A producer led series that features some of the finest in the industry. From old skool legends like Pete Rock and Marley Marl to those making their mark today like Jay Dee, DJ Spinna & King Britt.
The series continues to receive recognition. BBE was the only independent label to have an album nominated with Jay Dee's 'Welcome 2 Detroit' for the 2001 Artist Achievement Award, the American equivalent to the British Mercury Award.
WLIB AM: King of the Wigflipmarks the end of an era. "As Dirty Harry said, 'a man has to realize his limitations'" is how Barely Breaking Even (BBE) co-founder and current label head Peter Adarkwah explains the successful Beat Generation series coming to a close.
Madlib is a fitting piece in the Beat Generation puzzle, which has run the spectrum of top-flight producers with legends, young lions and the incomparable Jay Dee aka J Dilla.
The legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff needs no introduction. He's produced tracks from numerous artists, from Eminem to Jill Scott.
On 'The Return Of The Magnificent', Jeff's hooked up with an array of artists such as Method Man (Wu Tang Clan), Rhymefest (Kanye West's prodigy), Big Daddy Kane, CL Smooth, Raheem DeVaughn, Pos of De La Soul and Jean Grae. This album already promises to be one of 2007's highlights.
The first on 'The Beat Generation' release schedule is Jay Dee who inspired the above panegyric. He is one of the more prominent members of the beat generation.
Detroit's Don of the beats is widely regarded as one of the most important men in hip –hop alongside Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Jay Dee has prepared for us a feast of 'beats and pieces.' His credentials read like a who's who of hip hop and R&B.
The Barely Breaking Even movement began 10 years ago when Peter Adarkwah and his partner Ben were discussing music and discovered a shared interest in diverse, eclectic sounds covering all genres - from old scratchy Brazilian grooves, through 70's funk, via jazz fusion, hip - hop and soul to newer garage, disco and techno music.
Will I am was given total freedom to explore his artistic sensibility thereby continuing the spirit of the 'Beat Generation'. "Must B 21" is a collection of confident hip-hop, skilfully fused with elements of jazz, funk, electro, rock and soul. It features performances by hip hop legends KRS-One, MC Lyte, Planet Asia, and Phife from Tribe Called Quest.
'Adventures in Lo-Fi' is full of outstanding local talent, from Renaissance man dj/producer/poet Rich Medina and producer/lyricist Rob Life to Philly's finest MC Grand Agent and not forgetting Philly's next big singer Alma Horton who has recently been seen working with Sylk130, 4Hero and DJ Spinna.
King Britt delivers an album that truly reflects the sights, sounds and styles of the new millennium.
DJ Spinna's 'Here To There' steps up to continue the Beat Generation promise, a producer led album which allows the artists involved complete creative freedom…and there is no doubt that DJ Spinna's latest offering has succeeded in fulfilling its promise.
This is an album packed with treats.
"The Magnificent" is the long awaited debut solo album from legendary turntablist and producer DJ Jazzy Jeff.
It is an album that takes you on a musical journey through all genres of urban music: from old skool hip hop, smooth R'n'B and rap through to soulful spoken word and deep house.
One of hip hops legends delivers his first solo album in recent years. The album features appearances from legendary hip hop artists Big Daddy Kane and Capone as well as the talents of the all time great jazz funk maestro Roy Ayers and Edwin Birdsong.
Also co –producing a track on the album is Easy Mo Bee (Craig Mack, B.I.G., Lost Boyz, Miles Davis, etc) demonstrating the broad spectrum of Marleys influences from hip-hop and soul to jazz and funk. The Man known as Marley.
Knock You Out.
In early 2000 BBE hooked up with Pete Rock and he decided to produce an eclectic beats album for our BEAT GENERATION series. Alongside Pete's extensive record collection, he inherited from his father a rich variety of music, which we both decided, should be reflected on this groundbreaking release. The fusion of reggae, jazz, pop, folk, rock and soul would lace this intricate project.
Picture this: Its Jay Z's unplugged performance for MTV and he'll be performing with the Roots band. ?uestlove (from the Roots) arrives at the studio with Larry Gold. Jay Z walks over to say hello and asks so this is Don Cello?
And it's a simple as that: Larry Gold IS Don Cello.
The list of popstars, musicians, superstars and divas Larry has worked with reads like a who's who of music, including most recently; Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Brandy, Monica, producer Timberland, The Roots, Jay-Z, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, & Common - and the stories he has to tell are equally as entertaining and legendary!