HHW gives you another exclusive Behind The Beats featuring Winston-Salem’s own 9th Wonder.
“Threat” – Jay-Z
“Slow Down”- David Banner
HHW: What are you in the studio working on right now?
9th Wonder: It’s just beats, you know? Just beats.
Who are you working with?
Of course David Banner, you know? And other than the artists that I’m working with now, like my artists, I’m about to do something with Bun B, I’m excited about that, and you know, Drake is still on the horizon, so yea, just working. And also doing beats for Phonte’s project which comes out in September.
Is that like a Little Brother reunion type of thing?
Nah, it’s his solo record and I’m doing like the bulk of the production for it.
Who are some of your artists?
I have eleven artists. Some that’s peaked more than others. Big Remo, Rapsody, who’s going on tour with Mac Miller for two-weeks, and of course Sky Zoo who is one of my artists as well, he been doing well for quite some years now.
Outside of your camp, are these full albums like with Buckshot and Banner, or just one offs?
From a production perspective, they just one off beats… I did the one with Banner. Me and Raekwon have been in talks about doing something whenever we both can get still. That’s the situation with that. With Bun B it’s a one off, with Drake it’s a one off. With Phonte it’s just the bulk of the production for his solo record and that’s it.
What have been some of your best sessions?
I know the joint that me and Jay-Z did, that’s something that really sparked my career. With that situation we…that’s something that I sat down and did. That’s not a beat that I just had laying around. The stuff I did with Murs, the most recent stuff I’ve done with Buckshot that’s coming soon, I’ve just sat down and did it right on a whim, feeling the vibe and the creation of it. I can remember me and Big Murs was in a studio in Los Angeles for our last album and the stuff that we did came out to be so good because it was the vibe of being in Inglewood, California, Kurupt came, you know? And you could just hear the LA in the beats that way, you know?
What would you say has been one of your most recognizable beats?
Its hard to say man, I’m recognized a lot by the “Be Alright” joint I did with Memphis Bleek, of course the joint with Jay and most recently the stuff I did with Banner… I got kids that just know me because of the Erykah Badu, Destiny’s Child stuff, I got kids that know me for the Murs stuff, [that] don’t know I did a joint with Destiny’s Child and Erykah Badu. My crowd is kind of diverse, it depend on [who] you talking to. My particular fan base is split up in so many crowds and the funny thing is they don’t know each other.
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