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Illmind – Behind The Curtain Album w/ Audio Stems

Producer Illmind (50 Cent, Eminem, Little Brother, Redman, 2pac, Scarface) has announced the release of his first instrumental album entitle Behind The Curtain. As a bonus to all of the production minded listeners, the album will also make available all of the audio stems of the tracks in the first 1000 CD’s and through his … Read more

88-Keys – Beats No more: Operation Delete Beats


I’m sure a lot of producers and overall file hoarders can relate to the most recent dilemma of producer 88-Keys. The combination of a lack of disk space and heavy New York snow finally pushed the producer over the edge to delete some of his old beats. Before doing so he was kind enough to upload 26 joints (so far) into a collection entitled Beats No More for our listening pleasure.

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Kev Brown Releases Instrumentals Vol. 1

Kev Brown has officially released Instrumentals Volume 1, which features 14 tracks of Lowbudget madness. He’s allowing listeners to name their own price, so definitely head over and support the talented producer. Hit up Bandcamp to grab your copy of Kev Brown Instrumentals Volume 1.

Kev Brown Rereleases Commentary Vols. 1 & 2

In case you missed them when we first mentioned them a few years back, Kev Brown has once again made Commentary Volumes 1 (2005) and 2 (2007) available again for the public. The coffee and 151 induced collections feature Kev revealing the background, history, and creation of his favorite instrumentals using an MPC 2000XL. Both … Read more

Jazz Pianos November Mix By DJ Ian Head (Download)

Once again DJ Ian Head delivers a welcomed interruption to our automatic listening habits. Ian’s November 2010 mix entitled Jazz Pianos serves up a number of the original jazz piano masters including Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner, Junior Mance, Monty Alexander, and Oscar Peterson. Anyway – here’s a couple cuts for folks to warm … Read more

West Coast Beats By Oddisee f/ Trek Life (Download)

Oddisee returns with another free instrumental release. Hosted by Trek Life, West Coast Beats features 14 new instrumental tracks as teaser for the upcoming July 27th release of Trek Life’s Everything Changed Nothing. Coming from the city of Go-Go, I’ve always loved production inspired by funk. when it comes to funk inspired hip hop, no … Read more

It’s A 6th Sense Beat Yo!! Vol. 2 (Download)

Astute readers may recognize 6th Sense from other interviews or previous work featured on Crate Kings. A talented producer who’s been on the radar for some time, 6th Sense returns with the second installment of his instrumental series entitled It’s a 6th Sense Beat Yo!! Download all 34 tracks of It’s A 6th Sense Beat … Read more

Summer Sun: June 2010 Mix By DJ Ian Head

DJ Ian Head delivers another one of his mixes of originals. His June 2010 entitled Summer Sun reminds us that sometimes we just need to sit back, take it easy, and enjoy the music. Yes, Lonnie Liston Smith’s “Devika” is insane! This is a short collection of more relaxed joints as we ease into summer. … Read more

Crate Kings 5: Stax O’ Wax Compilation (Download)

Here we present Crate Kings 5: Stax O’ Wax, a reader created instrumental tribute to Stax Records and the groundbreaking artists and music that made the label legendary.

Such notable artists as Issac Hayes, Booker T & the MG’s, Albert King, Otis Redding, the Bar-Kays, and Rufus Thomas provided the foundation for the tracks while each producer sampled, chopped, flipped, reworked, and added some of their own soul to create something uniquely inspiring and new.

The compilation, which consists of 37 tracks original tracks, was mixed by Rafferty and features original artwork by Flipa. Special thanks to each producer for taking the time to participate. Your talent and contributions are always appreciated.

Please feel free to download, repost to your own website or blog, and shout CK5 from mountaintops. I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed.

Download – Crate Kings 5: Stax O’ Wax

Tracklist after the break!

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