All posts in November 2014

F**kin’ Kicking It with FKi (Exclusive Interview)


1st Down and Saucelord Rich create great music and work with some of the best artists of our time, but that won’t ever stop them from fucking kicking it (or FKi to shorten). This ATL duo have been making major moves in the game for longer than you may realize and have produced for/with some of the great from both the Hip hop and EDM spheres. However, this isn’t to say one could categorize these two under one specific sound classification. The music FKi makes doesn’t nessecarily transcend genres, but more accurately bulldozes over music’s arbitrary boundaries and coasts into the sunset with a middle finger raised high and proud. If genre-splicing is near an end, FKi has something to do with it. They were kind enough to answer my few questions in anticipation of their forthcoming EP. Onto our conversation.

Eargrub: Tell me about your new Every Day Matters EP from an insiders perspective:

1st: Well, we’re kind of hypocrites, actually. We know every day matters, but at the same time we don’t give a fuck. That’s where the name came from. As far as the sound, we’re just mashing up different genres. We don’t care what anybody else is doing.

Rich: We have actually been doing the same thing for a long time with our sound, you may not know.

1st: This project is also different for us because we have been through more stuff in life to make different kinds of songs and music. Our past music was really straight party music. But at some point everyone goes through the same shit in life with relationships, career, etc.

Eargrub: To the homie Saucelord Rich – How did you come up with such a great name?

Rich: All my life I felt like I was different from other people and had something different. Through my experiences and after being down for so long I realized what I have is the “sauce.” Not everyone has the sauce. I can eat a burger dry because I am the sauce. Then through my thinking, I believe I am a higher power, so I added “lord.” And “rich” is what everyone wants to be. That’s just keeping it one thowowow.

Eargrub: What do you think about the variety of acts coming out of Atlanta?

1st: The only people we care about from ATL are 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Bankroll Fresh, Key!, OG Maco, 2-9, Zues, and everyone in Zoolygvng. Zoolygvng is  the name of our Day One squad. Anyone else we don’t really only care about because we have our circle. Those are people we literally grew up with the past six or seven years. We’re our own version of New Atlanta.

Rich: I only want to make beats for 2 Chainz and Gucci Mane.

Eargrub: How did you link up with Travi$ Scott?

1st : We were in the studio with T.I. and he was acting like he didn’t like our beats, but he ended up introducing us to Travis that night. Then Travis hopped on a song we were doing with Iggy & Dro called “Hell You Sayin”. A couple months later we made the “Sloppy Toppy” track together at Treesounds Studios in Atlanta.

Rich: We originally made “Drugs You Should Try” as an FKi track because 1st was going through some shit. We sent it to Travis to get on but he ended up making his own version and dropping it.

1st: But that shit turned out so dope we weren’t even mad.

Eargrub: And adding to that, how does it feel to be only a mere two degrees of seperation from Yeezus?

Rich: We actually want to know how Kanye feels about being two degrees from FKi…

Eargrub: What are some of the things you would like to do with your music?

Rich: Bridge the gap between the artistry of rap and the electronic dance genre.

1st: We want people to know that everything we are doing is felt, not forced.

Eargrub: How did you get into producing and rapping? Which was first? Do you prefer one over the other?

Rich: We’ve been doing for both all of our lives since middle school. Period. We are the real originators of that.

1st: Yeah, we aren’t like these producers who just started rapping. We really have always been doing both. Engineering too. We don’t have to go anywhere to create our sound.

Eargrub: Only because I’m assuming it was, how HUGE was “Work” for y’all? Also, congrats on that recently going platinum!

Rich: Thank you first of all.

1st: It was amazing because it really showed that all the hard work we did with Iggy wasn’t wasted. She had been through so much too, so it was amazing to see her on the big screen in her first video. She was actually wearing a Zooly chain. It also showed people that we could work with any kind of artist, so it helped us showcase our talents in the pop world. And as corny as it sounds, it just shows that anything is possible. We really did all that by ourselves. We didn’t have any help up until that point. Shoutout to Peezy and Iggy.

Eargrub: Who would you list as your biggest personal influences?

1stGeorge Clinton, Timbaland, Lil B, The Neptunes, Diplo.

Rich: 2 Chainz & Gucci Mane. And Ron Isley. The Neptunes..

Eargrub: Some may be the same, but who are some of your dream collaborations?

1st: To make a project with Wayne – a full project though, not just one track. Same with Flosstradamus. And M.I.A.

Rich: 2 Chainz and Gucci Mane. And Bankroll Fresh, Kanye, and Loudpvck.

Eargrub: Explain the dynamic between you two. How do you think it helps when making music?

1st: A lot of people ask or think we are a group but we really are just two individuals who enjoy making music together. Also, we were friends first, so we understand each other. We are like the ying and yang. We both started making music in 7th grade, but we didn’t meet until 10th grade. We lived in the same neighborhood and met on the bus.

Eargrub: Favorite projects from 2014 that you aren’t on?

Rich: Gucci Mane Trap Lord 3 and Drake.

1st: Future, aka Trap Jesus, Bankroll Fresh, Wiz Khalifa and Diplo.

Eargrub: What’s next for FKi?

1st: Videos, more music, more EP collaborations with artists who inspire us. We are also about to create a new live show experience to go along with this new EP so definitely look out for those tour dates coming up. It’s a mashup of all genres from trap to festival, featuring live beat-making and the emcee element. Some shit you really haven’t seen before.

