2009 was a very interesting year for me as a producer. I got to do a lot of observing behind the scenes and watch a lot of my peers turn into superstars or on the verge to be as such. It was very interesting to see Drake have the year he had after all the hard work he put into himself. It was a long time coming. My partner Hit-Boy was tapped to work on the soundtrack for Lebron James “More than a Game” movie soundtrack in which he produced “Stronger” along with Polow Da Don, which was written by Chris Brown & Ester Dean, for Mary J. Blige. I can honestly say this was the slowest year I’ve personallyÂ had in my time as a producer. We didn’t place too many tracks this year but we got them in at the last moment it seemed. Through my homie KY of the Young Money camp I got Surf Club 2 joints on the “We Are Young Money” album releasedÂ last December and what I hope to be the song of the year “Drop The World” by Lil Wayne Featuring Eminem produced by me and Hit-Boy. I was also surprised by VIBE mag when they hit me regarding a interview for “pardon the introduction” which was a great look.It’s amazing how things can happen out of nowhere. We literally went the whole year wondering what would come of this year for us. Fortunately God works all the time. I also put out an instrumental album “LOVEnd” that was released via www.TheSurfKid.com blog and it has been received pretty well. I would like to see where it goes in this new year.
Just a year or 2 ago me and Hit-Boy were pondering what could we do to show that we have the ability to be what they call “Super Producers”. I remember living on Don Cannons couch and floor and him telling us that we would be ok.
In 2010 I plan to help doing my part in Branding Surf Club and Hit-Boy & Chase N. Cashe. We’re working on our 2 artists Chili Chil & Stacy Barthe. You can hear both of their music via blog (www.thesurfkid.com). The main goal in 2010 for me is to continue to establish myself as a Producer and Creative mind in the music biz.Â Also, to keep bringing you the good music that you enjoy.
Look out for Game “R.E.D. Album” Hit-Boy has a track produced on there and we have more to come.
—-Chase N. Cashe
J.Cole: In My Own Words
-I had to go to the studio on Thursday, so I got there around 5
-I get home around 5 in the morning
-Then I had to catch a 9 a.m. flight only to have a show in Georgia at 11 p.m. which ended at 1:30.
-So IÂ drive back to Atlanta. Get to the A at 3:30 to catch at 6 a.m. flight to Upstate N.Y.
-I then ride to Long Island and do a show there.
That’s the type of schedule it is right now. The type of chaos I’m pretty much going through, which, please don’t mistake me, I’m forever grateful for all of it. But it is somewhat overwhelming when you go from a nigga that was doing beats in his bedroom, to try and write songs and you kind of looking for things to do. It’s hectic but its all for the best and all of this work is going to lead to something that will pay off in the end.
I’m working on the album. Oh my god! I’m like getting more excited about the album everyday that goes by, every week that passes by. People around me and my team feel I have a classic on my hands. They always want to tell me like, “Yo you good, you don’t really need anything else.” Honestly, I don’t feel like. I feel that I can drop another song that was crazier than all the other shit that was on the album. So, the album keeps getting better and better mainly due to the fact I’m not satisfied because I know all the people that are coming out this year. This is an incredible year for music. There will be a bunch of big albums in 2010. I just have to put my best foot forward basically because if not, these dudes are going to try and crush me. Like, for example, I just keep thinking Kanye is coming with some shit. I already know he is gonna kill the game, so I just want to come out and make a splash. A big splash.
SOB’s was ill. In fact, it was legendary. I mean that in the sense for my own career. I’ll never forget that I was scheming on it for so long. That was a real staple moment. You know when you got those definitive moments in your career that 10 years from now I can look back at that like it was crazy. I always say it’s wild because I used to put these shits up on my wall. I used to spend my whole Saturdays going through my XXL’s all my Source‘s. I would have a little razor blade cutting out all the pages in the magazine, just getting my tape together. I’d be figuring out who I wanted to put up, who I don’t wanna put up. Do I want Eminem over here? Do I want ‘Pac over here? Now, to be on those two covers on the same month, is ridiculous man. Only time can tell what’s classic really, but I want people to feel the album.Â I really want to make a dent in the game, be someone people are talking about 10 years from now. So hopefully that happens once I drop the album. If i think it’s crazy right now, it’s going to be more crazier by the end of the year.
All in all, I just want to say thank you to the whole Dreamville, my immediate team, RocNation and all the blogs that support a nigga because they’re showing love. And to all the people that go to the blog that show love, thank you too. I try not to read the comments so much, but sometimes you can’t help it. People are showing so much love. Thank you so very much….
My career is something special. I’ve seen the worst and been exposed to the best. The good thing is I think I have learned a lot. Life is about taking things you learn and becoming better. I continue to try to do that to this day.
