Bosko – Talkbox King ElectroSpit vol.1

My neighbor used to blast ZAPP “More Bounce” as he took us to school in his primer’d up Impala…

We used to pop lock and break dance to “Do Wah Ditty” at the skatin’ rink…
Always wondered what the hell that tube in Roger’s mouth was on BET….

Fast forward in time…

I got that same tube in my mouth

Live on MTV with Limp Bizkit…
Live on the American Music Awards w/Kanye West…
Winning a Grammy w/Kanye West
Live on Jay Leno w/Big Boi…
Grammy Nominated for Talkbox 2011…

I never imagined all that growin’ up in Portland, Oregon…
But here I am…
Can’t Stop Now!

So without further ado… here’s an example of what a talkbox can do!

May I present to you:

Bosko – Talkbox King
ElectroSpit vol.1

01-What A Talkbox Can Do (Intro).mp3
02-Let Me Tell You Somethin-T.I. feat. Bosko.mp3
03-Machine Gun Funk-Notorious BIG feat. Bosko.mp3
04-Shutterbugg-Big Boi feat. Bosko.mp3
05-Sunshine-Lil Flip feat. Bosko.mp3
06-Workout Plan-Kanye West feat. Bosko.mp3
07-World Wide-Tupac feat. Bosko.mp3
08-Walktadis-D.B.A. feat. Bosko.mp3
09-Crushed-Limp Bizkit feat. Bosko.mp3
10-Enjoy-Tech N9ne feat. Bosko.mp3
11-Slow It Down-Drake feat. Bosko.mp3
12-In Love Again-Young Dro feat. Bosko.mp3
13-May be the One-Al-One feat.Bosko.mp3
14-She’s Mine-Bosko feat. E40 & Cool Nutz.mp3
15-Love In This Club (Usher)-Bosko.mp3
16-Always On My Mind (Acapella)-Bosko.mp3

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Part 2: Talkbox vs. Auto-Tune, History of the Talkbox!

heil Talkbox
Heil Talkbox

The Talkbox on the other hand is an instrument you play like a guitar or a keyboard and it adds a richer more authentic element to the words (IMHO) than a simple one dementional robot voice effect. The roots of the talkbox are in the artificial larynx used by patients who couldn’t talk.

Artificial Larynyx
Artificial Larynyx

electric larynyx diagram

The first commercial talkbox was developed by Bob Heil in 1969. The talkbox is not for play or the weak of heart! It is essentially a speaker in a box connected to a tube that is inserted into one’s mouth. A guitar or a keyboard synthesizer is then used to make a melody that is played through the speaker into the tube and into the musicians mouth. The musician then mouths the words without making a sound, thereby “singing” in the melody he is playing on the keyboard synthesizer or guitar. Did you catch all that? No doubt, this takes skill and coordination between playing the keyboard and rhythmically mouthing the words, and it is thus no surprise that one of the first popular records using the talkbox was by one of my all time favorites, the mega talented Stevie Wonder in 1972 (i know…hella long ago) on the classic “Music of My Mind” album. Peter Frampton heard the effect on Stevie’s album and borrowed it for his Mega-Hit “Do You Feel”, which still stands as the most popular use of the talkbox on record, although I’m workin on breakin’ that record. 🙂

Stevie Wonder gets down on the talbox 1972!

“I Love Having You Around”/”Pappa Was a Rolling Stone”

Big Boi ft. Bosko Shutterbug Video Shoot Behind the Scenes! pt.1

Hey Fam!

Can I share? I just got back from the “Shutterbug” video shoot in Atlanta! MAAAAN, what an honor… My dude Chris Carmouche(Big Boi’s Exec Producer/Engineer) hit me in the middle of the night to come lace the song a few months back at Stankonia Studios. I knew it was “that one” as soon as I heard it! Scott Storch killed the beat and Big Boi put down some instantly classic lines…Cutty brought the hook vocals and I did my ElectroSpit thang (Talkbox all throughout!) and co-wrote a bridge w/Big. Making the song was epic and to be in Atlanta shooting the video with a member of the biggest rap group of all time…priceless. Here are a few pics. I’ll be posting some video soon!
Big Boi and Bosko
Chris Robinson was directing and he and Big Boi kept it trill with some of the thickest (and finest) birds in the Atl. The shoot was all Digital on the new RED camera so the quality was pristine!
Big Boi & Bad Bird
A pair of super sexy dancers were bustin’ some contortionist routines decked out in TRON suits (like the movie). Another scene had Big in the classic 70’s Cadillac Broham.
Shutterbugg Tron DancersChris Robinson Puppet Master
The main scene I’m in features those puppets that are popular now (like the ones used in the Lebron and Kobe Nike commercials). I don’t want to give to much of the video away before it comes out, but as you can see the video paints a vivid picture of every line on some next level, Avatar special effects type ish!. Optical illusions, camera tricks, and various digital magic made this video one of the sauciest I’ve ever attended…did I mention the video chicks???? I was definitely takin notes! I’m not just sayin this cause I’m in the video, but I’m sure it will win some awards and be one of the best video’s of the year. Bet on it!

Big Boi feat. Bosko "Ringtone"

Big Boi & Bosko

Big Boi is back with his new single “Ringtone” featuring yours truly on ElectroSpit (aka “talkbox”) and back ground vocals! I got the call at about 1AM one night from my friend Chris Carmouche, Big Boi’s main engineer at Stankonia in Atlanta. He said “Big wants you to do your magic on this new cut… he thinks it’s gonna be a single!” So of course I arrived on the scene a few minutes later and put down some nasty ElectroSpit tracks to complement the classic Big Boi lyrics…and here we are with Big Boi’s 1st single of 2009!

Bosko rocks the ElectroSpit (talkbox) for Big Boi's "Ringtone"