Friday, January 30, 2009
Music is my dream and has been for a while, but sometimes I forget even I must do whatever it takes to get to the top. Don't take me out of context when I say that. What I mean is... THIS BUSINESS CAN BE VERY FRUSTRATING AT TIMES. I had a very important listening session today, and for some reason I got pretty upset at the fact that the other party wasn't on time. Most of the time I'm mad patient when it comes to this type of stuff. I was only waiting for about 45 minutes and was ready to leave! And a couple of months back I yelled at a friend because an A&R took an hour to get to the meeting. Sometimes we just have to put ourselves back in check. Even the biggest stars have to deal with the politics of the game. It never ends. You just have to be built for the music industry. It's the small situations like this that get you ready for it.
Stay Focused! Stay Humble!
When using the kik or snare I uploaded maybe add 2 more kiks to it, the kik I uploaded is good for depth, that roundness in a beat but you still need the punch. So don't be afriad to add maybe two more kiks and two snares under the clap. Trust me you can make more sounds by using these as your default sounds.
For all the producers that stop by I've uploaded a kik and a snare I personal made. This won't be the only time I'm just trying it out right now. Maybe I can get more people stopping by, more producers and creative people this way... I want this to be a place where your questions can be answered when it comes to production! So thats why I'm bribing you all lol enjoy.
Upload sooner then later link will expire in a couple days.
Shout out to the GRINCH
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I must address this for all the people who have asked and all the people who care to know why I changed my name. In Minnesota, I made a name for myself as Rock City. Everyone up until this point that does music and knows me, they know Rock City as my production name, but now that I'm officially in the industry I need a change. I guess you can say Obama inspired that...Ok not really, but the timing is perfect so I'm gonna say he inspired it anyway.
Those that follow industry artists know that Rock City is a group signed to Konvict Records (Akon). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1WeN3myvgM I heard of them a couple years ago and knew I might have to make that change one day. But at the time I wasn't thinking future; I was thinking right now. Everyone knew me as Rock City and my name was big at the time so why change it?
Now that I'm in LA and understand things a little bit better, I see that this was the best thing I could've done, for a couple of reasons. 1. Because I have always had the name Rocky. My momz gave me that name when I was one year old, so people that know me call me Rocky anyways. 2. Just the spelling changed: from Rocky to Rahki. Matter of fact, google Rahki. Nothing comes up, right? Now google Rocky, or Rock city, and you'll come up with a crazy amount of links to myspace pages and websites. With Rahki I'm able to make a name for myself...plus it LOOKS better anyway lol.
So there you have it. I've made my name change, my logo is in the works, new myspace page on the way, and new music with your favorite artists--all coming this year. LETS GO!!!!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Khalils always picking up the most random stuff for the studio LOL, well this week he picked up a new Organ and a nanopad I'll be showing the organ later on this week. The Korg nanopad is basically for Dj's on the road which is connected to your computer through USB. I've even used it with Reason it has a dope roll effect for drums that can be used for doing pop tracks or electronica. If you like that triple snare fill in your music you found the right machine. The cost of this is only about 40 bucks they also have the nanokontrol and nanokey. Click link below for more info.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Fellow producers! I know a couple of you stop by every now and then; you just don't leave comments lol. Anyway I have a word of advice. Some of you do this already and some don't: PLEASE back up your music! Have a backup drive for your backup drive. Seriously it's the best investment ever! I have two backup drives that I don't use. I back them up and then let them sit.
And to all the rappers/singers: you may not know too much about the tech world, but you should also have a back up drive that you bring to the studio so you can have your music at all times. Never depend on the engineer to have your music; it's not his or her music. On top of it all, most state-of-the-art studios have a policy that by the end of the night all music is erased off their computers, so you have no choice but to bring an external hard drive. Yeah...I know you rappers and singers are stars, but this way you have no problem accessing your own music when you need to send it to A&R's and record companies.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I came across this article the Star Tribune did on the Street Kings, a rap group from Minneapolis that I worked with for a couple of years. The article talks about the downfall of the group because the leader Twig a.k.a Brinks is locked up for 27 years. I just thought it was so crazy reading and thinking about how he was a free man a year ago, pushing the music just like me. The video above is a track I did with the Street Kings for my mixtape called "Who Made the Beat Bang," which to this day is still one of my favorites...still gives me goose bumps (pause).
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
How wack is this, so I go to and check out the daily news then I see new 50 feat. R. kelly I'm thinking I hope it's better then that last one they tryed to put out because that one was wack. But check it as I'm listening I'm like this beat sounds to complex for Dre, so I text khalil because I remember he told me they had a record for Detox with 50 and R. Kelly. Sure enough it was his record and he was not happy about it. For one it said produced by Dre and two it was suppose to be for Detox really wack............