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GlokkNine continues his streak with a new release thats simply called “Intro” but why though you may ask? Well homie got his debut mixtape dropping April 18th. Stay tuned because you know I will be dropping it!!!

Interview with “Mans Not Hot” co -producer MazzaBeats

MazzaBeats is a producer from the U.K. who is a self described “DRILL / GRIME / TRAP / FL11 Specialist”. MazzaBeats may not be a house hold name for you if you don’t follow the Grime scene however if you have been on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube in the last 6 months then you probably heard a song that he was the co producer of.

You see MazzaBeats is 1 half of the team who co produced the hit viral sensation “Man’s Not Hot” by UK comedian and rapper Big Shaq.

If you aren’t familiar with this song, its a track that blew up last year in the UK and has also made its rounds across the U.S. and the world.

Numbers don’t lie so lets look at some of the figures for this track;

  • 10.1+ million combined plays on Soundcloud
  • 6.9 Million reads for the lyrics on Genius
  • at least 188.9 Million combined views on YouTube
  • Certified Gold in the U.K. (400,000 sales)
  • Certified Gold in Belgium (15,000 sales)
  • Certified Gold in Norway (15,000 sales)
  • Certified Gold in New Zealand (15,000 sales)
  • Made the top 100 chart in 15 other countries besides U.K., Belgium, Norway, and New Zealand

Safe to say that “Man’s Not Hot” which first started off as a joke can now safely be said is and was a viral and lucrative single! Lucrative, it definitely was! You see, while looking up the song “Man’s Not Hot” I found out that it has an interesting and somewhat complicated history production wise.

This is the timeline/history of the instrumental for “Man’s Not Hot”:

  • Some point in late 2015 the beat was co produced by GottiOnEm and MazzaBeats.
  • It was first used by the group 86 for their song “Lurk” which was released as a video on January 2nd, 2016 and has accumulated 173K views since its release.
  • Then that instrumental was used for the track “lets lurk” by 67 and Giggs, which was released on February 22nd, 2016 and its video has accumulated over 12.1 million views.
  • After “lets lurk” is released nothing else happens for 1 year, 6 months, and 1 week to the day. Then on August 29, 2017 a comedian named Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq went on BBC Radio as two of his rap alter egos and did a freestyle on the instrumental which in turn became the song “Man’s Not Hot” which blew up and did the numbers discussed earlier.

I wanted to talk to the producers of this track so I emailed them both and the one who responded to me was Mazza Beats. In our interview below he discusses “Man’s Not Hot”, royalties, what software he uses to make beats and why, and more!

Can you list some of your major Credits?

  • “Man’s Not Hot” Big Shaq
  • “Fire In The Booth” Big Shaq
  • “Let’s Lurk” 67
  • “Packages” Aj Tracey
  • “Clipped Him” Giggs

and many more that span the grim/drill/trap scene.

Where are you from?  London

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? 13 Years. I started producing basically so I could have beats to rap to and I still rap up to this day

I saw on your soundcloud you say fl studio 11 specialist. Which is funny cause I was having a discussion yesterday about how so many producers use fl studio BUT not all of them use the same edition. So I gotta ask, are you still strictly using Fl Studio 11? are you going to eventually switch to 12 or do you not think its necessarry? or are you waiting for when they supposedly drop fl studio 20 ( they aren’t going to use 13, instead it will be 20 to mark 20th anniversary).

I know how to get a lot of the potential out of fl 11 not to mention certain features you can no longer get from the new versions not to mention the fact that I don’t like the feel of them. If I know I can push the same standard of music on the version I’m use to why bother upgrading?

In the u.s. right now theres been a heavy discussion on producers starting a union because of producers like tm88, e.dan, sonny digital, etc talking about how the major labels and artists are shorting them on royalties, not paying them, etc. I am wondering whats up on yall side of the pond? cause there hasn’t been much input from producers outside of the u.s. that I have seen on this topic. are uk producers dealing with the same shit? Gotti himself tried to do me wrong with this whole mans not hot situation so erm I’m not sure how I currently feel about that one…

Who are your biggest influences? 808 mafia madlib and the people around me I mean if I were to name them all I’d go on for days so that’s the ones that come to mind straight away

Want to give any shoutouts? Shout out to the 6FM (6figuremusic) team and ShellKartel

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I rap and I sing

Whats the story behind mans not hot. I see it was a co production between you and gotti, what exactly happened? how did you link with big shaq? etc.

