November 15, 2015

Raph Rashid "Behind The Beat" (Book, 2005)

Behind the Beat is a look into the creative spaces of producers and DJ's from the US and UK. Featured are the studios and equipment of Madlib, J Dilla, DJ Premier, DJ Spinna, E-Swift, Kut Masta Kurt, Da Beatminerz, DJ Shadow, Dan the Automator, Chief Xcel, The Grouch, Numark, Cut Chemist, Thes One, J Zone and many more. From the press release: "These photographs are about more than just the equipment. Decades on from hip hop’s birth, producers have an enormous presence, commanding underground and even pop followings. But more often than not, producers are just a name on a record, always in the background. These pictures capture the visual side of the beats they make. They are the images behind the beat." Author Raph Rashid runs a recording label called Crookneck in Melbourne, Australian, and is also co-owner of two clothing labels. While the iconic photographs of the late great J Dilla may be the most popular, the whole book offers exceptional glimpses at some of our favorite producers' home studios, so I recommend picking up a copy HERE!