Bangladesh Speaks About “A Milli”

“When you first come in the game they try to play you, then you make a couple of hits, look how they wave to you”- Jay-Z “Encore”

I always loved that Jay-Z line, it’s so appropriate in many aspects of life, not just the music business. But Bangladesh is a producer who’s had a few hits, the ones that come to mind first are Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy,” and Kelis’ “Bossy.” Had “Bossy” actually done more than become a popular headline for chicks’ myspace pages and helped Kelis sell some records, I think Bangladesh wouldn’t have had to wait for “A Milli” to pop for everyone to be calling him. But that’s just what it is, a dickrider business, and Bangladesh is that dude right now.

In an interview over at PMPworldwide.com, Bangladesh got to talking about the success of “A Milli.” Bangladesh says:

“I’ve been getting a lot more phone calls than usual. Some surprising phone calls that I wasn’t expecting to receive out the blue…. You always had niggas that recognize talent but then you have others that are surprised that I made the beat as if to say I’m not on that level…. It’s like the track is so hot they just can’t believe I made it. I don’t think the sound is much different because it’s the same drums and 808′s I always use. I don’t have a signature sound so without the Bangladesh in front of it you probably wouldn’t know that I made it.”

First off, congrats to Bangladesh for making a track that everyone loves. I’m sure that’s a very vindicating feeling, just to know people truly fuck with something you made.

It’s interesting to hear Bangladesh talk about how people are somehow surprised by the fact that he made the track, because it’s so hot. But is it? In reality, and this is just my opinion, I don’t think the beat for “A Milli” is really that hot at all, at least from a creative standpoint. I mean, it’s good and it knocks, but is it great? I don’t really think so. It’s a couple 808 sounds and a “A Milli” vocal sample repeating throughout the track. I could cite quite a few other past Bangladesh productions that are better than “A Milli,” yet “A Milli” is the one everyone’s jocking.

And is it because “A Milli” is just that good, or is it because it’s Lil Wayne’s records, and Lil Wayne’s a movement by himself that people have continued to jump on the “A Milli” bandwagon? Seriously, I wonder how many artists and A&Rs heard the beat for “A Milli” and passed on it before Lil Wayne decided to put his own little spin on it. Even when I read the entire interview over at PMP, it doesn’t even sound like Bangladesh himself is all that sold on “A Milli” being that hot of a track. I’m sure he digs it, but he’s probably thinking to himself, man I’m capable of doing so much incredible shit, but it’s a beat with 4 tracks that people fall in love with.

He even says:

“…That’s the genius of Lil Wayne that I didn’t see because being a producer I’m trying to sequence the song properly so it can get on the radio so I’m thinking ‘give me the hook, verse, hook, verse, etc…The way he did it and the way he approached it is the whole reason why you have other dudes going in on the track like that. It shows how great the song is because it’s not sequenced for radio format but its # 1 added to radio. It’s a great thing because it’s going against everything I thought. There’s been plenty of shit that I don’t like that works but when it comes to my shit if I don’t like it I’m not going to ride with it until I got proof otherwise and with the A Milli record I knew it would be a hit on a street level but never thought it would smash the radio like it did.”

The genius of Lil Wayne is that he can rhyme on the beat for “A Milli” and it becomes something special, when a gazillion other rappers could have rhymed on the same track and it would have never gone further than mixtape or mixshow radio. And that’s sort of the conundrum producers find themselves in right now, in this space where there are only a handful of great artists out there, and their work goes unnoticed as a result. So it’s cool that Bangladesh got one through the cracks. “A Milli” would have been a waste in anyone else’s hands, no matter how hot the freestyles over the track have come out post-Wayne.

  • smog

    props to banglaesh for that busta track

  • 239allday

    Bangladesh got them tracks that stick in your head, but in a good way.

  • chad bro chill

    little wayne is very musically talented hahahah na na im joking you shoulda seen ur faces

  • DXL

    Yeah on the real the track is not all that, it’s quite annoying, I first heard about Bangladesh on the track “Don’t want drama” that he did for Eightball & MJG and I think he did a few tracks on there, Milli is not all that…the Swizz beat track on that album was way nicer, just like the Alchemist track, now everyone dickriding Bangladesh, weak ass industry folks.

  • Oneofthemyo’s

    I dont think its the fact that it was a wayne record or people would’ve been jacking tracks from the carter 2 till now I mean there is only one dude smart enough to jack mr.carter and that was wale which is also a better beat, It might be though the fact that for a person who usually does good over other peoples beats he got ripped on his own by c.gunz so maybe people saw an opportunity there, plus it was a hot street record.

  • http://myspace.com/DJMydas DJ Mydas

    “U Got A Problem?” is straight crack.

    Stop sleeping.

  • Ace Boogie

    on the real…that 8 ball MJG song “Dont Want Drama” had way better production than “A Millie”

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    It’s so silly that people are saying that they don’t fuck with “A Millie” right now on an internet blog comment forum, but they certainly still do in the club…

    That’s how I can tell that most of the commenters here really don’t have a life at all. You should come see me so I can take you out of your misery. That’s what I do.

    Afterwards, we (not you, but me and other people) can celebrate in New Orleans, where you can’t tell anybody shit about Lil’ Wayne. It was playing everywhere, and it was never denied. I just got back two hours ago from the Essence Fest, and let me just say for the record…

    “A Millie” has legs (nolo). I wasn’t so sure when I first heard it months ago, but now it’s clearer than Claritin, especially with all the nerds and geeks saying that it is wack.

    Please, kill yourself. Or just stop hating long enough to visit somewhere where people still dance, drink and celebrate Hip-Hop.

    That’s all. And props to Shondrae for the track.

  • iLL

    I think with “Milli” and the likes of “Grindin” by the Neptunes; less is more. It always seems like the stripped down beats using simplistic melodies or drum patterns have some drawing power to them. Its like a freestylers playground, and its distinctive even though there arent major chords and instrumentation going on. Thats how it go’s though. Props to homey for not tooting his horn like. I hate arrogant producers that just act as if “all” of their tracks are winners. Props to Bang on this one. Hope he gets every mighty dollar after this one and stay level headed, we dont need anymore ‘Ye’s in the game.

  • http://Www.myspace.com/onemanprod ONEMAN PRODUCTIONS

    U never know which beats will be that hit. Its usually the simple ones u did in 15 minutes. Yeah all i need is that one hit and im in there too. This game is like Lotto u just gotta keep playing and hope you make a HIT.
    Then thats when the same people that you shopped your tracks to and turned you down come knocking for a repeat track

    Good Job Bang!
    link me