KEELAY AND ZAIRE Up-and-coming production duo Keelay and Zaire talk about their new album Ridin’ High, working with Tash, why Prince of Thieves is one of the best compilations ever and much more.
CY FYRE Up-and-coming producer Cy Fyre talks about coming up in Houston, coming up in the game, working with Trae, who’s got next in Houston and more.
NOTTZ The low-profile and legendary Nottz comes through HipHopGame for a classic interview. Read up on one of the most talented producers in the game today.
GRANDMASTER FLASH “I think I had an added advantage. Being one of the inventors of hip-hop and being one of the DJs that has the privilege of traveling to almost any free country in the world and watching dance floors and festivals and learning different cultures and lifestyles, that there gave me an added edge along with listening to some of the greatest producers of all-time.” The legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash chops it up with HipHopGame about his new album The Bridge, being influenced by other cultures, why pioneers don’t get the attention they deserve and much more.
FOCUS One of the most underrated and underappreciated producers in the game gives an in-depth interview on staying motivated, making great music, Detox, building with producers and much more.
STATIK SELEKTAH “I want to take over everything I can. I don’t really look at other cats as competition because I think everybody does their own thing. I’m trying to do my brand of hip-hop. I want to make music that I’m a fan of.” Statik Selektah talks about recording a project with Saigon in 24 hours, his new projects with Wale and Souls of Mischief, how he’s evolving as a producer and much more.
TERRACE MARTIN “Dude, I’m not talking about catching nobody at the stoplight or beating them. I don’t have guns. I’m not into that. People are starting to abuse the internet things. People need to be careful because the F.B.I. watches this stuff and a lot of these cats with the internet beefs don’t want no real problems with nobody. I don’t want no real problems. I don’t want to get shot at and I don’t want to have to have a million guys with me wherever I go.” Terrace Martin touches on working with Pete Rock, his favorite jazz albums, not sampling, staying positive, dogs, Snoop and much more in another must-read interview on HipHopGame.
$PORT Meet Toledo, OH producer $port, a hard worker who gives his peers some advice on networking, grinding and never giving up.
WYLDFYER Wyldfyer hasn’t been in the game very long and he’s already worked with Jay-Z, Nas, Ludacris and Lil’ Wayne, among others. Read up on what will soon be one of the biggest producers in the hip-hop game.
TEFLON The former Ruff Ryder producer talks about where he’s been, where he’s going, his production techniques and much more.
DJ SKEE The one and only DJ Skee talks Charles Hamilton, Black Wallstreet, why L.A.X. isn’t Game’s last album, why he left Power 106, how to succeed in the game today and more.
DJ REVOLUTION One of the top DJs in the game got with HipHopGame to talk about his new album King of the Decks, remaking a classic, The Wake Up Show and much more.
JUDAH Judah is fast becoming D.C.’s main go-to producer. HipHopGame sits down with Judah to talk about everything from up-and-coming D.C. artists, the scene, his artist RAtheMC, bloggers, his production techniques and more.
TERRACE MARTIN 'I hate to say it and I hope everybody reads this ,I don’t see me growing on the West. That’s why I did a tape with DJ Drama, so I could grow with the whole world. Rright here, it’s a weird thing going on right now in Los Angeles.'
AYATOLLAH Legendary producer Ayatollah takes you on his journey to beat construction, talks instrumental album, working with Cormega and more.
STATIK SELEKTAH “I’m sitting on some crazy shit. I’m pretty happy with the way things are going. I’m going to keep on learning but I have a lot of music about to come out. It’s crazy because the last month alone I’ve given beats to Jada and Kanye gave me props and 50’s people have reached out to me.”
DIAMOND D "I’m better now than I was in the ‘90s because back then I was just using all samples. I really wasn’t using too much live instrumentation on top of it. And now I stepped my game up so now my shit just sounds a lot bigger."
K-DEF 'When I was working with Marley Marl, I had so much different stuff. I had to make tracks for years. They piled up. I would make 10 beats in a week and maybe two or one would get picked in a day. They would pile up. We were recording on tapes and once I did a beat, we put it on DAT because we didn't know what they wanted. '
DJ GREEN LANTERN The Evil Genius talks about working with Nas, GTA IV, Obama and more.
D-DOT Must-read interview with legendary producer D-Dot as he talks about his new plans, the early days of Kanye, Bad Boy and more.
