Hi-Tek - 1995 - 1997 MPC 60II/60 Instrumentals Bundle (3xLP - Fat Beats Exclusive Vinyl)
After 25 years of living his dream as one of hip hop’s most respected producers, Hi-Tek is digging back into his roots with a brand new trio of instrumental vinyl LPs in 2023.
Each featuring a selection of restored and remastered beats, carefully chosen from an archive of DAT tapes. These LPs manage to both provide a window into Tek’s development and to shine light on the work of an already enormously-talented musician whose beats would’ve sounded right at home on classic releases from the mid-1990s.
“Beatbox Studios (1995 MPC 60II) is the first of the series, having learned to make beats off of borrowed equipment as a teenager, the aspiring DJ/producer born as Tony Cottrell achieved a break of sorts when he was hired in 1995 to manage one of the rooms at Beatbox Studios, a sprawling complex in the Clifton neighborhood in Cincinnati. It became the go-to-spot in town for emerging talent, giving him a chance to learn about the intricacies of recording and to sharpen his communication skills with artists to maximize their performance The gig also gave Tek plenty of down time to practice on and to master the studio’s Akai MPC 60II while making his own music. It was around this time he began to collaborate with the top rap talent in Cincinnati, and he started regularly visiting New York City to plant seeds for new relationships in the industry.
“Beatbox Studios 2 (1996 MPC 60II)” is the second volume of the series, building on the styles showcased on the first “Beatbox Studios” LP, Hi-Tek was clearly developing his own personal style on the studio’s in-house Akai MPC 60II sampler. The drums were swinging more; the grooves were deeper; the bass thumped harder. Even when choosing familiar samples, he was chopping them in fresh and unexpected ways, which would eventually help shape his signature sound.
“Werk Road (1997 MPC 60)” is the third volume of the series, 1997 is when the name Hi-Tek began to develop a global buzz, largely due to the combustible indie-rap scene. He’d moved on from the now-shuttered Beatbox Studios in his hometown of Cincinnati and began building his first proper home studio in his new apartment on Werk Road. With a borrowed Akai MPC 60 drum machine as the foundation, he began churning out beats at a more prolific rate than ever.
Fat Beats Exclusive Vinyl Bundle Contains:
- x1 copy of Hi-Tek - Beatbox Studios (1995 MPC 60II) (LP - Orange Vinyl)
- x1 copy of Hi-Tek - Beatbox Studios 2 (1996 MPC 60II) (LP - Red Vinyl)
- x1 copy of Hi-Tek - Werk Road (1997 MPC 60) (LP - Blue Vinyl)
Hi-Tek - Beatbox Studios
He Is DJ Hi-Tek (Original Instr)
People In The Universe
Good Shit Interlude
Hi-Tek - Beatbox Studios 2
The Next Level
Same Old Song
Big Drum Drip
Hi-Tek - Werk Road
Peace on Earth
Rock the Party
2000 Seasons Instr
Long over Due
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