MONTELL2099 & 21 SAVAGE SHARE
“Hunnid on the Drop”
OUT NOW WITH RED BULL SOUND SELECT
New Zealand-based beatmaker Montell2099 has teamed up with 21 Savage for “Hunnid on the Drop,” available now with Red Bull Sound Select. Montell2099’s warped drum programming and haunted melody sets up 21 Savage to deliver evocative verses that cement his status as one of the most explosive new rappers.
Cosigned by Mr. Carmack, Sango and Soulection and Lorde, Montell2099 is rising as an exciting new electronic artist to emerge out of New Zealand. Read about his track with 21 Savage via Pigeons and Planes who wrote “Montell2099 provides a haunted house of a beat and 21 goes off with some of his most quotable lines since Savage Mode. Montell2099 may be better known in electronic circles for his remixes and original productions, but on this evidence he should be on a lot more rapper’s radars.”
In advance of the track coming out, Montell2099 broke down the beat to Genius. Last week, Montell2099 surprised his Los Angeles crowd by bringing out 21 Savage to debut “Hunnid on the Drop” live at Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Brownies & Lemonade. Check out photos on Red Bull Content Pool.
“I’m super excited to share this track with the world,” Montell2099 says. “When I found out 21 Savage was keen to collab, I went on a beat making spree! Within a couple days I had at least 20 ideas made for him. He chose the third beat I played for him and did his thing in the booth. Within a couple hours the track was done.”
Following releases from Sampa the Great, Xavier Omär, Pell and Tennyson, Montell2099’s release is the fifth in this year’s growing catalog with Red Bull Sound Select, joining Gallant, River Tiber, G Herbo and more. Listen to all Red Bull Sound Select releases on Soundcloud & Spotify now.
Based in Auckland, beatmaker/DJ Montell2099 is one of the most exciting new electronic music talents to emerge from New Zealand in recent years. With a mix of bubbling VST melodies, post-Dilla drum programming, manipulated vocal snippets and booming bass hits, Montell’s idiosyncratic productions ripple and crack with club-ready swing and funk. Montell2099 was raised in the rural community of Katikati near Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island. Despite the remote locale, he grew up in a family that placed equal love and importance on music and technology.
As he puts it, “my grandfather was a radio technician and computer geek. My grandmother was a singer and songwriter.” Because of his unique upbringing, Montell2099 has been around music production equipment since childhood. When he was fourteen, his grandfather loaded FL Studio onto a computer, dropped Montell in front of it, and he never looked back. “I spent my teens locked away making music,” he jokes. After high school, rather than stay in Katikati and work as a fruit picker, he headed to Auckland to attend an audio engineering course at MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) and pursue his music.
Within months of moving to Auckland, Montell2099 was offered a radio show on George FM, New Zealand’s #1 dance and alternative station, playing songs that have inspired his own music. Before long, he found himself performing alongside some of his musical influences, including opening slots for Joe Kay (Soulection) and Stormzy. Following his debut performance in Sydney, Montell2099 came to the US in November 2016 to perform at Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA alongside Charli XCX and SOPHIE.
About 21 Savage
Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage burst onto the scene in 2014-2015 with his mixtapes The Slaughter Tapes and Slaughter King. His most recent release, Savage Mode (a joint EP with producer Metro Boomin) climbed to #44 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting EP to date. 21 Savage has gained attention following collaborations with Drake, Future, Mike WiLL Made-It, Meek Mill, and many more.
About Red Bull Sound Select
Red Bull Sound Select is an accelerator for music artists. We support them by collaborating on ambitious projects and ideas; using the strength of our global network together with a collective of artists, creatives and events to accelerate their growth. The network consists of 20 city residencies, 200+ events each year, 250+ artists, 50 partners and a growing list of our own festivals like 30 Days and 3 Days.
Red Bull Sound Select has released several two-song digital singles from its top hand-picked artists, including:
Xavier Omär’s “Afraid” featuring GoldLink, Hit-Boy and Bizness Boi
Pell’s “Patience” /“Late At Night” featuring MNEK, produced by London On Da Track
Tennyson’s “Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday” featuring BJ the Chicago Kid with Mr. Carmack
Mick Jenkins’ “Drowning” featuring BADBADNOTGOOD
River Tiber’s “Illusions” featuring Pusha T, produced by River Tiber, KAYTRANADA & Doc McKinney
Gallant’s “Skipping Stones” featuring Jhené Aiko
G Herbo’s “Lord Knows” featuring Joey Bada$$