Jay-Z, Kanye, Common and production techniques – No ID delivers a rare and must-read interview.
Scram sits down with HipHopGame to discuss his upcoming compilation, Saigon, Jae Millz, Haffa, loyalty and more. Find out what Scram's been up to!
Sam Thoro of Thorotracks talks to HipHopGame about coming up in the game, working with Shabaam Sahdeeq, Killah Priest, southern hip-hop and more.
In a rare interview, Red Spyda discusses his production techniques, working with the Lox, Saigon, keeping a low profile, a new website he’s involved in and much more.
Engineer, producer and writer. These are just some of the hats Steve Sola wears. Read up on one of the key figures behind Prodigy’s HNIC 2 as well as Voxonic’s game-changing technology. Don’t miss this one.
The producer of The Roots’ single “Get Busy” talks about working with the crew, Peedi Crakk, Nikki Jean, being versatile and more. Get used to seeing this name.
If you haven’t heard of WrighTrax yet, don’t worry. You’ll be hearing a lot about the talented Detroit duo signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music.
J-Love talks about his new album with Meyhem, getting down with Ghostface, having to deal with male groupies, working with Cormega and much more.
DJ Static talks about why he hasn’t blown up yet, being managed by Beyonce’s pops, working with Poison Pen and Rakim, why producers should have an engineer mix their beats, his production techniques and more.
You’ve probably already heard at least one of M-Phazes’ soulful tracks, and if you haven’t, you can plan on it because this Australian-bred producer is looking to make some big moves in 2008.
Jay-E talks about working with Nelly, Avenged Sevenfold, his production techniques and more.
"The mass appeal of my product doesn’t necessarily allow me to put out product every week, but it allows me to stay ahead of the competition. When I was first coming out a lot of the big dogs were sleeping on me and I snuck into my spot."
"I’m going to attack each song with interesting collabo’s yet not so random that it doesn’t make sense. A lot of people just throw random, big names over a beat which usually doesn’t makes sense and turns out being very mediocre. "
"We tour like punk rock groups. We go out there and we fucking tour. Fuck a record label. Go out there, get in your van and fucking tour. We did that for years."
Pete Rock speaks on his new album and tons of other things.
“I want people to see that I’m a valuable producer and mainly that I’m not just with Dre. Dre is my mentor and a great person to work for and his legacy is Aftermath and I’m blessed to be a part of his legacy, but I can definitely stand on my own two and my legacy is about to be just as strong, if not just as powerful, as Aftermath.” Focus speaks on producing with Dre, Detox, his new album, why he’s going digital and much more.
“I knew after the first 18 months there that that position wasn’t for me, but I’m not a quitter. My main thing was to try to stick it out and try new ideas and new concepts, new everything, and I was doing it in an older system.” Sickamore explains what happened at Atlantic, his next move in the game and why he’s going to win.
SEAN C. & LV
Sean C of Grind Music talks to HipHopGame about working on American Gangster, working with Fat Joe, working with live musicians and much more.
SHA MONEY XL
“They’re the hip-hop Beatles right now, man.” Sha Money XL talks G-Unit, his One Stop Shop Producers’ Conference, managing Young Buck, where Lloyd Banks’ career is right now, if he’d work with Cormega again and more.
Just Blaze sits down with HipHopGame and delivers a classic interview.
“Every day, every decision I make is a thought-out process of where it’s going to take me and if it’s going to help my career or not. It’s well thought-out because it’s that important. Every decision I make determines where I’m going to end up five years from now or 10 years from now.” Check out Versatile, whose production resume includes Fabolous, Method Man and Postaboy.
Check out our interview with Stephen "Spliff" Hacker, founder of Spliffington Management as he tells us about his start with Tapemasters Inc., A&Ring for the Diplomats, managing producers and teaming up with the LRG Clothing brand.
NU JERZEY DEVIL
HipHopGame sat down with Backwallstreet's head producer Nu Jerzey Devil. Check out what he has to say about the BWS compilation, his new clothing line Heaven Or Hell, working with Lil wayne and more
“The funny thing about 50 to me is that he makes more hip-hop records than these underground guys. The stuff I do for him, he picks the most grimy beats. They’re super-underground, but because he’s on it, it’s somehow commercial. So there are people in the underground who hate 50 because he’s popular and they’re probably missing out on stuff they’ll like because it’s right down their alley.” Jake One talks to HipHopGame about working with 50 Cent and G-Unit, Evidence, coming from Seattle, his album and more.
