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Jewel Droppin’: Rsonist (of The Heatmakerz), pt. 1


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Interview by Amir Said (Sa’id)

“What I do with my tracks, 9 out of 10 times, depending on like… if it’s American samples and not Reggae, I’ll filter the bass line all the way out of the original; I won’t even use the original bass line! Because it’ll be so thin that it won’t even make sense to use the original bass line, because then you might hear it a little in the background and it might throw the beat off. So I’ll filter it all the way down, and just have a lot of the highs and the mids in there, and then I’ll play my own bass line in there, to sort of give it some new life. A lot of the older bass lines were straight live bass lines… I’m not a dude who plays the bass guitar, but I can play the keys enough to figure out a bass line and get it poppin’. So what I’ll do, like I said, filter out the bass line, then I’ll put in my own bass line. But my bass line will be real hard and straight forward. It won’t even be as, you know, musical, as the original that was in there. But when we do it like that, that’s what brings our sound to life.”

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Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual