Hip-Hop, Review | Grubeats’ Top 12 of ’12

Posted by on January 14, 2013

Grubeats; fashionably tardy as always.  I can’t promise I’ve saved the best for last, but hopefully this eclectic mix of tracks tickle’s at least party of your fancy.  I’d enjoy hearing from you in the comments section if you have opinions on any of these songs!

12.) Skizzy Mars – Sirens

This young star didn’t sound my radar until late spring of ’12.  I had heard the name and few scattered verses, but overlooked the true talent Skizzy Mars was bringing to the table until I first heard “Sirens”.  With sounds similar to a young Cudi, Skizzy himself only recently graduated high school and has only begun to lie the brick and mortar for long, prosperous career.

11.) Skrillex & Damian Marley – Make It Bun Dem

As you probably know, I’m not a die heard EDM head like many writers and followers of this site.  No kandi for this kid.  I do however, enjoy just about anything Skrillex lays his hands on.  Couple the addictive production with Damian Marley’s rasta raps and you have pure gold.  If and when hip-hop and EDM cross paths, this is the type of execution I expect. [Watch video HERE]

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Dubstep, Glitch | Adele – Skyfall (Quincy Kwalae Remix)

Posted by on October 18, 2012

When Adele releases a new song, the world listens.  Regardless of you’re preference for music, you, at the very least, have to acknowledge and appreciate her voice.  Producer Quincy Kwalae, who recently released an awesome qollab EP with J.T. Roach, “Piñata After Party”, is back with an original mix to Adele’s latest single, “Skyfall”.  Quincy shared with me how this track came about;

“When I heard Adele’s “Skyfall” last week I knew I had to remix it. I’ve always liked Adele, but there is something mysterious about that particular track…maybe it’s the warm, vintage sound that seems to belong to a past decade yet remain relevant. I don’t know. But I do know that my mom got me an N64 for my (24th) birthday back in August, so Goldeneye already had me in the Bond mood. I actually snuck a Klobb gunshot sample from that game into my remix.” – Q

Described as “dubby, glitch-hoppy $ clippity cloppity” by the man himself, take this for what it is and enjoy the latest from the Midwest’s own, Quincy Kwalae.

DOWNLOAD: Quincy Kwalae & J.T. Roach – Qollab [Free EP]

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Albums, Electro, Pop, RnB | Quincy Kwalae & J.T. Roach – Qollab [Free EP]

Posted by on October 1, 2012

Often times artists will blend genres and fail miserably.  The spike in the popularity of EDM has left hip-hop, pop, and r&b artists with the daunting question of “how to incorporate these new sounds into their music”.  Midwest natives, Quincy Kwalae (producer) & J.T. Roach (vocals) crossed paths after graduating college and instantly felt chemistry in their music.  While J.T’s background runs deep as an acoustic artist with roots in R&B & Soul, Quincy’s production is native to both hip-hop and EDM instruments.  Their debut Qollab EP, Piñata After Party encompasses an infusion the duo’s sounds, creating a compelling new genre of their own.

“The whole project sounds like a wild blend of Trey Songz, Skrillex, The Weeknd & Xaphoon Jones…yet, sounds like none of them at all. Maybe we made a new genre….R&BEDM?” – Q

Although this is just the beginning for these two aspiring artists, they have both been at it for quite some time, which is evident in their music.  Although it’s only four new tracks, you’ll hear something new in each one.  Slap on some pine tar and take a swing at this musical Piñata, you won’t be disappointed with what you find inside.

DOWNLOAD: Quincy Kwalae & J.T. Roach – Qollab [Free EP]

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Dubstep, Pop | Quincy Kwalae – Boyfriend (Remix)

Posted by on April 19, 2012

For all you Bieber junkies swaying your head back and forth alone in your bedroom to “Boyfriend”, hearing an echo within whisper “swag, swag, swag”, here is a refurnished version brought to you by the very versatile singer/rapper/producer Quincy Kwalae. Switching up the hook to sing “I won’t tell your boyfriend” rather than Bieber’s “if I was your boyfriend” Quincy adds his own verses and intricate production.

A fan of Mike Posner’s production on this track as well as other credited works in the past, Quincy adds his own dub sounds to the beat, creating a very catchy tune that may be more tasteful than Bieb’s version to the FNT Faithful. Hopefully this holds you over until Kwalae’s EP drops in due time.

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Videos | Quincy Kwalae Beats Valentines Day

Posted by on February 14, 2012

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I first saw Bei Maejor “make a beat out of Thanksgiving and Christmas”, but this time Quincy Kwalae beats up every girls favorite day, with some festive instruments.  Happy Valentines day from the fine folk at FNT.

DOWNLOAD: Quincy Kwalae – Quincy Beats Valentines Day


Alternative, Hip-Hop, RnB | Quincy Kwalae & JT Roach – When It Gets Cold

Posted by on January 18, 2012

I’m happy to introduce 23 year old producer/singer/rapper from Bloomington, IN, Quincy Kwalae.  As you’ll notice after listening to a variety of Quincy’s music is his versatile style.  Producing everything from hip-hop to experimenting with dubstep and all variations in between, he has begun his most recent project with hip-hop/r&b/acoustic artist JT Roach, titled, qollab.  “When It Gets Cold” is a savory blend of r&b and alternative hip-hop, as Quincy shows off his smooth rhyming capability while JT opens up with some strong vocals.  Judging by this track alone, I’d say this EP has potential to be very impressive.

DOWNLOAD: Quincy Kwalae & JT Roach – When It Gets Cold

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Cover | Chris Brown – She Aint You vs Human Nature (Billy Van Remix ft. Quincy Kwalae and Zach Majors)

Posted by on August 31, 2011

Here’s what the trio had to say about this dope RnB/Hip-Hop track that’s laced with a little dubstep, I’m feeling it! “This is a crazy collab with co-producer Billy Van and crazy vocalist Zach Majors. We put some lyrics of both Chris Brown’s “She Aint You” and the MJ song it samples “Human Nature” over an original beat that has some serious electro/dub influence.”

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DOWNLOAD: Chris Brown – She Aint You vs Human Nature (Billy Van Remix ft. Quincy Kwalae and Zach Majors)