In introducing his Locksmith Music roster, Kanye West's longtime homie and veteran producer 88-Keys showcases the artists before they inked with him, including an original track with a D.I.T.C. legend.
Harlem, New York producer/emcee 88-Keys has announced that he will release 88-Keys Presents...Locksmith Music on December 1. The producer for Jay-Z & Kanye West, Black Star and Diamond D's free project will feature original production from D.I.T.C. member Buckwild, along with vocal appearances by Nemo Achida, Lil Vic and Mann95. Locksmith Music will be mixed by DJ Dras79.
88 explained to HipHopDX the concept behind the release, "This mixtape is comprised of my artists work before they signed to [Locksmith], so the only production of my own are the intro, intermission and outro." The man who released Death of Adam in 2009 will also host the tape.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. "NutraSweet Noise" (Intro) by 88-Keys - prod. by 88-Keys
2. "Memories" by Nemo Achida - prod. by Nemo Achida & Clutch
3. "In This World" (Freestyle) by Mann95 - prod. by Hi-Tek
4. "This Means War" (Freestyle) by Little Vic - prod. by DJ Premier
5. "See Money" (Freestyle) by Robert Akins III - prod. by EZ Elpee
6. "Deep In My Heart" (Snippet) - by ?
7. "Bright-Ass Yacht BiyOtch" (Intermission) by 88-Keys - prod. by 88-Keys additional vocals by DJ Dras79
8. "Awesome" by Tre DeJean - prod. by Canya Reial
9. "Aromatherapy" by Mann95 - prod. by Mark Angel
10. "History Is Written" by Little Vic - prod. by Buckwild
11. "Youthful Expression" (Freestyle) by Tre DeJean - prod. by Q-Tip
12. "Us & Them" by Robert Akins III - prod. by Robert Akins III
13. "Does It Need A Title? Pt. 2" (Freestyle) by Nemo Achida - prod. by The Alchemist
14. "English Muffins" (Outro) by 88-Keys - prod. by 88-Keys additional bass by Mike L. LaValle