Both Buff1 and DJ Rhettmatic developed their careers in hip-hop hotbeds. A native of southeast Michigan, Buff1 witnessed the golden years of the Detroit scene – an influence that’s instantly recognizable in his polished cadence. Buff’s two solo records, Pure and There’s Only One, define his style over a decade-long run of touring and recording. Working as part of the septet Athletic Mic League (AML), Buff has gone on to be commended as part of URB’s NEXT 100.
A couple thousand miles away, Rhettmatic was absorbing the hip-hop Mecca that is southern California. He has worked with legendary DJ crew Beat Junkies, hip-hop group The Visionaries, and spun for Cypress Hill, Talib Kweli, the late J Dilla, and a stack of Stones Throw artists. After finally connecting through Now On member DJ Haircut (Mayer Hawthorne) and Jackson Perry, Rhettmatic and Buff instantly realized their chemistry, adoration for each other’s work, and decided a collaboration was needed. Look for more from Crown Royale as they plan their debut 2010 release.
Make sure to check out “We Gotcha.” As Buff1 says, “We did ‘We Gotcha‘ to let cats know we had more in store. Just a fun joint for the fans.” Rhettmatic had this to say about the song: “When I made the track for “We Gotcha,” it was originally made for a producer’s showcase in LA where I was sharing the stage with Illmind, M-Phazes, Keelay & Zaire, and Veterano. I gave Buff1 the beat him and thus, “We Gotcha” was born. Here’s a boom bap track that I hope that the Djs can appreciate. Being a DJ myself, I always try to make a track that’s DJ friendly