|Rob Viktum hates paparazzi.|
Thanks to his work with former Def Jux artists Hangar 18
and others, area beat maker, producer, and DJ Rob Viktum
's got a resume most area producers would love to boast--hell, the guy even (kinda) remixed "Jenny's Song" for us back in September
. So you know he's a good sport, too.
But Viktum's also advantageous: Earlier this week, he released Snack Pack Vol. 2
, the follow-up beat tape to his earlier, late March-released Snack Pack Vol. 1
, tapes, Viktum says are aimed at giving emcees, rappers, producers and labels a taste of what he's been making lately. Oh, and he's giving away these for free.
"I guess the main goal for these beat tapes is pure unadulterated promotion," Viktum says. "The only way people can hear your production without going to your studio is through beat tapes. Beat makers and producers have been making beat tapes for years to hand out to managers, A&Rs, rappers, and singers. The digital distribution thing is just a new way of doing that."
Yeah, sure. But thanks to the Internet--and the sheer glut of hip-hop and DJ-centric blogs out there--what's cool about the current incarnations of these beat tapes is that they're out there for anyone to listen in on. For instance, you can download Snack Pack Vol. 1 right here
, and Snack Pack Vol. 2 right here
After the jump, some more news from Viktum, plus some clips of our favorite beats from the two tapes.
You'll have to deal with the beat-jack-saving voice-overs, yeah, but, either way, there's enough here to give you an idea of what the guy's going for.Track 4, Vol. 1: