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[RECAP] F.O.K.U.S. Radio Presents: The Best & The Brightest (7.18.10)

F.O.K.U.S. Radio The Best & The Brightest_Group Shot
Eight of Michigan’s best up’n'coming MCs took over F.O.K.U.S. Radio this past Sunday for The Best & The Brightest. This was a monumental cipher (28 minutes long!) with everyone bringing their A game. Special shouts to all the artists involved and everyone who came to the station to support. Video, pictures, and audio below:

The Best & The Brightest: Red Pill | Nug | JYoung The General | J.A.E. | Clear Soul Forces (E-Fav, Wimpy, Ilajide, J-Roc)

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F.O.K.U.S. Radio Presents: The Best & The Brightest [7.18.10]

Red Pill / Nug / JYoung The General / J.A.E. / Clear Soul Forces

This Sunday 11pm-1am @

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Six Low Key Producers

Not every producer sticks an id tag on their tracks. Here’s six low profile beatsmiths and their standout cuts:

1. Mark Batson


Nas – Hold Down The Block

Alicia Keys – I Need You

Jay-Z – Lost One (co-prod. w/ Dr. Dre)

Fun Fact: Batson grew up taking classical piano lessons from the age of 5. He also learned production techniques firsthand from Marley Marl and Eric B.

2. Al Shux


Jay-Z – Empire State Of Mind

Lupe Fiasco – Hi-Definition

Fun Fact: The beat for “Empire State Of Mind” was passed on by Shux’s frequent collaborator and fellow Englishman Sway.

3. Fantom of the Beat


Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids

Lil Kim – Magic Stick

Fun Fact: Fantom Of The Beat is made up of Haas G of The UMC’s and his brother Boo Who?

4. Cosmic Chris and Drop (aka Chris Paultre and Derrick Braxton)

cosmic chris


Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest

Lupe Fiasco – Streets On Fire

Lupe Fiasco – Gold Watch

Fun Fact: Cosmic Chris (pictured above playing keys) is a former member of The Fuzz Band, a VA based outfit that’s backed artists such as Jill Scott, Dead Prez, & Bilal at their Fuzzy Wednesdays Open Mic.

5. Eric Hudson


Nas – Project Roach

John Legend – P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care) (co-prod. w/ Jack Splash)

Kanye West – Flashing Lights (co-prod. w/ Kanye West)

Fun Fact: Hudson’s father, songwriter/producer Curtis Hudson, co-wrote Madonna’s “Holiday” and Missy Elliott’s “Lose Control.”

6. The Buchanans


Jay-Z – What More Can I Say

Dr. Dre – Shit Popped Off

Amerie – Why R U

Fun Fact: The Buchanans are affiliated with Lupe’s FNF and have produced several tracks for Fiasco, including 2009’s “Fire” and much of his unreleased Arista debut from 2001.

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