Major Credits? (artist/song)
Some of my credits include Lil B, Soulja Boy, Rich The Kid, Wiz Khalifa, Sean Kingston, Glo Gang (Ballout and Tadoe), Lil Uzi Vert (I started the beat to 7AM) and so many others that I can’t remember off top.
How old are you?
24 years old
Where are you from?
I was raised most of my life in Orange, NJ but claim Sacramento, CA because that’s where I currently reside and get the most love even though I’ve only been there for less than a year
How long have you been producing?
I have been producing on a serious level for about 6 going on 7 years now.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
The dopest thing to happen to me since I started making music is the fact all my idols either know about me or I have worked with/brushed shoulders with them at some point in my career, even if they pretend they don’t know me or am not as influential as I really am.
Who are your biggest influences?
Lex Luger, Boi1da, Cardiak, Jahlil Beats, and Clams Casino.
Want to give any shoutouts?
Shoutout to my mama for making me, my girlfriend for being my support system when times are tough, Jabari The Great, GLOhan Beats, Cy Fyre, The Post Office, Martian Beats, and just anyone who been rocking with me when everyone else left me hanging when times got rough. Also major shoutout to Sage The Gemini for changing my outlook on what REAL power plays are and humility
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
I can tell you the whole soundtrack to Pokémon Red by heart but don’t know how the newest Lil Pump record sounds or what Metro produced yesterday. I prefer soundscapes more than lyrics on beats or a song with a lot of hype because of the names attached to the song. Sorry not sorry
Whats your process for making a beat?
I start with a simple melody, determine how I can keep it as simple as possible, and just go
What do your beats normally cost?
A beat from me as of right now will run you $750-$1500
What is the most you have made from one beat?
The most I have ever made from one beat is one grand
Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements?
Most of my placements came via email or an unexpected feature so I have no crazy stories other than when I worked with Smylez (RIP) and he had Good Charlotte add to/engineer my beat. I was only 19 at the time so to transcend to a whole different genre in my career felt insane
Do you use Hardware or software?
I use software. FL Studio 12.5
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?
I’ve lost counted. In fact I never kept count to begin with
what are your plans for 2018?
My plans are to do more and say less and also have more songs I produced that actually drop as opposed to them collecting dust on my hard drive and having people think I’m bluffing when I say I have all of this work with their favorite artists
Do you receive royalties for any of your beats? and also this is something that alot of younger producers don’t know to much about so if you can share any insights on royalties, that would be highly appreciated.
I do receive royalties. If you’re not watching your paperwork with an eagle eye or are surrounded by people who are only there for solely their benefit it can get messy. I made the mistake of not being dilligent about the 7AM record and ended up screwed out of my credit on the beat, had my name forged/people doing side deals behind my back leaving me with the least percentages of anyone on the record, and overall a lot of people just telling me I had no parts in a beat I actually started all because of lies. Lil Uzi acknowledged me on Twitter and all and never gave me my credit.
DP was never 100 anyway though, he tried to leave me and Lex off the splits completely and then on top of that Lex went ghost on communication with me but somehow ended up with half of the artists’ percentage! Moral of the story, don’t make the mistake I made by ruining your first real hit and taste of real success by being too inclusive and putting faith into others to be real with you or do the right thing. They won’t when it comes to you and them. It’s a very dirty game. My biggest advice and the word I want every producer to be hip to in 2018 though is publishing. Get you a machine, a deal, some knowledge, anything about your publishing because not knowing he business side will make you or break you and even leave you starving. Just stay away from teams and the sweet talk of how “y’all” gonna be on cuz “us” quickly turns to “me, myself, and I” with 98% of this industry.