December 27, 2021
I would say co-producing Nas - “Ultra Black”! Nas is one of my favorite artists and for the album to be nominated and win his first Grammy is amazing to me, I’m very proud to be a part of that.
I’m kind of plug and play, I do a lot of sound design and sample work for other producers with my sound design company “The Crate League.”
I actually started music in church, I played the drums at my church growing up. Some of the older kids had a gospel rap group so I stepped into production by following my peers and friends at the church.
Really the musicians in church growing up were my role models. When I started getting heavy into sampling and record digging I found myself finding samples to my favorite songs, so I started to become more a fan of producers like the RZA, J Dilla, Pete Rock, etc.
I guess for me, feeling like I should have been further along in my career when I was younger. It taught me patience and timing, as well as you can control your own outcome or destiny. I wouldn't really change the approach I have because it helped me grow a lot.
Just ask the “why” and follow your own path that is unique for you. Find your purpose and drive.
I especially wear headphones a lot more now that I have a few-months-old baby that wakes up when she hears ANY noise lol. It's tough to crank my Barefoot monitors. So it’s probably one of the most important things in my studio.
Audeze headphones have given me another reliable way to mix and produce. Just being able to use them as a substitute for my main monitors late at night and still having my mixes translate is amazing!