During a listening session at IMI Studios in New York last week, the newest hip hop super group, the Lobby Boyz, made up of Brooklyn born Maino and Harlem high Jim jones, performed several tracks from their highly anticipated upcoming self-titled album to an industry insider room. The album is due out in December.
Legendary producer Pete Rock, as well as super producer Jerry Wonda, made surprise appearances.
Maino told the audience that Lobby Boyz was designed by him and Jimmy to create “quality street music.”
âThis project is about quality street music,â he said. âThese are drug hooks and rap hooks. Most of the production has been done in-house with producers that Jimmy and I have worked with. Stacks and Sage did most of it.
He noted that the production deliberately sampled songs from the late 90s and early 2000s, a classic Hip Hop era.
âWe took a lot of samples that were familiar and modernized the drum patterns and the baseline to bring it to now,â he added.
I asked Maino what he thought of the impact of music streaming and his role in the Lobby Boyz project.
âOf course we were going to release the album on all platforms,â he said. âStreaming made music more accessible without it, we might never have been able to make this album. Streaming is going to help us change the game with this project. Years ago, it never could have been. to arrive.
When asked how the duo came together, Maino told the audience it was an organic event.
“Remember when (Rick) Ross and Puff said they were the bugatti boys? There was a song that Jim and I sang around the same time and we said yell at the bugatti boys, but me and Jimmy , we and Lobby Boyz began to call ourselves that. ” Maino said.
Jim spoke about the formation of the Lobby Boyz.
âMaino reached out to me and told me he was finally ready and we were like betting we would make the Lobby Boyz album,â Jim added. âWe went into the studio 3-4 days in a row and knocked out the first four songs which came out amazingly well. I pulled Maino to the side and said, I think we could really have something here.
Although the platinum-selling rappers had high expectations of the project, they were even surprised at their chemistry and the album’s success.
“It’s even more awesome than we really expected, we definitely have a hot ass album, we’ve got a little bit of heat on this shit,” Jim explained. I think people will be completely surprised and happy.
âWe’ve both been called bullies at one point or another in this industry, but this music is really going to give them a punch,â Jim said.
In addition to playing tracks from their new project, the Lobby Boyz also performed several rhythms from up-and-coming producers that were submitted for their Tracklib Beat Battle Competition. The company recently announced an investment of $ 12.2 million from existing investors, as well as several new investors, including former NBA star, actor and music producer Baron Davis.
âWe’re looking for that fire – we’re looking for that dope producer to be on the Lobby Boyz album,â Jim Jones said. “Send the best beats you have, if my email re out).
The competition is a partnership with Tracklib, the world’s first and only record store for sampling. Jimmy and Maino will listen to the submitted tracks and select the winner themselves!
Interested producers can contact Tracklib.com/LobbyBoyz to see all the rules and guidelines. The contest ends on Sunday October 10.