Atlanta production collectives, SMKA & The Flush, have once again partnered with the legendary Stankonia Studios to produce Stankonia Sessions: A3C Edition 2012 presented by TrillHD. Stankonia Sessions was launched in 2011 during the A3C Hip-Hop Festival and has become a creative outlet and essential stop for A3C artists.
On March 12, 2011 Young Scolla, SMKA & Fab 5 Ent completed their Kick Starter campaign and began working on a collaborative album in Atlanta, GA. Through Kick Starter they raised over $4,500 from 121 backers, which has been invested into the production of this album, titled, “Seconds Away.”
Seconds Away is produced entirely by SMKA, and written by Young Scolla. The LP is the next chapter in Young Scolla’s story. The life he lives, the music he creates, and the passion in which it is all delivered will be a breath of fresh air for music fans. This project wouldn’t exsist without the passion and support of our fans, so thank you!
Acclaimed beat crew SMKA have hooked up with DJBooth.net and Beat Thang to bring listeners their latest compilation EP, The Report. Curated by DJBooth, the project features 7 tracks showcasing the best and brightest rising talents the Midwest and Northeast have to offer. Included are previously featured cuts “The Righteous Remain” (by Voli) and “Money Comes Fast.” (by Jon Connor). In addition to those named above, the EP includes contributions from YP, K. Sparks, Jabee, Maffew Ragazino and ESSO. All production comes courtesy of SMKA.
The 808 Experiment is an annual compilation produced and released by SMKA. In just three years the series has become a popular, and anticipated, project in the hip-hop community. The strength of the series rests on the range of the artists, as well as the quality and variety of the music. Each year SMKA attempts to work with a new collection of artists who have consistently produced quality music. The 808 Experiment: Vol 3 is the continued evolution of the series, and more than ever showcases a cross section of hip-hop music. The free compilation features nearly 40 different artists, and truly demonstrates the range and talent of producer 808 Blake of SMKA.
In the past 2 years The 808 Experiment series has featured over 50 artists, including: Yelawolf, Pill, Tanya Morgan, Nappy Roots, Shawn Chrystopher, Playboy Tre, Outasight, Stanza, Joe Scudda, Kyle Lucas, El Da Sensei, Fat Tony, Supreeme, Fresh Daily, Tom P, Hollyweerd, The Canz, Senor Kaos and many others. The project has also been featured in many of the top hip-hop blogs, sites and publications from around the US, and abroad.
It’s no surprise that Fillmore District MC DaVinci was recently tapped by Atlanta-based production team SMKA to contribute a track for their latest compilation, The 808 Experiment: Vol. 3. Since the release of his debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, in 2010, the skilled lyricist has been in high demand and busy putting the final touches on his new EP, Feast Or Famine, and LP, The MOEna Lisa, dropping this year, not to mention appearing on a variety of collaborations, including a recent track for Southern Hospitality with G-Side MC ST 2 Lettaz.
But first, DaVinci lent his efforts to SMKA’s annual 808 Experiment mixtape. The project, which started as a local mixtape to highlight Atlanta-based MCs, has evolved into a highly-anticipated showcase of some of the finest rising and established artists, and for Vol. 3, DaVinci is featured with a gang of other artists, including Jackie Chain, Bobby Creekwater, Rittz, Young Scolla, STS, X.O. (of Diamond District, and more. SMKA’s 808 Blake held down production throughout the project.
“Slide Through” is DaVinci’s Bay Area-themed contribution to The 808 Experiment: Vol. 3. “I got the instrumental sent to my phone while I was riding around and I was instantly inspired,” explains DaVinci. “It just put me in a good mood and reminded me of my everyday grind, so that’s what came through in the song.” And while DaVinci isn’t always heard over bass booming 808-laced production, fans can expect to hear much more in the future, and SMKA’s production fit the vibe DaVinci was going for perfectly. “SMKA’s beats sound like a cross between that Atlanta and Bay Area,” says DaVinci. “Two completely different scenes, but there are a lot creative similarities.”
The 2010 A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta takes place this week, Oct 7-9th @ the Masquerade music complex. A3C, now in its 6th year, has become one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the US. A3C includes performances from approx. 250 artists from all across the US. The Official 2010 A3C Mixtape, presented by SMKA, is a 2 part compilation of music provided by an array of artists performing at A3C.
Pt. 2, includes A3C artists: Murs, J-Live, Rhymefest, Mikey Rocks of The Cool Kids, Pac Div, Lyrics Born, Tanya Morgan, Erk Tha Jerk, Rapper Big Pooh, Nappy Roots, FKi and many more.
The 195th entry in the DJBooth.net Freestyle Series comes courtesy of Aleon Craft, the ATL native who recently hooked up with DJBooth for reader-acclaimed mixtape The Stargazing Soundtrack. On his brand new, exclusive More Than Expected freestyle, the SMKA Productions emcee flows over original boardwork by SMKA. Aleon Craft is currently preparing to release a short documentary on himself and his just-finishedATL Stargazing Tour, as well as working on his debut full-length, The Solar Hop Chronicles.