In The Lab with Daringer

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Beneath the brazy bars spit by Buffalo-bred brothers Westside Gunn and Conway, you will commonly hear sample-based soundscapes crafted by a buzz-worthy producer from the same city—Daringer. In the past year, this three-headed monster has ushered in a new wave of hard body hip-hop, keeping that real street shit many of us grew up on alive and well. And Daringer has been at the helm, spearheading the production on celebrated Griselda Records projects like Flygod and Reject 2, not to mention a shitload of Soundcloud loosies and EPs. And though they’re steeped in tradition, Daringer’s beats are not just batches of recycled ‘90s nostalgia. Instead, he’s putting his own stamp on the sample-flip style with a stripped-down signature sound that has earned the respect of legends in the game like Alchemist and DJ Premier.

It’s not easy to go back to basics and still help push the genre forward, which is what intrigues us most about Daringer’s discography thus far. So we hopped on the horn with him to find out how he constructs his tracks, and dug into some interesting personal history along the way. Plus, we got a feel for the vibe in his Buffalo-based, crib-set studio, the stories behind some of our favorite cuts, and what it’s like to record with two of the illest new dudes in the game. Let’s take a trip upstate, shall we? It’s time to get In The Lab with Daringer.

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