Producer Nottz, among the most successful beat-makers to emerge from the Virginia hotbed, is prepped to release his solo debut, You Need This Music, in October, via indie label Raw Koncept.
Nottz is a fixture among the industry’s heaviest-hitting producers, getting his start placing his first instrumentals on Busta Rhymes’ E.L.E album in 1998. From that point, he collaborated with industry luminaries such as Notorious B.I.G, 50 Cent, The Game, Little Brother, Bilal, Royce Da 5’9 and several others.
Though he has recently dedicated himself to mastering cadence and lyrical structure for You Need This Music, he has still managed to place compositions on upcoming projects for Rah Digga, Scarface, and the elusive Dr. Dre, who’s Detox boasts Nottz among a very select few guests. It’s work like this that has allowed him to secure his status as “your favorite producer’s favorite producer”.
On You Need This Music, Nottz pulls no punches, charging out of the gate over a cavalcade of snares hammered out by Travis Barker, and doesn’t bat an eye before jumping into the next number. He handles the entire production workload, extracting the emotive instrumental elements from vinyl clips with an ASR-10 sampler and adding his own lyrics. So goes the 14-track marathon, the pace kept by energetic verses by Black Milk, Little Brother, Asher Roth and Joel Ortiz and tempered by soulful hooks from Dwele, Mayer Hawthorne, Bilal and Colin Munroe.
You Need This Music is unlike most producer-centric albums in that it isn’t merely a collection of songs, but a cohesive album of essential hip-hop gems.
The album hits stores October 12.
Below is the final tracklist:
“Intro” ft. Travis Barker
“Blast That” ft. Blackmilk
“Shine So Brite”
“You Need This Music” ft. Dwele
“I Do It For Yawl” ft. Kardinal Offishall & Little Brother
“How Long Will It Last?” ft. Joy Denalane
“A Dream Come True”
“I Still Love You” ft. Mayer Hawthorne
“Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor)” ft. Asher Roth & Colin Munroe
“No Money Down” ft. Terese Cook
“The Cycle” ft. Joel Ortiz
“Never Caugh Slippin'” ft. Snoop Dogg & Royce Da 5’9
“Right Here” ft. Bilal