Kenny Beats

Kenneth Charles Blume III (born May 10, 1991), known professionally as Kenny Beats, is an American record producer and songwriter. He has produced songs with Tisakorean, Zack Fox, Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs, KEY!, Gucci Mane, Ski Mask the Slump God, Dominic Fike, Rico Nasty and JPEGMafia, among many others.[1]

Kenny Beats
Kenny Beats at Hard Summer 2019
Kenny Beats at Hard Summer 2019 music festival
Background information
Birth nameKenneth Charles Blume III
Born (1991-05-10) May 10, 1991 (age 28)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Instruments
Associated acts
Height6 ft 7 in[citation needed]

Early lifeEdit

Blume was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and grew up there. He started playing guitar at the age of 9 and began drumming at the age of 11. After he came 2nd in a national electronic music competition,[2] he began to take music seriously. After he graduated high school he moved to New York, where he interned for Cinematic Music Group's Jonny Shipes.[3] After spending some time in NY, he moved to Boston and studied Jazz Guitar and Music Business at Berklee College of Music.[4].

Musical styleEdit

Beats is known to tailor his production to artists' requests, helping them develop their own individual sound. He handles vocal production as well as instrumental and frequently mixes and masters the final products. His YouTube series "The Cave" highlights his frequent use of Ableton Live.

His songs often begin with the tagline "Woah, Kenny!".[5]

LOUDPVCKEdit

In 2009, while attending Berklee College of Music, Beats met Ryan Marks, a DJ. These two became friends, and in 2012, they decided to form the EDM duo Loudpvck[6]. The group had a successful run, releasing plenty of successful original music, but solidified themselves as a force once they collaborated with bigger artists, such as NGHTMRE and Zeds Dead. In 2017, the two parted ways and went on to pursue solo endeavors.

YouTube presenceEdit

Beginning in March 2019, Beats launched a YouTube series called "The Cave", in which he invites artists to rap 16-32 bars over a custom beat he creates during the video. Usually, the artists are people that he already has experience with, or, is already friends with[7]. They come in, tell him what kind of beat they want, and in 10 to 15 minutes, he'll have something ready that caters to that particular style. The Cave is known for showcasing not only these artists' lyricism, but their personalities. As of October 19, 2019, he has uploaded 13 episodes and amassed just over 7.5 million views. Guests of The Cave include Vince Staples, JPEGMafia, Freddie Gibbs, Rico Nasty, EARTHGANG, Lil Yachty, Smino, Denzel Curry, Zack Fox, Doja Cat, Thundercat, Danny Brown, 6lack, Slowthai, Sada Baby, and Joji.

Production discographyEdit

2010Edit

Smoke DZA - Substance Abuse 1.5: The Headstash
  • 02. "Headstash" (featuring Den10)
Smoke DZA - George Kush Da Button
  • 01. "Continental Kush Breakfast" (featuring Den10)

2011Edit

Smoke DZA - The Hustler's Catalog
  • 14. "Profit" (produced with 183rd)
Smoke DZA - Rolling Stoned
Skeme - Before My Next Statement
  • 05. "Truth"
Smoke DZA - Sweet Baby Kushed God
  • 01. "Smokey Klause" (produced with 183rd)

2012Edit

ScHoolboy Q -
  • "Party"
Smoke DZA - K.O.N.Y.
Skeme - Alive & Living
  • 16. "Everything On Me"
Jet Life - Jet World Order 2

2014Edit

Ab-Soul - These Days...
  • 03. "Hunnid Stax" (featuring ScHoolboy Q)

2016Edit

Lucki - Son of Sam
  • 01. "Double Check"
  • 02. "His Only..."
Skywlkr - Joints
  • 01. "3 Drugs" (featuring Kenny Beats) [produced with Skywlkr]

2017Edit

Lucki -
  • "Live It"
Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Kenny Beats - South Dark[8]
  • 01. "Dead End"
  • 02. "Everyday"
  • 03. "Ruthless" (featuring Duke)
  • 04. "Do This"
  • 05. "C Sick"
  • 06. "3 Point Stance"
  • 07. "Hood" (featuring Baby Uiie)
DJ Lucas -
Lil Wop - Wopavelli 3
  • 05. "Topgolf"
  • 09. "Dope Man"
  • 10. "Walking Dead"
  • 11. "Friday the 13th"
  • 14. "Grow Up"
  • 16. "Xans" (produced with ChaseTheMoney)