Bravo and Joey Chavez have been banging out beats for awhile, both individually and as the duo known as Sid Roams. Currently, they’re working with some of the best artists from Queensbridge. Check out what they have to say about doing the group thing, finding the QB sound, working with Prodigy and Big Twin and much more.
“I’m all about trying to come up with something that pushes the envelope. The technique is the same, whether I’m doing a classical mix of hip-hop and jazz or something else. I just keep it moving. It’s about whatever’s in my head.” Salaam Remi gives a great interview about working with Nas, all his new projects, his production techniques and more.
“Basically I go in the direction that I want to head in a particular beat. I don’t like doing anything simple. I like to do things a little different all of the time…I always try to be creative and I always try to take it to the next level and whatever comes out of it, comes out of it.” Streetrunner sits down with HipHopGame and gives us his perspective of Lil’ Wayne’s new album and whether Wayne’s the best in the game, working with Fat Joe, Juelz Santana, his production techniques and much more.
Illmind gives an in-depth interview on working with Little Brother on Getback, getting down with Sha Money XL and 50 Cent, balancing different styles, production techniques and even more.
DJ DRAMA (2nd Interview)
DJ Drama addresses the haters once and for all!
“I’m the type of person where you can never count me out. People said I lost a lot of momentum in my movement with the RIAA, but I’m not a conventional artist. As long as I keep my movement going, I don’t have to live off hype. My career is not based off me getting locked up by the RIAA” DJ Drama talks with HipHopGame about the making of the Gangsta Grillz album, his RIAA case, free mixtapes, the art of the DJ album and more.
You can call DJ Muggs a lot of things, just don’t ever call him a part of the industry.
One of the founding members of Public Enemy speaks with HipHopGame about his work on American Gangster and much, much more. Don’t miss this.
“There are a lot of haters out there that love hip-hop from the ‘90s and this album doesn’t sound like the ‘90s, but those cats will love it. I got history on this album. This is the first time Cassidy and Freeway did a song together. Royce and Cormega together is crazy. The intro to the album alone makes it worth buying it.” Check out Statik Selektah as he talks about his new album Spell My Name Right with HipHopGame.
MIGHTY FUZZ YOUNG
Up-and-coming producer Mighty Fuzz Young talks about his new mixtape project For My Generals, working with Uncle Murder and Grafh and much more.
“It’s been a long story and it’s been real, but I wouldn’t change anything. It’s kind of crazy how I got to meet 50. I was working on the Young Hot Rod demo and he got in contact with somebody at G-Unit, sent them the demo, 50 heard it and loved the material and then they flew him up there and then they flew me up there.” Lab Ox talks about working with 50, his artist J. Angel, working with Nickelus F and the Burglars, the grind, rocking Fruity Loops and more.
“I like working at night. I’m a bit of a night owl when I make beats. I work during the day and making beats is like my second job. That’s like the late shift that I’m working. And the mood has a darker vibe on a lot of the tracks. It just seemed like a nighttime record to me.” Philly producer Dev Rocka talks about putting together his compilation album, working with the Juju Mob and more.
“Throughout both of our experiences throughout the years, this album started becoming more of a conscious, political record. I’m really happy with how it came out and it’s really good to be at the end of it where we can let the people hear it. I’m definitely really excited.” DJ Huggy talks about producing Charon Don’s Art of Life album, his evolution as a producer, coming from Pittsburgh and more.
SHA MONEY XL
Sha Money XL talks to HipHopGame about his new artist, working with 50 Cent on Curtis, drops a surprise about Dre’s Detox while dropping gems on the beat-shopping game and much more. Another HipHopGame must-read.
'I think the drums are the foundation of a beat. I think it’s the most important thing and it really lays the groundwork for the melody and the vocals. It’s really the foundation of the house, like if the drums drop out, the house is just going to collapse. The first time anybody hears my beats, they say that my drums sound crazy.'
B-BANGA “I try to incorporate both of those approaches. It’s hard right now because hip-hop is going in all different types of directions. I grew up listening to all types of music and I don’t try to do what’s hot now. I try to come up with my own thing. Hip-hop is cool now, but it’s losing a lot of its musical touch.” B-Banga made his name through working with Cam’ron. After producing the single to Juelz and Lil’ Wayne’s I Can’t Feel My Face, B-Banga is putting himself in position to be one of the next big producers. Check him out here first.
