Thursday, September 25, 2014

Slumdogg California

The Dogg is no longer in Washington, D.C. and has moved to the west coast.  If you are in the Bay Area and would like to work with The Dogg, please contact us here so we can get in touch with you.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

This Is That Shinobi

Ah...Shinobi. I remember how this record was conceived and born. I remember it better than other records I've produced due to the organic nature in which it came to life. The way records should be made. I was at Eazy's (www.twitter.com/Itz2Eazy) house on a random weeknight, playing records for Eazy and Visto (www.Twitter.com/VistolHLK) trying to find that next sound, that next big record. I knew I wanted to work with Visto again due to the success of "Acapulco Gold" and the fact that our sounds just worked together so easily. Also, I have respect for Visto's work ethic and consistency, which is very important. Work ethic is EVERYTHING. I digress. Moving forward:

I had been playing Visto quite a few dubstep/hip-hop crossover records (I call it Doggtep) because I felt this was the next level sound he needed at the time, but I could tell the Doggstep records weren't doing anything for him. You can tell if Visto likes your record and will make a hit with it immediately, because he will start rapping out loud and creating the song right in front of you before you can create a new Protools session. Needless to say, the Doggstep records weren't facilitating that kind of reaction.

At this point I asked Visto "What are you looking for? What type of production should I be showing you right now?"
The only folder I hadn't opened was the folder that I keep full of production that I plan on using for my own career. Most of the beats on therevconsist of the typical sound that my fan base has come to expect from me over the years (southern trap rap with a DC-percussion-mixed-with-east-coast-sampling twist) and a few experimental beats which I cannot use words to describe.
"Yeah," said Visto. "I wanna hear what you'd make for yourself. You know y'all producer/rappers keep the best beats for yourselves."
So, I opened up the folder that was labeled Slumdogg and clicked on the first beat. The name of the first beat was Brittany.

Quick Folkz Fact/Slumdoggology: Since the beginning of his career, Folkz has always chosen to name his beats after women he has had sexual relations with. By using this tactic, he is able to identify which beat is which, because the beat has a sound or feeling that reminds him of the woman whose name was used for the title of the record.

When the beat came on, Visto immediately stood up and started humming a melody while pacing back and forth. I was surprised that we had only listened to one record inside that Slumdogg folder before deciding on one, but it was at that moment that I knew we had found the record that we had been looking for.

"Yep. This is it," Visto insisted. "This is the one."

Visto called me the next day and explained the concept of the song, what Shinobi meant, how he was going to rap and sing on the record and then, to give me an idea of how it would sound, he sang the hook he had come up with for me.  I really liked the way he had decided to approach the record and I told him I heard influences of James Brown. Visto agreed and told me that's exactly what he wanted people to hear if they were going to try to compare any part of the song to anybody. 

Now you can be a part of that Shinobi too. Listen to "Visto - Shinobi (Produced by Folkz)" by clicking the link below:


Shinobi - 2014
-Acid Pro
-Native Instruments
-Electric Guitar  (6 String Hohner 1996 Jag w/Custom Aftermarket Humbucker Pick-Ups)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half:

Drug warriors often contend that drug use would skyrocket if we were to legalize or decriminalize drugs in the United States. Fortunately, we have a real-world example of the actual effects of ending the violent, expensive War on Drugs and replacing it with a system of treatment for problem users and addicts.
Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half:



Many of these innovative treatment procedures would not have emerged if addicts had continued to be arrested and locked up rather than treated by medical experts and psychologists. Currently 40,000 people in Portugal are being treated for drug abuse. This is a far cheaper, far more humane way to tackle the problem. Rather than locking up 100,000 criminals, the Portuguese are working to cure 40,000 patients and fine-tuning a whole new canon of drug treatment knowledge at the same time.
Health experts in Portugal said Friday that Portugal’s decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an experiment that has worked.
“There is no doubt that the phenomenon of addiction is in decline in Portugal,” said Joao Goulao, President of the Institute of Drugs and Drugs Addiction, a press conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the law.
The number of addicts considered “problematic” — those who repeatedly use “hard” drugs and intravenous users — had fallen by half since the early 1990s, when the figure was estimated at around 100,000 people, Goulao said.
Other factors had also played their part however, Goulao, a medical doctor added.
“This development can not only be attributed to decriminalisation but to a confluence of treatment and risk reduction policies.”

None of this is possible when waging a war.

Original article by Erik Kain - Forbes Magazine

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

VISUALLY CONFIRMED: Enormous Craft Detected on Moon

VISUALLY CONFIRMED: Enormous Craft Detected on Moon (via www.TurnerRadioNetwork.com)

Monday, 20 January 2014 11:58 January 18, 2014 -- (TRN http://www.TurnerRadioNetwork.com ) -- At least one enormous object of unknown origin has been visually verified as having landed on our moon. As a result, on Wednesday, January 15, three Terrier…