The Beats Grind & Life podcast is back after a short hiatus, and what better way to come back than with Miami producer Chico Star. This up and coming producer chats with us about making a song with the legendary rapper Jadakiss, the gear that he got from legendary producer Jim Jonsin and how he adds value to collaborating artists. This is such a great interview with tons of value bombs. Listen now!!!
Jon Glass is a hard working, talented and driven producer that is native to the Boston area. He is the founder and leader of Glasshouse Productions. Right now he serves as the DJ and Producer for the young up and coming rapper Token. He has also made music for some of Boston’s own REKS and Termanology. You may have recently heard some of his beats on Sway In The Morning’s Friday Fire Freestyle. Jon Glass is also the 2014 Producer’s United producer of the year.
Triza is a Virginia native that now resides in Atlanta, GA. He is a multi-genre producer that got his first taste of the industry as an intern for Ludacris’ Disturbing the Peace label. Since that time he has made a name for himself by working with artists like Chris Brown, Justin Beiber, Rico Love, Sean Kingston, Bryan Michael Cox and many more. Right now you can check Triza out every Friday on the Unquantized podcast that he co-hosts with past Beats Grind and Life guest Sound Oracle on Instagram Live at 4pm est.
Smitti Boi is a music producer and engineer that specializes in Hip Hop, R&B and Pop music. He is based out of Atlanta, GA. You may have heard some of his work with artists like Cee-Lo Green, Boosie Badazz, B.O.B, Curren$y, Project Pat, Slicc Pulla, Nick Grant and many more.
Curtis King is a Producer, Songwriter and Engineer out of Houston, TX. He has had the ability to play various instruments since the age of 11. This talented producer was even once chosen to be part of the San Antonio Orchestra. So to speak, he is a Swiss Army Knife. He can do it all. Even though Curtis King has made music in a variety of genres, he is really making a name for himself on the Urban Music scene. He has worked with artists such as Bobby Valentino, Rick Ross, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Mack 10, Latoiya Williams and many more.
Tha Bomb Squad is a collective of three producers from Miami and Toronto. They are Jay, Josh and King Miamii. Together, the multi-genre trio have worked with artist such as Jadakiss, Raekwon, Rick Ross, Shawna, Gunplay, Cool & Dre, Brisco, Jim Jones, Kent Jones and many more.
Statik Selektah is a veteran producer representing Boston, now residing in New York. He has delivered us so much classic material over the years from his own albums such as "Spell My Name Right", "Population Control" and "Lucky 7", to name a few. He also has a lot of collaborative projects with artists such as Eminem, 2 Chainz, Termanology, Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Saigon, Freeway, Crooked I, Joey Bada$$ and many more. And if that’s not enough, he also runs his own label Showoff Records and host the radio show "Showoff Radio" on Eminem’s Shade 45 XM/ Sirus Radio Station.
Analogic is a Hip Hop producer representing the Garden State (New Jersey). With hard work he has made his way from up under the radar and is now making a huge name for himself. Some of his credits include Jarren Benton, Dilated Peoples, Skyzoo, Master Ace, Phonte and the late Sean Price. Just recently he got a placement on the new Rick Ross album “Rather You Than Me.”
On Beats Grind & Life this week we got Super Producer and Sound Designer Decap. Some of his credits include Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, Royce Da 5’9, Smoke DZA and many more. He also has a few albums of his own like 'Excess Amount' and 'Omni Love' to name a few. He also has a collective entitled 'Future Knock', where up and coming artists can submit music to be played. In this interview we talk about his inspiring trip to Africa, making his own samples as opposed to sampling someone else and he gives detailed business advise for all music producers. This is an interview definitely worth checking out. Listen now!!!
Nate Coop is one of your favorite producers favorite producer. He is coming to us straight from Houston, TX. He is ½ of the duo Nate & Charity, that took home the top prize in the 2015 iStandard Beast of the Beats. His credits include last years’ XXL Freshman Cypher, Dave East, Starlito and Young Dolph. He is the producer ½ for the duo group 3am Ugly.
Soultronik is a hip hop producer from Hempstead, New York that is making moves very quickly in this game. Last year he became the first ever winner of the Remy Martin Producer Series and just this year he got his first major placement with the legendary DITC rapper O.C. on his highly anticipated Same Moon Same Sun LP. Soultronik is rookie in the game, but gives a lot of insight and applicable advise. Check out the interview to hear him speak on the importance of support from a significant other, the power of setting goals and how beat showcases have impacted his career. Listen now!!!
This week's episode on Beats Grind & Life we got New York producer Krucial Keys joining us. You may know the Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum producer from the work he did with Alicia Keys. He had a heavy hand in creating her first four albums. You may have also heard his music on projects with Rakim, Nas, Drake, Mario, Angie Stone, Keyshia Cole, K'naan and many more. Listen to this episode to hear what Krucial has to say about the journey of success, the power of mass distractions and what his podcast "It's So Krucial" is all about.
