Producer Spotlight: Who is OKHIPHOP?
The Rapzilla Beat Battle gave everyone the opportunity to witness some of the best up and coming producers in the genre. Today, we’ll be focusing on contestant OKHIPHOP.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself. How’d you get into producing and what’s your goal?
I got into producing mostly because of my dad. When I was growing up, he would take me with him whenever he went to lay lyrics at his friend’s house. He had a copy of Fruity Loops 3 and one day, I got on and started playing with it. I’ve been making beats ever since.
I went to school for Television Production and I work at Film company in New York City. My goal is to create music for TV, Film and Video games.
2. Do you have a specific style or genre that you work in?
My style is a mixture between 90s boom-bap and modern-day trap music. I also like to add R&B melodies and colorful textures to my sound. I love EDM, so I borrow some of those elements to add movement and dynamic range to my beats.
3. What has been the biggest beat placement you’ve received so far?
I got a chance to work with this talented artist/producer named Aaron Dews. He’s worked with artists such as Ruslan and Jon Keith from KingsDream Ent. I co-produced two tracks on his EP that dropped back in September. The EP is called DICK GRAYSON. The two tracks are “Blüd” and “Dick Grayson.” Go check him out!
4. Who are some artists you’d like to work with?
I would love to work with Kaleb Mitchell, Ruslan, nobigdyl., Social Club Misfits, Andy Mineo, Lecrae, and KB.
5. How was the experience of the Rapzilla beat battle?
It was awesome! Everyone who competed was very talented! The crowd was full and interactive. Beat battles are always exciting, but this one was exceptional.
6. Did you learn anything from performing beats live and competing?
I’ve learned to always play your best beats first. If you save the best for last, you might not make it past Round 1. If I hadn’t played my hottest tracks up front, there probably wouldn’t have been a bonus round.
7. What’s the best advice, if any, that you received at the battle?
Always find a way to add value to the industry. People don’t really care if you’re talented if you’re selfish and feel like you’re entitled to success just because you’re dope.
8. What’s next for you?
As of now, I am in the middle of a challenge where I create/post a beat every day for 30 days across all my social media. The goal is to build a catalog of music. You can’t do anything without content. Other than that, more battles, more collaborations, and more networking.