Watch Dipset’s Former Secret Weapon The Heatmakerz Make A Beat On The Spot (Video)
Ten years ago was the height of what’s commonly called “Chipmunk Soul.” Producers were adjusting the pitch on vocals to create a harmonious effect on samples that made songs sound bigger, bolder. While Jay Z’s The Blueprint, released in late 2001, is often thought of as the archetype album for this feel… much of the stuff coming from Roc-A-Fella Records, as well as from the studios of Kanye West, Just Blaze, and even guys like Ayatollah and DJ Hi-Tek were deeply rooted in that sound—which many people believe stems from RZA (“Tearz”).
One of the biggest proponents of the sound was The Heatmakerz. The Jamaican-born production group used by Cam’ron, Juelz Santana and the rest of Dipset (aka The Diplomats), helped give Harlem a sound in the mid-2000s, courtesy of big joints like “Killa Cam” and “End Of The Road.” While Killa Cam would eventually start working with araabMUZIK and others, Jim started messing with Ski Beatz and Aaron Lacrate. Though Heads may not have noticed, Heatmakerz pushed on. R-Sonist and Thrilla recently reunited with Kanye West on Yeezus, with some credits on “Bound 2” (which re-channeled this very sound). Check out them make a beat in this video.
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