PITCHFORK PREMIERES NEW J57-PRODUCED METHOD MAN TRACK “THE PURPLE TAPE” (FT. RAEKWON & INSPECTAH DECK) OFF NEW ALBUM THE METH LAB OUT AUG. 21 VIA HANZ ON / TOMMY BOY
“J57 is one of the super producers behind many of the beats you’re hearing all over the Internet and across stages everywhere lately.” – AllHipHop
AUG 10, 2015 — Pitchfork has debuted the new J57-produced Method Man track “The Purple Tape” (ft. Raekwon, Inspectah Deck & and Raekwon’s son—also named Raekwon). The track is the latest single released off Method Man’s new album The Meth Lab, out Aug. 21 via Hanz On / Tommy Boy.
J57 was weaned on crate digging and local deep cuts, but has always kept one foot in the mainstream. It was this deep immersion into NYC’s hip-hop scene that helped him create sweeping tapestries of boom-bap revival, orchestral synths & clever hooks. The Long Island-raised/Brooklyn-based producer/rapper counts the legendary DJ Premier as a mentor and has assisted the hip-hop architect on songs by Nas, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith—A list work that led to his own collaborations with Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Method Man, Raekwon, Mack Wilds, The Roots and countless other influential artists, all while having a hand in the indie rock world by playing in four bands. He also has a radio show on SIRIUS/XM on Sunday nights called “Rap Is Outta Control” on Channel 44.
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“Possesses a boundless love for boom-bap hip-hop, but their music is hungry and urgent rather than nostalgic or backwards-looking.” – NPR Song of the Day
“Creeping production by J57 highlights the importance of listening closely.” – Pitchfork
“Each sample-rich beat flows into the next, with snippets of movies, speeches, and other bits of culture weaving in and out to give things a little color … more than lives up to the dirty, dusty, Stretch & Bobbito era vibe.” – The Smoking Section
“J57 has production credits for days—Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Joell Ortiz, Homeboy Sandman… ” – OkayPlayer
“In the words of the late great emcee Guru…SKILLZ.” – URB
“J57 is one of the super producers behind many of the beats you’re hearing all over the Internet and across stages everywhere lately … carries a ’90s-heavy feel that is sure to please all the boom-bap heads out there … has a way of inviting the listener to his party, and is serving up original content for all the partygoers.” – AllHipHop
“Flexes his skills as a renaissance man, conducting the talents of the MCs, singers and DJs.” – Mass Appeal
“J57 reminds listeners why he’s one of the game’s fastest rising talents.” – HotNewHipHop
“Smooth samples mixed with New York boom bap.” – The Source