It’s a long story… Gotti tried to do bad business which severely backfired and resulted in me being credited on a major hit.

tbh I don’t really want to adress it at this point all I can say is people should collaborate with people they trust cause this game is dirty…

You know the readers are going to want to know.. how much you make off co producing mans not hot? Enough to feed me my daughter and my wife and enough for me to live comfortably whilst pursuing a career in music.

What is the most you have made from one beat? I’m not sure because it’s still going but thus far in the 10s of thousands.

Do you receive royalties from any of your other beats besides “Mans Not Hot”? Yeah I receive royalties from clipped him for instance which I produced for Giggs on the landlord album

May I ask what the royalties look like for clipped him? It’s like 3 points or something like that I have no idea what that look like in money but I get a few hundred every few months

Whats your process for making a beat? I generally start with melody and it can go anywhere from there

 What do your beats normally cost? 1000+

Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements? everything been naturally happening in my opinion since the first good placement I got a couple years back with 67 which was a mixture of networking on twitter and being very active in my field at the time so I had a good reputation.

Do you prefer to work in the studio or at home? Studio

How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? Couple hundred

what are your plans for 2018? Make more good music and not trying to complicate the process probably just gonna travel a lil more

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) 6ixvi, jay Youngs, Seany beats, Chris andoh, rawz , rickashay, h Moneda

 

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Congratulations on over 10 million views! type beats + Interview with Hip Hop Producer Yung Tago

Yung Tago is putting in work! He’s been producing by his estimate for 19 months which is crazy because as of writing this article when I was looking at his page I saw he had over 32K subscribers / and just crossed the 10 million view mark on YouTube!

His production work tends to sound like its in the zaytoven / metro boomin arena and he himself will proudly admit that those are two of the producers who have influenced him.  Find out more and hear his beats by scrolling down!

Major Credits? (artist/song)  Blac Youngsta, NBA 3Three, Lucas Coly, JayDaYoungan
 
How old are you? 20 years old
Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap? Man just the amount of Love and stuff from everybody, and dms with people asking me to teach them how to make beats
What do you think will be part of the new wave in 2018? Just a basic flow with alot of bounce and a nice vibe to it that eveybody can rock with
Where are you from?  im from Arlington, Texas
 How long have you been producing? 1 year and about 7 months almost 2 years
Who are your biggest influences? Zaytoven, Dr dre, Metro boomin
Want to give any shoutouts? I wan to Give shoutouts to My group called Flyway Yung Lando, TnTXD, Ill will, TreOnTheBeat, BearMakeHits, Nebula Beats, Nique Buzzin, Mike
Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements? I just be linking in with artist and then just send my stuff out to different artist and linking in with people and networking is a big key to making succes in this field
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? Im real humble and very lazy but you couldnt tell because of my consistency
Whats your process for making a beat? I like to start of with the melody and goin from the drums and lastly just leveling my sounds
What do your beats normally cost? Mp3 Lease $25, WAV Lease $50, Trackout Lease $100, Unlimited Lease $150, Exclusive $400
What is the most you have made from one beat? $400
Do you use Hardware or software? My set up is this, I use FL Studio and I use my KRK Rokit 5 speakers
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? I sold a lot! 2017 was my first year making money from selling Beats and I made a good $35,000
what are your plans for 2018? My plans is just to keep grinding with my team and individually making consistent hits
 

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“Peter Parker” – Tank Chamberlain

Florida rapper Tank Chamberlain is currently locked up  until May. Before he went in, he recorded this track that just recently dropped.

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Take Notice: Russian Hip Hop Producer Highself Is Up Next (interview + 6 beats)

Most of the producers I write about on this blog and do interviews with have at least 1 major placement to their production name. Highself is not like those producers, however don’t think he’s not doing big things. He has some big placements in the Russian rap scene (that’s where he’s from) and he’s doing even more!

