[Resident Artist of the Month] Datsik’s Top Five Hip Hop Tunes

As head into the month of February, we have to unfortunately say farewell to our Resident Artist for the month of January. We’ll still be with Datsik every step of the way supporting the ongoing Ninja Nation Tour, but today’s piece wraps up our month-long highlight on him.

Going out in true style, Datsik has offered up his five favorite hip hop tunes that he’s jamming to right now. If it’s warm enough where you’re at right now, you might want to roll the windows down for this one. It’s full of West Coast style that deserves some dark shades and an elbow out the driver’s side window.

Nate Dogg – Dolla Dolla Bill
Xzibit – Criminal Set
Dr Dre – Keep their Heads Ringing
Snoop Dogg – Just Dippin’
TI – About the Money

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Datsik – Down For My Ninjas EP [EXCLUSIVE FREE DOWNLOAD]

Over the past month, we’ve had the ultimate pleasure of partnering up with Datsik to bring you ticket giveaways to his Ninja Nation tour, an exclusive interview, and now we’re throwing the frosting on the cake with a full free download of his Down For My Ninjas EP.

No need to get your vision checked, you read that last paragraph correctly. We’re offering up Datsik’s latest collection of bass heavy tunes for the low, low price of free-ninety-nine. Just click the image below, and go snag your free copy. We only ask one thing. When you’re rocking out in your car, at the gym, or at work, take a moment and say this phrase: “praise be to ninjas.”

This offer is only good for the next few weeks, so act now before it’s too late. On that note, tickets to his shows are selling out fast, so snagging some now might be a good idea.

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Datsik talks about LA, his Firepower homies, and the future of dubstep [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

TMN: Hey dude! First off, thank you so much for being our artist of the month for January, and for letting us come on board for the Ninja Nation tour.

Datsik: Absolutely. I appreciate all of the support!

TMN: Let’s talk about the upcoming Ninja Nation tour, which kicks off this week. What can fans expect from this tour?

Datsik: Well, first of all, this tour is going to be louder, bigger, and it’s going to have different, crazy, and awesome artists. Some of them are from Firepower and some of them are just homies. We have Kennedy Jones, we have ETC ETC, TRUTH, Barely Alive, Bear Grillz, Twine, Trolley Snatcha, Fox Stevenson, and I think that’s it. They all rotate in and out of the tour.

I’m super stoked. We just upgraded to Vortex, so we have some 3.0 now, and it should be pretty crazy. It should make for a pretty fucking awesome experience!

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[Resident Artist of the Month of January] Datsik

If there were such a thing as an Olympic event for Electronic Dance Music where each country selected their most talented representative every four years, Datsik would already be one of Canada’s sophomoric leaders. The promising young producer that started under a moniker with origins derived from his old Xbox Live gamertag, rapidly become his own establishment just months after his first release in 2009. And “rapidly” could not be more of an understatement. Soon after teaming with Excision the spring of the following year, Datsik was already joining forces with Bassnectar in the fall to deliver the eclectic track “Yes” (And till this day we still have the email from Lorin’s team that blessed us with a preview before release.)

But who really wants to talk about music from 5 years ago? Fast-forward to just a few months back and Datsik is still infusing a dark and mechanical aggression to his music while heavily paying tribute to distinguishable components of both old-school and modern swagger-forward hip/hop. The years of 2013-2014 came with ubiquities hits like: “Hold it Down”, “Hollow Point” (in collaboration with Getter) and the haunting basslines of “Scum”. Robust and coherent collections outlining his musical maturity: Cold Blooded EP with the official single “Vindicate” paving the way, the sequel release Let It Burn LP (September 2013) and finally we arrive at his latest endeavor, Down 4 My Ninjas EP. All the while signing a wide variety of dubstep/ bass producers under his very own successful record label Firepower Records.

Needless to say, most of us at The Music Ninja have had a front row seat of Troy Beetles’ music journey and today we cannot be more excited to present to you The Music Ninja’s Resident Artist of the Month of January.

But that is not all we are doing. Datsik has called upon the ninja brotherhood announcing, The Ninja Nation Tour, a comprehensive and lethal electronic adventure across The United States and Canada, is set to kick off January 22nd and carry all the way through April 9th. Be sure to come back here regularly for tour information, exclusive giveaways, interviews, and fresh new music.

