The Big Knock

by Jaded Incorporated

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Black Future 03:20
Monster 03:14
Come Down 04:10
Coconut Sofa 03:42
Cubicle 04:06


Jaded Incorporated is Mayer Hawthorne and fellow Michiganite 14KT, aka Kendall Tucker of the hip-hop collective Athletic Mic League. Although they're longtime collaborators, this is the duo's first project together. Coining the term "beat wave" on their debut, The Big Knock, they draw from synthesizer-based postpunk and new wave, with a nod to ghettotech and booty (see the title track for the latter). The Big Knock doesn't have Hawthorne's heartbreak or Tucker's soul-driven R&B - not even on "Monster," which includes a late-'90s J Dilla beat. Instead, it has a Thomas Dolby - like buzz and a metronome beat, exemplified by "Coconut Sofa." Still, Hawthorne's humor surfaces in the robotic honks of the storytelling "Half Moon Bar OK." It wouldn't be a huge stretch for these two to top off their sharp suits with robot helmets. - LA Weekly (Lily Moayeri)

‘The Big Knock’ has been hailed as a “A bomb of new-wave funk” by Okayplayer and “A 13-song fantasy album” by Jay-Z’s Life+Times!


released June 17, 2014

All songs produced by Jaded Incorporated
except “Monster” produced by JAY DEE
a.k.a. J DILLA

Recorded at The IS (Ypsilanti),
The Barbershop (Los Angeles),
The Treehouse (Los Angeles),
Red Bull Studios (Los Angeles) &
McNasty Studios (Detroit)
Engineered by Riley Mackin
Mixed by Michael H. Brauer
Mixed at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Mix Assistant and ProTools Engineer: Mark Bengtson
Mastered by Mayer Hawthorne at
The Barbershop (Los Angeles)

Label: Republic/Casablanca Records

Synthesizers used:
Yamaha CS-80
Yamaha SY-2
Roland Juno 60
Arp Pro Soloist
Arp 2600
Roland CR-78


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14KT II Karat Gold Music Ypsilanti Charter Township, Michigan

Michigan's Karat Gold Classic Kid. Producer. Artist. DJ. National Beat Battle Champion Self-Proclaimed Chop Artist - one who specializes in the true art of sampling and sonically "chopping" records to create unique beats and cool sound collages.
1/7th of the mighty Athletic Mic League. Member of Jaded Incorporated and RSXGLD.
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