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Check out Rayne Drop’s May 2016 Beat Pack for all the summer vibes

Prince Albert, SK – Saskatchewan super producer Rayne Drop (of Rayne Supreme) just dropped his May 2016 Beat Pack this evening. This month’s offering includes four beats, all of which are currently available for purchase or lease.

These are the kind of beats made for summer jams and porch stoop anthems. The collection includes the compositions “Never Safe,” “Sundaze,” “You Know,” and “Strictly For The Kings.”

I’ve been on such a Soulection kick lately so I’m particularly fond of “Sundaze” and “You Know.” Both those beats body that floaty “eclectic soul” sound that just rides out on good vibes and feels.

Check out the beat pack below, and peep our Q&A with Rayne after the jump. Also make sure you head over to www.raynesupremesk.com to lease or purchase any one of these gems. You can also hit up the man direct at RayneSupremeSK@gmail.com for additional information.

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Q&A: Rayne Drop

HipHopCanada: These seem to be really summer-y compositions. Tell me what vibe you were aiming for when you compiled this pack.

Rayne Drop: I don’t specifically aim or strategize for a certain vibe when it comes to the packs I put together. I’ll head down to the rap cave, put on a record or flip through a sample pack or a batch of samples my sample dealer sends me. And whatever speaks to me first is what gets flipped at that moment. The beat gets finished during that session. I only come back to beats to mix. If I have to come back to a beat later I consider it unfinished and I’m not in that moment again so it gets trashed. This is one of the more cohesive packs I’ve put together. It’s almost like a little EP in itself. I dig it. I’m happy with how it turned out.

HipHopCanada: What’s the aim in releasing a beat pack, as opposed to a longer beat tape?

Rayne Drop: I release these beat packs with the intention to sell them to artists. Nothing more, nothing less. The beat tapes I release free to generate interest for said beat packs. Kind of ass backwards but it’s worked for me so far this year so I’ll stick with the strategy.

HipHopCanada: “Sundaze” and “You Know” are my two faves. Because they body that new wave soul sound that I’m borderline obsessed with right now. But I feel like that’s a new sound for you – stylistically.

Rayne Drop: I didn’t feel it ventured too far from my beginnings. I started off on soul samples. Seven years later I’m still flipping them. I find I’m a lot more diverse now, I guess. When I first started in ’09 all I wanted to flip was jazz and soul. I’m a lot more mature now so I try to challenge myself. I’m into a lot more so the soul flips are a few and far between these days. I’ve got mad soul samples kicking around but I’ve also got some other things kicking around as well that I like to consume myself with. If I’m having a rough go in the rap cave I’ll load up a soul sample and flip it just to get over the beat block and get back into the swing of things. Get my confidence back I guess you could say. I’m extremely flattered you would call them new age soul sounding. That shows I’m improving. To me it’s just that same old Rayne Drop flavour.

HipHopCanada: You started off in the game by obsessively sampling. Then you got into 100% original compositions. And now you’re back to sampling… but it’s more subtle. What’s that creative process been like for you?

Rayne Drop: My creative process is kind of all over the place. I think I’m also heavily influenced by the weather. If it’s sunny outside I’m super stoked to go outside and have a dart and get into the samples. So subconsciously I think I gravitate towards a sample that’s a bit more upbeat and good vibe-y. If the weather’s awful then it’s the opposite. I’ll find something that’s a bit more downtempo and sad. I’ve always been a sample head. Even the things that were 100% composed were samples in a way. I know which tracks you’re referring to and a couple of them came out of loop packs that came with MIDI files. I just restructured them how I wanted. Some of the others were homies I had come in and mess around with some things and the final product happened to be good enough to be released. It’s all about utilizing your resources. I have a beat for the June pack. Or maybe Chopera 2 or Raynedretti that needed a baseline. Nothing I could come up with sounded nice so I sent the file to my homie Monsoon out of Guelph and he laid this nasty bassline with this analogue synth he has. It’s filthy. So I’m starting to mix it up. If I can’t do something in particular instead of half-assing it I’ll send it to someone who I know can kill it. I’ve always sampled now I’m just mixing in various live instruments. I guess it is more subtle in that sense


Twitter: @realraynedrop

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