MIDI MAFIA Midi Mafia takes a break from making hits to talk to HipHopGame about their new projects, making a smash, their production techniques and more.
TRACK SLAYERZ “Any song you need, we should be able to do. Fitting into that Black Wallstreet sound, I think it could be tricky, but I think that we could pull it off.” Read up on up-and-coming producers the Track Slayerz.
SMIFF AND CASH “Our style is not having any particular style.” Smiff and Cash made a name for themselves working with Killer Mike on his street album I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind. Check out what this Caribbean duo has in the works and why you need to know who they are.
MARK RONSON DJ Mark Ronson gives HipHopGame an exclusive interview about his new album Version, the process of making covers, Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z, Saigon, Rhymefest, Wale, the internet and more.
KID CAPRI “I’m at the level where I’ve done everything that there is to do with DJing. There are a lot of good DJs before me, but I made DJs be looked at as artists. I made that happen. I opened a lot of doors for different DJs. I’ve played everywhere and I’ve been on every stage. Now it’s time for me to do my CEO thing with No Kid’n Records.” The legendary DJ Kid Capri gives us an update on his label No Kid’n Records and much more.
KAYSLAY DJ Kayslay gives HipHopGame another classic interview. ‘Nuff said.
COOL (COOL & DRE) Cool and Dre are one of the most consistent hit-making teams the game has ever seen. Cool sits down with HipHopGame to discuss their latest projects, Fat Joe, the Game and more.
The team behind 50 Cent’s new sound is finally getting their run. Read up on Chris Styles, CEO of Dangerous LLC as he talks about working with 50 Cent, the album Curtis, working with LL Cool J, signing DV Alias Khryst and more.
Marco Polo takes some time to catch his breath and talk about his compilation album Port Authority with HipHopGame.
With classic albums under his belt and a great compilation just released, Jazzy Jeff is a living legend. And when living legends speak, we listen.
It’s time for another HHG classic interview.
Superstar Jay has been on his grind for a while. Check out what this Queens DJ has to say about coming up, The New Big East, the mixtape game today and more.
If you’ve never heard of Ty Fyffe, you’ve definitely heard his work. Read up on one of the most accomplished producers in the game.
Producer extraordinaire Swizz Beatz has been busy working on Bone Thugs N Harmony’s latest album Strength and Loyalty as well as his first solo project along with Cassidy and Eve’s next albums. Despite his hectic schedule, Swizz still found time to chop it up with HipHopGame.
WYLDFYER (Part 1)
The producer behind “Black Republican” sits down with HHG to talk about working with Nas, L.E.S. and staying original. Another interview you don’t want to miss.
WYLDFYER (Part 2)
From the airwaves of Buffalo to Sirius to mixtapes to production, DJ Noodles has been quietly solidifying his place in the game as one of the next DJ’s that we need to look out for.
From working with Masta Ace, Pumpkinhead and the Boot Camp Clik to putting together his own album, Marco Polo has officially arrived. Just don’t tell him that.
DJ Absolut gives HipHopGame the first look on his upcoming compilation, working with Nucci Reyo and Ron Artest as well as his take on payola and more.
DJ Absolut gives HipHopGame the first look on his upcoming compilation, working with Nucci Reyo and Ron Artest as well as his take on payola and more.
The ALC stops by HipHopGame to talk about Prodigy’s new album Return of the Mac, the importance of not thinking and much more.
Khrysis opens up to HHG about working with Sean P and Little Brother as well as expanding his sound and his upcoming projects.
The Most Underrated talks about his new album, having it leak online and why we should all fear Poison Pen.
The producer behind Snoop, Cam and Wordsworth, among others, talks about the production game with HHG.
HHG heads out to Seattle to catch up with up-and-coming producer Bean One.
“It was a really, really fun album to make. It was all really spontaneous, like the Steele track. It just came out of nowhere. Then it was like, ‘Let’s get Sean Price, Cormega and Masta Ace.’ It was real fun.”
Wu-Tang’s secret weapon got with HipHopGame to talk about his latest album, Wu-Tang Clan and Friends, as well as his Beat Kings DVD and a lot of other stuff you don’t want to miss.
Although he probably wouldn’t tell you himself, L.E.S. is a heavyweight producer and the man behind a lot of important tracks. HipHopGame finally tracked down the elusive producer to talk about Nas’ album, Quan and everything else going on in the world of L.E.S.
