The Come Up: Detail

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Noel “Detail” Fisher has been behind the scenes crafting the biggest hits for Akon, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne and more. Producing for those household names got him his first big hit with 2011′s “How To Love,” which established Detail as an artist who can do more than just create a hot beat. The songwriting and hookcraft abilities are there, and he’s ready to become a well-rounded talent in hip-hop.

“Detail’s amazing, I watch him freestyle, musically he’s talented, he writes a lot of the biggest hits that he has, he’s a brainiac, he’s a musical genius. I can’t wait ’til the world see it.” Young Money CEO Mack Maine tells XXL. “It’s steadily happening, everybody’s starting to respect his artistry. Before it was like, ‘you don’t know how to dress.’ Nah, he’s doing his own thing, he’s being him, he doesn’t have to dress like everybody else. He doesn’t make music like everybody else, so why does he have to dress like everybody else?”

Detail may be best known for being a co-executive on Ray J’s Raydiation, which was his first major contributions on an album. However, times have changed for the 29-year-old, who is currently working in the studio with the likes of Drake and Beyoncé. And of course, you can’t forget his performance on Young Money’s Rich Gang. Detail’s music is starting to take a life of its own, thanks to his constant grind and major assists from Weezy. Recently, XXL sat down with the budding artist to find out about producing at an early age, the advice his mentors Birdman and Mack Maine give him, his chemistry with Wayne, and what to expect from his debut album.—As told to Eric Diep (@E_Diep)