Kansas City-based producer, MC and DJ D-Will recently told us that he makes at least five beats a day. Though an admirable claim, we didn't think much of it until we remembered a line that beat guru Kanye West once rapped: You can't fathom my love, dude
/Lock yourself in a room doin' five beats a day for three summers
/That's a different world
. Not that D-Will is destined to become the next West, but the name of the game on his latest, the Just Add Water
mix tape, is sharp kick drums plus a penchant for creating original melodies for locals CES Cru, the Soul Servers and Approach to rhyme over. Will delivers a solid mix with Just Add Water
, and his hard work shows in the quiltlike arrangements and cuts between tracks. He processes beats, rhymes and turntable tricks like some kind of hip-hop studio's in-house cyborg. But to D-Will: Just don't forget to eat, man.