Behind the Beats: Nottz
Veteran producer Nottz is as comfortable behind the boards as his fellow Virginia native and NFL superstar Mike Vick is on an open field. That’s how he managed to rack up a discography with credits ranging from a luminary like Kanye West (“Barry Bonds”) to California’s WC to underground heroes Little Brother. He brings a blue-collar work ethic to a glamorous trade and in return he’s been kept on speed dial for when artists want to add a touch of grit to their projects.
That’s how his latest release, the Rawth EP, came to be.
“We always been working, so songs from [Asher Roth's] album that didn’t make the album, his manager was like, ‘You’re always working, you might as well do something,’ ” Nottz told Mixtape Daily. “So we put the bug in Asher’s ear.”
The result was the eight-song EP — featuring Chester French’s D.A. Wallach, Rhymefest and Kardinal Offishall — powered by Nottz’s production and Asher Roth’s breezy rhymes . Aside from snares and kicks, Nottz also delivers bars on the Rawth EP (short for Nottz Raw and Asher Roth), a not-so-hidden talent he possesses that seems to be forgotten by most.
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»“Coming and Going” (featuring Rhymefest): “That was supposed to be for my album and didn’t make it,” Nottz said. “I added onto that. We’re gonna do a video.” Last year, the producer released his first solo project, You Need This Music, but said “Coming and Going” didn’t fit that particular collection. On the soulful track, Nottz, Roth and ‘Fest swap rhymes about tough times: “These n—as talk the ‘Art of War,’ thinking they can start a war,” Rhymefest raps. “If you ain’t ready for death, that’s a part of war/ I bring it down to ‘The Wire’ like Baltimore.”
»“Gotta Get Up” (featuring D.A. Wallach of Chester French): “That was for Asher’s new album that’s coming out. It was surprising because he sent me the joint and said he got D.A. on the hook. At the time, I didn’t know who D.A. was. I thought, ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ I did my research and I found out who it was. Then D.A. hit me and asked for a bunch of beats and he would do hooks. So we [were] just waiting on that. D.A. is a good dude. Asher knows a lot of people, I know a lot of people and we just came together and used what we had [to put this project together].”
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