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[Dubstep] MUST DIE! – Death & Magic LP


Today sees the release of the eagerly awaited “Death & Magic” LP by MUST DIE!. The first single, “Hellcat”, turned more than a few heads and MUST DIE! had revealed, in a number of interviews, that we should expect the unexpected. Out now on the mighty OWSLA, the album features ten tracks and is something of a belter.

The producer stays true to his word almost instantaneously with the first three tracks covering familiar Dubstep terrain, contemporary Trap sounds and almost a blend of the two with the help of Ragga Twins and Datsik. The 4×4 sounds then come through, with “Filter System” ft. Descender, before Tkay Maidza steps into play to contribute to the Moombah-tinged “Imprint”. Only half way through and you feel like you’ve listened to five different artists already.

The second half rolls forward with more relentless bass, a 128bpm offering from the LP’s first single, ‘Hellcat’, before further 140 goodness leads into the final track. ‘Star Throne’ is an apt ending to what is an eclectic album – a real blend of all sorts of sounds and styles and with no let-up on energy.

If you came here for deep sounds, progressive beats and a chilled night in, you may be disappointed. If you came to tear out, be taken on a journey and listen to a blend of all things bass – you’ve come to the right place. This is a seriously impressive debut LP from MUST DIE! – you can purchase a copy here. 

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[Electronic] Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Datsik Remix)

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Ultraviolence (Datsik Remix)

It’s no secret that Lana Del Rey‘s film noir-esque voice lends itself wonderfully to the electronic remix. Dubstep veteran, Datsikis the latest producer to reimagine Lana with his take on the title track from her latest album, UltraviolenceRather than completely change the vibe, Datsik adds a layer of heavy bass amplifying the somber feel and creating a wobbly masterpiece in the process. This one’s the perfect catalyst to kick off your Friday shenanigans.

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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Datsik and His Love of the Dark Side of Music

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Armed & Dangerous feat. MC Zulu (Datsik Remix)

Last weekend, Datsik came tearing into Colorado putting on two incredible laser crazy shows reminding every person in the audience what grime dub can sound like. I was able to sit down with him Saturday before his show to get some insight on his past, his love of hip-hop and even a little on Mark Ruffalo.

TMN: I have the pleasure today of sitting down with the crazy producer of dubstep, Mr Datsik, thank you taking the time to talk to us tonight before you show the Mile High City what is up.

D: Of course.

TMN: Let’s start from the beginning when you were young. Was there any music in your household or did you take any musical lessons when you were a kid? You’ve told the great story of your dad giving you a surround sound system and saying, you make it, you can keep it. Were there other musical stories like this?

D: I’ve actually never really had a musical background I’ve always kind of been into the more technical side of it I guess. So that’s why making dubstep and cool noises appeals to me and I’ve always kind of been into making the darker stuff ya know? When I was younger, a teenager, I was into dark hip-hop stuff which translated into what I am making now.

TMN: What was your first tape and/or CD that you owned?

D: Shit. Um, it must have been, I think it was an old Beastie Boys tape or something like that. I’m trying to remember I got it from my brother and that is the first one I can remember. I had one of those big yellow walkmans too (laughs) you know those?

TMN: Oh yes, I had one of those too.

TMN: And what was the first concert you ever went to?

D: I went to a Snoop Dog concert when I was fifteen and I remember we rolled up like twenty joints.

TMN: (Laughs) You kind of have to, it was Snoop Dog.

D: (Laughs) Exactly! So we filled this little container and we snuck it in and we didn’t have floor seats but we rolled up there was five of us and we sparked them and smoked them all at once. I was definitely in a haze when I left.

TMN: On numerous occasions it has been written that you were and still are a giant rap and hip-hop fan, Wu-Tang Clan was your favorite. What was it about this type of music that you loved and still love so much?

D: I guess again, the dark shit. That has always been my niche, the darker side of hip-hop and I liked how it didn’t feel overproduced so everything felt grudgy and edgy. I think the imperfections is what made it perfect for me?

TMN: That being said, what do you think about the rap scene today? For example, Kanye West pretty much just declared himself a “God” in that department, how has the rap scene changed and what are your thoughts on that?

D: Well I think before I answer this we should distinguish that rap and hip-hop are two different things. Rap is the rap game you know about money, cash, hoes whatever. Hip-hop is more about an intellectual approach and getting a message across. I’m not that into rap but I am into hip-hop because it is telling a story. Kanye West, I don’t know it is kind of Hip-Hop because he is telling a story but he is bragging about how cool he is. I mean whatever you know, it’s cool, it will get on the radio.

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