Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO - 9/28/09

SMART IS THE NEW COOL - 9/28/09

This is the September 28th, 2009 Episode of SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO!! We're Back people... with a new attitude, new direction and new purpose to Win!! You can check Us out Each and Every from 4p - 6p on
http://dresthabeatnik.ning.com and click the SMART IS THE NEW COOL tab on the Site!! Till then enjoy this weeks show and support the Artists on the Playlist!!!



SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO Playlist 9/28/09

______________________________________________

Golden Void by Alex Goose
3 Words by The Reservoir Dogs
A Star Is Born by Jay-Z & J. Cole
Bread Sandwiches by Bernard Wright
Healer (Remix) by Erykah Badu f. Pharoahe Monch
Baby Phat '09 by Skillz f. Colin Munroe
D.O.A.(Remix) by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears
Reelfire by Foreign Beggars
Owner Of A Lonely Heart by YES
Close Call by 88-Keys f. Phonte
Could Heaven Be Like This by Idris Muhammad
New Wu by Raekwon f. Ghostface Killah & Method Man

Friday, September 11, 2009

THE GRAND CONDUCTOR is HERE!!!



This is the Tracklist for My Latest Offering to the World... The Album is called "THE GRAND CONDUCTOR". This Album is a Collection of My Journeys in this Hip Hop game. I'm a HUMAN BEATBOXER, MC, HOST & PRODUCER and You'll hear every facet of that on this Offering. With Guest Appearances from KILLER MIKE, ANTHONY DAVID, THE THUNDAKATZ, DJ RASTA ROOT, MINAMINA GOODSONG, CYPHER LINGUISTICS, ISHUES, TEABAG da HERBALIST, SLICK & ROSE, INFINITE DoP, QUALM SCOTT, G.A.G.E. MONEY & British Philosopher ALAN WATTS!!!

With Production by The BEAT BULLIES, RICKY RAW of DROP BOMBZ, THE THUNDAKATZ, PGNUT of MINAMINA GOODSONG, ANTHONY DAVID, Top cat of MASS COMM, Mr. RASSLIN, HANO LEATHERS & JORMA STARRETT of ATTICA SOUND & D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik!!

THE GRAND CONDUCTOR

1. SURROUNDED BY GREATNESS – Cypher Linguistics & D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced By Ricky Raw)

2. MICROPHONE FITNESS SESSION (LIVE) – D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced By Anthony David / Cuts by DJ Rasta Root)

3. MY PART OF TOWN (LIVE) – D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Originally Recorded by TUFF CREW)

4. HOW I MAKE MY LIVING (Skit) – Denzel Washington & Cynda Williams
(Excerpt from the Motion Picture “MO BETTER BLUES”)

5. ELEVATION – D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik f. Infinite DoP & Qualm Scott
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik & Top Cat for MASS COMM Prod.)

6. STOP BITIN’ – Ishues f. Teabag da Herbalist & D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by Hano Leathers & Jorma Starrett for Attica Sound)

7. THE SURE SHOT – G.A.G.E. Money f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik)

8. B.E.A.T.N.I.K. – D.R.E.S tha BEATnik
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik/ Cuts by DJ QUIZ/ Intro by DJ MAFIOSO)

9. SLOPPY UP – MinaMina Goodsong f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by PGNUT for Plainswalkerz)

10. SHININ STAR – The Thundakatz f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by Mel for The Thundakatz)

11. SIGHT BEYOND SIGHT –
D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik f. Infinite DoP, Nickel Bag Shag & Crimson Jihad
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEAtnik)

12. RAP IS DEAD – Killer Mike f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by The BEAT BULLIES)

13. ATL SUNSHINE – Anthony David f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by Anthony David for Soup & Sandwich Prod.)

14. RENDEZVOUS (Interlude) – D.R.E.S. tha BEAtnik f. CoCo Sex-C
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik & Anthony David)

15. RENDEZVOUS – D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by Shawty Plx for Mr. Rasslin Prod.)

16. MILK & HONEY (LIVE) – D.R.E.S. tha BEAtnik f. Slick & Rose
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik)

17. A GAME THAT’S WORTH THE CANDLE – Alan Watts


CLICK THE LOGO to DOWNLOAD!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Power Supply

This is from THE ATLANTA CREATIVES PROJECT... Check them out at http://www.theatlantacreatives.org

Dres tha Beatnik's Power Supply



please click image to enlarge

Atlanta has long been a diverse music hub for aspiring musicians everywhere. Sure the city is known a bit more these amongst music circles for the catchy hip-hop coming from the city's studios but this city gives music lovers much more than that. We sat down with Dres the Beatnik recently to talk music.

