“For a man that needs no introduction, he continues to re-introduce himself back into the music scene with increased relevancy and humility. More of a living legend than just a producer, Lawrence Muggerud, better known by his stage name DJ Muggs, has conquered just about every genre he has set foot on” -The Music Ninja
You know DJ Muggs the hip-hop producer (platinum albums with Cypress Hill, House of Pain’s smash “Jump Around”—plus a dozen stellar albums of collaborations in the Vs. series, as Soul Assassins and otherwise), the globetrotting hip-hop club DJ (spinning 100+ dates annually) and the experimental recording artist (2003 genre-defying album Dust). Take a breath and get ready for a new chapter in the Muggs story—and forget everything you thought you knew.
“The ten-track album is hinged around cavernous bas tones that twist their way around vicious metallic drum patterns while guest MCs like Danny Brown, Dizzee Rascal, Freddie Gibbs, and Chuck D contribute aggressive vocals.” – Spin
“The work has electronic wobbles from front to back but doesn’t sound like your average Skrillex record. It’s more rhythmic, and it features rappers including Chuck D, Roc Marciano and Freddie Gibbs.” -LA Weekly
With Bass For Your Face (Ultra Music), the Los Angeles producer turns his considerable hard-won skills and discerning ear to dubstep, glitch, dub electronics in 10 original tracks (2 bonus tracks) featuring rising stars of hip-hop, a grime legend, a hip-hop god—but also an unknown Finnish singer discovered on SoundCloud. It’s not a typical hip-hop album, or a dubstep collection for that matter. It’s a 21st century hip-hop album built on futuristic dubstep production technique featuring rappers and vocalists operating on the leading edge of the underground. It’s safe to say it could only exist in 2013.
“As the beat maker and man in control of the 1’s and 2’s for Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs has rocked crowds and invented some of hip hop’s most famous and famous and recognizable beats.” – Live High Five
Prior to the album’s release today, Muggs released a series of tracks off “Bass For Your Face” as premieres leading up to the official album release. The first of which, “Trapp Assassin” premiered on HipHopDX and quickly spread across the blogosphere.
“DJ Muggs laces Mr. Gibbs with an incredibly intimidating beat that is driven by some of the most haunting horns and synths you’ve ever heard in your life. Match that melody with some snappy, rattling drums, and “Trapp Assassin” is something straight from a hip hop horror movie.” -Stupid Dope
“Trapp Assassin (feat. Freddie Gibbs)” bangs louder than old school 90’s Dre beat, complete with ferociously quick lyrics by Freddie Gibbs and monstrous high hats, this tune sets an example as to what the rest of the album looks like. –Grateful Web
“Freddie and Muggs will have you doing the Gangtsta fist pump by the end of the night.” -The Source
“Trapp Assassin” features Freddie Gibbs, as Muggs lays down his signature in-your-face style on this nice production.” -Complex
Teaming up with Pitchfork, Muggs dropped an exclusive preview of his collaboration with hip-hop recording artist Danny Brown for “Headfirst.” Listen to “Headfirst” on Pitchfork HERE.
“He’s taken Danny’s vocals on a new verse and mixed them down into the aggressive, bass-heavy ‘Headfirst.'” -Pitchfork
“Don’t be surprised if “Headfirst” achieves peak hour rotation at hipster events and raves, with maybe a rousing crowd surf or two in the process. The track is that much of a sensory experience, and a new soundscape for Detroit rapper Danny Brown.” -HipHopWired
“Brown over a Muggs beat? Oh hell yes.” -Nah Right
“Headfirst” is a bass-heavy, in-your-face cut, so be warned: it isn’t for the faint of heart. Even Danny’s vocals have been tweaked to sound like something sinister.” -Pigeons and Planes
Complex Magazine’s new EDM blog, Do Androids Dance? premiered UK dubstep producer Itchy Robot’s remix of “Shotta.” Check out the premiere HERE.
“We get the reggae/dub vibe from the “original shotta” vocal, as well as some beautiful horns and guitars, but then it drops into a vicious dubstep assault.” – Do Androids Dance?
“Safe” featuring UK songstress Bella Humble will please big room club DJs with its raveworthy basslines and Humble’s trippy, angelic vocals. Take a look at the exclusive premiere on dance music blog Dancing Astronaut HERE. While “Come On London” premiered on Sweden-based music blog DiscoBelle.net (HERE) featuring none other than Killa P. Spin Magazine debuted the Muggs and Roc Marciano dubstep collaboration “Absolem.” Listen to the ” hushed and menacing tones,” as well as peep an exclusive Q&A with Muggs HERE. Finally, DJBooth had the honor of debuting “Deep Purple,” as well as a stream of the album. Listen HERE.
“A refreshing change of pace from its predecessors, this instrumental is dubstep minus the “step,” driven by delayed reggae riffs and a leisurely Caribbean rhythm.” -DJBooth
UK superstar rapper Dizzee Rascal and cohort Bambu guest on single “Snap Your Head Back.” “I met Dizzee through my friend Bun B. We were on this thing called the Gumball Rally, a race from London to Instanbul. He said, ‘You should get with my boy Dizzee Rascal’, so he came to my LA Studio and we did the song.”
Watch the official music video for “Snap Ya Neck Back” HERE
Public Enemy’s Chuck D rhymes on single and bonus track “Wikid.” “I was trying to take the spirit, that raw PE energy and give it a futuristic twist. Chuck is one of my heroes man, I grew up on Chuck D, being educated by him and inspired by him, it’s an honor to work with him. “
“Unknown” features Romy Harmony, an heretofore unknown singer from Finland. Found via a friend of Muggs on Soundcloud.com, “she basically burst into tears” when Muggs approached her about doing a track. Finding a singer like her online “makes me wonder how much undiscovered talent there was twenty years ago in some corner of the world,” says Muggs.
Only time will tell how hip-hop purists accept this new DJ Muggs production. Muggs says, “This is what has inspired me to go forward and want to make music at this point. This is what I feel like doing.” To be an artist and inspire the next generation, there’s only one rule in the world of DJ Muggs—There are no boundaries, keep on pushing.
It’s far from a safe record, but Muggs wouldn’t have it any other way.