Drake feat. Bosko “Slow It Down” (orig unreleased edit!!!!)

drake_plus_bosko_cover_slow_it_down

Naturally when the red hot Production team Tha Bizness needed talkbox for a new Drake record at Hot Beats Studio Atlanta, GA they contacted the “Talkbox King.” In the lab Drake bobbed his head to my single “Just Do You.” Then, he played me a bunch of bangin’ unreleased cuts and I played him some new Bosko songs/tracks. With both of us being singers and rappers, we were on the same page and the musical vibe was redonculous! So I did what I do, put it down ElectroSpit style (my brand of signature Talkbox sound), Drizzy did what he does, and voilà… magic! Be on the lookout for future collabs! Listen/Download here:! Talkbox King Mixtape coming soon!

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Download Link here!!!! slow_it_down_bosko_remix

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 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"