working in the studio, doing my thing.
you feel about that Cam diss track "You Got It"?
trying to get my name out there and do what I have to do to get to the
you feel when you first heard the song?
I was happy
because I knew how big the song would be and how many people would hear
it over time. It is one of the biggest serious diss records in years.
the track come about?
originally was that I did the beat. Cam had the beat the next day and
he recorded it on Hot97 as a freestyle. A few weeks later I get a phone
call from my manager Spliff telling me Cam dissed Jay on the same track
he used from me on Hot97. The next thing I know, everyone is buzzing about
wish you could have been there for the recording of it?
doesn't matter. I would have liked to engineer the project, but I'm in
Pittsburgh and they're in New York.
afraid that the track will have any negative implications for you as far
as working on Def Jam projects?
No. I don't
think it should work like that. I'm a producer. It's not my situation
things changed for you since that track's been out?
cool. It's definitely a plus for me, it gives me more recognition and
credibility. To know that I played a role in the way this situation turned
out is pretty crazy.
people coming to you for tracks?
are starting to open more. I have a solid foundation with my production
and a good team around me. My music speaks for itself, so everything will
your work with JR Writer coming?
I got two
tracks on his album. I'm just waiting for that to come out. I made those
tracks a while ago. His album kept on getting pushed back. It was originally
slated for November, but now I think it's coming out during the summer.
ever get frustrating waiting for your tracks to drop?
It takes a lot of patience. Just being a producer, you have to be patient
about everything. At the end of the day, this is a business like any other
business. Once you start getting more placements and remain consistent,
the likelihood of success becomes more probable.
are you working on?
I did eight original beats for Midway Games' "NBA Ballers 2,"
which will be out in April. I've got a couple joints on Cam's new album
and also a couple on Hell Rell's solo album. I just got done doing another
joint with the Clipse for Meech's album. It's pretty hot. I've also got
a bunch of big R&B tracks on the way, including a joint for Trey Songz'
been the most important thing you've done for yourself to get your beats
grind in twenty-four hours a day, every day, for the last five or six
years. That's what you have to do and that's what I've been doing. And
of course aligning myself with a solid management company...you can make
hot beats all day, but if you can't get them out were they need to be,
then forget it.
tailor your beats to certain artists?
Yeah. I can
do everything from R&B tracks to Dipset street beats to club bangers.
Whenever I send something out, I try to give them what they'd be looking
is it to be present when an artist records?
important. With the Cam track, they changed the mix a lot, and I thought
my mix was fuller. I may have been able to direct them in making that
do you use?
I use a variety
of software programs, but I also have a full studio here with a Triton,
MicroKorg, MPD16, Cubase, Fruity Loops, and Pro Tools.
is my Triton. Whenever I do sample beats, it's pretty much the drum pads
and software programs because that's the most simple and efficient way
to do it.
take us through the making of an I.N.F.O. beat?
is different. Each beat is like a child. They're all going to be different,
they're all going to grow differently, and they're going to go their own
pay attention to trends in the production game?
to. If you don't, you'll just be stuck in the past. You have to know what
people are looking for so you can be relevant in today's market.
been the best recent trend?
don't like the finger-snap stuff. I like the grimy stuff.
next for you?
just getting more and more placements. The puzzle is coming together and
I'm just trying to get some plaques on my wall and all that good stuff.
I'd like to take it to the next level and get more into R&B and different
styles of Hip Hop.
you want to say to everyone?
for me in the future. I'm coming and I got that heat. And
if any a&r's or managers are reading this, if my manager Spliff reaches
out to you, don't miss the bus cause you will get left behind.
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