SAY CHEEZE!, the full length album by producer GIT BEATS dropped yesterday Jan. 6th, 2009 on Used Wax featuring RAEKWON of Wu-tang Clan, LADYBUG of Digable Planets, ROCK of Heltah Skeltah, PRINCE PO of Organized Konfusion, and more…

SAY CHEEZE!, the full length album by producer GIT BEATS dropped yesterday Jan. 6th, 2009 on Used Wax featuring RAEKWON of Wu-tang Clan, LADYBUG of Digable Planets, ROCK of Heltah Skeltah, PRINCE PO of Organized Konfusion, and more…

In 1992, the year the Wu-Tang Clan shocked the world with Enter The 36 Chambers, Git Beats was huddled in a corner of the Staten Island Ferry with his boombox, bumping his beat creations for the RZA, Ghostface and U-God. His encounters as a Staten Island youngster with the figures that put the “forgotten borough” on the rap map comprise just one more note in an accomplished career that has taken him from the birthplace of hip-hop in its heyday through park jams, battles, block parties, record deals, mixtapes and more vinyl than you ever thought existed. This path has led him all the way to where you’re most likely to find him today: behind the mixing board at his studio, with some of the genre’s most respected emcees behind the mic. Remember the tale of the tortoise that beat the hare? Think of that story when you think of Git Beats.

As a kid working summers in his uncle’s store in the South Bronx, Git (pronounced ‘jit’, after the original name for ‘b-boy’) knew early on that hip-hop was going to transform his life. But he didn’t know it was going to take the globe over until 1983, when the movie Flashdance cracked the breakdancing craze wide open. That was the year Git bought his first record, Afrika Bambaataa’s “Renegades Of Funk”, scrounged the cash to buy a friend’s turntable setup, and began his DJ career, a logical transition for a kid who was drumming at age nine. “I spend hours on my drums,” says Git. “Drums are everything to me.” His love of drums set the foundation for his sound: driving, percussion-heavy productions anchored in traditional hip-hop, with an experimental streak. Indeed, after several years of working with his Staten Island click The Street Preachers and trying his luck with different labels – including a stint on Payday, the imprint behind classic releases from Jeru Tha Damaja, O.C. and Medina Green, before it was forced to cease operations – Git finally struck a chord in 2000 with the “Saxxy” 12-inch, a self-released white-label that some maintain is the first example of what has come to be known as the ‘broken-beat’ genre.

“Saxxy” proved to be a turning point in Git’s career. In 2002, Git and renowned producer Alchemist collaborated on the “Just Be Good To Me” b/w “Raised In The Slums” 12-inch for NYC underground crew T-Weaponz, a group Git would go on to score big with with the “Dem Boyz” single, which hit number 6 on the Billboard charts in 2006, staying in the top 15 for over three months. Things started snowballing in 2005 when he performed in Central Park alongside DJ Z-Trip at the request of Nike, who featured the performance in the “Keep On Pushin’” commercial. Beat duties on “Step Up Wise”, a song on Digable Planets femcee Ladybug Mecca’s comeback solo album Trip The Light Fantastic, as well as 2006’s Problem Solving Mixtape Vol. 1 both set the stage for 2007’s “Just One Of Those Days” 12-inch with Ice Water and Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan. Git turned heads in 2005 In 2007 Git ventured into movie scoring, providing music for 2008’s Sundance Grand Jury prize winner Sangre De Mi Sangre, and Staten Island, slated for a 2009 release. One of the world’s foremost vinyl collectors, he can also be seen sharing his knowledge in the 2004 documentary Deep Crates. As his number continues to rise, Git remains true to the ethics the South Bronx taught him, always putting quality and substance first, no matter who’s on the track and what may be up for grabs. “I try to make concepts with any artist I work with,” he says. “If the person I’m working with has a name, that’s all good, and I’m happy to be able to work with them. “But at the end of the day I have to be proud of the music I make.”

