Legendary hip-hop producer Just Blaze recently paid a visit to Snoop Dogg’s GGN show. The New Jersey native spoke on numerous topics including his current projects, work in the EDM world, and more. Watch the full interview below.
Projects he’s currently working on ~ 1:20
Growing up on both hip-hop and house ~ 3:00
Overseas fans and their love for hip-hop ~ 5:30
Performing at EDM festivals and working with Baauer ~ 7:00
DJs being recognized as artists ~ 8:35
Non hip-hop artists he wants to work with ~ 10:05
Various questions ~ 12:10
Related: Watch Just Blaze’s Throwback Set for Boiler Room
Two weeks ago, the Boiler Room threw a party in London to explore the intersections between soul, hip-hop and house. One of the highlights of the night was a set by Just Blaze, who has produced classics like Cam’ron’s “Oh Boy,” Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement,” and Fabolous’ “Breathe.”
Though Blaze is best known for his work in hip-hop, the New Jersey native grew up on house and has even released some of his own house productions. Considering his diverse background and in-depth knowledge of various musical styles, it only makes sense that the Boiler Room would enlist him for such an event.
Thankfully, like all Boiler Room sets, Blaze’s entire performance is now available to stream on YouTube. Watch his hour-long set above, which covers various eras and genres, including soul, house, and hip-hop.
Related: Just Blaze Interview with DJcityTV
Mass Appeal has released another episode of Rhythm Roulette. The latest episode features renowned hip-hop producer Just Blaze, who has produced for the likes of Jay Z, Eminem, and Kanye West.
Rhythm Roulette invites producers to show off their skills by participating in a challenge. The producer selects three random records while blind-folded in a record store, and in turn, makes a beat by sampling them.
This time, Just Blaze visits Generation Records in Manhattan, New York. Watch to see what records he picks and how he uses his production expertise to lay down a beat.
Related: Mannie Fresh Makes Beat Out of Three Random Records
Just Blaze, Khrysis and Che Pope at the “Beatmaker Roundtable.” (Drew Gurian/Red Bull)
Last month, Native Instruments and Red Bull Music Academy put together a discussion panel called the “Beatmaker Roundtable.” The event took place in New York City during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival and featured influential hip-hop and R&B producers Just Blaze, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, and Che Pope. Thankfully, Native Instruments has now uploaded a video of the entire discussion to their YouTube channel.
While Jay Z collaborators Just Blaze and 9th Wonder are well-known in the hip-hop world, you might not have heard of Khrysis and Che Pope. Khrysis has engineered and produced for artists like Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Problem, and Talib Kweli and Pope has been head of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label since 2011. He’s also a Grammy-winning producer, having contributed to numerous projects, including The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
The two-hour video contains a multitude of production and business wisdom, even if you’re not a Maschine user. We highly recommend watching it from start to finish, and if you can’t see it all in one sitting, break it up into pieces and watch them separately.
Related: Just Blaze on Ghost Producing, the Rise of DJs, and More
Just Blaze a.k.a. Justin Smith has produced some of hip-hop’s biggest anthems in his decade-plus career. From JAY Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” and Cam’ron’s “Oh Boy,” to Fabolous’ “Breathe” and JAY Z’s epic “Public Service Announcement,” his production credits go deep and have earned him a reputation as one of the greats.
The New Jersey native has always had a love for all types of music, regardless of the genre. Last year, Just Blaze teamed up with trap superstar Baauer for a massive collaboration titled, “Higher.” The track quickly became a hit and couldn’t have been titled better — as it not only helped merge the worlds of hip-hop and EDM but also introduce Just Blaze to an entirely new generation.
While best known as a hip-hop producer, Just Blaze started out as a DJ and currently co-hosts a weekly event at New York’s Webster Hall called, “House Party.” He’s also performed at influential EDM festivals such as Ultra and HARD. DJcityTV recently caught up with the legend to pick his brain about the rise of DJs, the practice of ghost producing, what it takes to be an amazing DJ, and more. Watch the full interview above.
Related: Just Blaze Discusses the Making of Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement”
Legendary DJ/producer Just Blaze is famous for producing hits for JAY Z and other rappers but has evolved throughout the years and is stronger than ever. In the latest episode of Serato’s Icon Artist Series, Blaze reflects on his unusual beginnings as a DJ and shares insights that all DJs can learn from.
“I was the weird dude that would show up to the high school or college rave, playing rave records but scratching them like they were hip-hop records.”
“I don’t care if you use pots and pans, whatever you use, as long as the party rocks, that’s all that matters.”
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