Nigerian-born Mo Beatz cites as main artistic influences Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Pete Rock, and J Dilla. His own sound on Mo Better Beatz Than Blues borrows mostly from the hip hop producers of the late eighties and mid- nineties, but Beatz's sound is all his own. Primarily a work of minimalism and surgical precision, Mo Better... teaches that a clean beat with just a dash of melody should give any rapper more than enough to work with.The sound of "Mo Better Beatz Than Blues" is groovy and mellow,with bass that spreads,rather than stabs and pounds.His melodies are unlikely and creative,and no beats song sounds quite like anything else one is likely to have heard.This is evidently and obviously intentional.
Speaking of his artistic aims on this album,Mo Beatz writes, "I'm an instrumental artist so my album is more about providing an emotional 'n' sentimental vibe to listeners when they hear it.My music sounds melodic and experimental,different from the average hip hop albums.So my message would be that you can be melodic and experimental and still make a great hip hop album without sounding like everything else on the radio!"
Mo Beatz originally released Mo Better Beatz Than Blues in 2013 to widespread critical and fan acclaim. Now newly remixed and remastered, this clutch of beats never sounded more clear, more crisp, or more dialed-in to that sweet spot every rapper shoots for.
Mo Beatz started his career in hip hop in the 1990s. Disillusioned with his dependence on producers for beats and instrumentals, Beatz learned to work the boards himself.
Shortly after this move, independent artists and up and coming rappers and singers began to take notice of his hip hop experimental sounds and quickly befriended him for beats, says the artist's current official bio. However, due to the lack of freedom, airplay, respect for the underground artists and their creativity, and the constant changes in the music industry, Mo Beatz decided to take a break from music and went on a little hiatus.
It was during this period that Beatz discovered instrumental recordings by titans of the 808s and 909s like Jay Dilla and Madlib.
Mo Beatz found gratitude in their art and began to feel the need to make music again, his bio reads. He began to change his approach from a producer to more of an instrumental artist.