Beat Rabbi is the tremendously
talented beat maestro mastermind whose genius shines on the Circumcised
Mind and Deepspace5 projects. Beat Rabbiís anticipated freshman solo
release entitled Deepspace5oul is considered by many to be the closest
thing to another Deepspace5 album. The album will feature all of the
Deepspace5ís members over Beat Rabbiís ridiculously fresh beats.
How did you begin producing and who was
Around '95 I figured out that I wanted to
get into production. I had been into hip hop since '86 and had written and
performed a bunch of raps, but in '95 is when I really started to get the
ear for producing. In early '96 I saw an ad for a used MPC-60II and I knew
it was on. This was in the day before the MPC-3000 and MPC-2000 were out,
when equipment for producing wasn't as available as it is today. I knew of
the MPC-60II from some of my records that mention edit, primarily Sup (the
Chemist), so I bought it and it was on! I was inspired at that time by
Marley Marl, Sup, the RZA, DJ Muggs, Pete Rock and DJ Premier primarily.
What types of equipment do you currently
I still own that MPC-60II and have acquired
an SP-12, but I don't really use them. I do plan to hook up some fat drum
sounds out of the SP-12 at some point, and maybe push some samples through
it for that vintage sound. But right now I am using a laptop computer
running Sound Forge and Acid Pro for all my sampling and beatmaking. To
back that up I have two Technics 1200 turntables and a Stanton SKIIF mixer.
How did you hook up with the Deepspace5
and Apologetic to form Circumcised Mind?
Well, Apologetic and I have been very close
friends since '86 or so, the time when we first got into hip hop together,
though we first met in like '82. Our lives have taken very different paths
but we are still closer than brothers and its my dream to do another album
with him some time, though it may be more focused on his spoken word and his
singing than straight up rap.
With DeepsSpace5, I roomed with Braille at
Cru-vention '99 and I think he told Manchild about me. Manchild emailed me
a couple of times and we hooked up Cru-vention 2000, crazy times in
Nashville at the NASCAR cafe. He heard my work on the Circumcised Mind
record and was feeling it. I sent him a beat later that summer that ended
up being "Stick This In Your Ear". He asked me to join in September 2000
and of course I was down.
Which artists have you produced for?
Well, DS5 of course, Fred Bruno, Stu Dent,
Mars Ill, Sintax, Listener, Playdough, Circumcised Mind, Dirt, and a few
others that never came out. I have to send a shout out to Dirt and Shadow
of the Locust; Dirt really was the first to put me on.
What influenced you to put out an
Actually, this record I am working on now is
not instrumental. It could in fact be called Beat Rabbi's DeepSpace5 album,
because all of the crew are heavily featured on it. But basically what
inspired is 1) I felt like the heads out there were not really getting what
I was all about, with a track here and there on different records. I wanted
to get a full musical expression out there for people to crunch on and
enjoy, to see what I can do and where I came from. 2) I was sick of waiting
for the next official DS5 record to come out, so I decided to combine idea
number one and get my crew on it, since they are just a SICK team of
What will listeners hear on your upcoming
freshman solo release?
They are gonna hear soulful beats and DS5
rhymes. I wanted to take this one back a little bit and really show my
influences as far as sound and feel. This record is about soulful hip hop,
not that itís a new concept or unique. But its like I needed put my own
version of it out there, I needed to express my own influences and love for
hip hop production through this record. So, by soulful, I mean that I'm
relying heavily on the soul, funk and jazz that hip hop grew out of. There
are gonna be lots of horns on this record for heads that like that kinda
Where do you get your inspiration for
Oh man. My inspiration comes from listening
to classic hip hop, listening to the records in my crates, and the lyrics
and flows of the DS5 MCs. The records in my collection contain some of the
funkiest and most soulful music ever put to recording...from people all over
the US and the world. Having a soulmine like that is very inspiring and
On an average, how long does it take to
create a Beat Rabbi beat?
It can really vary. I can get ideas out
relatively quickly and have a very basic beat pattern in about an hour, but
over time it will be refined and developed. I do not usually have long
blocks of time to spend on beats, so its gets done piecemeal. Then after
vocals are recorded, if I'm still involved, I change the beat more to fit
the vocals. So, the development life of a beat can last a long time in some
cases. Beats I made for this record a year ago are still getting updated
now that I have vocals coming in form MCs.
What can we look forward to in the near
future from Beat Rabbi, Deepspace5, and Circumcised Mind?
Well, other than my record (which probably
won't be done for awhile) you will catch some of my beats cropping up on
some new DS5 member albums. Other than production I really want to get into
some mix tapes. I want to do like a three volume mix for bboys, and mix of
original samples that were used by classic Christian hip hop groups, like
SFC, FOS and OGGs. These projects have been on my schedule forever, and I
have a hard time finding time to do them, but I am serious about it.
DeepSpace5 has a lot of stuff about to be
ready to come out: Listener, Illtrip, Fred B, Sivion, Mars Ill, Sev Statik,
Stu Dent, Sintax, Playdough, PC, and I think even Labklik all have completed
records or are at least in the works for the people.
As far a Circumcised Mind, I don't know if
there will ever be another album with that name, but like I said, before I
would definitely like to work with Apologetic on something else in the
Any last words?
Just wanna say wattup to the whole DS5 crew
and any fans that may be out there. Thank you and Aphire for the
opportunity to talk about things. And a quick shout to my beautiful wife.
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