Harry Fraud Talks Scion A/V, Projects with Smoke DZA & Trinidad James

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    If you <em>still</em> aren't up on La Musica de Harry Fraud, in 2013 you definitely will be. The Brooklyn-bred producer has been making waves in all corners of the hip-hop community since he arrived onto the scene with French Montana's "New York Minute" in 2009, and he's remained a consistent—and frequent—source of bold, quality music for fans ever since. Earlier this month, <em>XXL</em> caught up with the prolific beatsmith to discuss his future plans, sampling practices, and musical tastes, as well as tonight's "Harry Fraud & Friends" live performance in Brooklyn with Scion A/V. <em>—Nick de Molina</em> (<a href="http://twitter.com/odmod">@odmod</a>)
  • On upcoming projects with Scion A/V
    On Upcoming Projects with Scion A/V
    <strong>Harry Fraud</strong>: “Basically, 'Mean' is gonna be the lead-off song for a project that I’m doing with Scion A/V that’s going to be a compilation EP involving the artists that I work with often and some other artists as well, the idea being to put them together on songs that might not necessarily be on together, like French and Bam Bam for instance. 'Mean' was kind of just a way of testing the waters to see how people, first of all, receive a record from me, because I feel like often producer records don’t get received that well, but it seems like in this situation, everybody’s loving it."<br /><br />“You can expect the full project at the top of the year, probably sometime in early February, and it’ll be available in the same fashion, for free download. I’m all about that—giving people the music. Everything will be coming through Scion A/V, through their website, you know, I’ve got my little page on there, looking wavy with all my little releases and shows and stuff, so everybody can get on Scion A/V and get all my latest shit. Basically, Action and French were the first combo, and I’ve got a lot of heavy-hitting combos on there, I worked on some stuff with Earl for it, I worked on some stuff with Mikey Rocks for it, me and my man Trinidad James are gonna do something for it—everybody that’s in my immediate circle, we’re gonna bring them all in.”
  • On building on the legacies of past projects
    On Building off the Legacies of Past Projects
    <strong>Harry Fraud</strong>: “I think that what I’m going to do, probably at the top of the year, is gear up to do another project with Curren$y, whether it be <em>Cigarette Boats 2</em> or something different, and another project with Smoke [DZA], because I don’t just want people to think I’m running around getting an album out of every artist and then moving on to the next. I’m trying to build these legacies with these artists and put a release out that’s quality every year so that the fans feel like, ‘Hey—if I’m stuck listening to a bunch of bullshit, I know at least Harry and Smoke are gonna give me something and I know Harry and Spitta are gonna give me something, I know Harry and Bronson are gonna give me something every year that’s gonna be quality—you know?' So I want to focus on making sure that those albums weren’t just drops in the bucket and that they don’t get forgotten. I want to make sure I double back and nurture those relationships and those legacies that we’re building with those projects."
  • On his sampling process
    On His Sampling Process
    <strong>Harry Fraud</strong>: "I’ll start whatever gives me the biggest spark. For years, I was a super vinyl enthusiast, and I still love vinyl—I have that old, record-digger love for touching it and smelling it. But for convenience’s sake, obviously, I’m not always next to a record player and a crate of good records. So, I’ll find stuff on the Internet. What I’ve been doing a lot recently is...if my friends play in bands or if any of my friends make music, I’ll always be like, ‘Yo—Lemme get your demo,’ or, ‘Let me get you album,’ and I’ve been trying to start to dig into their songs and what they have and maybe I might say, ‘Yo—I love this song. Why don’t we go back to it and give me the stems and lets re-write something,’ or whatever, and try to build from there. Because obviously, sampling is fun, and I’ll never not sample, but it’s funny because all of the producers I used to look up to would always be like, ‘Yeah—sampling is great, but man, that shit hurts your pockets.’ And now, in the game, I’m starting to feel those pressures from people with the samples and all this, so I’m just trying to find my own ways around it—you know? And the other thing is, I don’t ever want to sell myself short on a musical level and just box myself into being considered an only sample-based producer or whatever. So I want to start showing people different sides. For example, the song 'Mean' that we put out with Scion is a perfect example of my kind of movement towards a new sound where it has a sample-type feel but there’s actually no samples in the track."
  • On tonight's Harry Fraud & Friends Live Show
    On Tonight's Harry Fraud & Friends Live Show
    <strong>Harry Fraud</strong>: “What that’s gonna look like is pretty much a celebration of all the music that I’ve been working on and I’m gonnda kind of take the listeners on a little journey through the different songs that we worked on and then bring up artists that are on those songs to perform them, obviously. I don’t want to give away the artists, but I’m gonna bring up all these artists to perform the songs I’m talking about. Then, I’ll kind of be able to give different takes on the songs live and incorporate different elements. We were going to do a full blown-out live show type of thing, but we’re still kind of putting it together. That’ll be something that I do with Scion A/V for the release of the album too. We’re going to do a full blown-out live experience that’s gonna be on some next level shit. But for <em>Cigarette Boats</em>, it’ll kind of be a scaled-down version of that—you know what I’m saying? But it’ll definitely be a full interactive experience for everybody. I’ll be interacting with the fans on all different levels.”
  • On what he's listening to right now
    On What He's Listening to Right Now
    <strong>Harry Fraud</strong>: “Right now, I’ve been listening to a lot of Mastadon and Dirty Projectors as far as new stuff outside of rap. Rap—I really like Danny Brown, I’ve been listening to some Danny Brown. We didn’t actually get to be together in the studio for [Spaceship], but I reached out to him on that and I let him know that I was definitely a fan of his and I think we vibed well and he’s a fan of Max B so he’s familiar with my music. We were kind of familiar with each other so that worked out well. Another artist that I’m madly in love with is <a href="http://www.xxlmag.com/features/2012/11/act-like-u-know-trinidad-james/#1">Trinidad James</a> who’s been blowing up recently, but I’ve been listening to him for a couple of months. He’s a kid out of Atlanta that definitely has an eclectic vibe. I see a lot for him in the future. He’s like Gucci Mane, mixed with Andre 3000, mixed with a Hippie, mixed with, like, Kanye. He’s crazy—he’s so talented. I don’t even know how to explain it.”
  • reasss

