The best thing about doing this World Of Beats column is the letters I've been receiving.Now when I first started writing the column, I knew a lot of kids who were starving for something like this because I myself was waiting to see some shit on beat-finding in one of these rap magazines. Yet and still, I was surprised to see so many people writing in to let me know how much they like what I'm doing. Right now I'm getting letters every day - from Indiana to Kentucky to "Blue Point," New York, to California to Canada from kids who are record fanatics like myself.
Mad beats lists have been coming in and yo, brothers know their beats! Heads have been putting me up on all types of butter joints that I didn't know about, some really impressive deep-digging in those record bins (good lookin' to one and all of my archaeologosts out there). I've also made a lot of new friends and extended my Hip Hop family considerably , which is my greatest rewards for doing this.Word.
Out of all the beat lists I've gotten so far, the first one - sent to me by a brother out in Seattle, Wa., by the name of Supreme - is still the best . I was so impressed by the kid's knowledge of beats that I had to call him up for an interview.(That's right, I don't just talk to the Pete Rock and Diamond Ds of the world - there are a whole lot of Petes and Diamonds out there that y'all just don't know about yet.)
Supreme got into beats by deejaying for a breakdance group back in the days (his first joint was Jimmy Caster's b-boy classic "It's Just Begun"). "I really didn't start diggin' real deep until about two years ago.When I saw that (old records were) disappearing, I started buying everything up." Although a lot of beat-finders will take mega chance and just buy records that look like they might have a beat on them without hearing them first, Supreme insists on doing his homework first so that he isn't stuck with a lot of worthless wax. "I just study it. I rarely take a chance on things, I usually know that there's a beat on something." Sources for his beat info are deejays, producers and ,of course,The Soulman's World of Beats (but you already knew that,right?)
Right now, Supreme's record archives are 5,000 deep, including jewels by S.O.U.L., The Pazant Brothers, The Whatnauts - "On The Rocks " - and the infamous Skull Snaps album, which he paid $75 for.(If anybody out there can get me a copy of that one, please let a brother know - I've been looking for that shit for years!)
Like most beat junkies, Supreme is into production. Although he cites the Beatnuts among his favorite producers, he wouldn't compare his style to theirs or anyone else's . "I just say I make real Hip Hop music. I don't say it's New York or West Coast or anything, it's just real Hip Hop."
Hooking his fat beats up on the good ol' SP-1200, Supreme will be dropping some butter real soon on his new label,which he calls Conception. The first project souds intriguing: a jazz band named Sharpshooters that will incorporate a mixture of fat samples and live instruments, a concept that has yet to be explored to the fullest. He's also working with new comers Ricta and Mad Fantic, and would like to work with Kool G Rap, Rakim and a kid from the Seattle area name Black Tek.
With 10 years experience making beats, Supreme is ready to set if off big time. I've heard his stuff and believe me, It's a mad real,yo. He's available for production work, so if you want some true flavor, contact this kid at:Supreme/Rugged Entertainment, 7731 12th NW,Seattle, WA 98117.
Until next time, I'm out like Jordan.
Stay real, y'all.