Thursday, June 30, 2011

Before Words Were Even Said...

The image of this youtube video amazed me. You have Warren Buffett and Jay-Z being interviewed by Forbes magazine. I grew up in an era when seeing something like this seemed just as impossible as a black president. Even beyond the obvious racial significance, this is a rapper sitting next to Warren Buffett. Everyone knows hip-hop now, but I remember there not even being HIP-HOP sections of big music stores. And it wasn't like hip-hop wasn't big enough, it definitely was, it just wasn't respected. Nobody's parents dropped their kids off at school playing rap music. That stuff just wasn't happening.

"I started early at 7 years old reading my father's books. He was an investment banker." - Warren

"I started late, I never knew my dad and grew up in Marcy Projects." - Jay

...and yet here they sit, together, being interviewed by a magazine that mainly focuses on the richest people on the planet. Proof that at some point, you have to take control of your destiny, unless you want to blame the cards you were dealt for the rest of your life.

And although my early life is definitely closer to Jay's than it is Warren's, there is still so much to learn from Warren in this interview. What you can take away from this video goes far past anything hip-hop or financial. To me, its about success in general.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Random beat for people to listen to. I'm sure this I'll take this down soon, so listen while you can.

DC Shoes uses IMAKEMADBEATS' "Corporate N' Gommorah" Instrumental

DC Shoes uses IMAKEMADBEATS' "Corporate N' Gommorah" Instrumental in their "Street League Kansas City Recap" video. Check it out, and peace to DC Shoes!

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I was walking down the street. That's it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


The official release of the unedited Daylight/Nightlight EP's featuring Butta Verses and MidaZ is coming this summer. It will come with bonus songs all of the instrumentals for the original songs will be available digitally. Also, we will be releasing a music video for it that, I gotta say, looks like a movie. Seriously. Shouts to Varras Tower and TzariZM. We are putting out a limited edition 6 panel cd digipack with some incredible artwork from homey Travis Blaise, the amazing artist behind my selftitled's album cover. I just got "the idea sketch" from him, and here's a clip of just one panel. If you've listened to the previously released promo version of the ep's, you might recognize this as a scene from the song "7 Years." Can't wait to see the finished product.

Btw. I'm out in the streets doing this from my phone. I have no idea what this will look like on my blog.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Blueprint - Radio-Inactive (Video)

If you don't know Blueprint, get familiar. Here's a good place to start.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Quality Control + Unique Squared + Doxside Music Group

Track 1: Produced by IMAKEMADBEATS.

SXSW Festival leading pro audio company Unique Squared, in partnership with Quality Control Marketing, parked a massive tour bus on Austin’s streets to serve as a state of the art recording studio. Throughout the festivities some of hip-hop’s most notable emcees stopped by the Mobile Studio to record exclusive songs over all-original production. The result is The Official SXSW Mixtape, a 30 track collection that captures the energy and creativity of SXSW.
The Official SXSW Mixtape is presented by Unique Squared, Quality Control, 2DopeBoyz and Acclaimed industry engineer Fokis handled the mixing and engineering duties while tracks were blended and arranged by DJ Presyce (three time Scribble Jam DJ Battle Champion). Featured artists include Tanya Morgan, Skyzoo, Khaleel, Nick Javas, J-Live and more. Contributing producers include Seattle’s heavyweight beatsmith Jake One, Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan), Crazy DJ Bazarro (of the Beatminerz) in addition to noteworthy up-and-comers Apollo Brown, IMakeMadBeats, Dynamite Brothers, D.R.U.G.S. and female producer Kels of TN2 Productions.

To witness artists selecting beats, writing and recording in such a short period of time was extraordinary and a testament to Unique Squared’s ability to create a unique and creative environment. It’d be an understatement to say this was a Herculean task on everyone’s part, thank you to all the partners and artists that helped make it possible.