New Music: K-Salaam and Beatnick – Streetlife
by Winston "Stone" Ford
K-Salaam and Beatnick feat. Trey Songz and Buju Banton – Streetlife
Don’t know much about K-Salaam, but his people hit me up a couple times with this track, “Streetlife,” and I’m beginning to dig it. I could definitely see this track getting major radio spins and club plays. It’s a highly viable radio single, even if the Police sample is a tad calculable. The album itself sounds more intriguing though.
From what I can gather, K-Salaam and Beatnick are a dancehall- influenced production team from New York. K-Salaam is a beatmaker, Montreal who first got noticed by Bobitto Garcia upon his relocation to the city and since got connected to Dead Prez and Mos Def. Not much is know about Beatnick though (beatnick = sidekick?). The producer dosent’ rap–he leaves that to such names as Talib Kwlei, Dead Prez, Buju Banton, Kardinall Offishall and Trey Songz just to name a few. The production is a hip-hop meets dancehall (think Patra) vibe, and has a straight nostalgic feel to it.
The album, Whose World Is This, drops in July and with the talent behind the mic, looks to be one of the sleeper albums of ’08.