Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Video: @MidaZ The Beast and IMAKEMADBEATS "Flyers"

A word of advice – spell the man's name right on your flyers, b. MidaZ the Beast lets loose verbal assault on faulty show promoters in the new DIY-clip for "Flyers," off IMAKEMADBEATS' Daylight/Nightlight.The BlakOut duo have had their fair share of problems with lazy promoters across the country butchering their names (Midas and IMAKEDABEATS, anyone?), but after this video it's unlikely that it will continue to be an issue. 

You're still sleeping on Daylight/Nightlight? Stop fucking around. Listen and download it HERE.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Interesting Things: Akai MPC Renaissance

For a while now, I've been blogging mainly about promotional things like videos, songs, etc. This is mainly because now with Twitter, the thing I'm interested about I can just post there. Its fast and simple.
Well this post is a bit more than 140 characters, and I just felt like blogging about it rather than posting several updates on twitter.

Anyone who has talked to me in the 2 months knows I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the MPC Renaissance. In fact, most of you who I have discussed this with probably want it to come out just so I stop bothering you about when it'll finally come out. This is pretty much the beat machine I've had in my head for years, minus the ability to be a standalone device. I'll admit, when I first saw the promo video for it (I didn't like the promo video for it), and I read it was not standalone and needed a computer, I was turned off from it and pretty much ignored the hype of it for a couple of months. There's a quote I often recite that changed my mind, "The future if owned by not the smartest or the strongest, but by those most willing and able to adapt..." I believe this quote, and it's truth is proven throughout history. I thought to myself, "damn son, you really don't want all the power and efficiency this device would bring because you have to plug it into your laptop? When's the last time u made a beat and wasn't sitting right beside your laptop?" I mentally slapped some sense into myself, and began doing more research on the Renaissance to make sure this was the right step. I've been glued to my MPC 2000xl for the past 6-7 years, and before that, my ASR-10. The majority of my MPC 2000xl years, I was using a ZIP Drive to load sounds, and didn't get a card reader until sometime last year.

I think one of the main things that grabbed my attention about this new MPC was that it still used the I/O of the MPC, but used the power of the software capabilities on a computer. And if you choose, you can also do everything without even looking at the computer. All of the abilities of the software can be manipulated via on the screen on the MPC, as if its not hooked up to a computer at all. It having the MPC Audio hardware (and then its the mpc3000's hardware, which is greeatt) really got my attention. Then of course, similar to Native Instruments Maschine, incorporating the power first exhibited in RECYCLE into an MPC style work flow, I don't think anyone can deny being able to appreciate that.

In my journeys throughout the internet searching for information on the Ren, I keep finding this never ending battle of Maschine vs. Renaissance, which leads to some pretty amusing back and forth's between passionate Native Instrument supporters and MPC heads. I saw the homey Paten Locke make a beat on Maschine, and that alone had me giving props to Maschine. No matter which you prefer, the competition between the two will only mean better support, updates, etc for consumers....and to keep it real, if you really wanna do a Biggie/2pac'esque comparison war, the Maschine should be compared to the new MPC Studio coming out soon alongside the Ren.

No one should expect this or any machine to make you a better producer, but with the speed of its workflow and new tricks (coming from a 2000xl), I should be able to make MAD more Madbeats, and with a faster/easier workflow, knowing myself I'd probably think in a different way, which would lead to new creative ways of doing things. I've already purchased one, and honestly don't mind being one of the first in a fleet of users that will probably report bugs and such, similar to 100% of software that comes out in this generation.

Anyway, check out this video, and let me know what you think on Twitter: @IMAKEMADBEATS or

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Word Of Mouth" Behind the Scenes and Video Premier

You don't need to rely on "word of mouth" for this one – Doxside Music Group is proud to present its latest video event on June 29th, as the long-awaited clip for "Word of Mouth" off IMAKEMADBEATS' recently released, critically acclaimed Daylight/Nightlight will officially see the light of day. 
Directed by Varras Tower and featuring Doxside's own MidaZ the Beast, TzariZM, and MURDOC, "Word of Mouth" is a cinematic thriller, packed with action sequences, suspenseful stunts, and of course the now-infamous IMAKEMADBEATS logo stickers. 
Residents of the Ozone (Orlando, FL) get a sneak peek at "Word of Mouth" with an exclusive screening and performances from MidaZ, TzariZM, and MURDOC at Sleeping Moon Cafe on Friday, June 29th at 7pm. Peep the flyer for more details. 

For now, you can catch a glimpse of the video with this short 'behind-the-scenes' trailer. And if you haven't done so already, cop Daylight/Nightlight in both physical and digital formats. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

@MidaZ The Beast promotes The Daylight Nightlight EP's

Bloggerhouse Intro A capella
Several seasons ago, Doxside Music Group released it's first official mixtape, Dare Iz A Doxside, in collaboration with the good people at A slew of fans and listeners made it obvious that the first song, "Bloggerhouse Intro" is a favorite and standout song from the compilation. MidaZ the Beast decided to give those people a slower and a capella performance of his verse.You just might catch some cleverness you didn't the first time around.

