Check out our latest Writer’s Block interview with JR Get Money.
“The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco
“Up & Down” – The New Boyz
HHW: How did you first get introduced to music?
JR Get Money: When I was about 15, 16, I wrote a couple records and they sounded decent. So that made me wanna really get in. Then, when I turned 18, I went and got with some cats called Moodswing and we put together some mix cd’s, or put together what I like to call a campaign. We went to New York and got a record deal with Universal/Motown. That was in 2006, 2007. So I kinda came out on the artist tip, like I always wanted to be an entertainer.
What happened next?
Then, I went from Motown to Grand Hustle, shout out to Grand Hustle, free T.I., all that good stuff. But once I figured out that I ain’t have it made because I was at Grand Hustle and T.I. was going to jail, so it wasn’t easy like how it was supposed to be, I had to make something shake financially. So I had to write some records and I ended up placing one with Lupe Fiasco called “The Show Goes On.” I was just lucky and fortunate and blessed that they left my voice on the record…That’s me singing on the song. So you know, that’s basically how I got to where I am now.
What was the thought process behind writing “The Show Goes On”?
When I heard the beat I was like, ‘Aw man, I gotta kill this…’ And I knew I wasn’t gonna be able to just do anything on the beat. Like I literally knew that I would have to do something amazing. So when I first started writing it, I heard a Modest Mouse record and it sounded just the same. I guess it was the same…but you know I switched it up or what not. But once I got the basic concept of “The Show Goes On…” then it was just building around that working with Kane Beatz. He’s like a real good producer and he’s real creative and hands on so it was a collaboration type thing.
What are some of the records you wrote after that?
I wrote a record for The New Boyz new album, Too Cool For School, it was a song called “Up & Down.” That thing was pretty crazy. They actually got Charlie Wilson singing on the chorus that I wrote—they got a legend on that thing. That’s a big look for me. I grew up in the house listening to Charlie Wilson.
What have you worked on recently that people should look out for?
I worked with Wayne, Baby, Tity Boi, fittin’ to work with Y.C. right now. Worked with [Waka] Flocka, Gucci, Travis Porter…I’m definitely trying to nail something on The Carter IV, something on Diggy Simmons debut album. So you gotta look out for that, its gon’ be major. From here on out it’s gonna be nothing short of amazing on every track.
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