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J-Zone Lunch Breaks – Video Interview

10 Nov


Redefinition Records sat down with the multi-talented J-Zone at his Queens NY studio for a conversation about his musical roots, why he started playing drums, and the ideas behind his latest project, “Lunch Breaks”
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Enter the world of J-Zone, the self-proclaimed jack of all trades / master of none (mc / producer / drummer / author). Truth be told, Zone is one of Hip Hop’s most underrated artists. The Queens NY native earned his stripes as an MC / producer with a string of unique and critically acclaimed albums in the late 90’s-2000’s on Fat Beats Records before taking a hiatus from music. Zone recently made an impact as an author, with his honest and humorous look at his experiences in the music biz in “Root For The Villain.” Since then, J has seemingly recharged his battery and jumped back into the music biz with more enthusiasm than ever, releasing a full-length album called “Peter Pan Syndrome” in 2013, and more recently, the thought provoking anti-hater anthem, “Map Rap” on 7″ vinyl. J has also been DJing popular parties from NY to Chicago including the NY nightlife staple, Mobile Mondays.

Redefinition Records & The Drum Broker are proud to bring you J-Zone’s ‘Lunch Breaks’ on vinyl & cassette formats. What is lunch breaks? It’s a compilation of original and familiar drum breaks performed and recorded by J-Zone. This break record/album is a must have for any drum aficionado, beatmaker, producer, or J-Zone fan. As a writer, producer, MC, and now Drummer, the “Chief Chinchilla” has earned himself a cult following that deserves nothing less than full attention.

These are must have drums, especially for sampling producers, DJs and production enthusiasts. Includes 9 bonus tracks not available on the digital version.

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Video by @redefrecords
Additional photos courtesy of Dan Love
Thanks to J-Zone, Drum Broker, Strictly Cassette & K-Def

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Behind The Beat – A$AP Rocky ‘Ghetto Symphony’ feat. A$AP Ferg & Gunplay

21 Oct


Presented by The Drum Broker:

Behind The Beat of A$AP Rocky’s ‘Ghetto Symphony’ feat Gunplay and A$AP Ferg.

NY Native & Producer V Don talks about his come up, placements, and breaks down how he made ‘Ghetto Symphony’

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Behind The Beat with Jake One – 3 Kings (Dr. Dre, Rick Ross, Jay Z)

10 Sep

Download Jake One’s – Snare Jordan Vol. 3 Drum Kit Here:

Following the official release for his beat makers paging, Snare Jordan 3 Drum Kit, Jake One wanted to invite us for a look inside the creation process of “3 Kings.” The popular Rick Ross single with JAY Z and Dr. Dre was one of Jake’s biggest instrumentals in his career of creating beats. After first hearing Drake’s “Lord Knows,” he was inspirited to share his gospel sample sounds to hip-hop.

When he sent the beat originally to Aftermath Records for Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre would soon send to Rick Ross and would have to wait nearly a year before he found out the track’s fate. Jake would soon find out JAY Z was set to be featured on the final release and the rest was history after Funkmaster Flex held an hour premiere.

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Apollo Brown Making Beats – Rhythm Roulette

25 Jul

Another dope Rhythm Roulette featuring Apollo Brown. Shout out to the guys over at Mass Appeal for keeping this dope series going!


Behind The Hustle – R8D!O (Video)

8 Jul

Dope video from featuring an interview with R8D!O

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Troy “R8D!O” Johnson was born into the music industry. His first word was “tape” (as in what people listened to before CD’s.) There was obviously no question in what direction his career was going. By high school, he got his first major music placement and publishing deal. Since then, he has worked with Solange, Will Smith, Rihanna and many more. R8D!O is a Music Producer, Songwriter, as well as a Sound Engineer, so he knows what he is doing in the studio and how to make a hit. Hear his story, take some advice and get inspired. 


Behind the Beats with The Drum Broker – Introducing ‘Beat Butcha’

16 Jun


Brought to you by The Drum Broker

The Drum Broker is proud to introduce veteran hip hop producer ‘Beat Butcha’ one of the most talented hip hop producers in the game. Beat Butcha has produced for the likes of Danny Brown, Mac Miller, G-Unit, Mobb Deep, Prodigy, Sean Price, Lloyd Banks, Curren$y, & Mr. Probz to name a few

Directed and Edited by Ryan Calavano

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Damu The Fudgemunk – “Rhythm Roulette”

18 Jan

Damu The Fudgemunk talks drums with Mass Appeal on their Rhythm Roulette Series


J-Zone In The Studio: Limitations and Mistakes

18 Jan

J-Zone breaking down his thoughts and philosophy on technology and how it relates to hip hop production. Breaks down why he didn’t use his MPC2K for his new album and alot more! Very insightful and entertaining!

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Jake One Behind The Beat of Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rain

10 Nov

Jake One breaks down how he made Chance The Rapper’s – Acid Rain in this exclusive “Behind The Beat” video from The Drum Broker!

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Scratch Magazine TV – Behind The Beats with Kwame

5 Nov


Gadget and crew traveled to Jersey to interview the once-proclaimed boy genius. Kwame discusses everything from his production, getting jacked by Eminem, his admiration of Kool G. Rap, and his love for Go-Go music. Special appearance by Kev Brown.

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