It seems as if the raining Quality Control Music Group has a radar on young talent in Atlanta. One key player on the team is 23-year-old super producer OG Parker. You may be thinking, who is OG Parker? Well have you heard Migos’ platinum record “Slippery”? Or “Understand Me” by Johnny Cinco? He’s the man behind the beats. He’s actually worked with a number artist ranging from QC’s own OG Maco, Lil Yachty, Migos, to K.Camp, O.T. Genasis, YFN Lucci and many more. Hip Hop Weekly’s KimSoMajor sat down to get more familiar with the beat maestro. Check out part one of their conversation, during “Behind The Beat” and get more insight on OG Parker.
Notables: Migos ft. Gucci Mane- “Slippery”
K Camp ft. Fetty Wap- “1 Hunnid”
Katy Perry ft Lil Yachty “Chained To The Rhythm” Remix
What was your first placement?
OG Parker: I’d say my first placement was with OG Maco “Love In The City”. That was like the official placement, but I’ve made so many songs with other people before that.
Was that when you started seeing checks come in?
OG Parker: Well major placement and when I was really getting checks was “1 Hunnid” by K Camp and Fetty Wap.
So you came in the game with OG Maco, explain how that happened?
OG Parker: I ran into Maco through a couple of my friends. We had the same group friends and one of them just played some of my beats for Maco and Maco had told me to pull up. So I pulled up over there and him and Que were working on their mixtape together. Then I just started working with Maco, pulling up on him more. As we started making songs, he got signed to QC that’s when we started dropping a lot of our music.
Fast forward to now, I see that you’ve been getting recognition on your huge placements. Congratulations! You went platinum for “Slippery.”
OG Parker: Yup. Thank you, thank you.
Did you have in mind the type of impact the song would make when you were creating it? Did you know it was going to be a huge record?
OG Parker: My homie Deko had came over to the house and he had just started that beat and I started adding drops to it. I was like yo, this a dope beat. It was funny because that was a beat we were just making. It wasn’t like a beat we made and was like “Oh this is an amazing beat,” it was just another beat. We made like 10-15 beats that night.
So if Deko started the beat, did he start with the keys or……… what did he start with?
OG Parker: He started with the first noise that comes on when the song starts. Then I came in with the drums. And we were like, this is dope, somebody could definitely make a dope song on this beat.
What would you say is a key ingredient in making a beat? What do you have to have in there?
OG Parker: A piano. I just gotta be able to vibe out and start off with a dope melody. Everytime I do a beat, I start off with a melody. I’ve started some beats with a drum, but 95 percent of the time, I start a beat with a melody.
You play the piano and you actually compose with instruments?
OG Parker: yup I play alot of stuff.
Saxaphone, clarinet and percussion?
OG Parker? Yup,and I was a snare drummer in the marching band.
Dope. Who’s the last artist you’ve been in the studio with?
OG Parker: I was just in the studio with Gucci like two weeks ago. He’s working on a new album. We made two songs that night. They’re dope.
Did you know Gucci before he got locked up?
OG Parker: Nah, I didn’t know him before, but his work ethic is crazy right now. He makes so many songs.
Yeah, who else?
OG Parker: I went in with Quavo not to long ago. I have a lot of songs coming out but I just don’t want to speak on certain songs before they come out.
Yeah, I know. ALL YOU PRODUCERS SAY THE SAME THING! What do you learn working with Quavo?
OG Parker: It’s definitely dope working with him because he’s a very efficient worker. He likes to make a lot of songs in one night. He likes to just crank them out. He hears the beats and he vibes out then he just starts going in and makes a full song. He makes me step up my work ethic because I know I got to keep up with him.
You’ve been there from the very beginning, how do you feel watching and being apart of the whole growth of QC?
OG Parker: Man it’s dope. We just got so much going on. We’ve got Yachty, he’s a huge artist. Then we’ve got Migos and they’re just going crazy. The Culture album was amazing. It’s just dope to be around it.
Who do you think has the hardest bars in Migos?
Find out what OG Parker has to say about Migos booth skills, Yachty freestyling and what lead him to come out with his own project in Part 2 of “Behind The Beat”
Check out his latest sonics on the track “Pills and Automobiles”- Chris Brown ft. Yo Gotti, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Kodak Black below!