Boonie Mayfield aka Solomon Vaughn aka Boodock rose to internet stardom by performing live Hip Hop beats on his MPC 1000 and sharing said performances on Youtube before doing so became a thing. Over the years he matured as an artist, was robbed of almost all of his equipment but he managed to re-emerge as a multi-instrumentalist who no longer depended on sampled material but instead created the type of music that beat-makers would dream of sampling. Unfortunately not all of his fan base appreciated his progress. Despite the fact that his newer works showed a stepped improvement both technically and musically over his older works his fan base shrank. Maybe it was because many of his fans were aspiring producers who got left behind in the wake of his progress. They could picture themselves eventually being able to do what he did with an MPC but knew they could never pick up the drums, keys and bass guitar the way he did. Or maybe his shift towards more soulful music threw them off. Whatever the reason, Boonie stuck with his guns and re-emurged as one of the best, and most interesting Hip Hop producers/performers in the wider Hiphop community today. The Audiopiates is a collaborative project featuring Boonie and Ill University a Hip Hop duo based in Denver, Colorado. I’m not familiar with Ill University’s work but I can tell that it is going to be worth my time learning more about them, until then enjoy.