LoFi Hip Hop Producer Andre Ramone

So I guess I’m a Lofi Hip Hop Producer…

I’m not sure exactly sure where to start so, here goes…

A lot has changed since my previous post about marketing my first official EDM single release, “Summer Wave”. I fully intended to ride that track for months to provide a case study on the release and marketing of an independent single but then music happened.

I’ve been producing music since 1992 as I’ve detailed on the main page of this site. I spent the first 8 years or so emulating Dr. Dre, Dj. Quick and Dj. Premier among others but then in 2000, I heard & fell in love with Common’s, “Like Water for Chocolate” and things changed. One of the producers responsible for this instant classic was, James D. Yancey, aka J Dilla and his sound inspired me to no end.

Of course I had heard the productions he had crafted for The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest and Janet Jackson before but something about his work with Common struck a nerve with me and sent me down the path of trying to emulate his sound and craft my own Soul beats.

New School & Old at the Same Time.

This brings me to what I want to tell you about the change of gear I have taken musically as of late. The Soul beats I began making back in 2000, as well as other styles of Boom Bap Hip Hop tracks, have always had a lofi quality, as I would ‘muddy’ up or distort the sounds to create –what I would have previously described as— an underground aesthetic. From using a bit crusher plug-in to sampling the ‘hiss’ of a record spinning on a turn table, I’ve always loved trying to age my tracks for sake of authenticity.

I’ve said all this to tell you, I am producing –almost exclusively— Lofi Hip Hop currently. I’ve begun to immerse myself in the Lofi Beats/ Chill Hop community and culture and I love what I have found. From online streaming radio stations, YouTube channels and message boards, I’ve found a vibrant, active audience & community, concerned with finding and sharing dope Lofi Hip Hop regardless of who made it or how. I find this incredibly refreshing and I’ve jumped in wholeheartedly.

Here’s a list of things I’ve been doing since my last post.

  • Began produced, recording and mixing my first Lofi beat tape called, “Moonlighting”
  • Launched a podcast called, Lofi Beats Radio.
  • Became a featured artist on Chill Sky

And…

  • Released my official first Lofi track called, “Coast With Me

Andre Ramone coast with me lofi hip hop

Not bad for a couple of weeks-work, right?

Again, I’ve been making this style of music for years but not in name –I referred to is as Instrumental Hip Hop, which it is. It’s the community surrounding the music I am new to and love what I have found thus far.

I will complete my, “Moolighting” beat tape shortly and release it for sale & streaming, shortly and document the process. Stay tuned as I make a real push to put out quality music and gain traction as a Lofi Hip Hop producer in this, the most exciting movement in Hip Hop right now.

-AR

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Andre Ramone is a Lofi Hip Hip producer as well as a producer of Hip Hip, EDM and Pop music.

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