I found out and was able to get in contact with the producer 2 Piece because my homie Chupi. For those who don’t know, 2 Piece, is a go to producer for my favorite artist of 2017, Lil Toenail! He produced Lil Toe’s biggest hit to date “Wake Up” and he actually produced my favorite Lil Toenail song “Why Do You Look Like A Frog?” and to quote the NotoriousReg on Genius, that song is “one of toes most lyrically masterful songs in his collection. It truly brings a deeper meaning to hoes and frogs.”
But that isn’t all 2 Piece has done. He’s also produced for a good number of the rappers making a name for themselves on Soundcloud and YouTube. To find out more about who he has worked with, his relationship w/ Lil Toenail, and a whole lot more, keep scrolling down.
Where are you from? I was born in Tampa, but was raised most of my life in West Palm Beach
How old are you? I’m 18.
Major Credits? (artist/song)
- Lil Toenail – Wake Up , “Why Do You Look Like A Frog?”
- Wetbackmanny – ROB ROB ROB YO HOE
Warhol.ss song – Chosen
Chxpo – momma wonder
Lamb$ – Freeze
$not and Lil $ecret – COLD
Redda – World War 3 Ft. Luh Fiji
Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap?
Probably seeing my bro Lil Toenail perform with his pants down at Trapcircus. That shit was hilarious!
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
I’ve been producing for almost 2 years now. I got into producing from just appreciating the beat in songs more than the lyrics which led me to creating and finding my own sound.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
As cliche as it sounds, the come up and the fans bro. It’s crazy to think that there’s rappers and people all over the world who fuck with my sound, and would even pay me for some
beats. I never thought that I could go from a no name producer to someone with a recognizable name and sound.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences in music would definitely be people in the underground scene such as Warhol.ss, UnoTheActivist, Fauni, D Savage, Duwap Kaine, and Lil Candypaint who’s music I’m always listening too. Some producers are Mexikodro, Pierre Bourne, 16yrold, and Brentrambo who all started their own wave.
Want to give any shoutouts?
I wanna give a shoutout to my bro Chupi who I’ve grinded with, and grew up with in this music shit. I also wanna give shoutouts to my brother Lil Toenail, Rorysdeath, Brickboydior, Swirl, Bossup2k, Yung Pyrrx, and a collective I’m apart of – Problem Youth.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I have a passion for not just producing but graphic design, video editing, and mixing songs too.
Whats your process for making a beat?
My mood. Mood is everything to me. I don’t have a specific style so sometimes I’ll want to make grimy trap beats, and other times I want to make chill, relaxing beats. I usually look for some inspiration through songs from artists I’m currently listening to or samples. Once I find a good melody, I’m pretty much done. The drums come easy to me.
What do your beats normally cost?
My beats normally cost 30$ for a regular lease, and 150-200$ for an Exclusive
What is the most you have made from one beat?
The most I’ve made from one beat was an exclusive for 500$
Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements?
Most of my placements were random as fuck. I usually came across them when searching for new Music. My Chxpo and Warhol.ss placements were features other rappers paid for. Lil Candypaint and Comethazine had an unreleased song with my beat called ‘Polar Pop Wok’ that got leaked. It’s just all really random but it’s still crazy to find out that rappers I fuck with are using my beats.
I saw you produced wake up and why do you look like a frog for lil toe and I have to know… How did you even link up with lil toe? what are the stories behind those tracks? Did you already have the beats ready for toe?
I actually came across Lil Toenail through Toe’s friend Wetbackmanny who I also got a song with. I hit him up about working after I found out he made his song ‘you look like a frog’ and we instantly clicked. He gave me his number and we talked about more music opportunities, I sent him some more beats, and he really fucked with what is now ‘Wake up’ which is doing crazy numbers. Toe even managed to get Wake Up on a local radio station ! Toe is my brother for real and we both work well together. We even got another song coming soon with a new music video that’s gonna go crazy for sure.
Do you use Hardware or software? is there any reason why you like to particularly use this?
- I use FL Studio and have a variety of software and synths.
- I also have a MIDI Keyboard, Speakersand a Sub.
It really doesn’t take much to start producing at home. I just keep it simple.
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017?
I don’t have an exact number but 2017 was definitely my year. I’d say I’ve sold probably around 200+ leases, including exclusives in 2017
What are your plans for 2018?
Network myself through YouTube, grow more locally, and establish good friendships. Trusting, and meeting good people is everything in today’s music industry, and I hope to expand my connections through more placements and features.
Who or what do you think will part of the new wave in 2018?
Image and being something new and fresh. For example, Lil Toenail wears a toe costume everywhere he goes and despite some hate, it’s creative as fuck and he’s blowing up with a huge following. I’ve noticed that a lot of new rappers are doing something different and refreshing and doing it in their own unique ways. Those are the rappers who will blow up this year.
Lastly, do you receive royalties from any of your beats? Can you give an example?
Currently, I haven’t received any royalties from songs I have with artists. I have some songs with millions of views from A French rapper, and Spanish rapper. Most of 2017 was me building my name
And reputation. I believe that in the future, when I’m working with bigger artists, I will start signing contract and getting royalties but right now I’m just working on free placements.
Editors note: The french and spanish rap songs he is referring to in the last question are Duki – Mil Colores (spanish), and the french song was Zola ft. Key Largo – Cru … both have over a million views