This is too dope. Ouici decided to pair up a number of scenes from his favourite childhood movies with tracks off his recent release, She Dreams In Sound. If you haven't taken in the instrumental album yet, I highly recommend you do; Ouici's attention to detail throughout is remarkable, as is his ability to craft lush, captivating soundscapes. In total, you'll see Bloodsport meets "The Joy" (one of my favourites off the album), Forrest Gump meets "The Grand Ballroom" (another of my favourites off the album, and Ouici's personal favourite video), and Akira meets "Hummingbird". Watch the Forrest Gump reworking below and hit the skip to watch the other two.
This one's a must-listen. Producer Ouici (whom you may know as Ric Notes) just dropped She Dreams In Sound, a spectacular, head-nodding 11-track adventure. Says Ouici, "I've been making beats and producing for artists for over 10 years. I've worked with a bunch of artists, including, but not limited to: Shad K, K-os, Blake Carrington, Drake, Tona, Ayah, Shaun Boothe… etc. All those productions were under the moniker "Ric Notes", but under the radar, I've always made some more experimental and more creative instrumentals that no one has really heard, and most artists I sent them out to didn't really know how to mess with them. So I decided to just put out my own instrumental project without the worry of having to cater to artists, and to be completely free artistically and creatively." The album is meant to sound like an aural dream, says Ouici: "I used very dreamy sounds/effects, and also used many sounds and influences from everything I can remember growing up on, from Wu-Tang to Disney movies, to soul music etc… I ended up with She Dreams In Sound which, in my humble opinion, is my most personal and creative piece of work that I've done to date." As for the name change, Ouici says, "I guess [it was] just [based] on the idea of having a fresh start on everything musically, and [so I decided to] introduce this new sound with a new name." Early favourites on She Dreams In Sound include "The Grand Ballroom", "The Joy", "The Nest" and "The Wedding". Stream and download/purchase the album below.
Battle of the Beatmakers" and has been on the jury with Boi-1da. We sat down with Ric to talk about about his collaborations with his approach to hip-hop production, making beats on his iphone, and collaborating with artists like Blake Carrington and Shad. Click "Read The Rest Of Entry" below to check out the entire interview.
"I'm a leader cuz I chose to step up/these brothers think Heinz all they do is catch up".Blake Carrington's verse on Famous' A Kid Tryna Make It made me a new fan of his music. I realized how important it is for a new artist to come correct on everything they do because they can gain a new fan. I kicked with Blake Carrington and his producer Ric Notes who has produced for Shad, Tona, Drake, and so much more. We talked about how they met, the importance of a first impression, and branding your art. Blake Carrington has a bright future and I'm excited to see his career grow.