Interview: WESTLYFE

 

What It Sound Like?

We got another special for our fans tonight. It's been a while since RAN had an interview. We're due for one and we got it. A veteran in the  game with over 15 years on his fingertips. Grinding in Los Angeles, CA was not easy, though WESTLYFE has worked with greats from California.

RAN: WESTLYFE, I know you have a new beat tape in stores and we will cover that. Before we go there, I want the audience to know some of the heavyweights you have worked with.

WESTLYFE: I've worked with crooked I, Layzie Bone, Brotha Lynch Hung, Glasses Malone, MC Eiht... and many more.

RAN:That's deep track record. All names that I respect, our fans do too. I remember Caps Get Peeled by Eiht Hype, Creepin On A Come Up Layzie Bone to L Burna days. Brotha Lynch Hung is Hip Hop royalty. And you got Glasses Malone one of the early break through underground cats before the bubble. Not every day a producer could easily meet, let alone work with such artists.

 

 

WESTLYFE: I also worked with BG Knocc Out, Bad Azz, Big Trey Deee, and Kid Frost.

RAN: This is dope, I grew up listening to these cats. I never got into East vs West. I knew it was bait by oppressors. So, I probably heard songs you produced at some point. Who would you say is most memorable, and something they did you never expected?

 

WESTLYFE: Man 2Pac was most memorable artist... and going to Death Row was least expected.

RAN: He left a lasting impression on this world. You're a living legend, yourself. Your production sound is healthy brother. It's all quality, and you engulf that low rider music. Outside the music, what influences your beats?

WESTLYFE: My fam, my wife, and kids. My daughter is really into music, so I like to take her and show her the right way. I had nobody to give me direction in the music game.

RAN: I love to hear that. I have a little son, he already likes variety. It's cool to see a toddler going in to Boom Bap. I try to lead him right, also. Is your daughter you mentioned the oldest?

WESTLYFE: She's the youngest and she tries to rap.

RAN: Learning already, give her a discount on some beats. About your new album, I could hear some bangers on those tracks! Now, musically who influenced you?

WESTLYFE: Of Course Dr Dre... Lol, but other than him, DJ Quik, Sir Jin, DJ Pooh, Crazy Toons, Ant Banks, Johnny J...

RAN: Wow bro, you brought me back. My cousin had joints from Ant Banks. Quik and Pooh are more known to the mainstream, but Ant Banks is another kind of gem. I'm glad when names like these get brought up. I hear you also worked with Spice 1, Yukmouth, and Kurupt. This list is insane!

WESTLYFE: I got traxx with them... but I didn't mention, because I don't think they got released.

RAN: Well, we gotta have an inclusive Rhyme All Night listen session, soon. What do you like to use when your creating?

WESTLYFE: I use Propellerheads Reason software for beat making.

RAN: We had Reason in our studio, before. Quality program to work with. I think Reason is kinda young. What did you use before?

WESTLYFE: Akai MPC 2000, Triton keyboard, and Roland vs Multi-track. Then I got Reason 2.5 and still use it till this day. I'm On version 10 now.

RAN: How does new products compare to what you used before?

WESTLYFEMan, before no computer. Keyboard and drum machines had tiny a__ screens. Recording on real or dots, or multi-tracks when they first came out was a hassle. Now with computers and software you can connect to a 60 inch screen. Then, cut, paste, slice, copy, and edit everything. It's just really easy now.

RAN: Yo, people really used to work off them tiny screens haha. Big difference now. You've seen a lot.How do you think social media affects the music? If you put the new tape out back in the day, what would be the difference?

WESTLYFE: I did put a beat tape out back in the day, and I put it on CD, because there was no social media in the early 2000's. I left the beat tape CD at certain Studios, and with certain artists, that's how I hooked up with some industry artists. And now it's all social media uploaded to a site and it's on.

RAN: Right,  the CD game was serious. Today, we see it coming back with physicals being bought everyday. You left that CD with right people, for sure. Glad you said that. Myself and readers would like to know how you made those links?

WESTLYFE: My boy Young Trav hooked me up with a lot of the West Coast OG's. Just being in the studio, and making beats for them was a major learning experience. I grew up listening to a majority of them, and working with them has been a humbling experience.

 

RAN: Indeed, I know life ain't been easy, but dreams came true for you. You got Bay Area elements in your tunes, Mac Dre would be proud. Any shout outs or artists you want to work with?

WESTLYFE: S/O to my wife for backing me up all these years... this music lifestyle can put a toll on a relationship. I would love to work with Ice Cube, Dr Dre, and the one artist I would want to work with over anybody would be Scarface.

