Production Credit: Detail

You started doing R&B and transitioned into hip-hop…

Yeah. I’m like the Quincy Jones of today. A lot of people have pockets in the game. Obviously this is a hip-hop realm, but we’re crossin’ hip-hop right over to popular records like a “No Sleep” or like “How To Love,” so it becomes for me just a matter of runnin’ with the flow of where music is today. If everything goes country next year and it’s all about country music I’m a have a job. [Laughs]

But you said Quincy Jones. Now that’s some pretty big comparison to make.

Quincy Jones, yes. I studied it and I understand it to that perspective like the Motown world. When you’re in Detroit there’s nothin’ to do. There’s no opportunities. All the record labels left, Motown, Atlantic and it’s just been a desert so all you can do is just be in five churches, sing, play the piano, write… those are the only opportunities you get so you hear some dance, some R&B. I came up from that era of just tappin’ into all genres of music and the only solution to it is if you’re good at it then it’s gonna work. I’m in the process of workin’ [with] Enrique Iglesias so I know who to bring in to get my beats at the point where it’s absolutely solid in that world. It’s not different that you havin’ a house and you pullin’ in the person that does the air conditioner and the person that does the water plummin’ on a house. I’m gonna bring in the right people to do the structurin’. One person can structure maintainin’ the household, so that’s what I’m doing with my music. It’s a household and I’m just maintainin’ my key elements like the plummin’ which would be pop music and the electrical which would be this [hip-hop]. I’m connectin’ with the best people to make that happen, kinda like bein’ an executive producer and that’s what I think Quincy has always been and that’s what I am. The first song that I ever produced on an album was Raydiation and I co-executive produced the album my first shot in the game.

Who else are you working with?

I just did Mike Posner, which is more in the pop area. I got a good blend and some good music with him. I got a single that’s comin’ out in the next week or two weeks with T-Pain. It’s called “Bottles.” This record is a monster. We’re gonna own the clubs. I promise you. I’m doin’ a lot of Young Money/Cash Money obviously. I was in the studio last night with Birdman. I’m a team player with YMCMB. I got my shirt on right now.

So it’s definitely an in-house type of thing? Y’all got a deal in place?

Yeah. We’re doin’ a lot of stuff. I’m not just producin’. I love that company. I love the way Wayne move and I love the way they deliver music to the music business. Wherever I need to go in there whether it’s Drake, Nicki, Baby, whoever, Twist, I’m there and I’m comin’ with it. I personally feel I’ll be a good addition to the camp. You can call me the new Mannie Fresh if you want [Laughs].

Is it on paper or you’re just work with them a lot?

If you hear anywhere in the future Detail gettin’ signed on Young Money don’t be surprised ’cause it just happen, but we don’t talk about it. We don’t talk about the next projects we’re gonna work on, artists we’re lookin’ at signing right now. We don’t talk about it. We just do it. They been in the business for a long time. It’s a great opportunity to come. I’ve always been good at workin’ with camps. You know what Drake said: “I got a small circle. I’m not with different crews.” I just put it out there like that.

Detail’s Notable Production Credits: Bone Thugs-n-Harmoney’s “Young Thugs” (2007), Akon’s “I’m So Paid” feat. Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy (2008), Travis McCoy’s “Ms. Tattoo Girl” (2010) feat. T-Panin, Wiz Khalifa’s “No Sleep” (2011) New Boyz’s “Magazine Girl” (2011)

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