3 Oct 2015

SmokeyGotBeatz

From RNZ Music, 2:45 pm on 3 October 2015
John Campbell and SmokeyGotBeatz

John Campbell and SmokeyGotBeatz posted up at RNZ Auckland Photo: Andy Murnane

Casting your mind into the world of US West Coast hip hop, you wouldn't normally associate Auckland' suburb Onehunga has having much influence or relevance in the production of artists such as Kendrick Lamar,  Xhibit and Jay Rock.

However, beatmaker and producer SmokeyGotBeatz has been getting the attention and the nods from LA hip hop heads.

Sam Wicks catches up with Smokey and his manager Andy Murnane.

Producer SmokeyGotBeatz is part of an Onehunga-based hip hop collective with rappers Spycc & INF. This year, though, he’s been spending more time in LA than AK; after linking with Dawn Raid Entertainment’s Andy Murnane and joining his 1979 Management roster, Smokey has been placing beats with some of West Coast rap’s most influential names.

This includes getting a beat picked up by Top Dawg Entertainment’s Jay Rock, who chose one of his instrumentals for a song he would title ‘Parental Advisory’, featuring TDE label mate Kendrick Lamar. As Smokey explains, this was a connection made before he joined forces with Murnane.

“Jay Rock posted up a tweet to one of the in-house producers at TDE asking for some beats … I saw the tweet, so I replied to Jay Rock. I was like, ‘Yo, can I send some beats?’, and he was like, ‘Yeah’, so he gave me the email.

“Since then I’ve always been sending him beats, and then one day he asked me for the files for a particular beat, and I was like, ‘Whoa, do I have a placement?’ ... Next thing I know I’m getting calls from the heads of TDE about paperwork, and then the song got released – that’s basically what happened.”

Ahead of their latest West Coast run, Smokey and Murnane talk to Music 101's Sam Wicks about their AK-LA beat exporting enterprise.

Music details

Artist: Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar
Song: Easy Bake
Composer: J.McKinzie, K.Lamar, I.Libeau
Album: 90059
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment

Artist: Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar
Song: Parental Discretion
Composer: J.McKinzie, I.Libeau
Album: 90059
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment

Artist: SmokeyGotBeatz feat. King Lil G
Song: Let Me Ride, Get Rich Flip,
Composer: I.Libeau
Album: Unreleased
Label: 1979 Management

Artist: SmokeyGotBeatz feat. King Lil G
Song: Born 2 Be A Menace
Composer: I.Libeau, King Lil G
Album: Single
Label: 1979 Management

Artist: SmokeyGotBeatz feat. MC Eiht
Song: Big Bad CPT
Composer: I.Libeau, A.Tyler
Album: Single
Label: 1979 Management