I started producing
at the end of 99’. I used to DJ before that for about 6 years. Started
on Michigan State’s 88.9 and ended up DJ’ing on Florida A&M
and Florida State’s campuses. I picked it up as a hobby because I got
tired of spending my weekends in a club for a few hundred dollars.
did you start out using?
Sold my 1200’s
and bought a MPC 2000, had that for a year or so then bought an Alesis QS6.
your first beats sound compared to now?
I was a big fan
of Primo and Havoc when I got started so a lot of my beats were more samples
looped with some hard drums. But now I do things a little differently. When
I sample I usually play short samples out on my keyboard. My sound changes all
of the time though. I used to have a lot of synthetic beats but everybody does
it now so I’m switching to more of an earthy sound.
do you use now?
I try to buy equipment
that most people don’t use. I’ll never use a Triton or Motiff because
everyone else is using them. I also really got into vintage analog synths over
the years. I figured instead of sampling all the time, I’d buy the equipment
that they used back then. So I have a Roland MKS-80(Super Jupiter),Novation
Super Bass Station, and an Omega 8 for my synths. I use a Kurzweil K2661 for
sampling and the MPC 2000XL just for drums and sequencing. I record into a Digi
you describe your style?
Dirty but clean…Old
but new……The drums are always hard though. I can make sample beats
and keyboard beats so my style can change a lot. I get bored easily so whenever
I sit down to make a beat I’m always trying to do something I haven’t
you know when a beat is finished?
When I take like
an hour break from it and come back and the shit is still hot.
worked a lot with G-Unit, what's that like?
never met any of them. I mixed “Let Me In” with Sha but other than
that I ain’t met them yet. They recorded most of my records when they
were on the road.
How was it working with Young Buck?
Same thing. Ain’t
met him yet…I originally had like three or four joints on his album but
the samples ain’t clear. I’ll never touch a Queen record again.
Fab is cool. Chilled
in the studio with him a few times but this was after he did that “Think
Ya’ll Know” mixtape joint. That’s kinda been the nature of
the business lately. Most cats record the songs in ProTools decide if they like
the song then contact the producer. To me there should be more of a collaborative
effort cause a lot of times the producer already has a vision for the track
and could help the artist with ideas and direction.
hear you've got some big tracks coming up, who are you working with next?
Chingy, JD & Anthony Hamilton, Trina, Fiasco, and Rich Boy. I did a joint
with The Game that is close to making his album as well. I’m really excited
about the new artists Fiasco and RichBoy. I think when it’s all said and
done Fiasco( First and Fifteenth/ Atlantic) is gonna be known as one of the
best lyricists. And Rich Boy (Zone 4/Interscope) is a southern cat that has
an ill voice and a hot album. Polow, Timbaland, Mannie Fresh and I think Dre
is gonna do one on his album. I did 3 with Rich and 2 with Fiasco….
you go about getting big artists to hear your beats?
I have a dope ass
manager, Folayan Knight, that pretty much knows most of the cats in the industry.
I try to turn in at least five beats a week and she does her thing…
you want to work with next?
I really like working
with new artists because they’re more willing to try different things.
Other than that, I’d love to work with Shawn Carter, 50 Cent, Busta, and
Nas. There are some people who I think my style would really sound good with
, too, like Missy… so hopefully we’ll see.
to NYU as well, how do you find the time to balance everything?
Well, I graduated
from NYU in 2002. Honestly though, I went to school to become an A&R. Producing
was just a hobby until my internship with Badboy in 2001. My guy Damon Eden
(A&R at Atlantic) heard my stuff and got it around. Once I sold my first
few beats it was on ever since. I’d usually make beats all day, go to
class, come home and make more beats. I missed a lot of class work but my professors
understood because I hade albums in stores and stuff playing on BET.
your next move?
Getting my production
company Dry Rain Entertainment up and running with a few artists and a home.
I really want to concentrate on the beats for the next year or so because it’s
a good foundation to get other things poppin off.
Heads get beats off of you?
is my manager 212.961.6622
Dry Rain Entertainment staff: Success, Folayan Knight, and Kenyatte Nelson…The
Marksmens , Sirius Jones, Music Jones, and Neek Rusha