working hard on a few projects. I have been busy working on Universal records
recording artist, Maino's album, Lil Kim's next album and her artist Money Cash
Reeks, M.O.P., Frankie Krutchies, Push Montana, Cashmere, and Murder Mook just
to name a few.
When did you start producing?
I started producing
in 2000, but I've been playing the piano and live drums since I was seven. Just
recently, two years ago, at the age of 23, I picked up the guitar. As far as
producing goes, I've been playing instruments all my life and producing using
machines and equipment since March 2000.
did you start with?
I started with
the ASR Turbo. The drum machine I called the lil red magic box. I didn't only
make beats with it, I even recorded sessions with it by sampling vocals and
making songs with it, something nobody in their wildest dreams would have ever
thought of doing, that's what made me and others call it the magic box.
What do you
using the mpc 2000xl, triton, motif and still to this day my good old faithful
lil red magic box, the ASR turbo, which is still a good guy.
How do you
feel when you listen to your first beats?
I still feel my
beginning tracks are hot. I've come along way though. Since I played instruments
it was just that I was putting too many sounds in the music. People use to say
I left no room for the artist to rap, my beats sounded like a orchestra. I had
to calm them down by not using as many sounds and not as many changes in the
beat; Artists couldn't sing or rap to them.
How would you
say you've progressed?
by toning my tracks down. It wasn't a thing of being wack or needed to get better,
it was a situation I had to adapt to of simplifying. So as I kept making tracks
I made them plainer. Also being a rapper my self I've just rap to the tracks
and also now I give direction to my beats by doing hooks on them my self. That
brings the artist into the world you are in when you make a track. Also they
may wanna use the hook and that's more paper through publishing. (Laughs)
Are you happy
with your sound now?
Yes I love my
sound, but there's always room for versatility and making different, universal
music, that's why I also make techno, rnb and gospel tracks.
a lot of work with Maino. How did you hook up with him?
When Maino came
outta jail, his aunt which is my brother's wife, told me that her nephew was
finally home from a 10 year bid. She told me all about him that he was rapping
and he sound good, she also told me he was looking for tracks and a studio to
record out of. His mom also told me a lot about as well as my family which was
his family in a crazy way. So we hooked up like that, clicked and he knew soon
as he heard my tracks that I was the person he needed. As I played tracks, he
had songs for them. As he started to recite songs he wrote locked up. I had
beats that fit right with them, it was like magic; from there we blasted off
into the street through mixtape and radio.
What is it
like working with Maino?
Maino is a man
of his word. When he say he's gonna do something or be somewhere, he will. He's
always on time to the studio. He calls me and keeps me on point and focus, and
he's also an intelligent dude. People say we are like dre and snoop but we are
more than producer and artist, we like brothers. Its different from working
with anybody else. Maino creates off reality and emotion. He doesn't sit and
make up stuff that sounds good. He talks about real things that happened and
puts that together. He puts it together in his head as he hears the track. He
does what the track say do. It sounds crazy right. (Laughs) He just vibes and
goes off the beats I make. We been doing that method since he came home and
it worked, now we are at universal records.
What was it
about Maino that made you wanna work with him?
I just believed
in him as a person. We could have been robbing a bank. I would believe we would
be able to do it, get out of there and be good afterwards. Also Maino is a good
dude, he has my back in any situation, him, 380 and Dike-O, whether I needed
bread or had a problem in the streets. In regards to artist wise; Maino had
the talent, the look, the character, and the drive of a superstar. He is the
total package. Many dudes out there can rap but don't have the look or got the
look and can't rap or even some would have both and lack personality.
What about MOP
that must have been dope working with them?
I started working
with them through my man who do tracks for them by the name of uni of 4 corners
production, that's the squad .. (Laughs). I was giving beats to uni and they
was doing it. But I really started working with them after Maino did a song
called "BK Niggas" with them which I produced. I also did a track
called "Pain" featuring my artist Luther who sang on the hook. That
was fire. Also more joints that's about to drop after they situate their rocafella
G unite business.
How's MOP in
They are fucking
crazy especially Fame.... When I first really met the nigga we had a lil beef....
I wasn't feeling him cause he was in the booth making up his rap from scratch
and I had to keep punching him in and I never recorded like that before. This
nigga try to scream on me ... (laughs) like I was a bitch ass nigga or something
... so we go into it a lil bit in the middle of me recording Bk Niggas with
Maino. Maino and 380 had to calm down the situation. But afterwards he apologized
and now we tighter than ever. We're working on a lot of material. MOP is fire
and they next album gonna be the best yet. Damn sure gonna be they first platinum
work with Cashmere too, what made you wanna work with him?
was also through Maino, he was cool with his manager by the name of hood from
Manhood Entertainment who also managers Razor who is signed to Virgin Records.
They did a track called Brooklyn that was hot and getting a lot of burn on the
air and mixtapes. So I did two singles called "Spit It Out & They Aint
Ready" for Cashmere that flex, Dj Enuff, Kay Slay and other Djs was blasting
off on the radio. Cashmere is a good humble dude. That's my nigga, hot Rapper.
Look for more from me and him coming up in the future.
What else is
he doing now?
His label Manhood
who is currently under Virgin; they are concentrating on Razor, the R&B
artist that did the song Feels Good, he up first, album coming soon. Cashmere
still banging out freestyles, keeping his buzz going and recording songs for
his album also which is coming soon.
Who else are
you workin with?
I'm also working
with Lil Kim. I did two joints for her new album which is coming soon. Also
working with her artist Reeks who is working on his album. Also working with
the Krutch King (Frankie Krutches) the dude from the Cam'ron "Hey Ma"
video. He got some crack. We will be performing all this summer at the Funk
master Flex car shows all over. Also I will be performing with him for the 16
bar competition at the ball room in New York City which will also be aired on
Showtime television. Check out www.frankiekrutches.com and www.16bar.tv.com
for info. I also did some joints for blok gangs own News, one joint called "
Until" which was on numerous mixtapes, radio and satellite radio. Been
working with Ike dirty, my nigga who's still on the grind.. Also my Dude The
Big Show from the pharmacy, look out for his album which is that pink crack
Called "Love & Hate". Yawl better cop that ... That's what the
game needs. Also still working with up and coming groups and artist such as
my own Knight Fam, Pharmacy, a young hot artist by the name of Push Montanna
who is the Future for the game; he got some crack. He just put out a mixtape
called the "The Take Over" which was Produced by me G.Q. Beats. (laughs)
also Hate Honor and Heart Entertainment. Etc. I'm also working hard in the studio
with djs putting their mixtapes together such as hot djs like sickamore, dj
watts and three kings. I even put some of my tracks on DVD's, I got some of
my joints on All Access DVD. I'm the producer, engineer extraordinaire.
Where do you
want to be in the game a year from now?
I want to be well
known and established firmly in the industry. I want to have a production deal
with a major label that will give me a multi-million dollar budget to put out
artist, promoting them properly through music videos and radio air play.
How can Heads
cop beats off you?
or Get at my Management Team. MGMT Inc. 347-413-6521 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org