RAN: Peace to the Queen holding your corner down. That's a blessing.Peace to Young Trav, too for being a real friend. I honestly don't see a reason why those artists wouldn't work with you. I also don't feel Cube and Face are brought up enough in best writer, best rapper convos. To be continued, I guess. I do want the fans to go download your new beat tape, V1. Thanks for choppin game with us. Blessings for Yeshua!

All Is Fair – Jamal Gasol x Illah Dutch

 

What It Sound Like?

You know I'm excited about this new pack of Piff! This  one is a treat for the eyes, as well. From the hit album,  True Stories, we get to see Jamal Gasol in action. He chose a  pivotal  song to  release as a video, wise  selection.  The unforgettable  background from Illah  Dutch. Treatment  is done by NBU TV.  I feel the web series approach taken by the team.

With that said, you will want to know what happens in  the mini story.  Jamal put his  life  between  the  margins. All lines you could feel, many  cases are direct situations. He treats  his  videographers like his  producers. Gasol  mixes  up  the flavor  getting different  results. The dark, grim streets where the villains dwell.

Peep some shots from the back blocks. Viewers catch a short glimpse of the activity in the Dirty Waters. The symphonic vibe with minor vocals laying in the track create a serenade. On target for story telling. You know you're doing right when Paka adds your video. That's right, more than one major source to play it.

Get your infused popcorn and have one rolled up on stand by, it's a movie. I can't thank the supporters enough. Keep sharing the content. Blessings from the Most High! 

The Art Of The Sword – Robert Dinero x Postman L

 

What It Sound Like?

I hope all is well with my peoples. If not, we will cheer  you up with  music. The joint  I  have  for  you  sounds  like  a movie. That's how  dramatic the  track is. Of course,  one of you will tell me the sample is  from a film. We have a familiar face, as well as a new one. Creator of  this  monster  is  Robert  Dinero. He  introduces us to Postman L.

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, the emcee has a  lot to say. Everything is sharp about this tune. From title,  track, bars, even the artist's  voice is  edgy.  Though, Postman is from the eastern world, his Hip Hop  influence  is of  the East Coast (USA).  This is  bars  and reality, show and prove. If  you see the the translator avatar on our page, you'll see we're all about international links.

True teamwork on this tune. A very open instrumental, uncluttered for the emcee to be recognized, as well. The conscience of faith, and pen referral draw me in. The boom bap drums leave you with a soar neck. Let somebody see your purchase n the live feed at Bandcamp! Peace to all, the love has been real. Blessings  from the Most High!  

 

Hourglass – Borvoe McMidnite

What It Sound Like?

It was such a busy weekend for music, I didn't even catch the Leo Santa Cruz match. At least I could pull up the  replay. Kids have no clue what  it was  like before  that  capability. If you  missed something  on television,  you missed it. As  we  speak  of  that  era,  I  got  an emcee with the glow  from that time period. 

Tonight we get those Bay Area vibes from a special  emcee, Borvoe  McMidnite.  I've  heard a  lot  about  San  Francisco, as well as Oakland. It's cool to get the game  from a native. An excellent beat selector, our audience will certainly dig the production  ΔMofNRP.  Wailing  sample and boom bap drums. What more can you  ask for?

Lyrics, of course! Yes, Borvoe has them. His bars have layers, full of depth. He Spits an open verse with no hook to a simlistic, effective video. The star and only cast member is dim-lit treatment by Ann Tien. Basically, making things easier to focus on the artist.

This is a positive tune with spiritual guidance. Peep the line, "My point was proven six times like David." Nice line that involves creativity  and  conscious.  Enjoy  the  clear delivery, words put  together  so nonchalant. Be  sure to spin this vid at YouTube and  share like it's  yours. Already a pick on the Sun Tzu list. 

Thanks for all the follows, comments, plus sharing you  have doing for  the  site.  I  deeply  appreciate  it.  I'm glad to be a service to the culture. I  keep the readers in my prayers, Most High praises! 

Fascade – MindFrame x General Back Pain

What It Sound Like?

Got a slapper for you! Most of the submissions I receive  are right up my alley. Our crowd does all the filtering, it   seems. Remember  that  android of a  producer,  MindFrame?  Well, he hasn't punched out yet. While I'm  posting this,  I'm sure he  has more   lined up. The left  region IKINGman taps in with him for the slaughter. General Back Pain perfect candidate for this psychotic sound by the horns.

Everything he says is sick, this time he does it over an ill break. I admire the simple, strong chorus. No difficult syllables, nothing confusing. His point easily gets across with power statements. GBP reminds you of your boy from around the way, though verses are accented with upper class.

Continually, the underground makes bi-coastal moves without forced politics. It's organic how these smokers come together. Fascade is a tune to throw in the list of spins. No problems accessing it, available via all platforms. Do follow these hard working artists, share this, instead of random folly.

Thanks for the love from all supporters. There's nothing like the core riding with you! Got more on the way. Blessings from Yahweh!  

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