DJ Khalil, one-half of Self-Scientific, talks to HipHopGame about getting placements on Kingdom Come and The Doctor’s Advocate, working with Dr. Dre and DJ Muggs and gives his take on whether Detox will ever see the light of day.
DJ Clue woke up from his siesta to talk with HipHopGame about his latest album, The Professional Part 3, Desert Storm and the possibility of doing satellite radio.
DJ Nasty is out to prove that there’s more to Orlando than Disneyworld.
HipHopGame chopped it up with Detroit’s Black Milk to find out about his new EP, what’s going on with Slum Village, what it’s like working with Pharoahe Monch and more.
When he’s not getting super-hyphy, producer Traxamillion is in the building with HipHopGame.
COUNT BASS D
HipHopGame tracked down Count Bass D in Music City to talk about his latest project Act Your Waist Size.
With a fresh debut album, Dedication, just hitting stores, bicoastal producer Belief talks about what it took to get his album out, working with Murs and C-Rayz Walz and balancing the many sounds he’s been influenced by.
HipHopGame tracked down Eastern Conference Records CEO DJ Mighty Mi to get the haps on his great remix project as well as the current state of EC Records.
Kickdrums are building a name in the industry, one mixtape at a time.
HipHopGame sat down with the Kickdrums to discuss their new project
with Ray Cash and coming up in a crowded industry.
could have the greatest job in the world.
catches up with the masterminds behind Obie Trice's "Cry Now"
along with a slew of other Shady records.
legendary Queens producer is back with his second instrumental album
in less than a year. HipHopGame caught up with Ayatollah again for
another great interview.
feel bad if you thought Game's "One Blood" was a Dre track.
We got with the dude behind the track to find out how the song came
about and more. Pass the Reefa!
showcases to mixtape to DJ'ing for Remy Ma, Bedtyme gets busy!
caught up with the one and only DJ Drama to find out how his album's
coming, what's going on with Gillie the Kid and how he feels about
the comments Kayslay made about him in his HipHopGame interview.
not often you hear producers get political. When one does, we listen.
Cut Chemist has already left his mark on hip-hop, whether its
from tearing down live shows with childrens toys or crafting
eccentric skits that fit so perfectly on Jurassic 5s previous
albums. Now flying solo, Cut Chemist talks about making the perfect
record, pushing the boundaries, and his current relationship with
Cincinnatis finest just missed the cut on Bustas Big Bang,
the legendary Hi-Tek has still been making power moves with his R&B
artist Dion, who just signed with Aftermath. HipHopGame catches up
with Hi-Tek to talk about the Dion project, Hi-Teknology 2, not making
Bustas album and his relationship with Reflection Eternal partner
realest DJ gives the realest interview: check out what's up with Papoose,
Kay Slay's album and more.
NOE DOUT/ DOUT GOTCHA
Noe Dout is not your average DJ. Having toured with the Clipse for
the 2 months, Noe Dout tells us about VA, the Clipse album and rhyming
under the name Dout Gotcha.
I'm happy I got my name out there by not dropping a lot but dropping
quality. People know my name because they know I put a lot of work
into each CD. There are only a chosen few who can get that respect
care about No Kid'n Records and my family and my team. We're going
to make history. I've already made history as a DJ and now it's time
for the next level for me. People are going to love us for who we
are and how we got there. Everybody's going to see that."
Domingo talks about working on Kool G Rap's album, helping Ras Kass
and dealing with labels.
show stands out from all the other shows because we're not playing
the same ten records every other DJ on Sirius is playing. We're up
there with Clinton Sparks, DJ Muggs, Kay Slay, DJ Skee, we're up there
with all the big dogs in the country, but the thing is, everyone is
playing the same records."
was trying to break into the mixtape game and I knew I had to come
into the game at a new angle to get recognized. I was hoping that
by doing my mixes with the video would help me get into the game."
Clue recently made the switch to NYC 's Power 105 radio, check out
his first impressions as well as his numerous projects.
time we talked with Drama was 2 months ago but this DJ does so many
things we should interview him every week.
tapes never sound dated. My old tapes can still bang today where a
lot of tapes from '94 sound dated now."
