Free Spirit, Free Mind

Future and TNGHT sit down in a special edition of Pitchfork’s Selector (rare to have both the rapper and producer(s) featured…at the same damn time…sorry…but it HAS happened one other time). The astronaut speaks about his next album, his approach to writing and Dungeon Family influence (or lack thereof), and working alongside Mike WiLL (how he is a “real producer”). Lunice and Hudson Mohawke then speak on their creative process, collaborating with/producing for rappers, and things related.

Why Do You Think It Sucks?

Despot and El-P go through the Pitchfork Selector wash process. They make rap happen over a rather tuff sounding country rap tune beat…titled “Harlem Shake” (?????????). Despot, a noted modern dance historian, will tell you why that makes sense and why there is a sense of urgency tied to anything bearing such a title…and that he can 1-up El-Producto in a game of monotonic sarcasm rants.

Uhh Freestyle?

Chief Keef gets the Pitchfork Selector treatment. Props to Eavvon for not throwing the desk in which he was sitting over some of those answers. Props to Skywlkr for fucking up whatever he fucked up.

Damn Whitney

The Danny Brown documentary as presented by Features interviews with his innermost sanctum (his parents, brother and members of the Bruiser Brigade), in-studio footage (including him laying down guest verses to some yet-to-be-released shit), backstage at Dilla Day, and a crazy twist revolving around Whitney Houston (R.I.P.). Enjoy Detroit State Of Mind.

Hook To Hook

Waka Flocka is an open flood gate for quotables…no shit…but to have a relatively earnest conversation with the guy about his sound (Lex Luger vs. Southside …in a production battle to the death) and writing process, while gettin’ inked up? LEVELS.

No, no, no, wait…he truly wins for being the most serious about his not taking himself so seriously. This might be the best Selector freestyle yet. Dead ass.

What You Said?! Margarine Like Butter?!

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire gets the Selector treatment from Pitchfork…in a strip club “dressing room.” Sounds like a winning set up right? Well, the positives stay on the somewhat obvious…eX speaks his mind and keeps things 100…and strippers like Valentine cards. The unfortunate shortcoming of this feature? Both beats, as explained in the interview segment, are wack.

Regardless, the shit is still an entertaining view.

Part 1

Part 2 – Freestyle …with pole dancing…hilarity.

Big up Meech for the heads up.

Beats Talk To Me‘s Selector series has been uniting rappers with (usually) stylistically unconventional, to that of each rapper, producers since 2010. By this week in 2012, the smoke has cleared away and the Internet is left with a little crop of viewables featuring the rappers, and sometimes the producers as well. What was the best thing they could’ve done to follow-up? Yup. Here’s the first Selector Mixtape which boasts all of the freestyles for your listening pleasure.’s Selector Mixtape Vol. 1

Aside from the quality freestyles that occurred from this series, the illest part is the interview/beat-picking videos, in which the MC processes-then-vocalizes what each beat “means” to him. Arguably, for the music nerd in you, the best shit is seeing how the string of theoretical viewpoints on instrumentation continues from rapper to rapper; especially due to the varied degree of age and career-level amongst those chosen for these segments (DJ Quik, whose produced for Whitney Houston and Jay-Z, got crazy techy with a laser’s precision).

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