London On Da Track And Young Thug Wrote “Lifestyle” In Their Kitchen
London On Da Track is taking the hip-hop industry by storm. With three hit records—"Lifestyle," "About The Money" and "Hookah"—on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, London is enjoying the fruits of his labor with co-signs from some of the biggest names in the business right now.
London, who has collaborated with the likes of Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and Travis Porter in the past, is best known for his work with longtime friend Young Thug and most recently his contributions to Birdman's Rich Gang mixtape. The young producer has established a signature sound of his own, which eventually led Birdman to take notice and bring London under his Rich Gang wing. The Cash Money CEO has called London "the best producer in the business today," which only has pushed London to work even harder after the big up from Stunna.
In between his hectic schedule and his travels, London On Da Track took some time out of his day to speak with XXL about his come up in the game, his first encounters with Young Thug and Birdman, and who he's gonna be working with next. He's not going away any time soon. —Roger Krastz
XXL: What producer did you look up to during your come up and what was the motivation behind wanting to produce music?
London On Da Track: As far as producers, I looked up to Drumma Boy. He was very inspired by his production and his style of making music, and when it comes to my influences it was pretty much my situation that influenced me just because I wanted to be in a better place and put my family in a better place. So the money played a big part in that.
In some of your Instagram videos you can be seen playing the piano. How did you learn how to play?
When I was younger I used to be in church a lot with my grandma. Every Sunday I would practice when I was back in Tennessee. I picked up the piano and I just think it was in me, just musically it was in me. And every Sunday at the end of church, I would just pick up the piano play a few chords and go to my grandma’s crib where I had a little piano and practice those same chords. I pretty much taught myself and just picked up progression.
When did you first start producing?
When I was about 17 I started producing, and that's when I actually had my first song on the radio. It was a song I produced for the Rich Kidz.
What equipment were you using back then to produce and what are using now?
Back then I was using Fruity Loops and Cakewalk Production. And now I’m using Logic and ProTools.
About how many hours were you spending at the studio when you were coming up in the game?
I was working 24/7. I just wanted a dollar, so I would work all day, and didn’t think about no females or none of that. I was just trying to stay on the positive end and have a positive vibe about things and just work. I love what I do, so pretty much all day and all night I would be in the studio making beats. Nowadays I still do it 24/7, but it’s just 10 times now, I gotta take advantage of my situation. I can’t take nothing for granted.
What was a big moment in your career?
That moment when Young Thug took me on a flight to Los Angeles to meet Birdman. That was huge for me. And then when Bird believed in me and picked me up, it made me believe in myself even more because I knew I actually had it. I knew I could do something with what I love doing.
How did you meet Young Thug?
Me and Thug met back in the day, probably '08 or maybe even '07 through one of my partners named Skolly with the music stuff. We were all in the same circle, so we would all go out and perform together. We were in the streets together, we were in the studio together, we were everywhere together. We were all from the same side of town. Our first song we did was called “Curtains” and that was featuring Shawty Lo. I think we recorded that back in '08 and we linked back up together later on to do it again.
What was that encounter like when you reconnected with Young Thug later?
When we first saw each other again, we were like, it’s time go at it again. He heard some of my new music that I was doing, and I was liking the music that he was doing, so we needed to get back together and make history. And that's what we're doing now.