I feel good man, I feel like hard work is paying off.
Since the success of that "A Milli" joint how has the response been from the different A&R's and label executives in regards to the business aspect?
I've been getting a lot more phone calls than usual. Some surprising phone calls that I wasn't expecting to receive out the blue. Because its part of the Lil Wayne movement and it's a platinum selling album in its first week its pretty historical right now...like some kind of TV sitcom on some Young and the Restless type of shit lol. It's pretty overwhelming right now but I just look at it all as a blessing.
Do you feel that you're at the high point of a natural cycle of valleys and peaks that come with having a prolonged career in the music business?
Yea that's just how the game is. It's just unfortunate that people in the industry act real ‘industry' as far as some of my peers. They're just now coming around, but I've been right here all along.
And now they're jumping on it...
You always had niggas that recognize talent but then you have others that are surprised that I made the beat as if to say I'm not on that level. Makes me wonder how was you hearing my other shit because it's all the same level.
Do you think that's due to the A Milli track not being a typical "Bangladesh" track or are they just straight underestimating your production ability?
It's like the track is so hot they just can't believe I made it. I don't think the sound is much different because it's the same drums and 808's I always use. I don't have a signature sound so without the Bangladesh in front of it you probably wouldn't know that I made it. It's not like a Neptunes or a Timbaland sound where as soon as you hear it you know it's from them but that's how I like it because I don't want my shit to sound the same.
With the success of the Lil Wayne album has that change your view on the music game from a creative perspective?
As far as the music that's being put out there man it's just too many dictators and overseers that don't make music in the game. With the politics involved, the Industry has become its own worst enemy. Albums ain't selling but you're cutting down budgets and putting out bullshit. Not to say you need a lot of money to make good music because you don't, you just need to find the right people to fuck with what you're trying to do. As long as the goal is to make good shit and not just follow what everybody else is doing then you're on the right path. A lot of times ni**as just want to make the catchiest shit so they can get instant recognition instead of focusing on good music. Once we can change the dictators ni**as might start selling albums again by getting back to real artistry.
Lil Wayne became more like an instrument than just a rapper so no matter what the beat sound like he can make it sound good. Most people can't do that...when you can reach to that level where no matter what's going on the audience is paying attention only to you. Like how Pac used to have it.
Give us a comparative between Pac and Lil Wayne
The difference between Wayne and Pac is Pac used to say stuff so the only thing Wayne has to do now to take it to a whole OTHER level is to start saying relevant shit. Not just coming off the top with hot metaphors but kicking some shit about politics, real street shit and things that people go through on a daily basis. If he takes it to that level then he will have that ‘Pac Effect' where niggas is really hanging on to his every word
Do you think if Lil Wayne went in that direction he would run into resistance from the ‘powers that be'?
Most definitely you will have that but he's just so hot right now he's like a puppet master so he can pretty much do whatever he wants to do. He has total control right now and I think he needs to really utilize the opportunity to the fullest. He can be a real icon.
Lil Wayne's current success comes off of him being a 10 year vet in the business. Is it possible for a new artist to have that level of impact on the game?
There's always talent. There are people better than Lil Wayne or Jay-Z out in the streets right now. It's just about taking advantage of your opportunities and making a name for yourself instead of waiting for someone to do it for you. That's what separates the great people from the regular people. For instance you had dudes on the courts that were better than Jordan but Jordan went to college, played the situation correctly and now he's the greatest. Even if you play him one on one in the park and beat him nobody's going to know except you and him. You got to do the necessary things to be successful.
One thing I like about the Milli track is it brought lyricism back to the mainstream, especially with all the remixes with the different artists ‘blacking out' over the instrumental. Was that the intention when you created the track?
Nah actually that's the genius of Lil Wayne that I didn't see because being a producer I'm trying to sequence the song properly so it can get on the radio so I'm thinking ‘give me the hook, verse, hook, verse, etc...The way he did it and the way he approached it is the whole reason why you have other dudes going in on the track like that. It shows how great the song is because it's not sequenced for radio format but its # 1 added to radio. It's a great thing because it's going against everything I thought. There's been plenty of shit that I don't like that works but when it comes to my shit if I don't like it I'm not going to ride with it until I got proof otherwise and with the A Milli record I knew it would be a hit on a street level but never thought it would smash the radio like it did.
How do you feel when you have some people that would give the credit of the success of the track all to Lil Wayne?
If you look at my track record of all the artists I've worked with in both R&B and rap you already know I'm no one hitter quitter or just got lucky off of one hot beat. I'm consistent with my shit and I want to be respected for being a producer that can keep bringing that heat again and again over the years. A lot of producers like to keep driving that one sound to the ground but I like to change shit and go against the grain because I hate fucking with the same shit over and over again. I've actually heard some people say that Wayne didn't do the track justice so it's all just a matter of opinion but I know with me personally I believe the track is a monster! I don't care how simple it is because simplicity often is more genius than being complex.
I agree. The track also have a lot of older females that normally wouldn't fall into the normal Lil Wayne fan demographic rocking to it as well
Man I know a lady that doesn't fuck with rap music at all much less Wayne and she loves the song. I actually think there's some kind of connection between the screwed up voice and the females. Just like nobody can't explain exactly how McDonalds be having the kids just going crazy, maybe some secret chemical ingredient they put in the food that triggers something in the kids...it's the same thing with that deep screwed up voice and the ladies. Females already tend to call their boyfriend's ‘daddy' so maybe it's some kind of authority type of thang.
Did you realize that going into making the track, or just now?
Nah man just now lol. A lot of times it's not until after I do something that I realize why I did it in the first place. Sometimes you just be making shit and not really know that it's going to end up being a hood classic or a pop hit. It's not something you can really plan.
This is the first time I really had a hit like this. What's Your Fantasy (Ludacris) has the same elements of this song...it's a whole other beat but as far as being open where you can hear every sound and there is like four, five sounds it's the same thing. I realized my biggest records are the ones that are simple and gives a lot of room for the artist to do what they have to do without getting confused and asking a lot questions.
How would you describe Bangladesh the person?
I'm just real man, nothing sugar coated straight genuine not fake. You have to be phony in this game for ni**as to really be cool with you, it's like they want you to be fake.
If you wer like that the name Bangladesh would probably be more recognizable.....
You're absolutely right. It's a double edged sword but I was cool with that because I knew that this day would come where more dudes would be checking for me and I was going to do it the way I wanted to do it. Nobody is doing it their own way, instead they're adapting to what they have to do and become a person they're really not.
What's next on your plate?
I'm in the process of setting up things in the way they need to be setup. I'm still working with different artists...got the Busta Rhymes joint which should be the next single, Tay Dizm who's T-Pain's artist, getting into some work with Ciara. Opportunities can come at any time so I just keep working and grinding. I'm also working on my own album, not to be on some cliché producer make an album shit but I got a lot of different music to put out not only rap and R&B but also some alternative music.
Any last words especially to the younger producers coming up
I tell everybody to just get their craft right before you think you really have that hot shit. There are too many producers that won't take the time to perfect their shit before they really go out looking for work. Bring something unique to the table and stop using the same sounds everybody else is using. Take it to the next level and make it about good music and not the money. Music first, money second.