In this day and age hip hop producers are under-appreciated for their underlying contributions to the culture. Artists can buy beats online for next to nothing and turn them into a smash hit worth millions. The general consensus forgoes most production credits and instead attributes success to the rapper. Trap beats fundamentally define their sub-genre. The list goes on.
Hailing from the shores of North Carolina, hip-hop producer and emcee Some Guy Ty aims to eradicate this paradigm. A self-proclaimed soulful artist, Some Guy Ty understands the importance of creating and perfecting his instrumental craft on top of his ability to write and perform rhymes. Ty is formerly part of the hip hop group Collective Dialect, and describes his tonality best as “an eclectic mix of Atmosphere, Citizen Cope and Ratatat.”
Earlier this month, Some Guy Ty released the second volume of his Beat Botany instrumental tape series, logically titled Beat Botany Vol. II. The tape follows in the footsteps of the original Beat Botany tape released last March. The sophomore effort contains beats he recorded over the past year while taking inspiration from his simultaneous study of the science of botany.
It is his personal “scientific study of sound, including it’s properties, structure, classification and importance.”
The tape portrays Ty experimenting with various samples, frequencies and chord progressions. Consisting of 16 tracks, each spanning 3 minutes more or less, Beat Botany Vol. II is no concise, rough draft mixtape. Rather, it is remarkably polished.
Beat Botany Vol. II gives voice to the soundscape of an entire human emotion spectrum. The beginning emerges soulfully, subtly transitioning into a cloudy disarray of a tape. You’re not going to want to show this to your mom; she might ask you if you’re depressed and feel alright. Instead, Ty has constructed an alternative trip hop instrumental tape best served after a blunt and in the background of a dark and rainy drive.
The ominous piano chords on “Taproot” are reminiscent of a classic Bone Thugz beat. The ensuing “Chloroplast” places the listener in a certain indigenous element with its tribal winds, low piano chords and holy voice samples. “Seeds” plays off the recent success of ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP with a fast-paced, nebulous gangster rap feel. “Habitat” then ends the tape with an optimistic modern day rendition of Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy,” perfectly fitting as a last minute uplifting resolution.
Interestingly enough, “Halophyte” appears to be a slowed-down carbon copy of J Cole’s “Immortal,” only with harder drums and further embellishments. It’s a bit confusing as to why this track remains so similar with the Cole beat which was released earlier last month. Perhaps Ty felt strongly about it upon first listen and decided to put his own plant-based spin on it, but surely the answer is insignificant. All that matters is it fits.
Overall, Beat Botany Vol. II is a hypnotizing collection of instrumentals. It consists of an excellent mix of gloomy chords with freestyle-receptive drum-lines. Some Guy Ty masters the ever confounding recipe of instrumental-only tracks with tangible replay value. He successfully portrays the importance of a detail-oriented and talented producer in a time where only rappers are truly appreciated. Overly qualified for its low number of listens, Beat Botany Vol. II, and more broadly Some Guy Ty, needs to be on your hip hop radar.
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