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Fallout Shelter Elevator Music Volume 1: Bassment Level Review

“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.”-Michael Jordan

The Fallout Shelters latest efforts (helmed by super-producer & MC Dynamics Plus, along with multiple personalities Domino Grey, Drew Spence, and Xodus Phoenix) is the realization of a dream being reached, a path that puzzled many fans of the producers former hip-hop efforts. However, with any adversity, great opportunity can come out of it.

Elevator Music Volume 1: Bassment Level is the “soundtrack to a new film” in the Dynamic Plus universe (not an actual film, but more of a collection of valuable music in his already immense catalog). Overall, the growth he continues to display as a producer is earning him the acclaim of being the name used as a standard for producers of all genres to follow. On top of this all, he’s just scratching the surface.

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 “This is Jay everday/had no days off/ Ferris Bueller n!**@”-Jay-Z, It’s On feat. Beanie Sigel

Doc Munz is a Renaissance Man-FLAT OUT. He balances modeling (has been featured in various look-books for  brands such as 10 deep, Mishka, Fly Society, Mighty Healthy, Only, ExtraButter/First Quality, Slow Bucks, Nike, Vega Records, Puma, Jordan-which appeared  many websites on the Internet- Hypebeast and Sneaker Freaker Magazine to name a few), photography (shot photos for various after-parties and concerts of artist such as Fabolous, Tyga, and Cormega, as well as photo shoots for Mischka& Extra Butter), blogger (creator behind the website Anyaknodiz which ranked #50 on WordPress), being a member of the Extra Butter/Soul Science Crew,  being a creator of As1(his crew), and First Class The Store (located in Barbados). It would seem all those avenues would exhaust one person. Not Doc Munz-it only fuels his fire.

I’m very happy to do this Q&A. I not only have the pleasure, but to see someone  I’ve known for over 15 years build such a lengthy resume’ in that span of time-it’s truly rewarding. Here’s the Q&A:

There’s a saying “Fashion is life and life is fashion”. Do you feel that term best attributes to your vision???

Fashion isn’t “life” to me,.. I think at one point in my life fashion was up there on the priority list but not so much anymore . Fashion was really important in grade school. I could remember kids checking the tags on the back of tees and sweat shirts of other kids for authenticity, being checked and cleared of all fraudulent activities by 12 and 13 year olds was a big deal.. Life was fashion then and there lol but only then and there. Fashion should never dictate life it should only help describe the mood/tone of small groups in society. My vision is more like “life is bullshit, and bullshit is life” , I can sometimes translate that through some of the fashion I wear.. Haha

How has Long Island/New York City/(any other states of your choosing), and the world influenced your style/business approach??
I really don’t know how to explain how region influenced my style, hmmm… my style is basically urban roots stuck in the suburbs , NY hip hop and black comedy/culture is really what molded my style.

My business approach is more of a trial and error sort of thing. I like to learn from others mistakes as well as my own… Sometimes failing on purpose just to see if I can recover .. Playing angles is always fun to me..  ” let’s see what happens if I do this..” its really not the end of the world for me if one of my business ventures flop or don’t go as expected because I know how to bounce back after scuffin my knees (pause). How to get back up is what New York is all about.

What are your thoughts on the “hipster scene”??

 A ball of confusion to the untrained eye.  To me one of the best movements out, good people, good drugs and ” the bitches ” (gMoney voice) , I jump in and out every once  and awhile alot of my good friends are “hipsters” , but  just like every other movement it will be watered down and ruined. (I hate that term “hipster” by the way..)

What doesn’t the world know about Doc Munz that they should??
I’mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm black y’all and I’m black y’all and I’m blickity black cuz I’m black y’all.. hahaha I couldn’t resist.
Who have been your biggest influences??
D-Nice, Kadeem Hardison/ Will Smith, Soul Science/Extra Butter .
Who have been your biggest influences??
Wale, Wu-Tang , the kid or kids that didn’t get credit for the style they created or cool great things they started.
What advice can you offer to people on becoming successful and achieving their goals??

I can’t tell you how to reach your goals , only you know that answer. But I can tell you some tips to get you there…

1. No scheming allowed … cut that petty shit out, using someone else’s skill to help u progress is homo if they don’t know that’s what you’re using them for.
2. Honesty , stop lying to people .. Exaggerating what you do and don’t do .. Really this should be #1 but it ain’t so deal with it.
3. Be fair
4. Be original, go out of your way to be original .. Don’t act like you didn’t see that idea or theme someplace else.
5. BE ORIGINAL  stop biting… Lol yea twice. Niggas like to switch shit up a Lil and think that’s original , no its not. If wiz got a blonde patch and u wanna copy that’s cool if u admit it’s his… But if you the fag who wants to make your patch green after seein wiz joint … Talkin bout ” how am I copying wiz” you need to stop lying to your self.

What is on the horizon for Doc Munz and his team???

