The TrackMasters Are Back…. Sort Of

My good buddy Will Johnson wrote a great profile of The Trackmasters in the new Remix magazine. In it, despite the fact that it seems like they’ve both been living in Siberia for the past three years, Tone and Poke are saying that they’ve amassed something like 230 songs over the past three months:

“We’ve completed more than 230 full songs. That means intros, verses, hooks, breaks, choruses, bridges, live instruments, all that — in three months,” Tone brags. “That’s enough joints to last a few years.” While 230 songs in three months may seem like a dream come true for most producers, for these two, it’s simply business as usual.

I gotta admit, that number sounds pretty inflated. 230!!!?!?!?! But the article says they employed a production team who would carry out the hard labor of banging out the tracks, and then I think to myself, 230 is not hard to do if you’ve got five dudes making beats literally all day long. Which is what a lot of these big names producers do, they just don’t really talk about it. Still, the fact that they’d be sitting there amassing this big catalog of tracks just to shop them to artists like “Nas, Busta Rhymes, The Game, Jamie Fox, Lil’ Kim, Ludacris, Tyrese, Mariah Carey,” well, it just doesn’t sound very smart to me, mostly because outside of Mariah and Luda, nobody on that list really sells records anymore. And nobody’s gonna pay The Trackmasters the 80 thousand dollars per beat that they are quoted in the article as commanding for their work. What year do they think this is, 1998? I do think they’ll get a few off these beats off, definitely. They’ve always been a dope production team (though they did fuck up The Firm album though, admit it). I just don’t think people really care about the artists enough anymore to warrant putting all that work in to place joints on their albums.

Perhaps what they should do is spend their time looking to actually find, develop, and break an artist. This, of course, after knowing the Trackmasters were the geniuses who let 50 Cent slip from their grasp. But seriously, then all that work in the studio might actually make sense, because they’d be in control of their destiny, instead of just having 230 tracks sitting on a hard drive waiting for Nas or Busta to come rhyme to them, only to have the songs end up on their respective upcoming LPs, which are doomed to suck and not sell shit because that’s just the way it is for rap music at this point.

The days of freelance producing just aren’t what they used to be.

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  • A.D.

    first bitches

  • Josh

    Damn – can I get a Frequency shout out?

  • jonathan

    I knew already tone and chedda had him kidnapped! a while ago! i been knew that! thanks for the hint though! for real for real! goodlooking! im handle all these niggas! at once! trust me! for real for real! goodluck and take care!

  • Phil

    Those guys are completely delusional. No one cares how many tracks you have, they only care about what kind of tracks you have. After that article, I will never use the term “superproducer” again. They don’t exist anymore because no one’s paying $80,000 for one track! They better kick off a 3-for-1 sale with that price tag and start thinking smaller like everyone else in the business is either in denial of doing, or are slowly doing it.

    The Jackmasters were always a big joke to me, anyway. They made almost every weak Nas song I ever disliked. Delusional.

  • young lord

    hey gooch just reminding you to die for now other reason than the fact that you are awful.
    Thank you
    p.s die



  • ChristDisciple

    they’re clearly really out of touch, good article though.

  • Just Nyce(Trackmasters)

    Just Nyce (of the Trackmasters) says: “We got straight drugs, we are about to take over the music industry again. And for the record, all 230 songs are straight crack, we got the heat.”

    Josh, wasup dog…holla at me!!!

  • Coop

    Just Whats Up. What Is Your AIM.

  • rodknee

    You all tripping but I bet they get contracts(song deals) before alot of better producers because the industry is just as out of touch as they are. These execs won’t let the golden years(97-2002) of people buying anything die. Best of both worlds 1 & 2 anybody. Leave them bling era roland module beats on the hard drive.


    Trackmasters suck! But not more than Souljah Boy’s fruity looping ass…I’ll take Tone and Poke.

  • Cinsere

    How you figure the Nas album is gonna suck?

  • The Source

    TRACKMASTERS are the BIGGEST CROOKS in the music business!! I feel sorry for anybody who works with them!!! Plus they are old as fuck & washed up!!!

  • Sean

    Screw the haterz!!!