MIC/LINE (formerly named Sound Check) is HYPEBEAST Radio‘s music-centric show that looks to bring you in-depth conversations with your favorite artists, digging into their origin stories and asking the questions you want answered. On our second episode, we sat down with producer Murda Beatz and rapper Smokepurpp.
Fort Erie, Ontario meets South Florida on Bless Yo Trap, the collaborative album between Murda Beatz and Smokepurpp. The album was released in April and boasts huge singles such as “1, 2, 3,” “Pray,” and “Do Not Disturb.” The 10-song project features guest appearances from A$AP Ferg, Lil Yachty & Offset. The project came about after the duo began hanging out in the studio.
“We were making fire ass shit for a year straight,” Purpp says. Murda adds, “One day, we brought the party back to the studio and then I started cooking up and I made “1,2,3” on the spot. Purpp muted the speakers and he went in, he told the engineer don’t play it out the speakers until I’m done… When he was done, he played it out the speakers and everyone lost their minds.”
Both young artists are from different parts of North America but became friends with each other through mutual respect for each other’s craft. Smokepurpp got his start in Miami and began to teach himself how to produce and rap, eventually finding his sound and becoming a big name through SoundCloud. Murda Beatz grew up in a musical household but found his love for making beats after he was introduced to FruityLoops in high school. For the last three years, Murda Beatz has become one of the most successful producers in music, with his recent hit, Drake’s “Nice For What,” peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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