- BRONX, NY, United States
- WELCOME , I GO BY THE NAME OF RAYDO. I WAS RAISED IN THE SOUTH BRONX, NEW YORK CITY SINCE THE AGE OF SIX YRS OLD.GROWING UP IN THE BRONX I WAS SORROUND BY THE ELEMENTS OF HIP-HOP, GRAFFITI , DEEJAYING, BREAKDANCING, RAPPING. I HAVE CREATED THIS WEBSITE TO PRAISE & PAY HOMAGE TO THE MEN & WOMEN BEHIND THE BOARDS MAKING THE BEATS FOR ALL YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS.REMEMBER HIP-HOP IS NOT DEAD AS LONG AS THE BEATS KEEP BANGIN'.
I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE CROSSED PATHS WITH THESE TALENTED GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS SOME OF HIP-HOP MOST INFLUENTIAL PRODUCERS.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
In a new interview with Complex , The-Dream sits down and talks about his music along with who he’s working with now that he’s an executive with Def Jam. One of those people is Pusha T, check out what he had to say about working together and Pusha’s upcoming album.
You’re personally producing for it?Yeah. We found a little magic. We did, like eight, nine records together. It sounds really, really great. I’ve always loved him and loved the Clipse. Always been a big fan, so when the opportunity came, we did this one record called “Automatic” and it just took off from that.What can we expect on that album? Is it nearing completion?Yeah, Kanye will listen to it in the upcoming days and we’re going to try to decide what we need and what’s missing, which is probably like two or three records—which we probably already have. It’s at the end of that.
Where's the producer credit?? (Sigh) Ok before I go there let me back up. Mixtapes are one of the basic tools for artist to create buzz for themselves. Whether it’s a new artist building their fan base up so they can get a major record deal to a major artist keeping their name out for relevance. In The Mixtape Game article I gave a little background on the relevance of mixtapes and its importance in the music business, however there is one detail I want to further talk about, the relevance of mixtapes to producers and artist who don’t credit them.
Now, Artist are not the only ones using mixtapes to further their buzz and create a fan base, producers have been forced to do it as well. The only difference is an artist can get paying shows off a mixtape buzz and even tour off the music you produced, not paying you the producer a cent. Messed up isn’t it? And while he’s collecting that money, popping bottles and tossing it at strippers, the artist in most cases forgets about the producer. I’ve seen on many occasions artist who would rather drop thousands and thousands at the club making it rain then make sure the producer who gave them the hit is taken care of. Have they forgotten the value of the producer? Do they not realize that if it wasn’t for the producers they wouldn’t be there?
Producers unfortunately have to find other ways to make an income, in the meantime they have to create a buzz for themselves using mixtapes to get a placement on an album to finally get paid, and even that money isn’t much. It wasn’t always like this though, let me explain.
In the 90’s when the music business was doing well, producers could charge large advances, plus make some publishing deals and make a pretty good living. Nowadays with the music business not doing as well, record labels folding, artist losing deals or going indie, producers worth for some reason has slid into the back drop. Not only aren’t they getting paid like they use to but are left to rely on one thing to show their worth, their name. A producers name/brand/credit is everything, it often means more than money itself for it creates avenues and opportunities to make income.
Now with more mixtapes these days being circulated I’m noticing a growing trend of producers just not getting credited for their work on mixtapes. I often wonder why an artist or Dj would fail to simply give a producer their credit on the back of a mixtape. I also wonder why a website that posts a song that actually has producer credits on the mixtape would fail to post the producer credit. Don’t they realize this is all they have? Do they even care?
Is it a lack of respect for producers? Is it with all the beats artist get these days via email from multiple producers they can’t keep track of the beats given to em? Or maybe at no fault of their own at their own haste of completing the art work for their tape, they just don’t realize how important those credits are for producers. I don’t know the reason for it, but one thing I do know is that it’s unacceptable. Producers work too hard to not at least get credited for their work. Honestly it’s a slap in the face and needs to be addressed. Producers need to not only voice their dismay but take action.
Now I’m sure you’re asking, well how you do take action? You can’t control what an artist, dj or even blog puts out. And you’re right you really can’t but there are some things you can do to even things out a bit, as mentioned in Protect Your Brand: Damage Control. I also seen producers put out their own mixtape with the proper credits which is an excellent idea. Producers now have to now market and promote themselves as an artist to open themselves up to additional avenues of income.
It’s a rough and unfair business and it’s sad that the back bone to the music business, producers are treated like this. Hopefully one day this music business would remember the value of the producer and act accordingly, but until that day comes, that value of the producer lies solely on himself.
Good luck out there!
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Northeastern buzzmaker Honors English is offering up his Dry Rain Entertainment debut album, ST▲TE OF THE ▲RT, for free streaming and digital download.
