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Interview: Zukhan Bey [Producer Series 2.0]
Sunday, September 30, 2007

Thick: How'd you get into producing?

Zukhan Bey: As far as I can remember I've had melodies in my head, and...I don't, just lovin' music. Listenin' to all different kinds of stuff, soul, Hip-Hop, know how you grow up and your parents have music on. I was just listening, listening, listening, and learning, learning, learning. Hip-Hop became the music I started going towards; rhymin', writing poetry. They say your spirit comes into a physical body once you're concieved, and my spirit walked into the body of Hip-Hop, so here I am livin' this life. It just goes back so far I erased the beginning on when I actually remember. I just know I been dealing with music my whole life.

T: Mention some of the bigger cuts you've produced.

ZB: I produced Pussy Pop for Ludacris off the Chicken & Beer album, which was a big cut for me. It was the b-side to Stand Up. And of course We Fly High by Jim Jones, broke all kinds of barriers. It was this crazy, big, huge pop single for us. Ringtones and just everywhere. Any club you go into, when that record come on it's just over. I try to make sure that whatever club I'm in, I got at least $300-500 in ones, and everytime the record come on I just throw money up in the air unexpectedly...just crash the scene. I did it in Cali like last week at this club. Those are probably the two biggest. Writing-wise, I co-wrote a poem on Beyonce first album called ? From Virgo. All kinds of stuff, man. I did stuff for Roc-A-Fella, I did stuff with Dipset, stuff for the Roots, up and coming stuff, a lot of R&B, pop stuff. I produce tracks and I write songs too.

T: There's that sample at the beginning of We Fly High, and on the Beef Mix there was another part of that sample, did you produce that too?

ZB: I did the remix also. Shout out to the Rasputin staff for...actually, what's crazy is I had the song off a soul collection, and on that collection the record starts off with just the music and then it comes in. When I finally found the album, I paid $175 for the album, on that song, Mr. Cool, at the very beginning there's a guy talking and he says, who's this dude. And the other guy answers and he says, they call him Jim. That's on the original record. I don't know what the hell that is. But all that shit ends up working out. It was just crazy though. It's about, when you go into something, trying to go further into it and squeeze as much out of it as you can, and that's what happened. In a time where the market was so-called looking bleak, we dropped a bomb. The only other record that can be compared to that in New York radio history, and club history is 50 Cent's Up In the Club. So, there that is.

T: Are you producing more Dipset stuff?

ZB: Yeah, I definitely got more stuff comin' with Dipset. Juelz definitely. Jim, we working on some shit right now. (Loud sirens in the background)

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