How did the two of you meet and find your way into production?
We met in high school. We were in chorus together and formed an R&B group
called Basic Unity. We could not find or afford anyone to make our beats, so
we borrowed money, put our money together, and got an ASR 10. That was the start.
You are official
members of Fat Joe's Terror Squad crew and have been working with Joe on his
solo projects for a number of years. How did your connection with Joe come about?
We hooked up with Fat Joe through a good friend, Robbie Rob. He told us that
Joe was looking for beats for his album J.O.S.E.. We put together this beat
CD with like fifty beats. When Joe got the CD he popped it in and after like
twenty beats this beat came on. He told us when he heard the beat "King
of NY" he said "I have to meet the guys who did this. They can't be
from Miami!" He drove down and invited us to the studio to record the record.
When we met it was like we had already been friends. From then on we just became
the best of friends. We owe a lot to Joe!
What does being
a member of the Terror Squad involve?
Hard work, a lot of fun and loyalty!
Before the Fat
Joe/Terror Squad connection came about, had you had the opportunity to work
with many high-profile artists?
Before we hooked up with Joe we were grindin' on the local independent circuit
in Miami. We did two records with JT Money, a local legend on Capitol at the
time, and Juvenile and the whole UTP.
single "Hate it or Love It" is a Cool & Dre production. How did
that collaboration come about?
We got a CD to some of our people at Aftermath. Months went by and Sha Money
[G-Unit executive] told us Game was using one of our beats on the album, with
50 Cent on it.
Of course, you
guys were behind Ja Rule's comeback track "New York, New York," which
almost single-handedly restored Ja's credibility. Do you feel that song was
as big for you as it was for Ja?
"New York" was such a big look for us. Not only did we bring Ja back,
[but] two kids from Miami gave New York an anthem. That's a classic!
has also been identified as the catalyst of the Fat Joe/50 Cent beef. While
it doesn't directly involve you, you are close to the situation. How seriously
is Joe taking this beef?
It's crazy because Joe never had any problems with 50. In fact, he was a fan.
But Joe had to fire back! It ain't nothing serious. No one is losing any sleep
label, Epidemic Music, made headlines last year when you signed a label deal
with Jive for $2 million. Before signing, you were fielding offers from everyone
from Def Jam to Shady Records. Just how frantic did the bidding get?
The label stuff got real crazy at one point. We were about to sign with Shady
but Dirt [Epidemic recording artist Dirtbag] was really feeling Chris Lighty
at Jive. They put the crazy deal on the table. We asked Dirtbag, "Where
do you want to go?" Next thing you know, Jive it was.
The first artist
on your Epidemic imprint is Miami rapper Dirtbag. What convinced you that Dirtbag
is capable of carrying the Epidemic brand on his back?
Dirtbag is a superstar! Look out for that album!
When can we
expect Dirtbag's album and who else will we see feature on the project?
Dirtbag's album is crazy! We're lookin at an end of 3rd quarter release. The
album is called "Eye's Above the Water." If features production from
our friends; Timbaland, Red Spyda, David Banner, Jazzy Pha, and of course Cool
& Dre. Artist like Young Buck, Devin The Dude, Fat Joe, B.G., Dre, just
to name a few.
Fans are heavily
anticipating the release of Tony Sunshine's album, and it was originally thought
that it'd see a release through Epidemic Music. What is the status of Tony's
project and how heavy will Cool & Dre feature on it?
Tony Sunshine just signed a new deal with Epic/Sony. We are mixing the album
now and putting some final touches on it. The album is incredible! Cool &
Dre, R. Kelly, Rich Harrison, Scott Storch and Lil Jon. The fans will have to
wait no longer. Tony is coming soon!
You also do
a lot of production work outside of the Terror Squad / Epidemic camps. On what
upcoming albums can we expect to see 'Cool & Dre' listed in the production
Look out for us on, let me see, so many. Let me name a few. Mary J. Blige, Mos
Def, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Jae Mills, P. Diddy, Janet Jackson, Freeway, Slim Thug,
just to name a few..
Of course, as
a producer you're always looking to work with best artists in the business.
Are there any upcoming projects you're campaigning to take part in?
We'll be taking part in Dr Dre's "Detox" album. At the end of the
day we're creative cats. We just want to sit with a dope artist and make great
Outside of music
I understand that you guys also own a restaurant. Quickly tell us about that.
The restaurant is called 'La Dea' It's on 5th and Ocean Drive on South Beach
[Miami]. We're partners with Big Boi from Outkast and Usher.
favourite track that you produced?
It's a track on Fat Joes upcoming album. And "Hate It Or Love It."
favourite track that you wish you had produced?
We wish we did "Lean Back." Shout out to our homie Scott Storch!
Shout out to the whole Epidemic and Terror Squad family. Joe Crack, Dirtbag,
Hound, Brizz, C.Rizzel, and to all of the fans of this Hip-Hop music in Australia.
Thank you so much! Remember this, it's a COOL & DRE EPIDEMIC! Thanks Dominic!