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Iamsu! On The Invasion, Working With 2 Chainz And Wiz Khalifa And Performing At Rock The Bells


On Production Team The Invasion

“I met P-Lo and his brother in high school. We went to the same high school, and Jay went to high school in the next city. He was in a group that was popular in The Bay that was hella crackin. So we all looked up to him. He’s two years older than me. So we all looked up to him and I was like, ”Damn, they hella clean,” so I always wanted to make beats for his group. So that’s how it first started, I was making beats for his group, and then, make a long story short, we got older and things started changing and progressing and I started getting myself more out there and then we just decided to click up…make music together.

“My cousin was their manager; they had really started to take off. Like, they were doing shows in hella different cities and going out like that. And I always told my cousin like, “Please, listen to my beats,” woopty woop, and he’ll come by the house every day to come check on me and my mom and stuff and he would hear my beats, and he was starting to get really impressed, so I went to go make music with them and it just…it took off from there.

“[Everybody brings] different styles of production. For example Kuya Beats, he more-so samples records. We all do a little bit of everything, but his expertise, what he’s really good at, he’ll like—he has a big collection of vinyl, you know what I mean? So he samples records. And for me, for example, I could play the piano and stuff like that. So, I play instruments on top of samples and play stuff for people. [“On Citas” and “The Science”], that was Terrance Martin on the sax, but I played the piano. P-Lo has a lot of high-energy production, like, a lot of club bangers. He did the Yo Gotti  record, “Act Right,” and he did the Wiz Khalifa track “About Me.” So he’s a lot of energy. Jay Ant makes kinda more somber, more—kinda like melancholy, just more chill kinda cloud music. That’s the best way to describe it, “cloud music.”

“We just [have] a lot of laughs, a lot of fun [in the studio]. That’s pretty much what we would do if it was working or not. That’s how we have fun—just go to somebody’s house and make a beat, start rapping and making music. So…just us having just fun, laughing at random shit, and doing whatever.

“The best part about it is having my hand in every aspect. You know what I mean? I don’t want to leave nothing up for chance. Unless somebody else do it I don’t know how it’s gonna come out, so I like being really hands-on. I don’t like rapping on too many other beats. Not that I wouldn’t in the future, but I like producing my own stuff. [But] if I don’t finish the beat in like 10 minutes, 10, 15 minutes then I’m—it’s a waste of time. Scrap it. If it’s not moving me like that then when it’s done—there’s no point to even make a song to it or whatever. That’s just me.”

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