Beat Making Lab #EthiopiaChallenge W/ Walshy Fire [Eps. 4 + 5]

Enter Beat Making Lab's #EthiopiaChallenge with Major Lazer's Walshy Fire + watch episode 5 of Beat Making Lab in Ethiopia.

Attention aspiring producers: Beat Making Lab and Major Lazer's Walshy Fire want your azonto beats for a good ol' fashioned #EthiopiaChallenge. Those up for the task will flip together samples of a traditional Ethiopian masinko and an Ethiopian soccer chant into an afrobeat/Azonto dance beat. Boss of the aforementioned Azonto Dance Fuse ODG steps in as judge and top honors love comes courtesy of Mad Decent. Beats are due November 9th. But before then, the latest episode of the team in Addis is a community vibe that sees Zimbabwe-born/Philly-raised mastermind MK Asante offering up wisdom on communication. Below watch the Ethiopiazonto call to action as well as ep. 5 of Beat Making Lab in Ethiopia. Scroll on for more details on the latest challenge.

First Place Prize:

-Free SoundCloud Pro Unlimited Account (top two runners up get a free SoundCloud Pro account)

-Beat Making Lab t-shirt

-8GB wooden usb flash drive full of free music

-Your beat will be featured on a free Ethiopia Beat Making Lab EP titled “Des Yelal” released by Mal Dicen x Latino Resiste x ARTVSM. The song will get spins on Mad Decent, Soundcloud and PRI’s The World.


1) Make an Azonto/Afrobeat Dance beat sampling this Ethiopian masinko AND this Ethiopian soccer chant.

2) Upload your track to SoundCloud and add it to this group.

3) Tweet @BeatMakingLab and @SoundCloud the link to your track with the hashtag #EthiopiaChallenge by November 9th.


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Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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