Continue collaborating with people I respect, taking over the world in small stages. I’ve been with EB  from the start and learned alot… Took some of what I learned and shared it with my good friend and partner Stunna Parris who is an incredible and accomplished individual. We came up with “First Class” the store which is located in Barbados , the store is doing very well and will continue to grow.. Got some shiiit coming. is rockin like always, hardest thing there is keeping the cold peanut butter coming.. is  chillin, KD is loving Barbados and BIM is loving KD. the team is solid, always has been.. As1 symbol is as strong as the bat symbol/signal .. Its stronger than any character who plays the lead , bigger than any one on the team.. As1 / Kookie dope is quality …  You see the stamp you know what you’re getting.

No shout outs needed

For more information on Doc Munz and his movement, contact him through his blog and by e-mail

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Domino Grey-Back In Black

“Why ruin a good thing??” Many can say that whenever a popular artist of a particular genre ventures out of his comfort zone into uncharted territories. Many feel an abandonment, or sense of “selling out”, while others feel a plague of “another person joining the herd”. Is experimentation a bad thing?? Is testing new art forms for the sense of self-expression a great thing?? True creativity should be limitless, and not be restricted. However, I feel an artist should not lose his or her entire “core” audience for the sake of gaining new admiration. An artist should let his or her audience grow with them as they grow and explore this new creative realm within themselves. Some artist truly want self-fulfillment and don’t care what the audience thinks (which in itself, can be more endearing than those who go out-of-the-way to please all). I recently heard a great quote from Lenzmen emcee and super-producer Dynamics Plus, who said: “Once my music is out to the public, it is opened to be judged. If they like it or hate it, there’s nothing  I can do about it.” Domino Grey’s album “Back In Black” is his journey, his artistic exploration to find out how far he can push his talents. He is ready for the repercussions, the backlash. All to test his creative limitations. “Why restrict a good thing??”

I’ve called you “The Quincy Jones of Underground Hip-Hop”. Was there any pressure following up such an experimental album, Get It Up, Lay It Down???

I remember you saying that. I thought you must be needing tracks for your next project. Nice words, but certainly undeserved. Um pressure? No, not really. I mean, I don’t struggle with making music anymore. It’s not always easy getting what you hear in your head recorded, but this is my sound so of course I can be consistent with my output.

How would you compare this album with your last efforts???

More musical. The first album said “Dynamics Plus presents Domino Grey”. That tells you about how important the underlying beats were. Back in the Black says “Drew Spence presents” which speaks to the production elements surrounding the songs themselves.

 What were the influences you channeled (if any) for this record???

To follow the same idea, it was the feedback from the first album that set the tone for the second. Listeners wanted more songs. Check. They wanted more traditional arrangements. Gotcha. I personally felt like Get it Up was a collection of songs and their collective vibe told you what Domino Grey was about.

Back in the Black does that too, but I put the studio outtakes to hint at the back story that goes on while these songs are made. My experiences dictate what songs I create and choose to release so the album should give hints about the me behind the music.

Do you feel this album can infiltrate the current electronic scene???

I dunno. A lot of DJs have the record so I expect a lot more exposure for this album and the label is also doing more to promote it. I think it’s a little too early for me to really be worried about a scene anyway. I just want as many people as possible to enjoy what I’m doing. And since I tend to incorporate so many different styles in my music, it would be pretty hard to categorize what I do. I think that would be another problem with establishing my sound in a particular sub-genre.

They say “lightning rarely strikes twice” in the music world. Seeing that your first album was the world’s introduction to Domino Grey, what can be said about this record???

I’d say now that you met me, let’s have a conversation. This album features some very talented artists and in a way it’s become more about them than me. So listen in.

 Final thoughts to any hip-hop artist who’s afraid to expand outside of their musical realm???

Um…don’t do it. Seriously. There isn’t a genre that’s short on musicians or artists. EDM doesn’t need Domino Grey. I am injecting myself with the full confidence that people will enjoy my music.  I’m serious about my music. I see dudes claiming they can make this and that and do multiple styles or genres. Their music isn’t inspired; it’s just going through the motions and adding the signature elements that define those genres. What’s the point of doing what’s already being done? My advice is to stick with music you believe in.

What’s next for Domino Grey?

More music. I am involved in another project called Elevator Music. It’s Drew Spence and Xodus Phoenix from Producer’s Edge and Dynamics Plus. It’s a bunch of us making instrumental music together under the name fallout Shelter. I’ll be sure to hit you with that when it’s ready. Hey, thanks for the ear.

To check out Domino Grey’s new album, Back In Black, go to

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Two Finger Handstand Swag

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The Best Advice I’ve Ever Heard

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Classic film-The Last Dragon

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Top 20 Producers(No particular order)

Excluding the producers of my soon-to-be released debut album (untitled as of yet) Dynamics Plus and Dabooz, here are my favorite hip-hop producers of all-time not in any particular order:

1. RZA

2.DJ Premier

3. Marley Marl

4. Rick Rubin

5. Ski Beatz

6. Pete Rock

7.DJ Muggs

8. MF Doom

9. Mathematics

10. Swizz Beatz

11. 9th Wonder

12. Dr.Dre

13. The Alchemist


15.Easy Mo Bee

16.Erick Sermon

17. The Neptunes

18.The Beatnuts

19.Prince Paul

20.Large Professor

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