First off, I found this guy because he has one of the top most viewed 6ix9ine beats and when I heard it, immediately I was taken aback. Please listen to this beat, especially the intro and tell me that this doesn’t sound like it would be perfect for 6ix9ine!

I immediately got in touch with Highself and here’s the awesome thing. He actually knew about my blog already. He responded to my email saying “It would be a pleasure for me to do this interview, I was actually just reading the Kooda interview you did yesterday”.

Well f*ck.

A russian producer whose beats I was digging?  already knew about my blog? that keeps me motivated!

Check out some of his placements, more beats, and the interview below.

Any major credits? Unfortunately, I aint got no placement with US artist yet,but I produced a lot for Russian rap / r&b scene

and to my surprise Ive got credits with France and Spain rap stars:

Its not really easy to get placements when from US Rap scene when u live in Russia, but Im doin my best now.

Age?  I am 21

Anything funny happen to you in this rap game? I cant remeber anythin funny. Rap game is funny with how many fakes are in this shit.

How long you been making beats? I been producing for like 9 years (started making beats when 12),but I been doing it more professionally (selling etc) for like 4 years now.

Anything dope happen so far? Besides that crazy shit of randomly producing for a bunch of french/spanish rap stars?  Bro, everythin what’s goin on now is really dope. To be honest, I still cant believe Im makin money from the thing I love the most in my life.

Also, once I came to studio just to hang out, didnt even had my laptop with, and there was one russian trap artist and beatmaker he was going to work with. They were tryin to catch a vibe and I offered to play one of my latest beats on youtube. As a result, Ive got one of the dopest verses in russian on my beats in 30 minutes.

Whats up with Russian Hip Hop Scene?  It may sound strange but Russia is really rich for dope producers but most of them are not usin youtube for sellin beats and make it locally (I think its a big mistake tho)

Tell me who your influences are? When I started the biggest influence were, Dr.Dre, Scott Storch, The Neptunes & Timbaland I guess. But a couple years later I listened to Drake once and found out who Boi-1da is and my life never was the same at that moment lol

Nowadays its more like Boi-1da, Cardo Got Wings, Murda Beatz is BANGIN tho, Metro, of course, he changed the whole game

Tell us something about you that would surprise us? I hope that Im white will surpise someone lol

Whats your process for making a beat? Usually when I start making a beat I really dont know what will it result in. Im just lookin for interesting sound, melody or harmony and sometimes it really takes time, but there is always that moment when u find somethin special and then it goes.

How much you sell your beats for?

  • Look, mp3 lease – 15$, wav – 30$, track out – 40$.
  • Prices for exclusives are basically 100-300$ depends on the beat. How old is it, how popular etc. For example when I just dropped Gummo on youtube some guy offered me 300$ the next day, but I passed cause I think its going to blow up, so I think I did the right choice.

What is the most you made from a beat? 400-500$ for an exclusive or custom beat I cant remember now to be honest. If we are talkin about leasing, I’ve got this beat:

I sold a lot of times!

Hardware or software? Only software. I make everything in Logic X on my MacBook Pro 2012 , and for headphones I use Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 250 ohms, so when the man tells me he aint got no hardware to make beats, its really funny to me.

Whats your plans for 2018? Being focused and working as much as I can. As I understood at my 21, the only thing that can u help to make it is work work and work.

Internet producers blowin up bro. Lil Skies album just came up and ALL of the beats are made my internet producers. What a time to be alive for beatmakers,no?About musical trends, beats are now gettin more and more simple, minimalistic so I guess this trend will develop but to be honest Im not fond of this shit.

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Can you give an example of some actual youtube earnings or royalties you have received from one of your productions? I made 100$ in a month by youtube monetization of Gummo

*Editors note: the gummo beat he is referring to is the first video in the article. He released that in November of 2017, since then it has accumulated 61, 608 views as of this writing.

