Mic’d Up: A Conversation With ICYTWAT

While many beat-makers continue to recycle the same played out drum patterns followed by the corniest chord progressions, it is clear that change is needed. An architect of sound and imagination would best describe the producer known as ICYTWAT. Chicago’s very own has relentlessly aimed to achieve success through a catalogue of ingenuity and evolution. While navigating all realms of the music industry it is clear that ICYTWAT will remain dedicated and focused as he continues to rise in the ranks. We caught up with the multi-talented composer to expand on his life and legacy.

While growing up in Chicago it wasn’t much of an idea for ICYTWAT to enter the music industry. “Up until the 8th grade I didn’t know what I wanted to do. School was the main thing”, says ICYTWAT, “But 8th grade is when I heard about Tyler. Tyler, The Creator. Odd Future is a very big influence on me.” After being heavily inspired by what he was witnessing he made the decision to take production seriously and quickly began to neglect anything that wasn’t music. He began to recreate Odd Future instrumentals on Acoustica Mixcraft and his interest evolved into a hobby. “Once that became my hobby everything else was like fuck it. My grades dropped. I dropped out of school to do this shit. My motivation is always the music shit.” The desire to learn and the readiness to achieve drove a young man to develop a work ethic that couldn’t be replicated.

As time went by the gifted producer would find himself creating remixes and later developing the unique sound behind Divine Council that would captivate the world. Fans across the globe soon began to swarm in and display their unconditional support for the producer. The support received only fuels him to work relentlessly until satisfaction is accomplished. His drive for success is a clear indication of the longevity that can be expected. “I wanna be a legend. I wanna be fucking like.. Pharrell status. Timbaland status. I wanna be considered a great and I just wanna make people happy with my music. Just bring a good feeling to music.”

 

“The message that I’m trying to spread is that you can do anything that you want. Just believe in that shit. Don’t let nobody stop that shit.”

ICYTWAT acknowledges his love for Jazz and the influence it has on his art. His love for Roy Ayers is a major key. “I have a lot of Jazz influences and Funk influences in my music.” Blissful chords accompanied by his rare collection of influential mentors is what separates him from the masses. Being like the rest isn’t a challenge and ICYTWAT recognizes what it takes to achieve legendary status. His perseverance is evident and there is no way to deny his passion. The man will do whatever it takes to get the job done. This is evident while reflecting on the creative process of MILK. “Everybody fucked with the shit and I made it in my closet.”

While others are turning into zombies trying to cash in on clout, it is clear that this isn’t the case. Investing in himself and believing in his craft allows his growth to remain special. “I aspire to be like Pharrell, even like Metro Boomin. To be that guy that has a lot of chart topping songs. Every song on the Billboard I wanna see it produced by ICYTWAT or I wanna have something to do with it. I wanna change the way the music on the radio sounds. I just wanna change the feel of music.”

The world will soon have the name ICYTWAT embedded in their minds. We are excited to see the release of Dream Bwoy coming soon along with more blessings for the talented producer.

Be sure to follow ICYTWAT on Twitter & Instagram to stay updated for what’s next.

Huey Briss Provides The Cinematic Treatment With His New Video “Gil Scott Never Lied”

Grace Park Legend, Huey Briss, explodes onto the music scene with his vicious lyricism and blunt mentality unlike anything we have seen in this day and age. While many follow the mundane trends and microwave music that comes and goes so often, Huey leaves an impression that remains unforgettable. Directed by Christian O’Keefe & Michael Priestley, this raw visual crafted carefully takes you on an endless roller coaster of suspense and relentless creativity. It is clear that the producer and rapper duo that is Huey Briss & Nikobeats is a prime example of what others should learn from. The natural harmony and cohesiveness that is provided when the two come together is empowering.