Panik talks about the team's latest projects, their recording process
and the big Chicago event they're working on.
were everybody's dirty secret, like they liked us but didn't talk
about it because no one else did. Drama's helping to change that."
being selected by Shade45 for their 'Rep Your Set' segment to breaking
new talent on his mixtapes, DJ Obscene is definitely the DJ to watch.
produced Rick Ross' "Hustlin," the Runners are on their
way to the top but they've also done beats for the likes of Fat Joe,
Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana and others.
diss song to Jay-Z sparked a lot of discussions, find out who's behind
Imperium CEO and producer extraordinaire Domino talks about the latest
projects coming out of his camp as well as his production game.
it doesn't move you and I don't move you and make you say, "This
music makes me feel good," then it's not my beat."
"Southern Smoke" brand is notorious for breaking new music
and exclusives and we've helped mold several Southern artists already.
When people see the "Southern Smoke" stamp, they can expect
for the quality and the material of each project to be top notch.
of where people stand on the industry ladder, I'm a fan. I'm working
with Nature, JR Writer, and Raekwon. I work with the people I feel,
but I'm still trying to get to the Justin Timberlake's to get that
definitely a lot more competition. I don't mind it. It gives every
individual a stronger drive. It should make you hungrier."
worked at Bad Boy in the past, Southpaw tells us about his current
projects with Immortal Technique and Akir.
Joe]'s taking the approach of the streets. He's not messing with any
soft tracks. He's not doing nothing for the women. He's keeping it
all hardcore. It's the original Joe Crack that everyone loves.'
probably know him for his current productions for Joe Budden but C4's
extensive resumé also includes Papoose, LL Cool J, Akinyele's
"Put It In Ya Mouth," and much more.
would like to be the first artist to start that type of movement,
where a producer doesn't even have to work with artists and still
have mass appeal, as far as videos and everything. I want to be that
type of producer.'
DJ Drama is probably the DJ making the most moves right now. The official
DJ for T.I. has just inked a major deal with Atlantic and still working
on the hugely popular mixtape series 'Gangsta Grillz.'
'I might do a different beat every two hours. I might do a sample
with some strings, and at night I might do a sample-free club beat
that's crazy and totally left-field. I'm doing everything.'
This Miami production duo is just coming up and the Diplomats have
already embraced them.
"I always laugh when I see kids buy an MPC and expect to have
legitimate artists on their tracks. It takes two to three years to
develop your craft and get to the point where you're talking to people
inside the industry. It's extremely hard to make it because everybody,
at this level, is hot."
This producer extraordinaire tells us about his current projects with
DJ Muggs, working with Dre, G-Unit and more...
"I'm sure my take is different than if I was always in the States.
Some of the English stuff only works in England. It's nice to be able
to do both."
"All it takes is for a few people to get on your beats and you
can always reference back to them. It's crazy now when we're in the
studio and someone goes "that beat is crazy, who made this"
and it's a little white 18-year-old sitting in the corner."
definitely grown a lot and I think you can hear it if you compare
"Soulful Fruit" to "War Games." Overall, there's
just been a lot of growth that's taken place in the last 10 years.'
J is responsible for much of the music laid down beneath
the lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Check out the in-depth interview with
Cent, Tony Yayo, Proof, Black Rob...Big K.O. is just starting to get
the credit he deserves.
the resume: AZ, Obie Trice, Ghostface, Black Moon, Joell Ortiz and
name doesn't ring the bell? Hurry up and read this interview before
his name is all over the Hip-Hop game. SC is about to get signed to
Just Blaze's label so watch out for him...
French beatmaker has set up shop in NYC, producing for the likes of
Saigon, Littles, Juelz Santana and Raze, to name a few...
working with Grafh, Shalone, Craig Mack and Miri Ben Air, J Nice is
on his way to the top.
M.O.P., Cashmere, Lil Kim...his resume keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Rule's "New York," Angie Martinez's "Take You Home,"
Fat Joe's "So Much More," the Game's "Hate It or Love
It." With the recent success of those four records, producers
Cool & Dre have established their talent and are among
the most in-demand beat-makers in the game right now.
is a worldwide thing, check out X-Ray from Germany who laced beats
for the likes of Saigon, Kool G Rap, Postaboy and more.
