My Hip Hop & Black Culture class has been pretty great throughout the year, but the past week or so has been particularly cool. Last week Chris Conway & Charlie K from the Germantown-based hip hop trio Writtenhouse were our guests.
Last tues, Chris gave the lecture about “finding the perfect” beat. He taught on the progression of DJing and producing beats and development over time. He pulled out some obscure clips to show how producers built up parts of songs. I never realized Kweli’s Get By was built by Kanye using Sinnerman by Nina Simone-at 5:19ish, 8:29 in particular. Both songs are amazing.
On Thurs, Chris & Charlie K talked about their creative process and Chris brought in the MPC to show us how he makes beats. The two of them and their 3rd member Kush have a lot of talent. Chris & Kush do their beats and keys live-building songs and beats out of broken down elements of other songs and adding their own flavor…Charlie K is the emcee.
These dudes were really cool, and are playing on May 2 at Studio 34 in West Philly, or if you are rich you can catch them at The Roots Picnic this summer. They are tentatively up for doing a show at circle of hope with psalters at some point! We’ll see.