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The Contest Winner's Studio Session with Inspectah Deck

The Contest Winner's Studio Session with Inspectah Deck

This is what a producer's dreams are made of. We flew our contest winner to New York for a studio session with the legendary Inspectah Deck. In this 3-minute video, Jonathan Myles shares his experience and tells about his beat with "a Liquid Swords-type feel."


Atlanta-based producer Jonathan Myles was selected as the winner by Inspectah Deck himself, who said his beat reminded him of "RZA in his basement in 1995.” We received over 1.000 entries from 45 countries on 6 different continents.

Jonathan's sample of choice after the Contest's challenge to pick any Tracklib sample, was the aptly-titled "Empress Wu Zetian (Wu Zetian)" by Li Na, from China Record Corporation. To find out more about their story, read our Sampling Beyond Shaolin feature.

The winner of the contest did not only got to record the song with Inspectah Deck in the studio. The finished song will also be featured on Inspectah Deck's upcoming album where all songs are made with Tracklib samples. As we mentioned earlier, Deck loved your submissions so much that he has picked a few more beats that are most likely going to be on the album. We will share more on that once the album is recorded and the tracklist is finalized.

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Inspectah Deck & Contest winner Jonathan Myles
Inspectah Deck & Contest winner Jonathan Myles

About the winner

The winner of the contest is Jonathan Myles, an independent producer from Atlanta, GA. Myles’s style was influenced by many of the kings of beatmaking: Pete Rock, DJ Premier (Gang Starr), The Alchemist, and, of course, the RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. “I’m just an average Joe,” said Myles, who had to pull over in his car to celebrate the news. Myles recognizes what this opportunity means for his career: “It’s like the hip-hop gods have spoken.”