It goes way back
to when I was a kid. Just growing up with Hip-Hop and wanting to contribute.
I spent years DJ'ing and it eventually lead to doing beats. I was inspired by
older cats I grew up around that were already making moves. I started hanging
out and it came naturally.
did you start with?
An Ensoniq EPS
What did your
first beats sound like?
peoples from back home still say thats their favorite shit.
How has your sound changed?
I got better with
arrangements and the final production...Overall the music sounds bigger....fuller.
At least thats what I'm going for.
What equipment do you use now?
I use the MPC3000....I
still use the ASR as well....Plus I got a buncha synths and Pro Tools and all
How long does
it take you to make a beat?
I'd guess 30 minutes....then
I get it into Pro Tools and spend hours arranging and mixing it.
How do you know when you're done with a beat?
when I can listen to it all the way thru and not change anything.
How and what
sounds do you look for in a sample?
Anything that you
drop the needle on and do the "awshit face"....and sometimes it's
just a song that I've been bumping forever and decided to do a beat out of it.
What's the best sample you've ever found?
The first beat
I ever made...it was some Roy Ayers shit from my pops collection.....I musta
listened to that beat for 2 days straight!
"Don't Come Down" with Eminem for Obie Trice, what did you do for
the beat and what did Eminem do?
I did that beat
when I still only used an EPS and a SP-1200....I had the sample and some drums
and a bassline...it was simple and grimy. Obie wrote some incredible shit and
made it a hot record... Eminem came in and made that shit huge. He added a lotta
strings and electric guitar.....timpanis and all kinds of shit. He did the crazy
arrangement and made it complete. I think he's one of the best producers in
the game right now. I learned a lot from that record.
You did "Let It Go" for Cormega and M.O.P., did you know you were
making a beat for both of them to rhyme on?
Nah.....I had worked
with both artists in the past before too....I like working with Mega cuz I know
he has great taste in beats. That was some real spur of the moment kinda shit.
Mega called me up like "i need a beat for me and MOP". I brought a
buncha shit and that was like the last beat on the cd. Fame and Danze went crazy
when they heard it. Fame also did a lot of the vocal structuring in that record,
he's an ill-ass producer.
You're working with Chali 2na from Jurassic 5, what made you want to work
That's my man...A
real good dude and a pleasure to work with. I did 3 joints with him and they
were all done right. We had it all planned from the beginning. I felt that.
We got Anthony Hamilton on one joint, Raphael Saddiq on another and Ming from
the Spooks on the last one. You'll hear soon enough.
What kind of beats do you make for Chali?
Very up-tempo and
polished but still has the classic Hip-Hop feel to it.....we did some heaters.
How is it working
with Ghostface and Raekwon?
That's a dream come true right there. I used to sit with my EPS and just analize
the shit outta their albums and what Rza did. It's so natural...hearing either
one of their voices on my track is a good feeling. I taylor-make a lot of beats
for Ghost. I know I really gotta be on my A-Game too cause he only picks the
You did "Streets
of NY" for Terror Squad, how was it working with them?
It was dope man....I've
been a Fat Joe fan since day one and I'm honored to do anything for Terror squad.
Tony Sunshine is a dope singer. He brought a real old-school classic soul sound
to that record. It reminds me of a doo-wop record or something.
How do you
decide what beats to give away for free and what beats to charge for?
If something really
moves me, it's gonna hit the street regardless.... whether it drops on Interscope
or Kay Slay.
What artists can get free beats?
If I believe in
you and feel like I'm a part of your movement. I ain't gonna just slide you
a beat and bounce. I wanna sit down, build, and do something on a different
level from what you already got.
Who would you like to work with next?
I wanna find the
right rapper and build a sound from scratch. Do the whole album......that's
my main aim.
last beat you've heard by another producer that amazed you?
I heard this new
Primo mixtape...He did a joint on there that is incredible....You know who else?
I just saw that show Linkin Park did with Hova. The beats were hot. I wanna
do a record with a rock group like that....
What advice do you have for up-and-coming producers?
Stay in that basement
and put in work on that equipment.
up for you?
I've been working
with Aasim a lot this month..... Bad Boy just signed him and he's the future.
shout out to HIPHOPGAME.com...I
see you guys focusing on a lotta new artists and thats whats up!