SPEED ON THE BEAT (Baltimore, MD) – Songs For… (The Rebirth and Evolution of the Modern Male) /// UndergroundHipHopBLOG.com

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Speed on the Beat’s second full-length album Songs For… (The Rebirth and Evolution of the Modern Male) releases on Saturday, August 17, 2013. This album, the second in Speed’s “Songs For” Trilogy, picks up where his first release RAQUEL RELOADED (The Devolution and Death of the Modern Male) left off. Instead of dying, Speed has decided to fight against his pre-determined destiny and become a better man, even when many factors appear against him. Utilizing Speed’s now-infamous “no-fi” style of “unhinged, realistic” music, Songs For… is sure to leave listeners wanting more musings from the “No-Fi King.” Featuring singles “Just Can’t See Myself” and “Kings,” featuring long-time collaborator True God, Songs For…is an album that tells a story, and offers listeners a completely transparent look into the life of a man who lost everything, and is doing everything to get it back. Songs For… is distributed through CDBaby and is released through CDBaby/TeamDAR Entertainment.

“Songs For… (The Rebirth and Evolution of the Modern Male)” link:  https://play.spotify.com/album/3p609zRJR1TljhHIwChPLl

UndergroundHipHopBLOG.com featured song off the album:

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About Speed on the Beat:

Twenty-something Speed on the Beat’s story is one of redemption and self-discovery. After being signed to several minor indie labels for his singing abilities, in 2002, he first discovered his love of making hip-hop. This hobby grew into a way to vent frustration and voice thoughts he’d otherwise kept to himself. Through this newfound freedom, Speed began recording lyrics in a manner referred to, by him, as “no-fi.” This intentionally garageband-esque sound allowed listeners to engage his subject matter the way it was supposed to be: gritty, abrasive, and honest. Purposefully leaving in clips and the like, in his mind, gave the listener a more intimate relationship with his music–and showcased the true emotions behind it.

Over the years, Speed began to understand more and more about production–and more about perfecting his”no-fi” recording method. With these thoughts in mind, he decided to grow up and go the route of artists such as J. Dilla and Kanye West, focusing on production, but still leaving a place in his heart for delivering profound and blunt lyrics. Utilizing obscure samples, piano-heavy medleys, insane drum patterns, and an overall ear for music, Speed has started to carve his own path, on both sides of the board. Speed on the Beat is destined to make a name for himself with a simple mantra: “why can’t conscious rap sound gangster and why can’t gangster rap sound conscious?” Speed gathers influence from J. Dilla, Kanye West, Guru, Just Blaze, 1970s Soul Music, and videogame soundtracks, leading to his unique, jack-of-all-trades production sound. On the lyrics side, his influences stretch from Kurt Cobain to Immortal Technique, and everyone in between. Using this hodgepodge of influences, Speed is able to use his “no-fi” recordings and infuse a sort of “unhinged reality” into them, and the music industry as a whole.

In addition to changing the world through his music, Speed also manages production duties for “#TeamDAR Entertainment” and writes for a self-published blog “Speed on the Beat Presents,” a witty, in-your-face critique of modern society. Speed’s desire to impact and change the world permeates through every facet of his life, and makes him a force to be reckoned with. His unapologetic approach to life is one that is sorely needed in music and in society as a whole.

More About Songs For… [from Speed on the Beat himself]: 

With Songs For…, listeners can expect a no-fi masterpiece. I put my soul out there and laid everything about my life out there for the world to see. So, if you can’t rock with that, you need to exit, stage fall-into-an-abyss. Listeners can expect an album unlike anything you’ve heard, from me or otherwise. I call myself the No-Fi King because I’m doing [stuff] that no one really does, such as alternative mastered sounds and whatnot. But, also because I’m one of the only artists that will come out and bare my soul completely—and not want you to feel sorry for me about it. I know I’ve done horrible things in my life. I’m not talking about it to be all “woe is me, please buy my music and feel sorry for me.” If you’re gonna buy it for a “sappy reason,” let it be because it drops on my 25 seriousness, I’m releasing this album so people can learn from my mistakes, but still listen to some incredible music at the same time.

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