Melancholy Hopeful

Do not fear death. Death is always at our side. When we show fear, it jumps at us faster than light, but if we do not show fear, it casts its eye upon us gently and then guides us into infinity...

Marcus D's

Anonymous asked: Damn, where did all the jazz/hip-hop heads go?! I understand the Kickstarter campaign is mostly to press the vinyl, but there's still digital and CD perks. It's practically a pre-order for the Lone Wolf! You usually average about 110 backers per project too but only have about 1/3 of that as of now. Hope a wave of supporters come through soon. I've done my part!

I hope so too. Thank YOU.

3 days left to donate to the Lone Wolf LP Vinyl KICKSTARTER. Thank you to those that already have, yall are awesome.


[NEW MUSIC] The Fox and the Wolf - Shing02 & Marcus D

written by Oli. RIP.

Please take a second to not only listen to this song, but read/digest the story and meaning behind it:

Between January and March, Marlene contacted Shing02 and I about the death of her son, Oliver (Oli). He was a long time fan of ours & Nujabes’ and hoped to make music in the same vein one day. Unfortunately due to a long battle with depression, Oli took his own life on December 10th, 2012. 

He wrote this song with the hope of it being recorded and produced one day. His mother trusted us with this task, and we’ve done our best to bring his vision to life. Oli had also said that one day when he got better, he was going to help people like him…with this website, we hope to bring that vision to life as well, and raise awareness of those who suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD and any other type of mental illness.

You’re not alone.

We present to you “The Fox and the Wolf”.


Marcus D

Anonymous asked: What's gonna happen if the LW Kickstarter doesn't get funded?

there won’t be any vinyl released for it…which would make a lot of people sad, including me.

Anonymous asked: With Keanu Reeves being too old to play Spike in a Cowboy Bebop movie... Who would be a good choice for him?

tbh i’m still set on Keanu. After seein him in Constantine, totin guns and smokin cigs i just don’t see anyone else as our boy.

Gabor Szabo

—Love Theme From Spartacus

From my personal vinyl collection. Enjoy.

Love Theme From Spartacus - Gabor Szabo

(Same song, different version of Nujabes’ Final View & Eclipse samples)


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Anonymous asked: So I used to make beats (for like 2 months) but I've been listening to hip-hop since I was 5 (would sing Shame on a Nigga in kindergarten). I also used to be one of those "fuck the radio/hip-hop is dead/only bump underground" type of cats back in 09. Recently, I discovered the difference between hip-hop I like and don't is just in the drums used in the song. Would you agree that drums are the most crucial element in a song?

i’d agree they’re a crucial part…especially for hip hop, but it differs based on each person’s opinion and musical taste. I honestly give most of the attention to the melody…Nujabes and I had that in common, which is why I think a lot of people compare us. We’re both melody-centered producers.

Drums give the song the swing, so in a sense, it could be argued that they’re the most important part of the song, but each person you talk to will have a different opinion. good question.

Anonymous asked: As a producer, don't you believe your ear is limited if you can only enjoy certain types of music and more specifically hip hop. For example Kanye's newer stuff, sure his lyrics aren't amazing but the beats amazing. Personally, I feel producers have to switch it up instead of sticking to the same old formula. It's more exciting and how versatile they are. Your thoughts ?

Yes, you’re limited if you only listen to hip hop. But Hip Hop itself is an amalgamation of soul, jazz, funk, blues etc, so technically you’re not just listening to “hip hop”.

my argument for Kanye was that instead of becoming a household name off being a rich prick whose “misunderstood” and disconnected from reality…he could’ve remained the go-to dude for hot beats/singles on a record.

Time was, Ye had the hottest beat on every record from like 2001-2002 on, and was usually featured on it too, and he’d wreck it. But times change, I get that.

"It’s something about that Nina Simone-piano flow
It’s like a Michaelangelo painted a portrait of Maya Angelou
And gave it to a sick poet for they antidote
If music get’s you choked up this is the tree and a rope————-

….And don’t let nobody with the power to sign
Ever tell you you ain’t got the power to rhyme

They used to tell me toughen up
Put some bass in your voice
They used to tell me lighten up
Put some Mase in your voice
Lord willin’ I ain’t killed nobody
But I have a feelin’ this album
That I’m gonna make a killin’
Or not a shillin’
This is love it or hate it music
But, at least we made it music
And we didn’t make it industry
This is gon’ be interesting
This’ll be the end of me or I’m finna’ be an entity” - “Get By remix”

I mean… me the last song where Ye had some bars like that, and if it’s in the 2010s, I’ll stand corrected…and he made that beat…it was happening regularly. I don’t blame him for taking his talent and becoming what he is now…underground is where the rats are. But as a personal fan of that style of hip hop, it was like Christmas every week seein songs like “Get By” featuring Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes & Ye drop. We’d label a track like that today as an underground banger…but it was getting mainstream shine, like when “Slow Jamz” and “Overnight Celebrity” were on the radio instead of Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Iggy Koopa.

*picks up cane, gets out of rocking chair and hobbles away”

Anonymous asked: would you say making a beat is a creative process or a calculative one?

it’s both. doing math for timestretching and tempo/then coming up with melodies and rhythms.

Anonymous asked: Hey MD, it would completely crazy if Cise Star, Substantial, Funky DL and Shing02 or maybe Fat John and Pase Rock formed like a super group you were at the helms of production along with Enoch & Speck. You guys would be untouchable.

in a perfect world

Anonymous asked: Thank you for answering my question. What are your favorite 10 records that you own? I've been record collecting for about 5 years now and there's always been that personal aspect of spinning a record that I feel is lost when playing digital files. I can't really explain it but it's sort of the equivalent of reading a hand written letter or something like that.

If I named my favorites, I’d essentially be giving away sources to my samples….but one record I play over and over again is Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love” for multiple reasons.

Anonymous asked: Have you ever felt like the odd man out? Or like.. you never got invited to a hangout but everyone else did?

yea. it sucks.


Wuddup everybody, i gotta small favor to ask of yall.

I’m tryin to get this project funded so we can press up for The Lone Wolf LP for all the fans who’ve been asking for more vinyl releases.

The Kickstarter’s at 25% right now, and we got a little less than 2 weeks left. If you could reblog this for me, or even just tell a friend what’s good I’d appreciate it.

thanks. u guys rock.