Polo has laced beats for Wordsworth, Das Efx, Jojo Pellegrino, Pumpkinhead
think I throw a lot of my personality into the tracks I do. People
tell me a lot my joints have a certain "mood" to them.'
have dealt with a lot of industry cats, but Rakim's truly one of the
most humble individuals in the game, he definitely has class. He's
is quicly becoming a mixtape legend by breaking new artists and putting
out original projects.
the resume: MC Lyte, Flipmode Squad, Fabolous, M.O.P. and more. Now
go read the interview.
studio session with Lil Jon is a lot of video games and fun. It's
like going to the studio with your homeboy and just chillin. It's
not even work to us.'
like to see myself as the secret weapon. While [9th Wonder] is kickin
in the front door...I'm sneakin in the back window, and we both ready
to tear shit up. Just wait...'
numero uno DJ has been hard at work for years, more than a mixtape
DJ, EFN is like a super A&R, find out why his national recognition
is so well deserved.
production prodigy already has an impressive resume: Talib Kweli,
50 Cent, Cam'ron, Foxy Brown, Lil Mo and more.
and i met up this past summer and he saw that i was supporting him
on the radio and on the mixtapes. I asked him for the drops, he did
them on the spot and the rest is history.'
sat down with HHG and talked with us about D Block, Kay Slay, who's
hot in the mixtape circuit and why "The Champ Is Here" mixtape
he and DJ Green Lantern did with Jada Kiss was a classic.
laced tracks for Cam, Postaboy and Trey Songz on the new 2005 release
"Coach Carter" soundtrack- Neek Rusher is a name every A&R
needs to have on their contact list.
a million mixtape DJs and 2 million of them that SUCK'
about the beefs in QB, this production duo has worked with pretty
much everybody in Queens.
out why DJ Warrior is the most active mixtape DJ in Cali.
day Sheek asked me to sit down in a meeting with him and Supa Mario
and asked me if i would be interested in making my studio the home
base for D-Block.'
has laced beats for artists like Cormega, M.OP., Ghostface, Obier
trice & Eminem, check out our exclusive interview.
thing is breaking in new Artists/Groups, these new A&R’s
are pussy they just want to collect their checks and have their credit
on the albums.'
you're serious about the production game, don't miss this in depth
interview with beat wonder Cyrus Tha Great.
got some joints that's so ill I can't even flip 'em! The challenge
of makin beats for me is to make shit better than what it already
Digga's Resume is already impressive: 50 Cent's 'Many Men', Cam'ron's
'Losing Weight', production for Big L, Jay-Z, DMX, Ghostface and...J-Lo!!
Bang has been lacing beats for Cam'ron, he also produced Jim Jones'
Certified Gangstas but he's not new to the game, the Outlawz have
been rhyming over his instrumentals since 97!
Check out why Develop might well be the most slept on producer right
now. You thought Kanye West produced Grafh's 'Damage Is Done'? Wrong!
Develop has also produced the intro to Diplomatic Immunity II, got
20 songs recorded with Juelz and is about to lace pretty much every
big artist in the game.
internet DJs are fucking up the game. And all the DJs in mags talkin'
about how many cds they sellin'. Idiots, it's promotional use only,
I thought y'all knew better.'
SINGLE MINDED PROS
just dropped the album, and to celebrate we threw one of the best
hip hop shows in the history of Chicago: KRS One, Kool G. Rap, Pace
Won, Earatik Statik, Binkis Recs, Mass Hysteria, and Illanotix. Just
for good measure Crazy Legs, Tony Touch, and Scorpio the pimp dropped
I’m lookin for that angry, furious jumpoff, and sometimes I
just need that soul. That depends on my mood a lot. My favorite sounds
are mostly strings and stuff like that but that depends. I've sampled
Check out the interview of this producer who laced beats for Tragedy,
Cormega, Foxy Brown, HipHopGame's
Artists of the Month, Blackout and more.
'I don't want to stop until I have maxed this out and left a positive
mark on the mixtape game.'
'The whole "Southern Smoke" series has received an incredible
response. Each edition is unique in its own way - and every edition
has surpassed my expectations. The exclusives and celebrity hosts
are always huge - and I've received incredible reviews and support
for my "Southern Smoke" series.'
'We BEEN crunk down south since booty shake and Eightball & MJG
"Lay It Down" so it ain't goin' nowhere. So all the crunk
haters need to chill and respect what's goin' on you know.'
Having already produced for G-Unit, Fabolous and Game, Needlz stays
on the grind and has projects with Ludacris, Scarface, Chingy, JD,
Anthony Hamilton, Trina and more.
'Basically, any real mixtape DJ that is moving units is essentially
a ghetto A&R in a way. We keep an ear tucked to the streets and
get in contact wit the cats making noise and make em famous!'