Executive Produced by label boss Needlz, the project features 14 original jams (and one bonus track) from the up-and-coming emcee, including Booth-approved leaks “The Name Is…,” “Second Chances,” “Short Story Long,” “Crazay” and “Flying High.”
Joining Honors English on the guest tip throughoutST▲TE OF THE ▲RT are Karina Pasian, TL Cross, Sunni Patterson, Lance Powlis, The Mad Violinist, Freeway Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Khari Lemuel and Saunders Sermons II. In addition to beats by Needlz, the set features production byBink!, Willie Donut, TL Cross, Coldfiya and Knock Squared.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Bangladesh says there are "no issues" with Cash Money, plans on signing Shawnna to Bangladesh Records.
What’s up Celebrity Beats? How did you get the name?
I actually created the name based on 2 things. One, I am also an artist. My artist name is Papi L.C. “The Local Celebrity”. Second, I wanted to have a producer name that was catchy but had meaning and set a goal. So the name Celebrity Beats is very easy to get used to and gives me a goal to eventually work with ALL celebrities!
What do you use to create? How would describe your sound?
I am familiar with and have used almost every software program out! My bread & butter is FL Studio! It was the first thing i ever used to create a beat. I love the freedom and layout that comes with it. I treat FL Studio as a painter treats his canvas, it’s all about what you put into it and your creativity! I hear FL Studio is amateur?? Well tell that to producers like Lex Luger, Soldier Boy, Jahlil Beats, etc. lol!
When did you know that you wanted to be a producer?
Like I said earlier I was always an artist. I got tired of hearing certain beats in my head that I wanted but couldn’t get from other producers. So I started to mess around with production a little bit here and there around 2008 until my team/family (Never Off Center Ent) really convinced me that I had a special gift in producing! Not just making beats, but all around PRODUCTION! So in 2010 I really embraced that gift and took their advice…Look at me now!
You are originally from the BX, now residing in Philly, what made you make the move and what are the biggest differences musically and how did they affect you creatively?
Yea I am originally from The Bronx, and also spent a few yrs in Jersey. I came to Philly in 2003 to pursue a Fashion Marketing degree. I really got into my music during those years in college. By the time I was out, I had already created a buzz/name that I felt was vital to keep working on at that moment. The ball was rolling and I wasn’t going to slow it down. I told myself that I was going to go back to NY once I did ALL I can do in Philly, and well, I still have work to do! As far as the music goes, I wasn’t really affected by the move musically. Coming from NY, it gave me the strength and personality to survive anywhere! If anything Philly opened up my creativity because this city is so talented and hungry! I know if I can leave my mark here then it’s a great way to start!
Who are some of the producers that inspire you? If you could work with one artist who would it be?
I don’t want to be like the average person and say all producers inspire me, but it’s true! I try and learn how each producer works and stands out so I know what I need to do to create my own lane! Producers that I have always looked up to and I think are in a league of their own are Swizz Beatz, Timberland, and Missy! As far as artists go, I want to work with anybody who grinds like I do! I always have Big Pun on the top of that list for obvious reasons lol, but in today’s music I would love to vibe with Busta! He just seems so real and the dude is super talented!
As a new producer coming up, what are you trying to do to make you and your music stand out?
It’s getting harder to really stand out since so much talent is emerging. I love it because it keeps me motivated and on my grind even harder! I don’t TRY to stand out, I just do me and get in where I fit in! If that ends up being known worldwide then I will embrace it and continue to do me!
Are you working on any current projects? any up and coming artists?
I just recently dropped my first artist/producer mixtape a few months ago called “Celebrity Beats Meets Papi L.C.”! It was a mix of me on all beats from myself and other producers, and also all artists on my beats. It was pretty dope but I am really looking forward to my next one dropping Summer 2012. I have met and worked with so many more artists that it’s gonna be crazy! I won’t drop too many names yet, so I can keep the element of surprise. One artist that I produce for on my team is very well known from Philadelphia, who I consider my brother, Reed Dollaz! Look out for A LOT of work from us coming soon!
How can we find you online?
I am online pretty heavy now so Google def works! Other online sites include Twitter (Follow me @CelebrityBeats), Facebook (PapiLC), Reverb Nation (www.reverbnation.com/
papilcthelocalcelebrity), DatPiff, and so many more sites!
Any final words?
I just want to say thank you to iStandard for the exposure! Salute! Of course send a big shout out to my team Never Off Center Ent aka dem N.O.C. Boys, DJ Faraway, and Miss Sherry Promotions! Salute to every DJ, artist and all the people who support my movement! When they hear that N.O.C., they know WE GOOD!
Papi L.C. “The Local Celebrity” Twitter – @CelebrityBeats Recording Artist/Producer(Celebrity Beats)/Graphic Designer Never Off Center Entertainment LLC