Obvious thank you’s go out to 1st and Rich for the interview but huge shouts to the homies over at [Matrix] Artists for reaching out and making the interview possible. I’ll be sure to link right here once their Every Day Matters EP drops. Keep endorsing good music, y’all.

Charlie Johns

Made In Heights – Panther


“Mythical Filth” is what they’re calling it. The extremely talented Made In Heights duo is back with a string-laden track titled ‘Panther‘. This track is a teaser for their forthcoming album set to drop sometime in early 2015. I couldn’t be more excited to see what the duo churns out. While you wait for the release, lay down and click play. It should go by pretty fast.

– Dave


Panic At The Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies (Kasum Remix) + Show Review


Almost a year ago, Eargrub was given the unique opportunity to sit down with Kasum and learn a bit about him and his music. Since playing that opening set for 3LAU, he has managed to build an even bigger name for himself, playing more and more live sets and pumping out masterful remix after remix. His most recent release, a remix of Panic at the Disco’s I Write Sins Not Tragedies, is no exception. Kasum preserves his melodic style in another signature punk rock remix, but also manages to successfully dabble with some trap– just in time to absolutely kill last night’s opening set for LOUDPVCK. I was lucky enough to be in attendance, and let me just say that it was a pretty damn good time. Can’t wait for what this guy churns out next, and based on a recent tweet, it might just be his first original.

– Jerry


A$AP Ferg – Doe-Active


I’m going to be perfectly honest: I was getting worried that Trap Lord would be Ferg’s peak. The singles that we’ve been hearing off of Ferg’s recently announced Ferg Forever mixtape haven’t been terribly impressive to this point, but I’m happy to say Ferg finally came through with that fire. In fact, based on a few recent tracks, I’m starting to think Ferg has some real slept on vocal ability. Fergenstein has shown he has loads of potential, so when he really tries, some immense talent shines through. On  SBTRKT’s recent single, Ferg’s flow and delivery came as a surprise to me; this wasn’t the rapper I was used to hearing. This was much more real, and felt vaguely upper-echelon.  On “Doe-Active”, Ferg is on a less robust, but far more energized and thumping beat. And, as you could predict with all that preface, he kills it on the vocals. He’s putting himself out there with a delivery that is insanely animated. My words fail me, but I’m so glad to know that he isn’t just coasting off of his previous success.

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Charlie Johns

Artist Spotlight: Tim Shopp

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A few weeks ago I was able to meet, hang out with, and witness a set from the up-and-coming hardstyle DJ and producer Tim Shopp. Even though hardstyle/hardcore can be kind of an acquired taste and definitely isn’t for everyone, there is one thing that is evident: Tim Shopp is full of energy. That energy oozed out of him with every track he played such as when he opened with “Street Regulator” by Minus Militia. From there, he kept ratcheting up the BPM, and with it, the collective excitement of the crowd. By the end of his set (which he closed with death metal), everyone was exhausted but very satisfied with Shopp’s performance. Even though I don’t live and die for hardstyle, it was an exciting concert to say the least; so if you’re looking for something new, check out Tim Shopp!

– Sam

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Oh Wonder – Body Gold (Louis The Child Remix)


Chicago’s very own Louis The Child have just released their latest remix to Oh Wonder’s ‘Body Gold’. The remix features some extremely wavy future bass production, lido-esque bells and catchy, melodic vocals. These guys are making waves right now and I would expect them to drop more fire very soon. For now, enjoy.

– Dave


Yung Lean – Volt (Official Music Video)

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It’s a damn shame Yung Lean seems to be stuck in his #SadBoys2001, pink-trucker-hat-wearing caricature that got him his initial buzz, because the dude has finally been showing he can make some really lush music. Personally, I haven’t had my moment with Yung Lean yet. There hasn’t been the track that wowed me enough to delve deeper into the emcee’s sound. Although, this song may very well have been it. The humble Arizona iced-out boy impressed me; he made someone who thought of him as the white guy who thinks he’s Lil B change his stubborn, pretentious opinion. Now, Yung Lean doesn’t rap particularly hard on “Volt”, nor does he sound too hungry, but he is making strides. This is really promising, because his team forges some really compelling, spacey, almost psychedelic instrumentals. Once that whole package is there and running like the well-oiled machine it’s destined to be, the Hip hop world is their oyster.

Peep the trippy video to “Volt” below.

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Charlie Johns

Adam Snow – Sleep


Washington D.C based Adam Snow has just dropped a new tune ‘Sleep‘. If the production on Tayyib Ali’s work didn’t convince you of this producers skill, then hitting play on this track should suffice. Sleep features some sweeping synths, beautiful percussion and vocals that are synthesized to perfection. Happy humpday everyone, enjoy the latest. (Oh, and snag the free download below)

– Dave


Pink Feathers – Ghosts


RAC keyboardist and solo act Pink Feathers has just dropped a new song called ‘Ghosts‘. I was lucky enough to catch RAC accompanied by Pink Feathers this year at Electric Forest and there’s no doubt she’s got talent. From holding the stage together with her vocals, to bringing an insane amount of energy, Pink Feathers has this whole indie-pop thing figured out. Enjoy the latest!

– Dave


Marc Vinyls – Reality Vs. Fiction

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Connecticut is full of up and coming emcee’s, and Marc Vinyls is one of them. With the release of his recent Ep Reality Vs Fiction Marc shows proof that he really has the skills that it takes to make it in the game. In addition to Marc Vinyls talent he also has a unique style, mixing classic hip hop with a new school sound, and covers topics that most emcee’s are scared to. Overall this project is something unique and I’m looking forward to hearing his debut mixtape which comes out this Spring.