bad if you thought Game's "One Blood" was a Dre track. We got
with the dude behind the track to find out how the song came about and
more. Pass the Reefa!
song you've done to date is definitely Game's "One Blood." How
did that song come about?
I was out
in LA at the Grammy's and I was playing his man Angelo some tracks. He
said, "This is crazy. I'm going to get it to Game tonight."
I went back to New York and got a call two weeks later that I had Game's
first single. It took a couple months for the record to come out. I'm
proud of it. We have some more records to come, but as of now, that's
one of the biggest records I have out right now.
your inspiration for that beat?
is from Trinidad, so I've been around reggae and calypso music all my
life. I really liked that song and I wanted to try to do something with
it. That's where I got the inspiration from.
know that song could be as big as it is now?
when I made that beat I knew that song could have been big for a Jim Jones
or someone else, but when I heard it was Game, I was like, All right.
When I made it, I knew it was a record but I never knew it was going to
be that big.
worried this song might close some doors for you with G-Unit?
I don't think
it would close any doors because I'm a producer. I'm just really making
the music. I doubt it would do that. At the same time, I love 50 and I
love Game's music and I don't really have anything to do with what's going
bother you that most people think it's a Dr. Dre beat because of what
Game's saying in the intro?
Dr. Dre is
an idol of mine. It doesn't really bother me. People are going to know
I did the record eventually. I'm going to have more records to come.
kind of funny for Game to shout out Dre and not you. Why'd he do that?
know Game at the time. We talk now, but I never really got to that question
one of those songs that you wanted to get paid for or did you want that
exposure more than anything?
I'm a producer
first. I'm not a beat-maker. All of my other tracks I'm in the studio
with the artist. I find out where the artists are and I get there. I'm
not a beat-maker. There are a lot of people who make beats to get paid,
but I love music. That's all I think about during the day.
help Game on the hook or did you give him any guidance?
When I did
the beat, everything was in the hook. Everything was done.
going to do some more work with Game?
Yeah. I have
a lot of work with a bunch of people. I'm real versatile. I do the records
that people think I can't do. I don't have a sound. I do R&B and hip-hop.
I don't really have a sound. I try to make the best music that I can.
Blood" opened more doors for you?
has. I've been with a lot of artists recently.
did Santana's "I Am Crack." How was that experience?
It was cool.
I met him through a friend of mine who knew Cam. It was real good working
with him. I also did the "Roll Call" record with Juelz Santana
and TI that hit the mixtapes.
a studio session like with Fabolous?
professional and he's real talented. I definitely enjoy working with him.
He always tries to perfect every song he does.
had three tracks on Benzino's Arch Nemesis record. How was it working
It was cool.
We don't have any bad blood. I just make the music. I haven't spoken to
him since all that controversy went down. I've just been working trying
to stay busy.
your favorite machine for the beats?
I use the
MPC 4000. I used to work on the 2000. Recently I've been trying to get
Logic treating you?
to learn it right now so I can really work with it.
coming up for you?
I have a
lot of records coming up. I have a record coming up with Fabolous. I have
a single out now with Red Cafe called "Diddy Bop." There's a
lot of records I've done from Juelz to Yung Joc. I'm working on Amerie.
There's a couple people. I'm just trying to stay busy.
you look for in young artists to make you want to work with them?
I look for
skills and I look for artists who really appreciate the music. That's
what I look for.
do you have for producers out there trying to find good management?
You can have
a manager, but you also have to do it yourself. Your mans can only do
so much. You have to push too.
you want to say to everybody?
dreams. Follow your heart.