Well, I've been around it since a young age. Not just making beats, but this
whole music shit. I mean I was 9 years old in 72 hour sessions at battery studios,
chillin'. I was there watching dudes produce, record, mixdown, all that. That's
how i spent some summers. Since then I wanted to do music, it was just a matter
of time. So I started DJing around 13, got into that extra hard. I toured the
world doing DJ comps and showcases till about 98. That's when I started fuckin'
with production. But 2000 is when I made it my life. I've always been a creative
person. I feel I was built for this. I'm ready to be that nigga.
What equipment did you start with?
My first pieces were an E-MU SPIZOO and an AKIA S900.
your first beats sound like?
(Laughs) That's funny. Not something I would show people that's for sure. I
was on some experimental shit then.
How has your sound changed?
My sound changed by spending more time on post production. After I make a beat,
I'll track it and fuck with the sounds, tweaking them, getting it right.
What equipment do you use now?
I got an MPC4000, XP-30, MOTIF RACK, PROTEOUS 2000, TRITON RACK, ALEISE DMS,
TURNTABLE, PRO-TOOLS HD, and also a couple of guitars and bass.
How long does it take you to make a beat?
It depends, I got some tracks that took 30 min., some like 4 hours, and rarely
more then that. Making a beat quick doesn't matter to me. Making a hot beat
matters. I'm selective with my sounds and like to layer my shit. My beats are
a bit more complicated then those 15 min. producers. No one could make one of
my beats in 15 min.
How do you know when you're done with a beat?
Whenever it feels right. Some beats sound finished with just 9 tracks of music.
Some will take up 30 tracks of music before it sounds done. It depends on what
you're going for.
How and what sounds do you look for in a sample?
I appreciate all music, and like most instruments. I'll pretty much sample anything
as long as it could be freaked.
Whats the best sample you've ever found?
Damn, that's tough. It would have to be between, 1.) Damage is Done/Graph, 2.)
Santana's town II/Juelz, 3.) Ladies and Gentlemen/Shells.(Which I produced with
Filthy. He's another producer with some fire.We work together pretty often.)
I'd say where those beats were sampled from; but then I'd be putting dudes on,
now wouldn't I? Ya'll could read the inserts when the albums drop.
How do you get people like Grafh to listen to your beats?
At the time I was living in Queens, not to far from Blackhand. A friend of a
friend knew Chaz and hooked it up. They came through my studio, and we been
tight ever since.
A lot of people thought that Kanye West produced "Damage is Done,"
but that was actually you. Are you mad about that?
(Laughs) Nah, not anymore. Af first I was, but it's cool. I'll take it as a
compliment though, Kanye got some alright shit. Although, I don't know what
made niggas think he did it, he hasn't dropped anything that hard in a minute.
What other tracks have you done with Grafh?
I got around 10 tracks with Graph. He's like the first dude I was rockin' with
early. But I got the song they pushing now, "I Ain't Playin" feat.
Stat Quo. That songs a real problem. Another one heads might have heard is "God
As My Witness", Filthy and I did that one too.
How do your beats complement his style?
I always liked Grafh, so I just give him some shit I'd like to hear him on.
It just ends up workin'. I give him a crazy beat, he talk crazy. There it is.
What about Juelz? How'd you get down with him?
I also hooked up with Juelz through antoher friend, Lova. He took me to Juelz's
studio to play tracks for him.
What are you doing with Juelz now?
Right now I got 20 songs with Juelz. Some of which Filthy and I did together.
Juelz got some shit , his album is gonna be out of control. We got some shit
with him and Peedi Crack that's sick, one with him and The Game that's sick
too. I mean everything we got with the kid is sick.
How do you see your beats fitting Juelz?
After doing 20 songs with my man, I hear them fitting him pretty damn good.I
like working with him cause everything we got together doesn't sound the same.
He's bringing it even harder this time around.
What's it like hanging out with the Dip Set?
It's just like chillin' with my nigga's. They showed mad love from the jump.
Juelz make me feel like I'm fams, That's my nigga.
You did the Intro to the new Dip Set album, how excited are you about that?
Yeah, I'm hyped about that. It's a song with JR Writer and Cam'ron. They both
talk crazy on it, and the beat is something sick too. JR Writer is another artist
we got like 10 songs with. He stay talkin' crazy. His album's gonna bang. That's
The A-Team is a group that's about to blow, how is it working with them?
They cool, the shit we droppin' with them is fire. It's gonna hit the streets
What made you want to work with the A-Team?
I had heard of them before they was gettin' on Clue mixtapes, and wanted to
do some shit with them back then. But, it was another situation where a friend
of mine knew Orlando. They came through my studio and we been rockin' ever since.
Who would you like to work with next?
Man, I got work for everyone, and I'd like to work with everyone. But the ones
I've been wanting to rock with for a minute are Hova of course, I made "Damage
is Done", when I heard he was making "The Black Album", it never
got to him. But, Fat Joe, Jada, Fab, Luda, Styles, shit to Destiney's Child.
I'm a versityle producer, nigga's ain't seeing me.
What's the last beat you've heard by another producer that amazed you?
Honestly, I'ma take it back and say "Try Again" or "Big Pimpin".
Timbo's a beast. He's one of the best.
What's coming up for you?
There's a lot that's gonna be released in the next upcoming months into next
year. But 2005 I'm coming real hard, and I ain't gonna stop. But besides what
I mentioned already, the Shells project is hot, his song game is serious. We
gonna be all over his album. We also workin' with this independent artixt Grand
Prix. Me and Filthy produced the whole album, check for that cause it's gonna
be a classic. I mean everything I create I try and make classic. So look out
for the kid, look out for Dip-Set, Juelz Santana, J.R. Writer, Shells, Graph,
A-Team, and Grand Prix.
How can Heads reach out to you?
Scream @ ya boy before it's too late man ITSDEVELOP@YAHOO.COM