Friday Night at 11:00 PM.  Check the flyer for more information.

She also has the single "Let's Make Love Like The 90s" by Mr. Boom Boom Bang in heavy rotation!  

Listen to "Let's Make Love Like The 90s" here at this direct link

Monday, October 26, 2015

Single Of the Week: "Let's Make Love Like The 90s" Mr. Boom Boom Bang


Listen to The Beat Yard single of The Week titled "Let's Make Love Like The 90s" by Mr. Boom Boom Bang!  

Click this link to hear the single:

Post your feedback below!  Really hot production provided by Mr. Boom Boom Bang himself!  The chorus has a nice late 80s / early 90s Prince vibe to it which is also performed by Mr. Boom Boom Bang!  This is certainly a viral hit for sure!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Beat Talk: Interview with R&B singer Nikia

R&B singer Nikia stops by and kicks it with us at The Beat Yard to talk about her new single "The Drug Song" and her forthcoming album She Is Me!  Read all about what she has to say here in this one on one interview.

The Beat Yard:  What's up Miss Nikia?
Nikia:  Hey I'm good... no I'm great!

The Beat Yard:  You have a single out called "The Drug Song" could you tell the readers a little about that?
Nikia:  "The Drug Song" is about someone being addicted to someone's love you know just needing that love to survive.  

The Beat Yard:  Who produced the single "The Drug Song" and how did you connect with the producer for the song?
Nikia:  The song was produced by Shawn keys.  It's funny the song was an accident, he's a great producer he brings out the creativity in you.

The Beat Yard:  Have you worked with this producer before?
Nikia:  With producer before on other songs which you will see on my album She is Me early next year

The Beat Yard:  What producers have you worked with in the past?
Nikia:  Producers I've worked with Gregory Fields Jr.,  Zoid Chords, Bobby Sticks, Jaye Swift, Johnny Wilson, Marty Debarge, Kimo Kaulani to name a few.

The Beat Yard:  What producers would you like to work with in the future?
Nikia:  This is easy I would love to work with Corner Boys, Tank, Timberland, The Dream, DJ Khaled, to name a few

The Beat Yard:  What types of beats, instrumentals, compositions, etc. bring out the best in what you do?
Nikia:  I love a good ballad to be honest a song with a good story to tell.

The Beat Yard:  What sounds or instruments do you like to hear in beats?
Nikia:  I love to hear a good base line, strings, and piano however I do Like different exotic sounds.

The Beat Yard: What is your method for writing a song, do you write to the beat or do you write lyrics and try to find the right piece of music to go with it?
Nikia:  I can really do it either way but I like to be very creative without restrictions so I usually tend to write a song and then compose around it however I can write to music.

The Beat Yard:  Do you assist with the composition or producing of the music?
Nikia:  I most certainly do I like to be involved in the whole process I am nosy (laughs).

The Beat Yard:  Do you prefer the producer to be hands on with you, or do you like to work at your own pace?
Nikia:  I like when the producer is hands on.  I love a good push and a big challenge.

The Beat Yard:  Do you buy beats from producers and beat makers?
Nikia:  I will if its something I really love however I like the live composition better.

The Beat Yard:  How can producers or beatmakers go about submitting beats to you?
Nikia:  Well they can contact my email address and introduce themselves and set up a time to talk all the contact information is on my website

The Beat Yard:  Is there anything else you would like to mention in this interview?
Nikia:  Just download my new single "The Drug Song" and look for my album She is Me early next year...

Monday, September 7, 2015

Beat Talk: New Interview with Mono Bagends about GET FLY SUMMER

Mono Bagends talks to us here at the Beat Yard about his beat choices on his latest EP GET FLY SUMMER along with answering questions about his clothing line.  Read all about what he had to say here......

The Beat Yard:  Hey what's up Mono Bagends?
Mono Bagends:  Life is great and full of blessings.  Just trying to enjoy everyday and make God proud of me.

The Beat Yard:  How hot is it in New York right now?
Mono Bagends:   In the 90's or high 80's

The Beat Yard:  Lets talk about the Beats on your latest project "Get Fly Summer", how is the production on this EP?
Mono Bagends:   It's dope...every track is a banger. Mostly fast paced club music.

The Beat Yard:  What producers did you work with for the project?
Mono Bagends:   D-Sharp, T-Weezy, Roc1, Luis Hazlip Jr and Sho-Down.

The Beat Yard:  What would you say the best beat on the EP is?
Mono Bagends:  Right Now and Get Sexy For Me are my favorites but all of them are cool.

The Beat Yard:  Would you say that you have a good ear for beats?
Mono Bagends:   Exceptional....its something I take pride in. 

The Beat Yard:  Do you have a particular method for selecting the tracks you end up using?
Mono Bagends:   Not really. Most of the time I'm not looking for anything in particular...when producers ask me I tell them I'll know when I hear it. They will play me a bunch of tracks and I pick out what I want.

The Beat Yard:   Is the clothing line, Get Fly Summer a reflection of the actual EP?
Mono Bagends:  Yes in a way. It wasn't planned that way but I had all these summer time feel good fun songs and the clothing line opportunity fell into my lap so it made sense to do it. I hooked up with Merch Direct to make the clothing line happen.