2018Edit

YoungBoy Never Broke Again - Until Death Call My Name
  • 09. "Traumatized" (produced with Judge)
Key! and Kenny Beats - 777
  • 01. "Demolition 1 + 2"
  • 02. "Hater"
  • 03. "Blurry"
  • 04. "Boss"
  • 05. "Move"
  • 06. "Famous"
  • 07. "It Gets Better"
  • 08. "Kelly Price Freestyle"
  • 09. "Love On Ice"
  • 10. "Dig It"
  • 11. "Toronto"
  • 12. "True Love Interlude"
  • 13. "Control"
  • 14. "Twisted"
  • 15. "Squeamish"
Freddie Gibbs - Freddie
  • 02. "Automatic"
  • 03. "Death Row" (featuring 03 Greedo; produced with Freddie Kane)
  • 07. "Set Set"
  • 08. "Toe Tag"
  • 09. "FBC" (produced with A. Lau and Tony Seltzer)
Zack Fox -
  • "Square Up"
Vince Staples - FM![10]
  • 01. "Feels Like Summer"
  • 02. "Outside!"
  • 03. "Don't Get Chipped" (produced with Cubeatz)
  • 05. "New earlsweatshirt"
  • 07. "FUN!" (produced with Hagler)
  • 08. "No Bleedin"
  • 09. "Brand New Tyga"
  • 10. "(562) 453-9382"
  • 11. "Tweakin" (produced with KillaGraham)
JPEGMafia and Kenny Beats -
  • "Puff Daddy"
10k.Caash - The Creator
  • 02. “Mutumbo” (featuring Rico Nasty)
  • 10. "Aloha" (featuring GUN40)
JID - DiCaprio 2[11]
  • 02. "Slick Talk" (produced with EWonder and Christo)
Ski Mask the Slump God - Stokeley
  • 03. "Foot Fungus" (produced with Roofeeo)[12]
  • 05. "Unbothered"

2019Edit

Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats - Anger Management[13]
  • 01. "Cold"
  • 02. "Cheat Code" (featuring Baauer)
  • 03. "Hatin"
  • 04. "Big Titties" (featuring Baauer & EARTHGANG)
  • 05. "Nasty World (skit)"
  • 06. "Relative"
  • 07. "Mood" (featuring Splurge)
  • 08. "Sell Out"
  • 09. "Again"
Zack Fox and Kenny Beats -
  • "Jesus Is the One (I Got Depression)"[14]
Dominic Fike - Untitled Debut Album[15]
Ed Sheeran - No.6 Collaborations Project
Gucci Mane - Delusions of Grandeur
  • 06. "Proud of You" (produced with Nils)[18]
  • 15. "Us"[19]
Rexx Life Raj - Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There
Yung Bans - Misunderstood
  • 07. "Touch the Stars (featuring Lil TJay)"[21]
FKA twigs - Magdalene
DaBaby - Kirk
03 Greedo and Kenny Beats - Netflix and Deal
  • 01. "Traffic" (produced with Captain Crunch)
  • 02. "Paid in Full" (produced with Nils)
  • 03. "Disco Shit" (featuring Freddie Gibbs)
  • 04. "Maria" (produced with 1Mind)
  • 05. "Blue People" (featuring Vince Staples)
  • 06. "Beg Your Pardon" (featuring Maxo Kream)
  • 07. "Honey I Shrunk The Kids"
  • 08. "Brad Pitt" (produced with Nils)
  • 09. "Aye Twin" (featuring Key!) (produced with Dylan Brady)
  • 10. "Life"
  • 11. "Payback" (featuring Ohgeesy) (produced with Judge Beats)
  • 12. "Soul Food" (featuring Buddy) (produced with Elijah Rawk)
  • 13. "Dead Presidents"

2020Edit

IDLES - TBC

Key Glock - Yellow Tape

  • 11. Loaded

Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats - UNLOCKED

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Holmes, Charles; Holmes, Charles (2019-01-20). "Kenny Beats Is a Rap Therapist Who Will Also Make You a Great Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  2. ^ "Biography". www.kennybeats.com. 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  3. ^ Schube, Will. ""Kenny Beats Is Hip-Hop Production's Prodigal Son."". Pitchfork.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Danny. "How Kenny Beats Became the Hottest Rap Producer on the Planet". The Ringer.
  5. ^ "Kenny Beats Is Hip-Hop Production's Prodigal Son". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  6. ^ Watson, Elijah. "Kenny Beats Wants To Be Rap's Quincy Jones [Interview]". OkayPlayer.
  7. ^ Dazed (2019-10-21). "Kenny Beats' guide to producing a legendary rap freestyle". Dazed. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  8. ^ https://music.apple.com/gb/album/south-dark-ep/1268318300
  9. ^ Fay, Seamus (2017-08-26). "DJ Lucas – "Big Dope" [Prod. Kenny Beats]". graduationmusic.org. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  10. ^ "FM! - Vince Staples | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  11. ^ "DiCaprio 2 - JID | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  12. ^ Ski Mask the Slump God – Foot Fungus, retrieved 2019-10-02
  13. ^ "Rico Nasty's Anger Management is here". The FADER. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  14. ^ Zack Fox & Kenny Beats – Jesus Is the One (I Got Depression), retrieved 2019-10-02
  15. ^ "Now or Never: The Chaotic Rise of Dominic Fike". Complex. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  16. ^ "Dominic Fike and Kenny Beats link up on "Phone Numbers"". The FADER. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  17. ^ Ed Sheeran (Ft. Stormzy) – Take Me Back to London, retrieved 2019-10-02
  18. ^ Gucci Mane – Proud of You, retrieved 2019-10-02
  19. ^ Gucci Mane – Us, retrieved 2019-10-02
  20. ^ Rexx Life Raj & Kenny Beats – Moonwalk, retrieved 2019-10-02
  21. ^ Yung Bans (Ft. Lil Tjay) – Touch The Stars, retrieved 2019-10-02
  22. ^ FKA twigs (Ft. Future) – holy terrain, retrieved 2019-10-02
  23. ^ DaBaby (Ft. Lil Baby & Moneybagg Yo) – TOES, retrieved 2019-10-02