PREMIERE: Beatnick & K-Salaam ft. Talib Kweli & Blu “Fight Night”
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If you don’t know the names Beatnick & K-Salaam, you probably need to start listening to some higher quality hip hop and reggae. This production duo hail from Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Beatnick was part of the bustling jazz scene, while K-Salaam was a DJ for Slug’s RhymeSayers label. When the two met up and recognized their potential together, they decided a move to New York would give them the best chance at success. Since then, they’ve racked up production credits for Nas, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Sizzla, Bun B, Junior Reid, Murs, Fashawn, Smif N Wessun, and tons more.
These two sound designers drop must-have producer albums with “who’s who” guest lineups, but their love of the culture is truly apparent in their deep-dig mixtapes and history lesson-like megamixes. They also recently released a full EP featuring reggae sensei Junior Reid!
Today we’re giving you the third single, “Fight Night,” from their upcoming The Bluest Flame album. The song features verbal pugilism by top tier MCs from both coasts. Talib starts off the track by flexing his icon status over the clean, crisp drums, and then Blu wastes no time going in for the kill. This verse shows why he is many producers go-to MC for features. He slays the comp with lines like: “put other purchases in hearses / kill the murder rate / life of the party, go home and murk the tape.” You need to peep this rn.
The Bluest Flame drops October 13 on Beatnick & K-Salaam Records / Empire Dist. You can pre-order the album on iTunes now.