Posts tagged ‘Not 2 Sane Productions’



The wait is over! I have finally decided to open up the vaults and release a ton of beats to the public. Everything is for sale! NO LEASES. If you know anybody that’s looking for some original production and might be interested in my sounds, please feel free to share to your favorite social network! For more info and to listen, head on over to my new “Beats 4 Sale” page and holla at your boy!



RIP Byrdie & Mac Pacino

The past month has been real rough amongst my music family.  On November 16th we lost Bay Area veteran, and one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, Eric “Mac Pacino” Gordon of the legendary East Palo Alto, CA group Mac & A.K.  He passed away from a heart attack at 40yrs old. I first met Mac via the social networking site, a West Coast Hip-Hop themed message board that had it’s roots in the Sacramento & Bay Area “gangsta rap” community.  When I visited the Bay Area in early 2002, Mac was one of the first people to reach out and want to network.  He invited us out to his home in East Palo Alto and we kicked it for a few hours just playing our music and talking about the biz.  We stayed in contact ever since and I did work for him here and there over the years.  I had just spoke with him weeks before he passed away about working on their new album that was on it’s way.  Not sure if it’s going to be released now. Here’s a remix I did for Mac & AK a while back, I think it was slated to be on their upcoming album. My condolences to his family.


On December 2nd I lost my fam Jesse “Byrdie” Watson to complications related to a long battle with cancer. He was one of the most talented people I’ve ever known and worked with. Byrdie, like Mac Pacino, was one of the nice guys. A great spirit that lit up every room he walked into. I knew it the moment I met him…he had “IT.” IT being the total music package. He was a dope MC, he had a charismatic, bright & charming personality that you couldn’t help but love, and he was one of them cute mixed dudes that drive women crazy. Basically, he had talent and was marketable. I remember when I told him that I wanted to work with him – he didn’t believe me. He thought I wanted him to do street promotions for me, so I had to convince him that I thought he was dope and for him to come to the studio ASAP. We added him to our group Full Time Soldiers and the rest is Seattle Hip-Hop history. I still can’t believe he’s gone and I’m honestly pretty fucked up over it. He was only 35. These two losses have really made me put my own life in perspective. That could’ve been me. That could’ve been you. Life is short. My heart goes out to his wife Ruby and all of Byrdie’s family. I love you all. Shout out and thank you to Larry Mizell Jr. who works for 90.3 KEXP and also writes for The Stranger. He did a great 45 minute tribute on his radio show “Street Sounds” during Byrdie’s final hours on Dec 1st, as well as dedicated his Dec 11th column “My Philosophy” to Byrdie. In recent months I had been trying to get Byrdie back in the studio and was planning on featuring him on Grynch’s upcoming album. It’s too bad we couldn’t make it happen. This song “Lord Knows I Try” was the last full song I did with Byrdie in 2009. He recorded a feature verse for me back in February of this year, which I believe is his last recording, but I’m not sure when I’m going to put it out.

I also lost my beloved 13yr old pit bull Jasmin to cancer on December 4th. Her dad, who passed away this year as well, was the model for the Street Level Records logo. Yeah…like I said, it’s been a rough month. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours. See you in 2014!


Stack ,D, Byrd


New album from Skuntdunanna AKA Mafia – “Now or Never Vol. 2” available now!

I just put the finishing touches on Seattle punchline king, Skuntdunanna’s new album “Now or Never Vol. 2.” This is the 4th official solo album from one of Seattle’s most feared battle MC’s. It is available for FREE download at my record label, Street Level Records’, website. The album features “Thrift Shop” singing sensation, Wanz, as well as Donte Thomas, Kevin B, Mechy La’Velle & Bad Luck. I also produced 8 of the songs on there, as well as recorded, mixed & mastered the whole thing. Check it out!!

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Kind words from Ryan Lewis about D-Sane & Not 2 Sane Productions…

My good friend Ryan Lewis recently did a write up about me on describing my involvement in their music since 2009 when they began their journey to the top of the Hip-Hop charts. Check it out!

I can’t even remember when I first met D-Sane, it feels like quite a long time ago. Maybe some time between 2007-08? He had grown a reputation for being a go-to producer for many hip-hop artists in Seattle. Lots of my friends in the Seattle community had gone to him frequently to master their records/beats.

I remember going to his studio for the first time. I was like “DAMN!” at the site of a Sony C800G, a Kanye/Beyonce/Rihanna-level microphone you did not see often in Seattle. I’d never seen one. D-Sane had great taste.

D-Sane ended up being a huge piece of the picture, a big part of the team, in the beginning of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. “The Unplanned Mixtape,” “The VS. EP,” “The VS. Redux” — all albums he mastered. Ben and I didn’t have much money and he always made sure we were taken care of. He’s the type of guy that would answer the phone at any point in the night only to hear, “is there anyway you could master these songs in the next 12 hours, we’re on a time crunch” haha. He’d always make it happen. He’s one of the premier digital mastering engineers. I think it’s more challenging to find full control of industry-standard volume, limiting, EQ’ing and tonal changes in a digital master and D-Sane has always impressed me.

From there when the live shows started picking up he continued mastering our live instrumentals. He was an excellent resource to making sure things were consistent and tailored toward a live sound system. He was also an excellent ear in the process of mixing “The Heist” to get a second perspective on the mix. D-Sane also introduced us to Wanz, who went on to sing “Thrift Shop.”

Long story short, I’m writing this to give props to a good friend of ours and someone that worked hard for us before we had any name or credibility. Someone that was part of this from the beginning, supporting us and offering his skills. Beyond mastering, D-Sane also makes beats. We’re excited to give shine to his official SFG Can’t Hold Us REMIX, he produced and mastered himself. If you’re looking for good family to work with, don’t hesitate to contact Not 2 Sane Productions and work with D-Sane.

– Ryan Lewis


New song from Tallahassee, Florida group New Alliance