Heltah Skeltah – So Damn Tuff video featuring Buckshot and Ruste Juxx from the album, D.I.R.T.

Heltah Skeltah – So Damn Tuff video featuring Buckshot and Ruste Juxx from the album, D.I.R.T.

Directed by General Steele & Cynical Smith for Bucktown USA Ent., Heltah Skeltah debut their third video off D.I.R.T. for their track “So Damn Tuff” featuring Buckshot & Ruste Juxx. Da Incredible Rap Team is in stores now and only $7 at Best Buy for a limited time.



Heltah Skeltah is the legendary rap duo comprised of Rock and Sean Price, a.k.a Ruck. The duo is most know for their debut album, “Nocturnal,” which produced such hits as “Operation Lockdown,” “Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka,” and “Therapy.” Heltah Skeltah is also an intricate part of the mighty Boot Camp Clik, who over the past several years have released projects such as “The Last Stand,” and “Casualties of War.”

Since 2005, Sean Price, a.k.a. Ruck, 1/2 of Heltah Skeltah, has re-invented himself as a solo artist with projects such as “Monkey Barz” (2005), “Jesus Price Supastar” (Winter 2007) and his “Master P” Mixtape (Summer 2007). Sean P’s newfound fans aren’t aware at times that he is also RUCK from Heltah Skeltah; “At shows kids will approach me to my face and ask how Ruck is doing…I just respond with he’s chillen,” says Sean Price. Fans who have come to love Sean Price for his witty delivery, bluntness, and incredible knack for word-play, can expect the same P!!!! in the new Heltah Skeltah album. Sean Price went on to say “there’s only one way I know how to rhyme and that is to straight body the mic and the verse.”

Rock, the second half of Heltah Skeltah, has made headlines recently as he’s battling an attempted murder charge, as well as being accused of pimping. In one of the opening lines from the album Rock proclaims “I’m out on bail, fresh out of jail, Brownsville scheming, y’all want to see me up North, but I’m down the hill creeping.” Since his release, the main place Rock has been creeping to is the studio, as he just released his critically-acclaimed Mixtape “Shell Shock,” while at the same time completing the Heltah Skeltah album.

For Heltah Skeltah fans, and hardcore Hip Hop enthusiasts, the new “D.I.R.T.” album will serve as a breath of fresh air. With production from Khrysis, Marco Polo, Evidence, ILL MIND, Black Milk, Sic Beats, and more, as well as guest appearances from fellow Duck Down artists, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Ruste Juxx, and The Representativz, Ruck and Rock stuck to their proven formula and sound. Sean Price states: “We didn’t try and get cute with this album and pick some ‘out da box’ beats and get on some philosophy sh*t. We did what we knew best and that was rhyme about the street, while of course infusing the humor that you know you’re going to get when you listen to our rhymes.”

One of the lead singles from “D.I.R.T.” is the ILL MIND produced track “EVERYTHING IS HELTAH SKELTAH.”

Heltah Skeltah is available for all interview requests!!

Tracklisting and credits for Heltah Skeltah’s “D.I.R.T” (Tentative):

1.) Intro
2.) Insane (Produced by Marco Polo)
3.) Chipmunk 3000 (Produced by Fatim)
4.) Everything Is Heltah Skeltah (Produced by ILL MIND)
5.) D.I.R.T. (Another Boot Camp Clik Yeah Song) (Produced by Khrysis)
6.) So Damn Tough f/Buckshot and Ruste Juxx (Produced by ILL MIND)
7.) WMD f/Smif N Wessun (Produced by M-Phazes)
8.) That’s Incredible (Produced by EZ Mo Bee)
9.) Ape Muzik f/ The Representativz (Produced by Stu Bangas)
10.) The Art of Disrespekanization (Produced by Khrysis)
11.) Hellz Kitchen (Produced by Evidence)
12.) Shmack Muzik (Produced by Sic Beats)
13.) Twinz (Produced by Ken Ring)
14.) Ruck N Roll (Produced by Stu Bangas)