Dres tha Beatnik first met Atlanta in 1991. He came here to attend Clark Atlanta University but due to the ever so infamous financial aid woes, Dres spent two years at the University before transferring to Temple and returning to Philadelphia. But Atlanta wasn't quite ready to just let Dres go like that. After receiving his BA in Marketing from Temple in '95, Dres was offered a job with a market research firm which he accepted. That same job brought Dres back to Atlanta shortly after, well Dunwoody, and he's been here ever since.

Dres tha Beatnik is someone that many would consider to be an avid music fan. He really listens. And he should be listening closely as Dres tha Beatnik is not only a hip-hop lyricist but a beatboxer as well. Not to mention, his current favorite toy (his iPod) has over 27,000 songs.

"Music has always been in my life. I grew up with it in my household. Jazz, Motown, TSOP, some gospel... that was in my home," says Dres, "It's always been there it's just [that] I grew up in one of those households where you couldn't really pursue what you wanted to do until you did what you had to do. Hence going to college, getting a degree."

But it wasn't until college that Dres realized he could probably really do something with his passion for music. Though he had a brief stint in Atlanta his first go round, when he came back to the city he really began to explore his passion more. Dres was quickly soaking up the music scene and making himself a staple amongst the local hip-hop crowd. Twelve years later, Dres is still making music and increasingly becoming more involved with Atlanta and the Atlanta music scene. There's even a portrait of him hanging in the Barbershop on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne".

"I like to think that I'm blessed in the fact that I'm able to walk into many different circles and I don't take it for granted. All of those experiences help me. There's a side to atlanta that i know everybody doesn't know about, I think atlanta has influenced me in the fact that this is a town that is comprised of immigrants and natives and there's a pretty decent marriage between the two. In regards to hip-hop, there's a whole different war but it has nothing to do with some of the artists, has to do with media and that's sad," said Dres.

When asked about his favorite artists in the city, Dres provides a long list of both veterans and new faces. His list includes: Noot D'noot, Jaspects, Proton, Binkis Recs, Senor Kaos, Brittany Bosco, Algebra, Le Castlevania, Van Hunt, Anthony David, Hollyweerd and Sean Falyon.

"It's crazy, I've actually managed to play with all of my favorite artists in Atlanta. But really anyone who's doing it and doing seriously [is a favorite]," said Dres.

And of course Dres has his list of other Atlanta favorites. Like his favorite toy, Simon. Of course other favorites he wasn't so willing to give up.

"My favorite place to go get a drink is The Independent. My fortress of solitude is the patio of Caribou Coffee at Peachtree and Piedmont. My favorite place to look at the city is actually a rooftop of a business office on Means Street. My Favorite sandwich shop is Marcos Pita though no one can ever fuck with the chicken sandwich at The Local (a lot of my hang out spots involve food, forgive me). Favorite place for brunch is Gravity on Dekalb ave. Aside from that home," Dres said.

Neda was inspired for her portrait of Dres by one of his very own childhood photos taken by his mother. It's the infamous photo of a young Dres singing into an extension cord that can be found on his MySpace or Facebook.

"According to my mom, she wasn't feeling good that day and I wanted to cheer her up. So there was an Earth, Wind and Fire (EWF) song on and I started immitating EWF for my mom. I started lip synching 'Reasons' by EWF and she said it made her feel better. And my mom was the biggest shutterbug ever, she had to take pictures of everything," Dres said.

Dres finds his inspiration to continue through his 9-year-old daughter and describes his signature sound as love. His creative process is simple: just listening. These days you can currently find his listening to a few retro tunes.

"I'm in my Retro kick right now. [Laughs] Listening to "New Life" by Intro, "Searching for Tomorrow" by Switch and a few others," Dres said.

Now, Dres is getting ready to head to Shanghai, China with stops in Maccau and Hong Kong. He has residency at Club BonBon in Shanghai. He will be conducting beatboxing clinics and lectures while also emceeing and DJing. Visit dresthabeatnik.ning.com to learn more.

Photo by: Neda Abghari
Interview by: Hadiyah Daché