Check out this production team based out of California specializing
in Hip Hop, RnB, and soundtrack music. With production for the likes
of Method Man, Young Zee, Stat Quo, Royce da 5'9" and more, this
duo is about to take over.
Check out this dope producer who just made the 'Why' Remix and has
lots of collabos to come!
' when I hear a person sing or rap, it triggers a certain feel in
my head. I then sit down and generate a sound that's suitable for
the artists voice or rap style. The more artists I meet and work with
the more versatile my sound becomes.
UNLTD. aka Coldfusion
' Well me & Skillz are fam. I also dj for him & we have been
down for like 10 years now... So we work good together cuz we know
each other...we knock shit out quick!....'
' I think there are so many different kinds of djs and mix tape styles
out, that there is something for everyone. I think the term “exclusive”
is played out and falsely over used. I think there’s too much
shit talking and pettiness between djs and I wish some people had
more originality, but to each his own. They’ll learn....'
' I have a long series of stretches, meditations, things of that nature.
Incense, candles, and I chant and hit this little gong over and over,
like Tina Turner in "What's Love Got To Do With It". Then
when I am at peace and harmony with the universe, I fire up the machine
and proceed to knock out a banger...'
'It feels good because next to Big Mike and Kay Slay i feel that i
am the hardest working DJ , i put out 52 mixtapes last year,and throughout
my career i've been a full time colege student and just recently graduated
with a 4.0 gpa and earned my bachelors degree in economics (the best
in the department) Djing has greatly helped my career as far as respect
from the labels and alot of publicity...'
a track with Grand Puba was huge for me. I also did a track for the
Adam Sandler movie “Big Daddy.” Adam Sandler came in for
fun and tried to lay down a verse.'
was discovered by Marley Marl…but my Big push came when Fat
Joe put me on his album “Jealous ones envy” I did 4 tracks
on that lp and from there I was off and running. Those 2 cats I am
extremely grateful to til this day'.
SPK became part of the in house production team for Thugged Out Entertainment
back in 1998 when N.O.R.E. began to work on his first solo debut album,
and soon after that he continues to land more production on the Capone-N-Noreaga
reunion album and on all N.O.R.E. solo albums.
If you don't know who Scram is, here's your chance. Seems like everything
he touches no matter if it is an MPC, a Mic or a turntable, becomes
gold. With production for Lloyd Banks, Saigon, Jae Millz and even
Mariah Carey, Scram Jones will soon be your favorite producer and
maybe your favorite rapper! Check out the exclusive interview with
Scratch Magazine recently hooked up with Dre for a special interview,
check out what the Doctor has to say about the production game...
Bijal aka Wally West
many djs are just getting songs and putting them on a cd and calling
them mixtapes. A mixtape is a promotional tool for labels to test
songs and get buzzes started. A lot of cats are trying to be Clue
by just talking all over the cd with any song they can get.'
the age of nineteen, Sickamore has become a self-made icon in the
urban mixtape trade. He has not only become known as the source for
many of the hottest instrumental mixtapes on the circuit, but his
uncanny marketing skills have enabled him to accomplish feats that
rival the best of his peers in an incredibly short amount of time.
out our exclusive interview with the man behind hits such as Nas'
Ether, Big L's classics and Lloyd Banks' upcoming songs...
continue to play the hot unknown cats and we make them hot to everyone.
That's what the DJ used to be about. Breaking the new artists in addition
to playing the new joints by established artists. We all choose what
goes on the tapes, but I do the order & remove songs according
to feel and what my audience wants to hear.
those who didn't get to read the December 2003 issue of 'Sound &
Recording', here's a dope interview with Chad Hugo from the Neptunes
as he tells us all about the group's production techniques.
Inc. is the first feature-length documentary about the history,
rise and current state of Mixtapes around the US & the world.
Documenting the street hustle of the Mixtape DJs, the drive of flooding
tapes as the new “demo” of the aspiring MCs, and the battle
between the Mixtape industry and the corporate Music Industry...
Vlad made a lot of noise in the mixtape recently with his
release of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Rap Phenomenon" mixtape.
He's bringing the much-needed creativity and originiality back into
the game. See what one of the dopest DJ's in the mixtape game has
to say about his future plans, Busta stealing one of his tracks, and
his next mixtape project.
I walk into Record One in Studio City, Chatman is in between juggling
phone calls and greets me with a warm smile, informing me that Dre
is on his way. He invites me into the control room where Dr. Dre’s
Dream Team is already warming up.