Â It started with the Roc. I was a big part of hip hop history. I realize it more and more everyday. I love them dudes. I really wish we could still be doing it, but there is so many things that would have to go right in order for that to happen. So where does that leave me? Honestly, I felt lost at first. But as I studied the game I realized that the more I don’t have the more creative I can be with my career. I have a solid team around me that continues to teach me the value of my leverage as an artist. Artist usually think, I don’t have a deal, distribution, pub deal or whatever is a bad thing. Well that depends. For somebody like myself it’s an opportunity because I have a strong customer base so it gives me a real chance to cut out the middle man. So that’s what I’m doing now. Putting together my solo deal myself. People respect that more. I know a lot of people man that truly want to see me win. I hate asking anybody for anything. Hate it. I rather let my work speak for itself. Everybody always asking me why I don’t ask Jay, Bron,Â or any of my boys for help. My answer is simple. I rather have them call me when they like what I doing rather than me asking for help.
Â The game is wide open for me right now. I have all the confidence in the world. Whoever gives me a shot will be very happy. If nobody does, I will make it work myself. It’s now or never for real. I look forward to showing and proving. Until then, I’m going to keep going hard until the industry realizes what they missing. I don’t want to make music forever, I want to make forever music!
Â Look out for me top of the year. YoungChris.com – Become a member! Love you all! Thanks for all the support!!!
Nov 10th of last yearÂ my album dropped, with the critical acclaim I knew I would receive, it was hard to come to grips with the under shipped results. After a lot of soul searching , I realized that somethings are out of my control. I used my “break”, as a means of re evaluating my career, and public perception of “wale” the artist.
As soon as I got home I took it upon myself to lay out the next couple months, without roc nation, allido or Interscope driving the car. Not because I doubt their advise, but because I think ALL artist should drive the car in their career sometimes. Having said that, I partnered up with some of my friends from back home and have been workin hard to build my empire “the board of administration” is a company we run. Essentially its what I believe is the missing piece in artist-labelÂ relationship. The missing art of “artist development”. For fear of turning this into a “shameless plus”, ill just say…checkout for “the board”.
In addition to that I have been working vigorously on helping build theÂ DC community anyway I can. After being away from home for roughly a year, I wanted to make my presence felt. “No days off” is the slogan I created where I pop up in random spots in the DC metro area, barber shops, basketball games, football games, Gogos, random neighborhoods. I think its important to touch the community as much as possible. I did a toy drive in NE DC with WPGC where I donated about 500 in new toys. I did another one one tomorrow in PG county on DEC 21st.Â I did a shoe drive with jive recording artist Raheem Devaughn and former NBA all star Steve Francis.
At the end of the day I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish so far, one single in and about 50k sold off that..Pretty girls video will be shot sometime in the next two weeks. And I am currently routing my tour starting next month.Â Â thnx u evrrybody 2010 will be great
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So I have been selectively quiet in recent times, much to the (insert emotion here) of many. I can take this time now to be oblivious, or obvious when speaking about the time we’ve spent apart. I think I’ll write this like a 5th grade summer report.
I spent time growing up.
Blog entries were once my form of purging. Verbally, I’m a polemic white girl, and my emotions come out with every “create post” click. After a while, Eric Schmidt didn’t seem so deserving to get frequent updates on how I feel (the Google CEO, who also runs Blogger), despite the fact that my thousands of readers, do. Twitter isn’t exactly deserving of second-by-second updates either. Yeah world, it is as simple as, everything you need to know about me is in the music.
I wasn’t dropped, so much as I was escorted very gently into the Superintendent’s office with a pending expulsion from high school. I knew I had violated the student’s rights of others, but what can I say? I am the John Cutter of this institution of hip-hop (Breakfast Club anyone?). Such repercussions can never quell my desire to be the musician, rivaled only by the greatness of Georg Solti, John Williams and Quincy Jones. Really wanted a Grammy.
Some things got clarified quickly, and because of the nature of such clarification, I am not at will to speak on the status. So some questions will go unanswered for good. I am enjoying the fact that privacy is a right and a privilege that I can enjoy. Perhaps my lack of value for my privacy is what lead me to blog to begin with.
Well fret not, galaxy. Though a sharp decrease in mixtapes and albums will be noted, everything I have to say and deem necessary to share will come out in the music. Don’t ask about my current distribution situation. Just know I am here to hear and be heard. I thank family for being there for me, Karen for being the only (out of zillions of) blogger to have the proper outlet for me to speak, and everyone who found solice in my solstice.
Coyote August Rush
Sonic the Hamilton
Big Bad Beat Ill Bored
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