The producer of hip hop known as Mo Beatz has released his latest single, “Black Devils.” The track is the followup official single to his 2013 LP record, “Mo Better Beatz than Blues.” Both have been proudly published on the Mo Better Beatz independent record label. Shadowy, crisp and bearing a razor-sharp edge, “Black Devils” by Mo Beatz is evidence that this Nigerian-born hip-hop artist is here to stay.
Mo Beatz cites as main artistic influences such titanic names as Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, John Lennon, Pete Rock, and J. Dilla. His own style on “Black Devils” takes cues from the early '90s hip-hop tracks, many of the best of which which used sparse, deep beats and minimalistic loops, often with eerie melody lines to create a subtly nightmarish ambiance. This atmosphere is thick in “Black Devils,” and Mo Beatz uses it expertly to provide a rolling groove that pulses like a beating heart and pours from stereo speakers like running water.
Producer Mo Beatz describes his latest track in no uncertain terms.
“'Black Devils,'” he writes, “is a dark and bass-heavy track that you can ride to in the car, and also hear bounce from wall to wall through the speakers as deejays blast it in the clubs.”
Mo Beatz cut his teeth in the hip-hop scene of the 1990s, but soon grew tired of working with other producers and began working in the studio himself. In not much time, his beats were in high demand for up-and-coming singers and rap artists. This, also, would come to an end.
“However,” his official artist's bio relates, “due to the lack of freedom, airplay, respect for the underground artists and their creativity, and the constant changes in the music industry, Mo Beatz decided to take a break from music and went on a little hiatus. During this time,he would listen to some of his favorite music and got inspired from instrumental albums by such artists as J. Dilla and Madlib.”
It was this deep appreciation he felt for these talented performers which sparked his renewed vigor as a musician in his own right. Nevertheless, his perspective had permanently altered. He would become an instrumental artist and composer, rather than merely a producer.
“I love making music,” he writes. “It's a passion of mine. The money is secondary, but the joy of making a song and having somebody else feel it is priceless. That's the validation.”
“Black Devils” by Mo Beatz is available online worldwide.
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