Fall 2015 NatCave Studio Cypher!

On Friday, October 30th 2015 The NatCave Studio hosted the Fall 2015 Studio Cypher. This was our 2nd cypher in this series.

At the last minute Nat decided to stream the event live to YouTube. This was quite the challenge but in no time we had 3 cameras feeding the cypher to the internet as it was happening. Here are some shortcuts to each artists performance:

King SvPreme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=14m35s
Dise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=31m1s
LJ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=51m10s
Bodmon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=1h50s
Dave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=1h9m12s
S-Rock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=1h15m4s
Phil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=1h28m5s
Ace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=1h41m29s
Spook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=1h48m10s
Foreva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=2h11m55s
JRD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=2h26m52s
False: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=2h34m9s
Nat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ewdmJJPLY&t=2h50m15s

We had some special surprise guests on this cypher, long-time artists that have been working outside the studio for a while. Nothing beats the energy in the studio when we all get together and work on one a project.

Here are some Instagram photos/videos from the cypher:


The Winter 2016 NatCave Studio Cypher is coming up in January. We’ve got some great ideas lined up. We will hold a poll on NatCave.com with multiple beats to choose from. We’ll use the winning instrumental for the next cypher. We’re also wiring an additional speaker in the studio so everyone can enjoy the live performances.

Without further ado, we happily present the Fall 2015 Studio Cypher!


Shontyce Releases The Monster

Shontyce BoothAfter an awesome milestone birthday weekend, Shontyce was right back in the studio working on some new joints. One of the tracks she surprised me with was a fierce rendition of Monster.

The beat will already wake people up as soon as it comes on with a siren in the intro background, warning listeners that danger is coming. Shontyce delivers a powerful performance to match the energy of the track.

For this mix I wanted to showcase Shontyce’s naturally awesome singing style and do some cool effects to the beat to make it fresh. When she says

“Raised in Southside but from the BX”

I immediately felt compelled to add something special. If you were a hip hop fan back in the late 90’s, then you remember those infamous words from Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)… “But if it wasn’t for the Bronx this rap shit probably never would be going on so tell me where you from?”. I played with the sample for a while, soon realizing there where too many words for the small space I had, so I focused on just “The Bronx”. I used another sample when Shontyce says

“My style and my smile is what makes me a beast”.

Shontyce and I know where I found that sample, though I won’t mention it here. You’re welcome to listen to it and solve the mystery.

ShontyceShontyce told me this song is part of new promotion she is calling #ShontyceTuesdays where she releases a new track each Tuesday.

This definitely gives you an idea of what it’s like working with her. She’s focused, devoted and goal oriented, not to mention extremely talented. Check out Monster on Souncloud with over 100 plays in 24 hours.

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Look out for more new tracks from Shontyce coming soon!

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