featuring the hottest Hip Hop Production!
is the spot where you'll see upcoming producers as well as established veterans
in the game. Alot
of people don't know what goes into production. This will be the section where
we feature the hottest producers on the scene. Each month we'll bring to you
a new producer along with their background. THIS
MONTH'S FEATURE IS: MONTANA TRAXX
Montana Trax, aka 26-yearold
Kevin Butler of Memphis, Tennessee.
I used to sneak in the classroom sometimes and just sit in the booth and talk to the instructor and ask him about key points, he remembers. Throughout my high school career I was playing drums, I was in the band playing trumpet, so music was always with me. Once I graduated, I bought a drum machine, and havent looked back since.
Perseverance to his craft along with undeniable talent put Montana in the path of revered locals 8Ball & MJG, of whom he was a longtime fan. A few years ago, he made a beat that sampled from Willie Hutchs Theme of Foxy Brown, and a friend who knew MJG said that it sounded like something they could flow on and passed it along; a few weeks later, MJGs manager was calling to say that they wanted to work with Montana.
I had a smile so big on my face, because I had never done anything like this and never been in a position to be around platinum-selling artists, he says.
The young producer knows the daunting odds that he has beaten, and continues to be nothing but appreciative of the chance to prove himself. Now, joining forces with 8 Ways Entertainment makes Montana an unstoppable force.
Man, its rare.
Its very rare. But, we just took into each other like brothers. Ball
and G both, theyre some real down guys and I thank them for the opportunity.
When it came to doing his own full-length
project, however, it was really important to Montana to produce an album that
represented Memphis and also united artists within the city. The end result
illuminates some of the finer dimensions of the talent there.
Montana doesnt disappoint; hell give them all something to listen to and feel. From synth-driven club joints and eerie minor key soundscapes that could score the scariest horror flick to laidback, playalistic jams for fly rides and straight-up whimsical head-nodders, Da Boy Somethin Great introduces Montana and his Hy Lyfe label to the world. It boldly highlights the studio versatility that keeps Montana both excited to work, and in demand.
The stuff that I have coming up is a new sound from what my peers are doing, but at the same time I still incorporate the flavor of Memphis artists that I grew up on like Three* Six Mafia and 8Ball & MJG.
Next for Montana will be releasing albums from Gutta, Mac E, Ghetto (the youngest at 19), and female MC Loko on his Hy Lyfe labelartists who all do their thing on Da Boy Somethin Great. Hes also been dabbling in film. Musically, expect Montana Trax to continue to push the boundaries of what people expect not only from Memphis, but from hip-hop itself.
Last Month's Feature: WONDER ARILLO