New Jersey native, Knxwledge, is a producer and DJ based out of Los Angeles, known for his jazz and soul sample fueled tracks. When Knowledge moved to L.A., he became very involved in the underground hip-hop scene, with the epicenter of the scene being “Low End Theory”—a gathering of talented producers, DJs and rappers that was founded in 2006 by Daddy Kev, a producer and founder of record label Alpha Pup Records. Low End Theory has hosted a number of notable musicians, such as Flying Lotus, Mac Miller and Earl Sweatshirt.
In May 2015, Knowledge released his fourth commercial project, Hud Dreams: a relatively brief, 26 track, jazz-influenced hip-hop instrumental project that upholds his musical complexion as true producer of unique and flavorful hip-hop sound and style too easily comparable to the like sounds of producers J Dilla and Madlib. Although Hud Dreams is only his fourth commercial release, Knxwledge has been pumping projects into Bandcamp since 2009 and has accumulated over 60 projects that he explains as “light work”. Aside from the underground instrumental scene, Knxwledge has done a number of productions for rappers across the hip-hop circuit board with chilling beats on Joey Bada$$’s 1999 mixtape and Capital Steez’s Amerikkkan Korruption (R.I.P.), and most notably his recent production found on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
Knxwledge has compared his beat production process to that of constructing a collage, which shines through in his recent release, Hud Dreams, with a plethora of soul, vocal, and jazz samples that are used in the project, such as with “rightaftr[THK]” that sampled from Skip Mahoney & The Casuals’s “I Need Your Love” or the dialogue sample from the late ‘90s film Belly. Knxwledge has without a doubt earned himself a spot in the game with such consistent, high-level production and it seems that his intentions as a producer are not surprisingly similar to that of the J Dillas and Madlibs, which is – rather than aiming for beats that top the charts -master the art form that is seemingly fading away as hip-hop runs its course.
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