A (2)Dope Contest: Rashad x Confidence The City Remix Contest

blame it on JES7 March 10, 2012

Attention all up-and-coming producers! The dopehouse has linked up with the good folks at Ill Adrenaline Records for a nice little contest to remix a cut off Rashad & Confidence’s one-two punch, back to the basics album, The Element of Surprise. A personal favorite, the album gets steady burn on the iPod and proves that the one producer, one MC formula still works wonders. Check the info and grab the a cappella below, then hit the jump for info on the Prize package. UPDATE: Download link for original added; new a capella properly tagged at 90 BPM coming soon too.

DOWNLOAD: The City [Original prod. Confidence]

DOWNLOAD: Rashad – The City A Capella

2 Dope Boyz and Ill Adrenaline are pleased to present the official Rashad & Confidence remix contest! Since the duo’s critically acclaimed “The Element of Surprise” album dropped at the end of November 2011 (vinyl version scheduled to drop in April), fans worldwide have embraced the movement and the sounds these two aspiring artists have contributed to the culture. Now we’ve given producers an opportunity to remix one of the album’s best tracks, “The City.” This urban tale is filled with knowledge, wit and intellect on what it’s like growing up in the concrete jungle. This is a serious song and we expect nothing but high caliber boom bap production in order to win. Take your time with this one because the prize package is tough and you’re given a chance to get immediate exposure with your winning entry. Best of luck to all contestants!


The City- 90 BPM
Sample-based submissions only, no keyboard sounds. When submitting your remix, please include your producer name and “The City remix” when you attach your audio file to the email. Ex: “Beatmaker – The City remix.mp3”
Deadline & Email Address: illadrenalinerecords[at]gmail[dot]com Subject line: “Rashad and Confidence Remix” due by: April 30th, 2012
Winner will be announced on May 8th, 2012

Prize Package:

• Double LP of the Rashad and Confidence album
• Winning remix gets released as a bonus track on the next Rashad & Confidence digital single
• Winning producer will be interviewed on UK’s Conspiracy Worldwide Radio Show archive:
• Celebrating the ‘GOLDEN ERA’ of Hip-Hop 1980’s – 1990’s “most of my heroes didn’t appear on no stamp?” -Chuck D/T-Shirt
• The Legion “Straight Flow / Automatic Systematic” 7″ (limited edition of 400 copies)

  • JL

    No keyboard sounds? So basically loop/chop a sample over some drums and be done? Sounds…disappointing.

  • Fred

    ^nah, that sounds HIP-HOP.

  • Shut up Fred. Keyboard sounds are just as Hip Hop as Samples…

  • Kingdrumz

    yes! more remix contests please.

  • JL

    Whether you strictly sample or not doesn’t effect if something is hip hop. It’s really pretty ignorant to think that.
    That’s like saying, “Don’t go actually playing any instruments, now! You don’t want to scare off all of those real hip hop heads!”


    Best song on the album and the album is FIRE!

    “No keyboard sounds?” – hahaha

    Did someone’s dad just ask that question? lol

  • Fred

    LOL at the bitching.
    There’s a reason why they said “This is a serious song and we expect nothing but high caliber boom bap production in order to win.” If it’s boom bap, it almost automatically means that it must be sample-based.

  • 91bpm is the wrong tempo for these vocals. they are 90 bpm

  • kneterpumpeter

    is it me, or is the bpm wrong?!

  • bstyles

    Thanks for the contest
    Look out kiddles

  • friendly advice

    yup the bpm is wrong.. i believe it’s 90 something but definitely NOT 91….

  • jacob

    I don’t mean to be harsh but it would be nice to get a download link for the original song. That way people can match up the acapella and original song to their beat in their respective music programs, samplers, etc. The tempo of the song varies depending on what equipment you work with. Furthermore it’s not comletely fair that people should pay to retrieve the original song. The bit rate of the acepella should be higher if it is to be used for a remix. Friendly words of advice.

  • Much thanks to everybody out there joining the remix contest! We already received some dope remixes and we’re looking forward to getting some more! It’s crazy to see how many good beatmakers are out there who still rep that authentic and traditional boom bap sound.
    @jacob Free download link for original version added. Winner will get the acapella in 16-bit / 44.1 KHz sound quality.

  • jacob

    @ill adrenale: Yep, I saw the link. And do appreciate it. Tempo in my logic turns out to be 89.9822. So the original was helpful. Looking forward to hearing some of those remixes. I’m currently working on my own. The acapella is dope.

  • myself

    my remix is on work and it is sounding like crazy!

  • Mine should be completed on Thursday. Can’t wait! Really geeked to be participating in this.

  • French people love real hip hop !

  • Do they mean with keyboard sounds virtual Instruments you recorded with your midi keyboard, or in general no keyboard sounds, that means no real recorded piano, too?? I recorded already my real Piano…otherwise I am going to record my sax ;)
    Greetings from Germany

  • Sample, sample, sample. Finally, someone’s talking my language!

  • I Love this track, & I have done a real banga for this record, hope you guys are up on your beat making game!! best of luck!!

  • Ricky Retardo

    not sure y’all looking at the full picture of sample… but i guess we shall see.