The Beat Yard:  What makes the Get Fly Summer apparel so fly?
Mono Bagends:  Its cool looking tanks and t-shirts. It represents that you are enjoying your summer and making the most out of it. That's what everyone wants to do for the summer....they want to GET FLY.

The Beat Yard:  Where can viewers check out the apparel?
Mono Bagends: For a limited time if you purchase a tank top or t-shirt you receive the EP complimentary.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beat Talk: Ron Beatty

Check out our latest interview with rising Carolina based Hip Hop Recording artist Ron Beatty.  In this interview Ron talks about his latest single, favorite producers, his process for selecting beats, favorite instrumentals and much more!  Read all about him and what this fresh new artist has to say!

The Beat Yard:  How are you feeling right now Ron Beatty?
Ron Beatty:  Life's Grand.  Everything is on the up and up.  Whats happening?

The Beat Yard:  Could you tell us about your new single "Heard About Me"?
 Ron Beatty:  Yea man.  It wasn't meant to be the first single, but it worked.  We were going to drop another joint until a lot of the feedback pushed us to put that one out.  I think it was the best route being it told my story the best.  A lot of people don't really know me, or haven't heard about me I should say.  So it gave them an idea of who I am. Before I kill it.  Before I really show people what's about to go down.  The calm before the storm.  

The Beat Yard:  Who produced the song?
 Ron Beatty:  Kilo Davinci, my little brother and one of Life's Grand top producers.  

The Beat Yard:  For those that have yet to hear the single, how would you describe the beat? 
Ron Beatty:  Hypnotizing.  Engaging.  It brings you to a place of freedom and peace man. It's the sample.  That smooth ass sample gets people.  It took me home.  So I wrote the verses about home and my journey.  People will always connect with the truth.  So I wasn't trying to kill it or anything.  I just told some of what I've been through.  

The Beat Yard:  Who are some of the producers / beatmakers you work with?
Ron Beatty:  Black Jeruz who is former G Unit producer.  Travis Cherry who has joints out right now with Raheem Devaughn that's killing the charts.  Soul Keyz.  A whole lot of producers outside of my crew actually, but I go to my guys first.  And that's Kilo Davinci, Streetzmentor, Nerv, and Big Vizzion throws me a jewel once every 2 years or some shit (he laughs).  

The Beat Yard: What type of beats bring out the best in what you do?Ron Beatty:   Ones that ride.  I ride a lot.  So I want my music to hit, have bass, and knock, and ride.  Has to have that bounce and be universal.  Not trap though.  Not really a trap style artist, but I love the 808s in those type of beats.  I just freak them in my own way.  It works, but I'm versatile so I can really do anything.  But I structure every project to have a sound so it doesn't confuse people.  

The Beat Yard:  What types of sounds do you mostly enjoy hearing in beats? 
Ron Beatty: As I just said, I like 808s.  Dope weird drum patterns.  I'm really also liking beats with less instruments in them.  Gives me more room to create.  I love strings too and Streetzmentor is the guy for that.  Trying to stray away from a bunch of samples, as I don't want them in my pockets before I really get paid you know.  

The Beat Yard:  What are 3 of your favorite instrumentals? 
Ron Beatty: "Guess Who's Back" by Scarface, Beans and Jay. Ummm..."Explosive" off Dre's 2001 joint, and Mobb Deep's "Survival of the Fittest".  

The Beat Yard:  Who are your favorite producers?
 Ron Beatty: Kanye West, Just Blaze, Zaytoven, and my producers.

The Beat Yard:  Do you buy beats?
 Ron Beatty: I will if it's dope enough.  I am an advocate for buying beats if that's what you're asking.

The Beat Yard: Do you like being in the studio with the producer or do you prefer them to send you a track and you go to your own studio?   
Ron Beatty: I'm hands on man.  I like to be there in the flesh.  Picking out the beat, getting it produced up and all. I like to leave and write though, or go in another area and write it.  Sometimes with the beat on loop and just leave me be. I care about the message more than I do just a bunch of hot punchlines and shit, so I have to reflect, and that can take time. Can I write a dope ass verse on the spot?  Yes.  But most timeless songs are more than just hot ass verses.  They take you to the place you heard the song, and that comes from physically, mentally, and emotionally being there working on the record and doing whatever it takes to make that happen.  

The Beat Yard: What would you like to tell the readers about yourself that they may not already know?
 Ron Beatty: I'm coming for everybody's head on my next project.  Nobody is safe.  Nobody.  That's all.  Not on some battle rap shit, but on some, you're gonna have to make an incredible project to even compete. Manifest Destiny.  That is all.  

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Check out the video to Ron Beatty's Single "Heard About Me" here at this direct link

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Follow Monumental J.O.E.

Get linked up with rising hip hop artist and music mogul Monumental J.O.E. through social media!  Check out his pages below!  Follow him on I.G. and Twitter!

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GENERAL GROWN "Built For This" (Official Video)

Take a look at the latest single and music video from current South East Hip Hop featured artist General Grown titled "Built for This".  Check it out by clicking the embedded video below.  Rapper Az-Iz also makes a cameo appearance in the video as well.

9Ten Mobb "Smoke-N-Mary" Available on iTunes



Check out the latest single from the 9Ten Mobb titled "Smoke N Mary" now available on iTunes.  Check it out here at this direct link
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