When it was announced that Inglewood-bred artist SiR was TDE’s John Doe No. 2, I’ll admit I wasn’t overly familiar with the West Coast talent. After reading Andy James’ fantastic introduction to the artist, however, my interest was piqued and my hopes for SiR’s true TDE debut are justifiably high, especially after listening to his secretly TDE-released EP, Her.
With SiR’s first public outing as a member of the TDE roster coming this Friday, February 10, with the release his Her Too EP, the artist who came up penning songs for Jill Scott, Robert Glasper and Stevie Wonder will have his artistry on full display to a fully aware and attentive audience.
Assisting SiR on Her Too are ten contributors, several of which you might be as unfamiliar with as I was with SiR just a few weeks ago. Let’s learn about them together, shall we?
Anderson .Paak (@AndersonPaak)
Credit: "New LA"
Alright, even if you’re just an occasional reader of DJBooth, you’re surely no stranger to .Paak.
Last year was dominated by the multitalented West Coast artist, who found critical acclaim with not only his solo album Malibu but also alongside producer Knxwledge for their joint NxWorries album Yes Lawd!.
.Paak is poised to have an even bigger year in 2017, though, with multiple GRAMMY nominations (Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Malibu), a GRAMMYs performance alongside A Tribe Called Quest, and an opening slot on Bruno Mars’ 24k Magic Tour already on the slate.
SiR and .Paak have collaborated twice before—once on SiR’s Seven Sundays project, and previously on .Paak’s Venice album—so “New LA” may well be another installment of the breezy, laid-back tunes they’ve crafted in the past.
Andre Harris (@AndreDreHarris)
Credit: "Ooh Nah Nah" (Producer)
If you think you’re unfamiliar with Andre Harris’ production, trust me, you are not. The GRAMMY-winning veteran producer has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson and Marsha Ambrosius to Ludacris, and is credited with helping to shape the sound of modern R&B for the past 20-plus years. After spending a decade as one-half of production duo Dre & Vidal, crafting hits for Usher, Chris Brown, Destiny's Child and more, Harris has been working independently since 2010.
Credit: "New LA" (Producer)
Originally from New Jersey, Cardiak already has an incredibly impressive list of production credits to his name. Not only did Cardiak produce on J. Cole’s last two albums—“Love Yourz” on 2014 Forest Hills Drive and “Immortal” on 4 Your Eyez Only—but in 2015, Cardiak snagged a GRAMMY Award for his production on “Groundhog Day” from Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2, and he's been a staple on releases from the MMG roster.
D.K. The Punisher (@dkthepunisher)
Credit: "The Canvas" / "Ooh Nah Nah" (Producer)
Hailing from Baltimore, D.K. The Punisher has produced for everyone from Jill Scott to Justin Beiber to SiR’s TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad. He also handled the production on a couple of the tracks from SiR’s Her EP, so the two have clearly established a working relationship.
D.K. seems most proficient in lush, soulful instrumental soundscapes—a style that has proven to fit SiR’s sonic aesthetic perfectly thus far, including Her Too’s lead single “Ooh Nah Nah”—so expect more of that on “The Canvas.”
J. LBS (@JLBS_)
Credit: "Don’t Call My Phone" / "Sugar" (Producer)
Jason Pounds, also known as J. LBS, is one of those producers you've been familiar with but you just didn't know it. Aside from producing on the last several projects from TDE—Jay Rock’s 90059, ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP and Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade—Pounds co-produced Kendrick’s “Cartoon & Cereal,” as well as notable tracks from Fashawn, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy and more.
J. LBS is just as capable of crafting club bangers as he is funked-out instrumentals, and he also has a long working history with TDE artists, so my expectations for these two tracks are pretty high.
Jonah Christian (@JoomanjiMusic)
Credit: "New LA" (Producer)
A deep dive into Jonah Christian’s career came up mostly empty, however, based off his production on U.K. rapper Jay Prince’s latest project Smile Good (“The Beginning” and “Episodes”), he should make a perfect addition to the production powerhouse behind the helm of “New LA.”
Based in Los Angeles himself, Jonah has a flare for live instrumentation and uptempo productions, and if he can add any of those elements into the mix of “New LA,” we’re pretty much guaranteed a slapper.
King Mez (@KingMez)
Credit: “New LA” ft. Anderson .Paak
Longtime DJBooth fixture King Mez, a NC-born emcee first featured on our site in early 2010, was featured heavily on Dr. Dre's Compton album. And by heavily, we’re talking "writing credits on 14 of the 16 songs" heavy. He's also been known to spit jaw-dropping freestyles from time to time.
Mez has yet to drop a studio debut, but his mixtapes should give you plenty of evidence of his prowess on the mic, and his
should give you insight into how seriously he takes his role as a voice of the people. Considering he’ll be joining .Paak on the project's opening track, I’d put good money on hearing some ferocious bars from Mez.
Credit: “Ooh Nah Nah”
Seeing as how “Ooh Nah Nah” has already been released, Masego’s contribution to Her Too isn't a mystery, but you should still know who he is anyway.
A multi-instrumentalist, singer, rapper and producer, the Virginia-bred artist has talent that far outweighs his current level of fame. He's gained notoriety for his Trap House Jazz band and a well-received EP with producer Medasin,
The Pink Polo
, and has added his trademark feel-good sound to singles from artists like GoldLink and Brasstracks, yet he's yet to truly break through. It's only a matter of time, though.
Seige Monstracity (@SeigeMonstrahs)
Credit: “New LA” (Producer)
According to his bio, Detroit-born, L.A.-based producer Seige Monstracity has been working with R&B icon Tyrese for the past eight years, which is most likely his connection to SiR, who worked as an engineer for Tyrese back in 2012.
With recent production credits on YG’s
(“I Got A Question,” "She Wish She Was") and Skyzoo’s
Music For My Friends
(“Sweet Pursuit”), Seige has a bi-coastal versatility but sounds most comfortable crafting hard-hitting West Coast bangers, which may very well come in handy on “New LA."
Zac Burgenbauch (@ZacBurgenbauch)
Credit: "Sugar" (Guitar)
LA-based composer, arranger, producer, songwriter and guitarist Zac Burgenbauch has composed music for multiple independent films, so it's safe to assume his credit on "Sugar" will add some atmospheric energy to the track. You won't find many notable production credits with Zac's name, but good lord, this jazz arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children of America" is smooth.
Photo Credit: TDE