TD Cruze (1992-) is an American Hip-Hop producer from Valdosta, Georgia. He originally began making music in 2010, but did not receive any sort of recognition until he produced the Lil B single, "Tell You This", in 2012.
Later that year he released The Savage Beast, the first ever instrumental hip-hop project to be comprised of only animal noises. This led to widespread blog exposure and even radio play in certain areas. He then went on to release several instrumental EP's including a sequel to The Savage Beast.
- The Savage Beast (2012)
- Sight and Sound (2012)
- Irish Eyes (2013)
- TDTV (2013)
- Pavlov's Dogs (2013)
- Nice Find (2013)
- The Last P90Xorcism (2013)
- The Savage Beast 2 (2013)
TD Cruze provides examples of:
- Alternative Hip Hop
- Call-Back: The "Commercial Break" track on TDTV references The Savage Beast.
- Chronological Album Title: The Savage Beast 2
- The Faceless: There are no known images of TD Cruze anywhere on the internet. It is unknown whether this is intentional or not.
- Everything Is an Instrument: The Savage Beast and it's sequel are perfect examples of this, seeing as how they are comprised entirely of animal sounds.
- Fake Radio Show Album: The premise of TDTV is that the listener is watching Video Soul, an actual music video program that aired on BET from 1981 to 1996, and that each of the songs are different videos interspersed with sampled dialogue from Donnie Simpson, one of the hosts from Video Soul, in between each song. TDTV also included a "Commercial Break" track, with samples from early 90's TV commercials.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: According to the bandcamp tags, Pavlov's Dogs was intended to be a combination of Hip-Hop, Noise, Post-Punk, and House music.
- New Sound Album: All of his projects can be considered this. Each of his instrumental EP's are firmly rooted in a different style of music, ranging from Trip-Hop to Noise to Jazz-Rock Fusion.
- Pun-Based Title: The Last P90Xorcism is a portmanteau of The Last Exorcism and workout video series P90X. The EP features dialogue samples from the P90X videos and real-life exorcisms. Also doubles as a Multiple Reference Pun.
- Sampling: All of TD Cruze's songs seem to have some sort of sample in them, even though the animal sounds used in The Savage Beast EP's wouldn't necessarily be considered actual musical samples.
- Shout-Out: The cover of Nice Find is taken from the Drew Studio in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.
- Textless Album Cover: All of Cruze's projects with the exception of TDTV.