Charity Evaughn is a Hip Hop producer and DJ coming out of Houston, TX. She has recently been making a huge name for herself within the music industry. In 2015 Nate Coop and her won the iStandard Beast of the Beats competition in Atlanta, GA. She is also the 2015 Space City Beat Battle Champion. Not to mention, just last year she produced music for the 2016 XXL Freshman Cypher. Right now she has a project with her partner Nate Coop entitled “Colors” and her own project called “King Pin” with Dante Higgins both available now.
Sound Oracle is a multi-genre producer and sound designer originally from Virginia and now resides in Atlanta, GA. He is the guy responsible for providing sounds to well accomplished producers such as Polow Da Don and Timbaland. We have all heard his work on songs by Beyonce, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera and many more. He also manages his website soundoracle.net where he is releasing sounds that he has made available for the public.
DJ Static is a DJ/Producer from the Bronx, New York. He has produced tracks for rapper Immortal Technique, and serves as his DJ. He has also constructed dope Boom Bap beats for legendary rappers like KRS 1, Rakim, Black Moon, Busta Rhymes, Lloyd Banks, Spliff Star, and many more.
Kaydence is a singer/songwriter from Queens, NY that is no doubt on the rise. She has recently signed a deal with SevenCorners Music/BMG and has worked with some legendary influencers within the industry including DJ Mustard, Cool & Dre Hitboy, Snoop Dogg, Ariana Grande, Nelly and many more. Right now she is finishing up her highly anticipated album “Pen Piper” which is set to release April 1st.
JayTwo is an up and coming producer based out of Thomasville, North Carolina. He is the newest member of super-producer Illmind’s beat crew, The Hittaz. He has just released a beat EP entitled "Created", which you can find on SoundCloud and Noise Trade.
Abstract Minor is an up and coming multi-genre producer and artist based out Boston, Massachusetts. She has produced albums like "Dope Beats and Lyrics" with Kastilano and "Once Upon A Time" with Robyn Harriss. She is also the host of the podcast Electric Relaxation; a show about everything music.
Karel “Relavant Beats” Foy is a Hip Hop music producer based out of Brentwood, New York. He has provided beats for some of our favorite artists such as Skyzoo, Sadat X, Livin Proof, Chi-Ali, Maffew Ragazino, and many more. He has also lent his production skills to television networks like Vh1, Dish Network, Oxygen and BET. Right now he has a project with Twizzi called Fallen EP. You can check it out on YouTube, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
14KT is a multi-talented Producer, Artist and DJ from Michigan. He got his musical roots growing up in the church and singing in the choir. Since that time he has gone on to win the Red Bull Big Tune National Championship in 2010. He is credited with producing for some of our favorite artists such as Aloe Blacc, Black Milk, Bun B, Danny Brown, Elzhi, Jay Electronica and many more. He has released ten albums including “The Big Knock" with Mayer Hawthorne and his latest project "Elevator."
Nokturn is an up and coming producer that definitely lives up to his name, the boy’s beats knock. He is straight out of the Ukraine and is currently 1/6 of super-producer Illmind’s new production collective "The Hittaz". He is also signed and is an in-house producer for Roseville Music Group. You can hear some of his work on the new Hittaz EP as well as music he has produced for R&B sensation Tangina Stone.
Chris “Black Cloud” Cargill works as Brand Representative at iStandard Producers. But first and foremost he is a producer himself, as well as vocalist and multi-instrumentalist that is talented enough to play the saxophone, drums, guitar, bass and piano. He is apart of the music label 1093 Entertainment out of Youngstown, Ohio. He has produced for artists such as Royce da 5’9, Smoke Dza, Cashis, Triple Thr3at, Ghost Wridah and many more.
Sound Junkie is a producer, sound designer and songwriter hailing from Philadelphia, PA. He is undeniably one of the new wave of producers that you must keep your eyes and ears open for. With so many artists duplicating sounds that are popular on radio, it shouldn’t be hard to spot Sound Junkie, a producer that prides himself on sounding like no one. He is 1/3 of the production crew Ratchet Gods and a member of the Business As Usual crew. He has placed first in multiple iStandard Beat Showcases in multiple cities.
Flip Jackson is a producer, artist, songwriter, and sound designer from Maynard, Massachusetts. He is most commonly known for being affiliated with the Gotham City Boys. You can hear some of his beats on songs featuring Maino, Fred The Godson, Chris Rivers, Ricky Bats, Dyce Payne, Louie Gonz, Skivi B and many more.
Bigg Kid is a 17 Year old producer/DJ born in Sweden, raised in England and now residing in Los Angeles. Even though he’s a rookie in the game, don’t underestimate what this young guy is capable of. He is 1/7 of super-producer !llmind’s new production collective The Hittaz, and is now signed to Roseville Music Group. His production credits include D-12, Scotty ATL and many more.