I started out rapping
and I didn't like the beats that people were giving me so I started making them
did you start with?
MPC 60, Roland 2080. Whatever I could get my hands on or was in the studio.
How did your
first beats sound?
Like trash. But
I made a beat or two every day until they started to sound like something.
How did you
I would hang out with my big bro Ralph Role who is a drummer and all his musician
friends. They taught me a lot.
do you use now?
MPC 60 and Roland
When you sample,
what type of sample do you look for?
I try not to sample, but when I do it's mostly sounds. Kicks, snares, hi hats
and abstract sounds to build tracks around.
What's the first
thing you do when you make a beat?
I start with picking the drum sounds or play around with a sound i found in
a keyboard. when it sound like somerthing hot i play the drums around it
How do you make
sure the drums fit the beat?
If it feels good and sound good then I keep them. If not, I change them till
they sound right to me.
How do you know
when a beat is finished?
When my head is rockin' even when the beat is low on the speakers
What songs have
you done that people will know?
"Just Chill" for Flipmode Squad, "She Loves the Club" for
O'ryan, the entire MC Lyte last album, "Underground Heat Volume One,"
and the title track for NBA Live 2005
with MC Lyte, what's that like?
Lyte is very easy to work with. She's a vet so all you really have to do is
play a beat and she's gonna come up with something hot. People sleep on Lyte
because they say she's "old school." What they forget is Lyte is not
that much older than Jay-Z or Puffy. She came out when she was 15. So she as
much on her game now as any of the other rappers.
You were up
for a Grammy with that, how did it feel?
It was crazy, because we had no clue it was coming. To be at the Grammy's and
talking to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the Neptunes, and R Kelly, and they telling
us they loved our sound was a good feeling.
What have you
done with M.O.P?
We did their new
What's a studio
session with them like?
We didn't go to
the studio with them, we didn't know the vocals was done until we heard it on
DJ Kay Slay's show radio show.
What have you
done with Fabolous?
We did "Never Duplicated" on the "Street Dreams" album and
"Church" on the "Real talk album"
You worked with
Jamie Foxx too? How was that?
Jamie is crazy. We did MC Lyte's last album in his studio at his house. He kept
telling us jokes and singing funny songs to us the whole time. He's a really
dope piano player and can sing his ass off. We did a song with him on Lyte's
album called "Where Home Is" on the "Underground Heat Volume
One" album, he sang on the hook. This was before he worked with Twista
Can you talk
about your artist R.O. also?
R.O. is from Vegas,
What made you
want to work with him?
He has a really
fly style. He sounds like a cross between Mase and 50 Cent. We was introduced
to him my boy Pitt Boss who's workin on the album also.
What's up with
that Hip Hop cartoon I've been hearing about?
It's called Da Jammies. Its comin out on DVD this summer then going to network
TV. it was created two brothers from Cali named Novelist and Dolla. There's
a lot of recording artist in Da Jammies (Lala from MTV, Mario, MC Lyte, Yo Yo,
DJ Clue, Genuwine) I also play a character in the cartoon name Harlem Gee. Da
Jammies is for all the kids who watch 106 and Park, MTV, VH1. Its a 2005 Fame.
kids and adults can watch it together. Watch out for Da Jammies mixtape comin
out for the kids. you can also go to www.dajammies.com
to see the trailer.
What's the craziest
studio session you've been in?
I was in a session and ODB (R.I.P.) when he was with Elektra records. He started
playing me and my friend his album. Three songs into it another rapper came
in the studio and turned off ODB's CD to play us his new music. All of a sudden
chairs started flying, people started running. Let's just say that rapper knows
that WU TANG CLAN AINT NOTHIN TO F_CK WIT!
Who is the nicest
MC coming out in your opinon right now?
The new cats I'm
feeling are Stimuli, T-Rex, Hot Dyse, and R.O.
would you give free beats to?
Jay-Z, 50 cent,
Eminem, Biggie, and 2Pac, as long as I get all of my publishing.
What do you
think about the production game now?
There's a lot of
beat makers out there but not a lot of producers.
There's a lot
of stories out there about artists stealing beats, labels stealing beats how
do you make sure you don't get played?
Copyright everything before u give anybody a CD. There's a lot of snakes out
there, but if u have a good lawyer and a good manager (and we do) you will get
what you're owed.
do you respect in the game?
Pha, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre, George Clinton, stave Wonder, Quincy Jones, Rodney
Jerkins and Armando Colon.
A lot of people
say that beat-making computer programs are messing up the game because now anyone
can be a producer, how do you feel about that?
That's when you
only do rap beats. Anybody can sample a record, loop it and throw some drums
behind it. That don't make you a producer to me. Our tracks are non samples
99% of the time. We also so do R&B tracks, so we have to produce the vocals
too which a lot of beat makers don't know how to do because they don't know
what key the sample is in.
What's the best
part about being MAAD PHUNK?
Working with artist
who love to make hot joints.
What's in the
works for you?
Da Jammies Soundtrack, Mario, Rufus Blaq, a young girl by the name of Zshatwa
from Cali. Hot Dyse from Harlem, R.O. from Compton & a singer songwriter
by the name of Kimmi from Compton . She's like a cross between Lauryn Hill and
How can MC's
get beats off you?
They can call our manager Billy Clark 310 402-7606, that's Arketekt Management.
Shout out to all
the artist who we had a chance to rock with. Fab, mc.lyte, M.O.P., Flip mode,
lil j,Hot dyse, Kimmi, R.O. kansacali, are manager big bill clark, Troy paterson,
lenny.s, polo gounds 155st 8th ave, big fuzz, double O, kienji & jeje, big
ced, my sister jerri, jadea a for all those who dont know MAAD PHUNK GOT BEATZ!!!