I see you are making a lot of 6ix9ine beats, why? do you like that sound or are you trying to capitalize on a trend? (no wrong answer, I respect any hustle)

First of all, tekashi’s Gummo is a fuckin BANGER. Its a really great work. As an every THINKIN internet producer, of course u be always checkin the trends and tryin to catch the wave of artists & hits that are blowin up, so I decided to make some tekashi shit.To be honest, I was sittin all night long tryin to make this one. I really wanted it to be Tekashi type but add something from myself and around 7 or 8 oclock I understood I really made something crazy.

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Interview + 4 beats with Hip Hop Producer Gustav Strazdins

Major Credits?
Since I have only been selling beats for about a year now, my biggest credit is Tyga – Forever On Fire. He used my Drake type beat – On Da Low which I leased to his and Desiigners manager Steven Victor.
 How old are you? Im 25 now.
Where are you from?  Im from Europe – small country named Latvia.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Some of my beats have been promoted by big Youtubers and I didnt know that till the moment I started reading comments under my beats.
How long have you been producing? I have been producing since 2012. Started with sampled beats, later switched to original (of scratch) beats. Done that for about 2 years and ocasionally sold some beats for about 40$ – 80$. After that I turned to EDM, Future Trap, House music. Basically making music for crowds and also played them for couple of times. At the end of 2016 I switched back to producing beats but this time seriously – created account on Beatstars and made my website for selling beats.
Who are your biggest influences? 
My biggest influences are Eminem and Dr. Dre. I started listening to Hip-Hop and making beats because of them. Later influences – Sam Gellaitry, Oshi, Medasin, Flume etc.
Want to give any shoutouts?
I wan to give shout out to Decap Music because Im using his drum kits mostly all the time – they really knock! And shout out to my brother John Savage Music – we started this beat selling business together.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
People would be surprised to know that I was a big football fan and player till 18 years of age. Till that age I have attended local choir. And that I have 6 years experience of doing calisthenics. Recently I have started to go to gym. Also in late November 2017 I started to invest in cryptocurrencies. I have been digging deep in tho that so I think I will be millionaire from that this year!
Whats your process for making a beat? My beat process is really simple – I start with melody and then I add baseline or drums. It depends. Also I like to search for cool sounds, samples and vocals. Normally I spend about 2 – 4 hours on a beat I think.
What do your beats normally cost? My beats cost from 20$ for a mp3 lease to 170$ for Unlimited lease. For every beat there is also a chance to offer money for Exclusives Rights. Usually I expect 400$ – 1000$ per beat.
What is the most you have made from one beat? If Im correct I have made a couple of thousands from several beats.
Do you use Hardware or software? I mostly use software on my laptop. I have attached sub, monitors, audio interface and keys.
Do you receive royalties from any of your beats? At the moment I dont receive any royalties, only disputing all the claims on my Youtube beats lol.
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? I would say hundreds and hundreds of leases.
Can you give an example of some actual youtube earnings or royalties you have received from one of your productions? I make earnings from Youtube all the time. The sum varies but it is not extreme. Mostly I make money from selling leases.
What are your plans for 2018?  My plans for 2018 is to sell more beats, make more money, stay without job so I can work on my music, become millionaire from crypto investments and get my car license.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)
 Ouh Im not that deep into new rappers or producers – I ocasionally listen to other stuff. I mainly work on my own because beats dont need to be super complicated for rappers. Its all about vibes and matching type

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Interview with Black Mayo: producer of Lil Mosey’s hit “Pull Up”

Early in December, a rising artist named Lil Mosey released a track called Pull Up that has currently 1.3 million views as of the writing of this article. I loved theee beat so I had to find out who produced it and see if I could score an interview with them. And I did!