    No onewants Rockie Fresh in ? Damn

  • xxlsucksdick

    there is like 20 mother fuckers ive never heard of on there and yall ignored Sir Michael Rocks again. you guys suck choads because he is by far the nicest out

  • Shawn G.

    Logic – Jarren Benton – Chris Webby. Most of this list is a fucking joke though. If Riff Raff is on the list and Cheif Keef, Then making it on the XXL Freshman List dont mean shit.

  • Bizzy Bone Of Bone thugs

    D-pryde!

  • Bizzy Bone Of Bone thugs

    D- Pryde is better then all these rappers School boy Q is trash ya need to go suck his dick!

  • http://twitter.com/1Bromotion Berwa Hama Mahmod

    RITTZ for XXL Freshman 2013!!!

  • @ScottLaRock93

    Chris Webby all day long. #NinaSwag bitchessss

  • JustSayin

    action bronson, ab-soul, joey bada$$, scHoolboy Q, Tito Lopez, Mr. MF eXquire, los

  • free_OJ

    Ab-Soul

    ScHoolboy Q

    Joey Bada$$

    Action Bronson

    Casey Veggies

    A$AP Ferg

    Trinidad James

    Gunplay

    Rockie Fresh

    Stalley

  • ArchyBeatz

    Not even gonna vote… This list lost all its credibility with last years doo doo list… Smh and they aint even got Chip Tha Ripper/King Chip up this year…. This list is doo do bruh

  • Cole Pnazek

    This freshmen class be better than the last.I mean, how in the fuck did roscoe dash make it when hes been in the irrelevant for like 3 years and XXL said we voted for iggy azaela thats BULLSHIT! Hopefully this will be the freshman class: Joey Bada$$, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Logic, Dizzy Wright, Stalley, Action Bronson, Casey Veggies, Los and Tito Lopez. Peace and have nice day.

  • ListenClose

    If you aren’t voting #dizzywright or #rittz, then your missing the meaning of real music.

  • http://twitter.com/mrmedina Alex Medina

    LECRAE

  • Chuyo

    Logic – Dizzy Wright

  • Tim

    Rittz definitely deserves Recognition, talented artist

  • Red

    LOL Rittz is NO freshman, a true Vet. and hasn’t even dropped his first major debut Album, vote for SKILL, FLOW,LYRICISM and ORIGINALITY- HE HAS IT ALL!!!!!

  • Ya Boi Fiki

    Ain’t nobody fuckin wit young scooter dat nigga da rawest nigga on dis list, Young scooter, spaceghost purrp fuck all those other niggas

  • clutch

    d pryde

  • pinocp3

    1. Los
    2. King Los
    3. Swaggaboy Los
    3. Los Shooter
    4. Los Bad Boy
    5. LOS

  • Guest

    hell yea

  • Lucas

    Man, these are some serious freshmen this year. Ab Soul, Chris Webby, Logic, and Rittz are all amazing. It’s too bad Dizzy Wright is in this therefore my vote is a no brainer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1445289740 Steven Thavone

    d=pryde!!!

  • XXL

    YOUNG SCOOTER!!

  • Dizzle

    Dizzy Wright nigga…

  • king

    LOL abc basic rappers but MAYNE ISHU aint on the list?? nigga got FLOW DELIVERY AND BARS…but guess that means nothing to be a “HOT” rapper these days

  • sikwitit

    that Maffew Ragazino though!

  • Henry

    Logic & Ab-soul

  • Rape

    Rittz. Dude is fuckin dope

  • Corey

    Mannnn Iamsu got the bay on fire!

  • apnc

    DIZZY WRIGHT!!

  • Alexei

    RIFF RAFF

  • Kevin

    1. Chris Webby
    2.Rittz
    3.Everyone else

  • TacoFresh

    this should be the list : chief keef, fat trel, action bronson, trinidad james, joey bada$$, schoolboy q, asap rocky, alley boy, riff raff, ab soul

  • Rahsy

    DIZZY WRIGHT ALL DAY!

  • Thamuffinman

    Where’s Childish at?

  • http://twitter.com/_ThaMuffinMan bEnJ Tha Baker

    I’m calling: Ab-soul, Schoolboy-Q, Chief Keef, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Riff Raff, Chance tha Rapper, Kirko bangz, Mr. MFN eXquire, and logic.

  • Dre86

    IAMSU!!!!!!

  • Tunechi

    IAMSU SHOULD WIN

  • http://twitter.com/KiannaBanks Young Ratchet

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  • http://www.facebook.com/classicclj Chris Lloyd-Jones

    Earl Sweatshirt/ScHoolboy Q

  • Lavell

    KIrko Bangz.

  • rell!

    Nigga no he didnt! lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/jammie.vasquez Jammie Lynn Smith

    wrong. they dont buy shit were over here trying to get dizzy on the list the same way everyone else is, from the fans you cant buy in idiot

  • KRYSIS

    YES!!! FINALLY SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS!!!!

  • dan

    helll yeaa! love you swizZz!