Screwston, Texas

Ask A (Producer For) Rapper(s)

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Ask A Rapper: What's the process like when you're working on a song with rapper? Does he come to you with an idea of what he wants the song to sound like, and then you build it from there? Or does he just show up to the shop and pick out a beat he likes from a catalog, like he was shopping at Walmart for fabric or something?

Chris: It's different every time. I prefer to work from scratch so the results sound like a real song and not just some rapper on top of some beat. Of course, some people like to get the beat first, but with people like Floss and Presto, it's usually from scratch. However, with the more "known" rappers I've worked with, they've just bought beats from my vast library. Swag.

AAR: Do producers have "shops"? Or is your "shop" a keyboard next to your twin bed in your bedroom?

C: Nowadays, with music production equipment getting more and more affordable and, as you mentioned, traversing to the arena of laptops, small keyboards, etc., it might make sense for me to keep a laptop filled with drum samples, fruity loops, and inter-species pornography next to my blow up bed.

However, since I utilize all sorts of live instruments (percussion, drum sets, real pianos, guitars, etc) in what I do, I have a fairly large studio for a beat-maker. In fact, I'm designing a second one as we speak. Cy Fyre and Dustin Prestige have already moved into two of the other rooms, and we've made some truly interplanetary arena rock in that studio already. Think Styx being buttfucked by Satan while eating a Flintstones push-pop. Winning.

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