Need new music from MidaZ the Beast? Check out The Daylight/Nightlight EP's by IMAKEMADBEATS f. Butta Verses and MidaZ the Beast. It's available NOW on iTunesAmazonGoogle Play, and at

Friday, June 1, 2012

@Preauxx "Puttin' Work"

If you're from the Memphis area, you've probably heard of the homey Preauxx. If not, get to know the guy as he gets ready to drop the incredible When Caged Birds Sing album. Produced by my talented comrade Alexander O'dell, this joint knocks. Learn about these two before someone is telling you you're late for not knowing about them. Seriously.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ The Beast "Figaro Chain Mystery"

Figaro Chain Mystery
Doxside's own dynamic duo BlakOut (IMAKEMADBEATS + MidaZ the Beast) hit listeners off with "Figaro Chain Mystery," an apt reminder of the damage these two create when they link up on for a track. With an air of intrigue established by IMAKEMADBEATS' pensive soundtrack, MidaZ demonstrates why he's one of the most vivid storytellers in hip hop today.

This is a bonus cut from the last week released Daylight/Nightlight EP's. To listen to it in its entirety, check it out HERE. Did you see the amazing artwork for CD yet? If you haven't, view it HERE and get your the physical copies at

Digitally now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Daylight/Nightlight EP's
The timeless battle between good and evil is a story that has been told countless times and evoked through song since the beginning of recorded music. But the story rarely takes place within the realm of one man's mind, and when it is, the line is drawn in an exaggerated way, resulting in unrealistic and unrelated characters.
Doxside Music Group producer IMAKEMADBEATS has broken the mold with his conceptual dual-EP project, Daylight/Nightlight. Featuring emcees Butta Verses and MidaZ the Beast respectively, the two pieces wholly represent the goodness of humanity and the darkest corners of man's soul. 
Daylight finds Butta Verses (best known for his collaborative work with hip hop legends De La Soul) introspectively addressing the positive changes he knows he must make in his life, all while backed by IMAKEMADBEATS' emotionally charged and soulful production. 
Nightlight flips the direction of its companion piece, and allows Doxside Music Group rapper MidaZ the Beast to do what he does best – slay hard-hitting tracks with a ferocity that has earned him a reputation amongst hip hop's lyrical elite. From  alcoholism to themes of betrayal to hurling threats towards faulty show promoters, Nightlight is a visceral assault on listeners' eardrums that still maintains a thump sure to maintain head nods and neck snaps. 
Previously released in an edited form to rave reviews amongst bloggers and online publications, Doxside Music Group is proud to release the complete version of Daylight/Nightlight, with previously unreleased tracks and inspiring album artwork by Florida visual artist Jon Didier. For listeners seeking substance in the soundtrack of their lives, IMAKEMADBEATS' Daylight/Nightlight is a breath of fresh air that demands to be heard.  

Listen to the entire album and purchase it

Check out a video showcasing CD's incredible visuals by artist Jon Didier!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Behind the Music: @MidaZ on "The Response"

The Daylight/Nightlight EP's drop tomorrow! MidaZ wanted to tell you all the story of how "The Response" from the Nightlight EP came together. Read below.

So im with my lady one night trying to find a movie to watch in blockbuster. Its a date night so im looking for something kinda calm and (gasp) sweet. Ended up renting a flick called “The thing about my folks”, which is a movie about a guy whose parents separate after like 45 years of marriage. In in there's a part where the guys finds a letter written to his dad from his mom from waay back before they were married. Listening to the letter being read is where i got the idea for the response. I thought it would be dope to write a song from the dads perspective, responding to that letter. I held on the idea for while, which is something i do often, until i found the perfect backdrop for it. Fast forward a year or so. Im in NY getting ready to start working on NightLight with IMAKEMADBEATS. He hadnt played me any beats for months leading up to me getting up there just so that he could play them all for me for the first time in person. It was crazy. Beat after beat after beat was top notch. The beat for ‘The Response’ was one of the beats played that night (as well as some joints you’ll hear on some upcoming projects). IMAKEMADBEATS was in college at the time and he would leave me in his dorm to go to class. Thats where a lot of these joints were written. The response was knocked out one afternoon and when IMAKEMADBEATS heard it he was dumb hyped. I dont quite remember where we layed the vocals at but QUAD is the most likely spot. I do remember him making me lay it like 4 times because he wanted me to convey more emotion. After recording it, IMAKEMADBEATS went crazy on the mix. Got a dude to come into QUAD and lay the horns, tried all types of new mixing techniques, and if i remember correctly, it was the first song we actually sent out and PAID someone to get mastered. Its still one of the more beautiful mixes ive ever heard to this day. Listen to it on May 22nd when we re-release Daylight/Nightlight.

Friday, May 18, 2012

New Video: @KapKallous + Vikto Beats

One of Ozone's finest over a Vikto Beats production. #Salute