For The Future Of Hip-Hop is an album produced by Chicago’s Bryan Ford featuring Wu-Tang alum Killah Priest and fellow Chi-city emcees Pugs Atomz and Awdazcate. It was released in May 2016 and received critical praise from publications such as Source Magazine, HipHopDX, and Huffington Post. Bryan played, recorded, and produced all of the music from his studio. The intricate arrangements and musicianship allowed the music to stand on its own, and so For The Future Of Hip-Hop - The Instrumentals has been unveiled to satisfy DJs and heads looking to delve deeper into these beats. The album features a wide variety of instruments and noise makers – from flamenco guitars and 808 kick drums to Moog synthesizers and electric pianos. Also included is the previously unreleased track, “Feel Good Already”.
Bryan Ford has been producing since the late ‘90s under the names Lake Street Project, B. Ford, and Terry Swank. A master on guitar, bass, keys, and drums, he plays all the instruments on his productions. ”Typically when I sample, it’s when I sample myself,“ he notes. In 2011, Bryan released critically acclaimed downtempo EPs Shoe Tree and Hands, which garnered support from renowned international DJs like Mark Farina, Mr. No Hands, and Daze-I-Kue of the Bugz In the Attic.
”I made electronic music, but was always drawn to hip-hop,” says Ford. "My past albums always had a very drum-heavy, boom-bap style. So it was pretty natural for emcees to lay down lyrics over the top of them.” In 2015, Ford heard that one of his favorite emcees, Killah Priest, was in Chicago and invited Priest to the studio to check out some beats. “We originally were gonna do just one song,” Ford recalls. “And he immediately gravitated to the track that would eventually become ‘For the Future of Hip-Hop’ and laid it down then and there.”
Rory Hoy (Howlin' Records / Super Hi-Fi) – “These tunes are fantastic - The future of Hip-Hop is in safe hands here!”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show / Radio X) – “Yeah ... feel good music!”
Rusty (All Good Funk Alliance) – “I Love these beats. Super well made and super funky.”
Dan Wilcox (KCRW FM) – “I love this!”
Stickybuds (Goodgroove Records) – “Really good instrumentals.”
Azaxx (Tru Thoughts) - “Nice vibes and very good vision of the future.”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel - weekly radio show Sydney, Australia) – “I Love it!”
Piiit (Septante Sept / So Watt) – “Excellent abstract hip hop.”
Alinep (Asia Music) – “Real hip hop! The world should hear these.”
Tariq Ziyad (Planet Rave / Dark Horse) – “Great instrumentals, awesome work!”
Robert Lochmann (The Jazzmadass Radio Show on Radio X) – “Very Cool!”
Johnny Luv (Across The Board Radio Show - KANE.FM) – “Good selection of vibes here. Will play “The Stroller” on the show.”