Hip Hop On the Fly
By Stephanie Jorgl
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So I got myself a couple of computer programs and messed around with them. Then I got into the MPC2000 and started sequencing on that. Then I got into Cubase and Reason, and now theres no turning back, says Muska. Whenever Im not skateboarding, Im working on music.
Always on tour skateboarding, Muska missed having access to a studio. I was going crazy because I couldnt make music, says Muska. So I got a PowerBook, the PC300 USB-connected keyboard and Cubase.
We got Biz Markie first. explains Muska. Hed played the video game where Im one of the characters, so he agreed.
In the summer 2002, Muska decided he wanted to produce a hip hop record featuring the all-time greats of hip hop. So, he used his connections and persistence to recruit Biz Markie, Afrika Bambaataa, Raekwon, U-God, Melle Mel, Guru, KRS-One, Jeru, Prodigy, McLyte, Special Ed, Ice-T and Flavor Flav to sing on tracks for his first CD release, MuskaBeatz. All but three tracks were recorded on a PowerBook during a two-week period in Muskas room at New Yorks Soho Grand Hotel.
A New Audience
We got Biz Markie first Dave ran into him here at the Hyatt when he was DJing out for the Oscars. Dave told him I was making an album and hed played the video game where Im one of the characters, so he agreed, says Muska.
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