K-Def - The Unpredictable Gemini + The Way It Was (2 albums on 1 CD)
The Unpredictable Gemini + The Way It Was
- 2 new albums from K-Def on 1 cd, at 1 low price!
- Packaged in a mini LP style jacket with a printed inner sleeve.
- Over 20 Instrumentals plus a handful of vocal tracks featuring the likes of AG (DITC), Blu (Blu & Exile), Damu The Fudgemunk + More!
- Also available on Vinyl: The Way It Was Vinyl / The Unpredictable Gemini Vinyl
PREVIEW / STREAM "THE UNPREDICTABLE GEMINI"
PREVIEW / STREAM "THE WAY IT WAS"
All Songs Produced, Mixed & Mastered by K-Def (Kevin Hansford) for Ghetto Man Music (ASCAP)
ABOUT THE UNPREDICTABLE GEMINI:
In a genre where the most pivotal and defining moments occurred over 2 decades ago according to popular to consensus, few artists have managed to consistently achieve excellence and visibly contribute from the early 90's to present day 2000's. With regime changes, trend cycles, and technological advancements, producer K-Def is in a class of "rare breed" artists that pridefully embody the title veteran. So much can be said about what he has accomplished throughout his 20 plus year career, but specifically in 2015, K's output and quality have stayed atop the conversation. Building a foundation at Redefinition Records, who adopted the catchphrase "Quality Over Quantity", is not a question of how much, but rather how good.
For the label, K-Def is an exception. His latest offering entitled "The Unpredictable Gemini" (1 of 2 new albums released simultaneously), is a fully instrumental opus into the mind and soul of one of hip hop's greatest producers. Born in June like many other creative geniuses, Prince, Brian Wilson, Kanye and Pete Rock to name a few, the title and and album cover are a nod to K's zodiac sign, Gemini. Fans familiar with K-Def's Redef legacy albums such as One Man Band and Night Shift should be prepared to indulge in another high definition experience. The Unpredictable Gemini showcases his evolving style and genre pioneering tricks and techniques he continues to refine through the use of his unique production tools. Keeping this project very close to heart and classified from the public over the last 3 years, K meticulously produced, composed, arranged, mixed and mastered well over 100 tracks before making executive decisions on this album he wants the world to hear. Speaking on the album, K-Def made the following statement: "I want you to know that the sounds on this album display some of my true inner feelings about music & life. With the advancement of technology and my knowledge of using all kinds of recording equipment dating back to the late 80's, I present to you the unpredictable Gemini." Though it should be categorized as instrumental, it does include one bonus track Gotta Get Away featuring DITC rapper, AG marking their first ever collaboration and a vocal appearance from K's friend Damu the Fudgemunk.
ABOUT THE WAY IT WAS:
When you've been in an industry for over 20 years, adaptation and evolution are key functions in any field. If you're Kevin Hansford aka K-Def, you've seen good, you've seen bad, you've seen change and on occasion, you've seen history repeat itself. For some artists, staying true and being innovative can be a fine line and a struggle. On one hand, a reputation is built from birth creating a connection that should always be maintained. On the other hand, growth or lack of growth will occur whether change is embraced. A producer like K-Def would not still exist today in 2016 without being aware of those survival tactics. In a society dictated by technology, it's hard to imagine the world as we know it without the devices and digital platforms we entertain unconsciously. Music has not been spared form tech's influential grasp. Computers, software, virtual instruments and controllers have turned tedious to effortless and impossible scenarios to daily practice amongst musicians from all generations. Believe it or not, back in 1997 before musicians were spoiled by endless possibilities and instant product, K-Def was cutting edge. It was in that year, he decided to transition from his MPC 3000 to software, becoming one hip hop's first producers to do so in a time when such decisions would be considered a "cardinal sin" amongst his contemporaries. Setting the example for others to follow, being ahead of the curve in K's case meant being ahead of technology itself. One may question his methods and tools over the years, but the quality of music has never been up for debate. As he continues to push himself, more recently K was inspired to track down all of his original 90's gear and works dating prior to his software transition after a recent resurgence of old machines from the younger generation. That meant pulling out 2 full trash bags of floppy disks, revitalizing his old MPC 3000 to new condition, dusting off rack sampler modules and hunting down his MPC 60ii which was the first machine he used debuting in 1993 under Marley Marl. Going through that process brings us K-def's new album, The Way It Was. The title sums it up. Instead talking about dues he paid and the roots of his skill set, The Way it Was is a living demonstration for younger listeners who grew up after the 90's and his core fans who remember the days of his Lords of the Underground, Real Live, Mic Geronimo and World Renown productions like yesterday. Though mostly instrumental, frequent collaborator Blu appears on 3 tracks. Blu was inspired to record the socially aware, "The Boys" and the lively "Strawberry Lemonade" featuring Damu the Fudgemunk and newcomer Kunal after hearing K-Def's original demo cassettes. At 11 tracks, this album is a must have for 90's fans. It IS exactly "what it was".
The Unpredictable Gemini - An Instrumental Experience
01 K To The Def (Introduction)
02 A Threat To Society
03 Creeping Out
04 A Message From Biz
05 Almost There
06 Lean Wit’ Me
07 My Funky Soul Experience
08 Driving Around With Da Funk
09 Syncopated Funk
10 Sounds Like … But It’s Not
11 The Day Before The Storm
12 Shakin’ Off The Haters
13 Getting’ Into The Funk
14 On Something (Skit)
15 Untouchable Funk Lesson
16 A Testament To The Craft (Interlude)
17 Trouble In The Garden State
18 A Message From Jim & Larry O
19 Speakers Were Up Loud
20 Reminiscent Of The Golden Era
21 Gotta Get Away ft. Damu The Fudgemunk & AG (DITC)*
The Way It Was - A collection of rarities & unheard tracks from the vaults + a handful of new, vocal collaborations
23 Uneke - De’1 & K-Def - Instrumental / Scratch Track
24 How Nice I Am - World Renown - Instrumental Version
25 KRIS Beat ’93 - Almost made it on Return of the Boom Bap LP - Unreleased Instrumental
26 For The Family - Mic Geronimo - Instrumental Version
27 The Boys - Featuring Blu - Vocal Version*
28 Lord Jazz hit Me One Time - LOTUG - Unreleased Instrumental Version from OG Floppy
29 Return of The Life - Trag - Instrumental Version
30 Fundamentals (Real Live Remix) - Featuring Blu & Quartermaine - Vocal Version*
31 Strawberry Lemonade ft Blu, Damu The Fudgemunk, & Kunal - Vocal Version*
32 Some Ole Sah B Shh - Sah B - Instrumental Version