K-Def enlists Blu and Quartermaine for one of the two vocal tracks off his recently-released project, The Exhibit, which is available now over at Redefinition Records.
Yet another leak off K-Def’s One Man Band; this time he puts his own twist on the rare 24-Karat Black cut (no pun) Synopsis Two: Mother’s Day, as sampled on NaS’ NaS Is Coming. Available on wax and CD now.
PREVIOUS: K-Def – Touching Realness
K-Def is set to release his latest project, One Man Band on Redefinition Records, where the NJ producer puts his own twist on some of Soul & Hip-Hop’s classics, including Stevie Wonder, 24-Carat Black (NaS Is Coming) and more. Below is a sample of his take on Miilkbone’s Keep It Real, made even more popular by the legendary Big L x Jay-Z freestyle.
Herein lies the simple genius that makes K-Def a “producer’s producer.” The years spent crafting classics, listening to records, and absorbing sounds has allowed him to develop his own sonic tapestry, which is best exemplified here on this excellent record. He re-orchestrates another composer’s classic record and develops movements, crescendos, and transitions that would leave any music connoisseur grinning from ear-to-ear. “Funky Fridays” epitomizes the strides K-Def has made en route to remodeling his sound with the marriage of his production prowess and technology. This gem defines the project and raises the bar for other producers paying homage to those whose shoulders they now stand. Within K-Def’s boastful canon of hit records, “Funky Fridays” stands as an opus that deserves its rightful spot, if for nothing more than marking a new level in which he has successfully attained, daring to stretch the boundaries of Hip Hop music.
PREVIOUS: K-Def – The Breaks: Session 1 (Mixtape)
K-Def releases a fresh, funky mix of breaks he dug up out of his vaults for the heads, including one of my favorites by Lee Mason. Nice. Peace to egotrip on the heads up.
PREVIOUS: Raw Poetic – Stealin Bread (prod. K-Def)
Something new out of the Redefintion Records camp with frequent K-Def collaborator Raw Poetic handling mic duties, and of course, K-Def on the boards. This can be found on the 3-track EP, Easy Way Out available for sale now.
Redef has been silently pumping out heatrock after heatrock like a ninja lately, and quality material at that. This latest 45 is no different, seeing K-Def link up with El Da Sensei for Back To the Basics. The Enforcers, another K-Def x El collab will be releasing via Slice-of-Spice soon. What up JNOTA?
Just received this L.O.T.U.G. joint in my inbox sans any info about it, besides the fact that it’s brand new and produced by K-Def. I’m guessing they’re coming out with a new album very soon. Dope K-Def production. UPDATE: Just got word that this will be on Lord Jazz’s solo LP, The Plain Dealer slated for a Jan 23 release date on Premium Records.
PREVIOUS: K-Def & Rob-O (of INI) – Escapizm
It’s pretty much official. You can crown Jersey’s own K-Def as King of Formats. The only producer I know to have releases on 12″, 10″, 7″, flexi-disc, cassette tape, CD and mp3 all within one year. And more importantly, Def has a brand new LP, Night Shift. With a healthy dose of instrumentals and two vocal tracks (one being what you see here), Def is showing and proving that he’s still a force to be reckoned with. For Escapizm, a homage to Pete Rock & CL’s original off The Main Ingredient, Def has added his own twist and enlisted Rob-O of INI fame. Cop on LP wax, CD or MP3.
PREVIOUS: K-Def – From Da Brain
A few months ago (Sept. 6th to be exact), K-Def and Lord Finesse were invited up to the WFMU studio to spin an unplanned DJ set full of your favorite funky and jazzy samples. Here’s the full mix to K-Def’s set, and whatever he set it off with is incredible. I need to find that. If I’m not mistaken, this was one of the last shows for Coffee Break for Heroes and Villains. Do remember, K-Def’s LP, Night Shift will be released Dec. 13th via Redefinition Records. Pre-orders being taken at Fat Beats.
DOWNLOAD: K-Def WFMU Mix
Unsung Hip-Hop legend K-Def is prepared to drop a brand new EP titled Night Shift which is available for pre-order at Fat Beats right now. The producer behind Ghostface, Real Live, ODB, Diddy, Tragedy Khadafi, Lords of the Underground and student of Marley Marl has been deep in the lab pulling late nights (hence the album title) knocking out beats left and right. Having released a string of one-off singles, K-Def may have very well earned the title King of Formats, having releases on 12″, 10″, 7″, flexi-disc, cassette tape, CD and mp3 all within one year. If you need to play catch up on what you’ve been missing out, check down bottom for a recap.