A&R an artist from St. Paul got a spot in a Star Tribune article about Joe Mauer the Minnesota Twins baseball player, and how his track plays everytime he goes up to bat. I feel like A & R is really setting the bar for a lot of local dudes and showing you don't need a record label to do everything for you. Check the article out btw I did the beat to the Joe Mauer track. Peace
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I'm sitting here in the studio right now while they mix the New Royales record, the latest project by DJ Khalil's rock group. They're mixing a song with Jay Electronica which is crazy! Anyway we just got out of a session with the Clipse. They came to get more records since Khalil had the 1st record on their album, which btw is featuring Kanye. I'm not going to say too much more about it now, but when the time is right I'll tell the whole story.
So what I didn't know was that Khalil was going to play a couple of tracks he and I did together. As Khalil was going through beats, they wanted one of the tracks I helped with--but they didn't like the hook. As the track comes on Pusha's head knocked to the 808, but it took Malice a little more time to engage with the track. He didn't start feeling it til the big synth came in, by then it was undeniable. However, as soon as that hook came on Pusha shook his head "no" to his manager. Then his manager said, "Can you take the hook off that one?"
As the session went on more beats were played, but they were looking for a particular track and started to go into detail about what it is they want. So through all the talking and laughing about how the industry is etc, I think they forgot about the beats they wanted because they got so excited thinking of the new one we're going to work on for them. Most likely, Khalil will still send the couple of beats they heard and liked, and he'll take the hook off the one I helped with and send it to them. But it was just cool knowing that they were feeling one of the tracks I helped on.
I wanted to talk to their manager who was in the other room because we used to talk all the time. We kept in contact from when we had a session for the T-hud album. Instead, I grabbed the camera and got a crazy amount of footage. This session wasn't about me, and it was good to assist Khalil and get pictures and footage of him and the Clipse because he really appreciated it. In situations like this you never want to make it seem as though it's all about me, me--or like Mariah would say Mimi. My time will come one day when they will be talking about my tracks.
They really showed a huge amount of love to Khalil and his music. They even talked about how Swizz was digging through his beats to find something as hard as what Khalil gave them. They told Khalil "Nigga you set the tone for this whole record, since you were the 1st one on. You got niggaz bugging out here." It's just dope to be able to see the whole process of how everything goes down. Great night at the studio.
FYI If you are a Clipse fans and have been checking out their blog, they should have a video up from this studio session. If I come across it, I'll post it.