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Slapp Symphony drops new compilation CD

November 25th, 2011

While most of the island was getting ready for the long Thanksgiving weekend, Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated production duo Slapp Symphony were still on their grind.

'Drown 'Em in Beats, Save 'Em With Rhymes

Slapp Symphony (Slapp Symphony Music Group)

Leti "Let-T-Let" Leti and James Westbrook stopped by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newsroom on Wednesday, Nov. 23, to hand-deliver a copy of their new compilation CD, "Drown 'Em in Beats, Save 'Em With Rhymes," and talk about their collaboration with the Nocturnal Sound Krew on the project.

With Slapp Symphony's beats providing the foundation for each of the album's 10 tracks, "Drown 'Em…" is a showcase of various Hawaii-based recording artists they believe best represent the different sounds our islands have to offer. From reggae and gospel to hip-hop and R&B, Leti and Westbrook speak softly and let their beats do the talking.

Tracks have been leaked from the album since May, when Kimie Miner's "Is This Love" hit the airwaves on local radio stations and also got airplay in Australia, New Zealand and Paupa New Guinea. Other songs have showed up on local hip-hop radio shows, including 102.7 Da Bomb's "Mind Tactics" with DJ Jimmy Taco and KTUH's "Got Rice? Show" with DJ Bone.

Slapp Symphony gets work done in the studio. (Courtesy Slapp Symphony)

Slapp Symphony gets work done in the studio. (Courtesy Slapp Symphony)

The latest single to drop is "Ice Palace," a realistic look at Hawaii's meth problem, which Slapp Symphony hopes to use as a strong anti-drug message in working with groups like the Hawaii Meth Project and the E Ola Kahiau Foundation.

"Drown 'Em in Beats, Save 'Em With Rhymes" was released today, with CDs available at local retailers Fitted Hawaii, Prototype, In4mation and Kicks Hawaii; the album is also currently available for purchase online via iTunes and other sites.

Along with sharing a few unreleased samples from the compilation, Leti and Westbrook spoke about their experiences producing the album, what it means to have sound engineers Tatsuya Sato and Jay Franco of New York City's Stirling Sound working with them on the project and more.

Interview Clips:

Clip #1 - The Interview Process

Clip #2 - The Mastering Process

Clip #3 - "It's All Different"

Clip #4 - Getting Mainland Exposure

Clip #5 - "It's Mature Music"

Clip #6 - Favorite Tracks

Song Samples:

Sylen and Maryanne - "Can't Let Go"

Kaipo Kapua and C-Gutta - "L.O.V.E."

Leti Twins feat. Let-T-Let - "Thank You Lord"
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at

One Response to “Slapp Symphony drops new compilation CD”

  1. Anonymous:

    uce where can i cop da new cd i ran in to west a few times nd chopd it up but i wana cop da cd asap

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