One glance at Dun Deal's production discography is enough to believe that the young Atlanta-By-Way-Of-California producer is going to have the streets on lock for a long time. Gucci Mane, Future, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Kevin Gates, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos—the list goes on and on, with each track a banger. But he's not necessarily new to the boards—Dun got his start in production around a decade ago, initially by necessity instead of an interest in crafting sounds.
"I was rapping at first, me and a group of friends, and we ended up being signed to a label," he said during a phone call with XXL
last week. "They gave us some budget money and stuff, and my friends spent their budget money, so we really couldn't get any production. I took my money and bought some music equipment, and just started producing. Just trying to figure it out."
From there, Dun Deal's career took a sharp turn, as he stepped away from the microphone and stepped into the musical driver's seat. "I had never done anything with any type of music before, as far as production," he said. "I just kind of had an ear for it. I knew what sounded good. So I just stayed in my mom's basement for about a year trying to figure it out, and I ended up getting it."
From Thug's "Stoner" to Migos' "Hannah Montana" to Kevin Gates' brand-new "Stop Lyin'" off his mixtape that dropped today, By Any Means
asked Dun Deal to break down the stories behind some of his biggest productions. Turn up. —Dan Rys (@danrys)