Below you can check out the song “Pull Up” that started all this, the interview with Hip Hop Producer Black Mayo, and

 Major Credits? Lil Mosey “Pull Up” Ugly God “KLK” (MAYBE IF HE RELEASES THE SONG…)
How old are you? 18
Where are you from? Bloomington, Indiana
How long have you been producing? Almost 2 years (beginning of summer 2016)
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? song i produced hit 1.3m on youtube. got to facetime ugly god and talk to him sometimes still… he buys some of my beats
Who are your biggest influences? I started first bc of partynextdoor, love metroboomin, pierre bourne
Want to give any shoutouts? shoutout to my mom, shoutout to my manager Hef, shoutout to Izak, shoutout 904Tezzo
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?  i deadass used to try and do gaming on my youtube before i started making beats. i had like 400 subs from that. and i used to edit call of duty videos. I wanted to be in FaZe lol.
Whats your process for making a beat? sit down and let the magic happen. melodies first, everything else after.
What do your beats normally cost? $30 for mp3 lease, $50 for wav lease, $80 for untagged wav lease, $250 for trackout lease, $400 for exclusives. probably going to raise them soon
What is the most you have made from one beat? $600 not that much tbh
Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements? not really anything interesting. i just put most of em on youtube and people started flocking. i dont even advertise.

Do you use Hardware or software? software Fl Studio. i got an akai mpk mini piano tho as well.

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? Alot. I cant even keep count anymore haha. But soon imma have to really taking that into record because Ill have to start paying taxes and stuff like that for being self employed and stuff. Its crazy.

what are your plans for 2018? LOTS of songs with LOTS of the poppin artists. Really want to work with Famous Dex, Playboi Carti, Ugly God, Rich The Kid, Jay Critch, LilBoom, Lil Uzi, Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd, Pierre Bourne. Pretty much just want to get out there even more. Have my shit on the radios. I dont care about fame too much really, I just want to make music and make money.

Do you receive royalties from any of your beats? Can you get into a little detail about this for the younger producers? to all you young producers, register your beats with bmi or some type of shit like that so that you can get royalties. and dont be too quick to collab with some of the bigger mainstream producers if they happen to hit your line. 8/10 times theyll try and steal your shit pretty much and not give you credits. same guy tried to do that to me and my friend Izak (another yt producer on the come up) Industry, and just alot of people doing this music stuff in general arent always sweet. watch your back, read contracts carefully. Just take care of yourself, or find someone trustworthy like a manager or something who can help you out.
Anything else you want to include: Follow me on insta @black_mayo (tryna get my insta clout up lol) follow my twitter @prodblackmayo
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“Remember Days When I Was Broke” – 3 beats + Interview with Hip Hop Producer TrillGotJuice

I first heard about TrillGotJuice because I saw that he was one of the producers on the Read About It mixtape by Famous Dex. After doing a little research and conducting this interview, I found that TrillGotJuice has done way more then co produced that track for Famous Dex.

He has tracks with artists ranging from the underground to the mainstream and he is continuing to get major placements. This is a producer on the rise and I highly recommend checking out his work and getting acquainted with him asap.

Major Credits? (artist/song) Lil Durk, Rich The Kid, Famous Dex, Jay Critch, Fat Trel, Cash Out, Drugrixh Peso, T Wayne, Uno The Activist, Thouxanbanfauni, ManMan Savage, YSL Duke, Hypno Carlito, D Savage etc… Lemme Know when to stop lol
How old are you? 20 & Still Saucin
Where are you from?  North Carolina x New York
How long have you been producing? 5 years
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Theres so many, but when Famous Dex said my name in a Unreleased song. And Yes I made it to the #TrillDexBeatTag 🔥🔥🔥
Who are your biggest influences? SoloMusicGroup
Want to give any shoutouts? Shout Outs My Family SoloMusicGroup & Shouts To Everybody workin.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? TrillGotJuice was a rapper before he started producing,be on the lookout for the #TheTrillWay EP.
Whats your process for making a beat? A Peaceful environment, build sum groovy melodies, and let the drums do the rest
What do your beats normally cost? 100 for a lease, 500-1000 for exclusives
What is the most you have made from one beat? 1500
Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements? Sent beats to a major artist and another major artist stole the beat from his homies email. Lol
Do you use Hardware or software? The Best Of The Best…. FL Studio 12
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? over 500 beats
what are your plans for 2018? Go Crazy, make sure the world remember my name for good. #RIAA
Do you receive royalties for any of your beats?  Yes i do, and for all the young producers, keep working never give up, the more time put into it, the more u will receive. Dont take nothing too personal in the industry because its all business at the end of the day.

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