Watch “Gil Scott Never Lied” (Ft. DJ Babu) below.
https://youtu.be/rdvFoIXWPbE

Pat Ron ‘This Time Last Year’

Dallas native Pat Ron emerges from the underground to deliver his new album This Time Last Year. The 14-track masterpiece embodies exactly what the great state of Texas is all about, authenticity and innovation. Pat enlists a great team of producers who all reside in Dallas such as D. Rein, Jugo, Bobby Tryll, TurboTaxxx, highwbu and Dezzy Andretti. We highly encourage our Smokers Club family to roll up and smoke 2 this!!! Stream This Time Last Year below.


Smoke 2 This: Dave East ft. Wiz Khalifa – “Phone Jumpin”

Dave East’s new album Paranoia is rolled heavy with features from the likes of  French Montana and Chris Brown–but the standout song comes with Wiz Khalifa. Wiz displays on this track why he’s kind of a big deal and his love for the dab life with lines like “Keep a low temp nail cause it’s all about taste.”

And Dave East brings that raw, Luke Cage vibe that has seen him soar in recent years:

Full album:

 

PREMIERE: Missouri Native Riley Teams Up With Maxo Kream For ‘Shots Fired’

Since exploding on the scene representing Missouri to the fullest, Riley continues to keep the flame lit with his latest offering. His new single “Shots Fired” featuring Maxo Kream is guaranteed to stay in heavy rotation. From the dark and infectious production to the illustrious flow this is something you don’t wanna sleep on. Listen to “Shots Fired” below.

PREMIERE: NYC-Based Collective Delivery Boys Follows Up Hit Single “Pissed Off” with “CHIRP” FT Michael Christmas

Riding high off of the momentum generated by the success of their song “Pissed Off”, the Delivery Boys continue to make waves in the NYC hip-hop scene with their follow-up release “CHIRP” (prod. Max Gertler). If you don’t know them by now, the budding hip-hop collective is composed of Max Gertler, Goldwood, Tyrin, Lost Boy, and producer NOTRUST.  The DBoys’ collaborative effort with Boston native Michael Christmas puts their musical versatility on full display, featuring a catchy hook, laid-back flows, and summer vibes aplenty. Listen to “CHIRP” below:

Listen to 80HD’s Latest Single Feat. Project Pat, Baby Shel & Eric Mayson

Producer 80HD decided to enlist the vocal services of Project Pat, Baby Shel and Eric Mayson on his new track “Etiquette.” The trippy instrumentals and synthy melodies come thru strong on this. Listen to “Etiquette” below.

Check Out Mulàn’s New Track “Pure”

We don’t know a whole lot about Mulan because they don’t divulge much about themselves publicly. Their new track “Pure” though is quite unconventional, but very dope.

Peep it out below:

North Carolina Rapper Elevator Jay Returns With “The River”

Elevator Jay releases “The River,” a new record from his upcoming project dropping on Aug. 1st titled Ain’t Nothin’ Finer. The self-produced track gets the perfect visual treatment as Jay raps from a boat floating through the river in his hometown of North Carolina reminding the world of his superb flow. Watch “The River” below.

Qu’ality’s New Single “More Like It’ Feat. Smoke DZA is Here!

Qu’ality told fans he had something for them earlier today and he’s keeping his word by dropping his new single called “More Like This.” Featuring Smoke DZA, the track drops on Q’s birthday and is a follow-up to his previously released project 22, which he put out in late June.

Peep out Qu’ality’s new jam below:

Cholo Goes Pulp Fiction in His New Video for “Say Hello to the Bad Guy”

Columbus, Ohio’s Cholo returns with a visual for “Say Hello to the Bad Guy.” Produced by Purps On The Beat and shot by Damien Sanchez and Chandler Childress, the video is very Pulp Fiction-ish and features quotes from Pablo Escobar, giving it an even more cinematic feel.

Peep it out below.

Check Out This New A$AP Rocky “RAF” Video Featuring Playboi Carti and Quavo

A$AP Rocky enlists Playboi Carti and Quavo for the track “RAF,” which originally premiered on Beats 1 Radio. Getting the typical Rocky quality treatment, this one’s eerie and really dope. Check it out below.