|When K-Def mentioned to his friends at Redef that he knew pioneering producer 45 King, it led to two questions: ''What is he up to and when can we work with him?'' The 45 King was only a phone call and a 10 minute drive away. After initiating the recording session, K immediately went into A&R mode to complete ''Back to the Beat,'' an instrumental exhibition that features the two producers trading ideas.|
From working under Marley Marl in the early 90s to producing for P. Diddy in the late 2000s, K-Def's career has eclipsed two decades, but it was a man by the name of DJ Mark the 45 King who inspired K years before his professional career began. The 45 King has been behind some the biggest names in hip-hop and beyond, from Gangstarr, Eric B & Rakim, to Jay-Z, Eminem and even Madonna.
''Back to the Beat'' is composed of 2 personalities that communicate, complement and compete while the audience is engaged. 45 King leads the show while K-Def is his lead soloist. In pure form, both identities are on display showcasing technicality in simplicity. There?s more than enough hard drums and catchy samples to live up to the title.