Rapper/producer Jay The Kidd is showing off his production skills with the new 10 track Rare Kicks Collection EP. The Toronto representative’s latest beat tape shout outs some famous footwear as he provides a taste of the sounds that have been playing in his head.

Jay connected with DZI: The Voice to participate in the “Track Down” series. The creator of 2013’s Visions mixtape gives insights and back stories into four of the cuts from RKC. Go behind the beats with Jay The Kidd.


Jay The Kidd:

This was the first beat I completed. I had the concept for this idea in my phone’s voice memos for months. There was so much energy that went into its creation. It took me about 10 minutes to find all of the sounds, drums and synths I needed and another 20 to lay them all down.

Of course, once you get a record sounding the way it does in your head, it’s a great feeling. I was so excited to have my creative outlet back, and it was a good start.


Jay The Kidd:

This beat pretty much made itself. As soon as I heard the sample it was quick work. All I had to do was lay down some dope drums, and add a few more musical elements like the horns and the strings.

I’ve always had a fascination with music from other places in the world, so I tend to draw inspiration from places that don’t seem common to others. As I was nodding my head to the finished product I could hear someone like Pusha T laying a cold verse over it. It would be an absolute honor if he did. I grew up listening to Clipse.


Jay The Kidd:

The idea for this beat first popped up in my head randomly while I was in Houston. Immediately, I recorded it in a voice memo, as I do with all my ideas that I don’t want to forget. There’s nothing worse than coming up with a good idea and then forgetting how it went.

Anyway, this record is my all time favorite out of all of them, seriously. I’ve had that vocal yodeling sample for years and just never knew how to use it. I think I almost deleted it because I couldn’t figure it out at one point. It’s crazy how things work out.

Once I had those tribal drums and the low synth down I knew that the yodeling would be perfect. The rest of the beat took some figuring out. I knew there needed to be a simplistic counterpart to the complex tribal intro. But I’m more than proud of the way it came out. I swear after it was complete I didn’t listen to anything else for days.

Nike's "Air Yeezy Red Octobers"
Nike’s “Air Yeezy Red Octobers”


Jay The Kidd:

My uncle loves American football. He’s a Patriots fan ’till his dying day. Personally, I’ve never been into sports, at all. I’ve always leaned towards music. But something about the horns that they use for the football commercials (especially around Super Bowl time) struck a chord with me.

After humming bars of a concept nowhere even close to the finished project, I got to work. That’s one of the things I love about what I do. I could start off with a catchy idea, and it could turn out to be something completely different than what I initially envisioned.

There are no rules, no guidelines, and no boundaries as to what can be done in music. I won’t lie, this beat took the longest time for me to perfect. I had trouble deciding on what type of drum pattern to use.


To connect with Jay The Kidd follow him on Twitter @jtkbeats_and Instagram @jtkbeats_

Check out the Jay The Kidd’s full Rare Kicks Collection EP:

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