DJ Toure documentary (electronic press kit 2013)
Last Tuesday DJ Toure, DJ/producer and member of Oakland's longtime Hieroglyphics crew, released his long-awaited solo album, Toure's Theory: Session One, which initially was expected to drop last year but due to his busy schedule got bumped back until now. The prolific artist, who in addition to working with the Hieros crew including member Casual has, over the years, produced tracks for the likes Too $hort, Freeway, Devin The Dude, Phonte, Father Dom, Beeda Weeda, The Grouch & Eligh, Goapele, E-40, and Forty Wata's rapper son Droop-E, has been down with the Hieros since day - initially joining the crew as the DJ for his (elementary school mate) Casual .
The above Dylan Freitas-D'Louhy directed electronic press kit video gives some insight into DJ Toure's rich history (coming up in Oakland upbringing with fellow Hieros (Casual, Tajai, Opio, and A-Plus) as well as some background on the new album that includes many of the aforementioned artists he's worked with including members of the Hieros - Opio, Pep Love, Del The Funky Homosapien, and Casual; plus such Bay Area artists as Too $hort (see new video below for the album track "Mind Yo Business" that also features Jacoria Marzett.), E-40, Mistah FAB, Clyde Carson, B-Legit, J. Stalin, Nio Tha Gift, and The Jacka, as well as such other guests as Philly rap star Freeway.
This week the Amoeblog caught up with the artist that ask him about anticipated album which he explained, "was delayed because I started working with two different record labels over the past years and things just didn't workout." As for Toure's Theory's various styles he describes it as, "a musical composition of hip-hop, R&B, live drums, hard beats and melodic melodies" with the recording of it involving, "a lot of late nights, food and cookies." Considering all of the other artists he has worked with up until now on their projects I wondered how working on his own album differed from the work he's done with other artists and if it's refreshing to now have the final say on a project? " Yes it is always refreshing to have the final say especially when it comes to mixing and mastering," he admitted but added that, "When I work I always give 101% so It really doesnt differ much." [note 101% Music is the name of his music label / production company]
And what about who are some of Toure's favorite artists to have worked with over the years? "Hieroglyphics crew for sure, first family where it all started. Casual, Freeway, Too-Short, E-40, B-Legit, and D-LO were some of the most memorable studio moments. They all were easy to work with and the studio sessions are always turned up," he said while citing as the reason to his and the Hieros' longevity in the music industry as, "Humbleness, loyalty [and being] creative and original." Toure's Theory: Session One is now available on CD with vinyl coming soon. And as for future releases from Toure and his label 101% Music? "Albums, singles, mix tapes and freestyle series, signing new artists and Toure's Theory Session 2 and an album from Emakulant," he promised.
DJ Toure "Mind Yo Business (feat. Too $hort & Jacoria Marzett) " (2013)