Born and raised on the south side of Chicago in the Roseland area, Introduced to hip hop at a very young age. My brother was 6 years older so I would always steal his tapes and listen to them over and over. His collection ranged from Spice 1, NWA and 2pac, to Twista, UGK and Biggie. I think this is what inspires the variety in my production style. I began writing lyrics in about 5th grade and would mirror what I heard on the late night mixes on 106 Jams. I remember covering old cassette tapes with tape so that I could record all the “B side” songs (sometimes I’d get so caught up in the songs that I’d forget to stop recording and record into the commercials).
At about 18 I started recording my friends trying to rap in my mom’s basement using instrumentals. I’d follow an artist’s or producer’s discography and take notice to how their style progressed, or how their signature style became noticeable. It wasn’t until 21 that I took production very serious. I’d been working with Da Internz doing promotional work for local artist and used this time to continue learning about the way the industry works. A friend of mine gave me a demo copy of FL Studio 4.
I couldnt save anything, so I just used it to get better and better for about a year. I invested in myself and bought the actual copy. By this time I’d learn a lot about about arranging and song patterns, so I started making about three or four beats a day thinking I was making heat lol! I began swapping drum kits and using MIDI inputs and progressing my sound. Over time I learned how to use what I learned from studying hip hop songs, listening to mixes and staying updated on music to know what people liked to hear. This is what inspires my sound
I just refuse to stay contained in a box. Ive made sure I remained disciplined in all other facets of life as well. College educated, devoted father, God fearing, addicted to my craft…