This interview all started because recently I have been spending a lot of time crafting and editing an email pack where producers can buy a list of 200+ rappers and the contact emails for them to send beats to. Included with the initial list download you get 3 months of updates of more rappers to send beats to. I originally started this list with only 36 rappers but have received a small yet overwhelmingly positive response which made me keep growing the list to its now 209 rappers.
Well the reason this interview starts with the list is because two days ago I got an order from a producer named Crush Hayven. He messaged me on Instagram after he got the list and I looked on his page to find out that he has produced for one of my all time favorite rappers, Boosie Badazz. I almost fell out of my chair! I eagerly hit him up like “brooo you produced for Boosie? I have to interview you for my site. lol.” He was totally down!
Below you can find out more about this producer and check out some of the big hits he has produced for some of the biggest rappers in the south right now.
Credits: Ralo, Freebandz, Boosie, Young Scooter, FYB/Rich Gang, Project Pat, Scotty ATL, ETC.
How old are you? 700 lol
How did the Boosie Placement come about?
Well in like 2014, an engineer I was working with at the time had a session with Young Scooter. Scooter needed some beats and I sent over a beat I was working on at that very moment. Scooter recorded the hook then sat on the record. Some weeks later, Boosie is released from prison and actually hops on the song!! The song became “Pots and Stoves” This was my biggest placement at the time and that record opened the door for me to get more beats to Boosie.
So now I have at least 8 placements with Boosie that I can think of off the top. I produced “Fly Away”, “King Of The Streets”, “Call Of Duty”, “I’m Bad”, “Empire”, “Single Mother”, “Warning Signs”, and “Ghetto”.
Funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time?Man its normally always the same bills due lol or “something came up” never know what that “something” is but I don’t trip smh
Where are you from? Planet 9 lol na I’m from Hickory, North Carolina. It’s a small city like an hour away from Charlotte. The Unifour is what our metro is called.
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I’ve been producing for about 10 years now. My homeboy Centel put me on to beatmaking back in school. He played a CD full of his beats in class one day. I asked him where did he get the beats and he said, “I made them myself” I was confused because I didn’t know a thing about making a beat from scratch!! Lol. He told me about the program FL Studios. I rushed home downloaded it, tried it got confused and cut it off!! Hahahaha smh. I didn’t give it another shot, until like a year later. I grew to love the art form and started dedicating long hours into perfecting my craft.
When did you know you made it? or that this could be an actual career for you? I still have a long way to go, but I would probably say, once I started making money for my beats. Also the first time I started hearing major artist on my production!!!
I used to ask people what is the most they made from a beat, and some producers don’t like to ﬂex. So I am changing this question to can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done?
Lol yea I’m not into flexing myself, but uh..I would have to say the coolest placement would have to be split between 2.
- Young Scooter ft Boosie Badazz- Pots and Stoves, because I grew up on Boosie so it was wild hearing him on one of my beats!!
- Shawty Lo- Grown Man Cry, because again this was an artist I grew up listening to, plus shawty Lo is no longer with us. It’s something that I can appreciate more now that he is gone. Long Live Shawty …Bankhead
Who are your biggest inﬂuences? I have so many lol but I would have to say Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, DJ Toomp, Kanye West, Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Noah “40”, Shawty Redd, etc etc.
Want to give any shoutouts? Yea shoutouts to my homeboy Centell, My parents, sister, brother, family, and friends. Anyone that has helped me through this journey.
What do you ﬁnd is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why? For me its Instagram . I don’t know why it just works for me. I guess because you can post snippets of your work and photos of your progress and people start following the movement. Follow me @hayvenbeats7
Do you have any other income streams besides crafting instrumentals? like, do you sell shoutouts or do you also song write, or write books, etc? No
Whats your process for making a beat? It all depends on my mood. Most likely I start with a melody or a sample then the drums on average.
What do your beats normally cost? My budget is pretty flexible. I try not to tell my range because some artist I will work with them I just need a good enough reason.
What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? Uh I don’t use much hardware now maybe a midi board every now and then, but I’ve recent switch from Logic back to FL. When I moved to Florida for like a year and some, I attended Full Sail. I received a Macbook with Logic Pro, so I started working on that up until just this year!
What are your plans for 2018? To get more placements!! Bigger placements!! Take My Career to the next level!! I’m trying to build my brand and like always, master my craft. More memories and more money!! Lol
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (Producer wise and rapper wise) Easy!! Gunna & Turbo!! They dope have songs together and Turbo got a few placements with other artist. Chilled melodies over hard 808s. Yea that’s the wave.
Crush Hayven Link:
- YouTube[get CF to 1K]