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With so much heatrocks underway, XXL caught up with the producer and discussed his track record to date. —Jaeki Cho (@JaekiCho)
"Light Up (Freestyle)"
"It was on the radio and it was my first time where I had a calling card. I could meet people and they’d ask me what records I’ve done and I could say ‘New York Minute.’ Before I couldn’t really say anything that they would know. I also think that was when people started to take notice that French and me had something different. Like when we work together it’s something different than when he was working with whomever he had been working with.
"I had made the beat years before I had even met French. It was a skeleton though; it was flimsy. So French heard the idea and was like, ‘This is dope, but we need to update it.’ We pulled up the two track of the beat, the shit that I had just bounced off my MPC, ran out the cables into the ProTools. And then I pulled up extra drums and we just laid it right over the two-track and started chopping the two-track up and doing all this shit and we started to formulate a fucking thing. And this is why I haven’t really made beats on the MPCs, ‘cause I really love to do it, but when I went back after the record had been recorded and we were going to mix, I had to go into my mom’s basement and dig through shoeboxes of floppy disks and found the beat and loaded it up and the sequence was corrupt. So I had the samples, I had to go re-sequence the whole beat right there—like to memory, and re-track, track it all the way to ProTools. It was like a fucking nightmare. And then right there I made the decision I got to just make beats straight into the ProTools and start finding a different way that’s going to allow me to create at the pace I want to create.
"And I’ll never forget, one of my greatest moments—Frenchie called me up one morning and just played the Jadakiss verse for me. ‘Cause we had been trying to get the Jadakiss verse for so long for like a month and a half. And it was just such a body. And I knew this was going to be monstrous."
“I guess we weren’t on that stature yet. [Funk Master Flex] didn’t play it for months, months. Camilo and them played it, and once it started to bubble Flex played it, everybody played it.
“We pushed ‘Shot Caller’ for mad long, bro. It wasn’t like we put it out and it blew up. So it was just validation that we believed in the right record. It made us feel good that we believed in the right thing. Obviously for me to have a record that was on that scale, it felt great obviously. I can’t wait to have more.” [Chuckles]
Harry Fraud_Action Bronson
”Wiz Khalifa is on our first single. He spoke about it on MTV’s SuckerFree. He took a liking to Bronson, and he reached out—we sent him something and he put the biggest fucking hole in that shit. It’s my favorite Wiz verse.
“It’s not going to be a feature-heavy thing. It’s about him, and me showing both sides. Us showing the industry that we’re both very versatile. Action Bronson is known for a certain type of music, but if you listen to the records that we did already, ‘Muslim Wedding,’ ‘Jar of Drugs,’ and ‘Bird on the Wire,’ it’s not traditionally what you’d expect from him. I’m so confident in the music that we’ve made thus far; I think it’s going to be the type of record that fucking blows people’s brains apart. No shots to anybody, but I definitely think it’s the best music that [Action Bronson’s] made.
“The Action Bronson music that has been heard up to this point its not necessarily produced. It’s pretty much beat and rapping, whereas this is like musical. It’s definitely the most eclectic mix of sounds that’s he’s ever had on anything. There are records for the strip club, and there are records for vibing out on Sunday cleaning your crib. You know what I’m saying? There are records to dance, all this shit that people probably haven’t heard from him yet.
“I would expect a single to come out sometime around the end of the summer, probably the joint with Wiz. You can expect the album before the end of the year, but I’m not pushing with that. I want the Bronson album to come out when it’s time. Whenever they’re ready for us, we’ll come out.”
Working With Riff Raff
“Bronson came in the studio and was like ‘Yo, you want to do a song for Riff Raff?’ And we fucking put the whole shit together, left Riff Raff a space, sent it, he sent it back—boom.
“[Riff Raff] came directly from the airport and we recorded 5 songs and shot a video as soon as he got off the plane. It’s great to work with him. Riff Raff is a great guy, and he’s a really smart dude, understands how to market himself, and how everything is about perception. It’s all about what people see of you, and you can control what people see of you as long as you’re conscious of it. Riff Raff’s all about persona and mystique. And you know—he’s a genius.
“Neon Vibes is supposed to come out July 4th; it’ll be free. We may change that because of how much hype we’re building around, but right now it’s July 4th.”
Currensy And Spitta
“With Smoke DZA I made every beat except for one in the studio with him. Bronson, pretty much the same thing—I’ll have ideas, but I’m really an on-the-spot dude. I’m mega quick. For me to work with as many people as I’m working with, I would run out of beats if I were just digging in the stash. Yeah, so Smoke wrote all the raps in the studio.
“I have the EP with Curren$y called Cigarette Boats which we started recording. We should finish recording around the end of the month. Curren$y came through to jump on the Smoke DZA album. And I literally played [Curren$y] five beats and he was like, ‘We’re doing an EP with these 5 beats.’ So that’ll be another free release and it’ll come out any time [Curren$y] feels so inclined.”
Wiz Khalifa_Juicy J
“Maybach Music Group, they’re like the fucking Secret Service, but I’ve heard bits and pieces of stuff. It often happens. With Wiz, I don’t think I heard ‘Blindfolds’ until the day before the tape came out. With ‘Stoner’s Night’ I didn’t hear it until the day it came out. I didn’t even know they used it or anything—like that shit just came out. And I remember watching the interview with Lex Luger where he was talking about ‘H.A.M.’ and saying ‘Yeah, I didn’t hear ‘H.A.M.’ until everybody else heard it.’"
“That song’s off Meyhem’s [mixtape] called Respect the Fly Shit. We were fucked up in the hotel one night and we recorded that joint, and we shot a really incredible video that was directed by Heems who actually has the first verse on that song. He’s an all around artistic kid.”