New Single By Stalley Off Upcoming Ski Beatz album “Twilight Zone”

December 15, 2011  |  Blog, songs, video  |  Share

Ski Beatz feat. Stalley-Gentleman’s Quarterly from DD172 on Vimeo.

New video from Stalley, one of my favorite artists coming up right now and good friend. This dude is true talent.
The album by Ski Beatz “Twilight Zone” has been pretty hush until now. I played bass on all of it and help write a lot of the music. I can’t divulge the artists on it yet but all I can say is it is going to be big. I am really proud of the music, definitely some of the best work we have done. Will keep you posted on release date soon as I get confirmation.

Pilot Talk 2 Bass

November 8, 2011  |  Blog, songs, video  |  Share

Here are descriptions of some of my favorite bass lines I did for Curren$y’s Pilot Talk 2

Airborne Aquarium.

I recorded this line at the dojo when we used to have the studio in the basement. Ski had the beat ready but was pretty much bare, just the synth and drums so I knew I had to fill it up with some funk and more melodic content. The whole song is just G-7 to EbMaj7 but I played through the whole thing using a good deal of variation. I also took into account his lyrics, kind of dancing between his words rhythmically at points. If I remember correctly I did two takes and took the second. On my fretless Modulus Quantum 5 String (as always).

Real Estates.

This was recorded after we moved upstairs at the dojo. The song has pretty interesting chord changes, which is characteristic of Ski Beatz and Curren$y. This line I actually thought about for a while and really constructed rather than freestyle. When the song resolves to A major near the end of the vamp I arpeggiate the chord in a weird rhythm and fashion. The rhythm for that line is actually from a Jay Z verse. I often use rap phrasing in my solos and basslines (no longer a secret). Next time you solo try to rap a verse in your head that you know well (for example Big L “Platinum Plus”) and translate the words to notes under your fingers. Definitely takes practice but will open up dope ideas…


This one was pretty straightforward. Mainly just layin it down funk groove kinda thing. But real fresh beat.

Michael Knight.

I recorded this song in the basement studio at the dojo. We didn’t expect it to be a single at all really. The chord changes are pretty weird, but once Curren$y got on it it definitely transformed. My homie John Cave came up with the initial guitar part and melody. Me and him are really into African music, thats actually how we met. A main characteristic of African music is call and response which we definitely used here. John occupies the first two beats of each bar then I come in the second two with a line that really reenforces the minor 9 quality of the chords.

Ski Beatz x Defam x Brady Watt Interview

October 5, 2011  |  Blog, video  |  Share

DefamTV Presents: Ski Beatz from Defamation Nation on Vimeo.

Olamide Faison

September 17, 2011  |  Blog, shows, songs, video  |  Share

Heres a video of two songs by Olamide, the second one a duet performance with myself at the Highline Ballroom in NYC.  Olamide and I have been working together for a couple years now.  We have held down a residency on and off at the legendary Bitter End in the East Village for a while now.  This Tuesday September 20th and 10:30 PM will be the last performance from us there until I get off tour (well he’ll still be performing just not with me until I’m back). Don’t miss it. Olamide is one of the best up and coming artists in NYC.  Also look out for our live album dropping soon.

You can listen to more of his music here:

ComScore : Site Launch

September 12, 2011  |  Blog, songs, video  |  Share

Today is the day!  I will be using this blog to update everyone on what’s going on in my career, life etc… I plan to post content for the many projects I am working on.  Also music, art, philosophy, and fashion stuff I dig. Here are a few vids of my work to get this thing started. I’ll start with two tracks I recorded on with two of my favorite MC’s of all time who I am truly honored to work with.

Talib Kweli – “Cold Rain” Produced by Ski Beatz

Mos Def – “Cream of the Planets” Produced by Ski Beatz

Invention # 4 in D Minor – Johann Sebastian Bach