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9th Wonder To Beatmakers: “You Gotta Do More Than Beats”

February 6, 2010


Producer 9th Wonder discusses auditioning beats for Jay Z, working with Erika Badu, and teaching music history.  Later 9th goes on to talk about the importance of saving older work and doing other thing besides making beats.

I made the actual beat for Erykah Badu’s honey seven years ago.  That’s why I say, everybody save your beats, because you never know who’s gonna like what.

I tell beatmakers all the time, you gotta do more than beats. If you want your career to go right, you just gotta do more than beats.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

yikes February 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm

So nice to see a hip-hop kid not sounding like an idiot.

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Mr. Preacher February 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm

i guess what hes sayin is its good to be a engineer, songwriter, as well as a producer

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Jayson Feller February 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Possibly. 9th, why you gotta speak in code all the time? lol

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KillahJ February 7, 2010 at 12:15 am

9th’s probably the only person wel known producer i’ve heard said Dr. Dre as one of his top, which is surprising to me.

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TONY TRAXX February 7, 2010 at 12:49 am

SAYING DR DRE IS NOT SURPRISING TO ME . LISTEN TO STRAIGHT OUTTTA COMPTON OR D.O.C FUNKY ENOUGH ! THEN LISTEN TO THE CHRONIC OR 50 CENT IN THAT CLUB ‘ HE NOT ONLY MADE BEATS HE ADDED A CHARACTER TO THE CHARACTERS IF YOU WILL. TIMBALAND ANOTHER INNOVAITIVE PRODUCER. AND THE OLD NEPTUNES. THE WHAT !WHAT ! N.O.R.E NEPTUNES. FEEL ME. RZA ‘ THOSE ARE PRODUCERS TO ME. NOTTZ ‘ UH THERE’S SO MANY MAN . DAMN UH ‘ HAVOC . THE LIST GOES ON ..

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B.Dolla824 February 7, 2010 at 2:14 am

Damn, he told you.

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IllSkilz February 7, 2010 at 3:45 am

hes right,only thing this is like the 4th or fifth intervieuw about rykha badu and jay z beats i wanne hear more then just that but overall dope video

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tony traxx February 7, 2010 at 6:02 am

he did work for luda too . and has an album comin out with david banner. i saw it on crate kings !!

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ibn yasir February 7, 2010 at 8:11 am

tony traxx why do you always have the need to type with caps lock on?

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Boombapster February 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

9th Wonder always speaks the truth, as far as hustle, beatmaking, education, his personal tribulations, he don’t bullshit it. Cool laid back like North Carolineans. He definitely in my top 5 list of illest producers. I wonder what the last question was the interviewer asked 9th?

BB$ Workshop

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CZA The CEO February 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Good info but I’m tired of hearing the same old stuff being regurgitated–okay, we know we need to do more than just make beats but with it near impossible to sit in on sessions nowadays, how are we supposed to actually produce? Give information on getting your foot in the door to be able to actually put a track in an artist’s hand.

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Semantik February 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Who exactly is your comment directed at? The artist or this site?

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Plain Rap Medski February 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm

9th gettin his just credit. I always thought he was dope. Even back when cats was clowning him for using Fruity Loops back in the day.

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CZA The CEO February 9, 2010 at 12:05 am

@Semantik lol at 9th, CK is dope fam. I was speaking on how producers who are “on” tend to give the same few pieces of recycled and non-useful “tips” for aspiring producers.

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Semantik February 9, 2010 at 1:03 am

Thanks. Admittedly, I may have been on the verge of overreacting. Funny how the net has a way of triggering that.

I’ll see what I can do about personally digging up more producer-centric info.

Peace.

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CZA The CEO February 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Much thanks for not tripping; I’ve been active with Crate Kings since like ’07 and 9th especially in interviews do we hear the same rhetoric that comes with each producer’s pass into the industry: say the exact same thing as everyone else while holding the really juicy bits for ASCAP, BMI and Remix functions so you’ll have something “clever” to say while on the panel.

I guess the reason I say all this is because I’ve been making beats for about 3 years and haven’t quite broken through yet–I’ve got placements on chart-worthy albums and even a single and music video and I’m wondering what exactly is it that’s holding me back. So yeah, like I was saying, the redundancy of a lot of producer’s words shows that the sentiments aren’t really their own; it’s more than likely what they were either told to say by someone else or absorbed by watching others do it.

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introment July 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

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“I tell beatmakers all the time, you gotta do more than beats. If you want your career to go right, you just gotta do more than beats”

I like 9th wonder but after listening to his sample mixes he needs to take his own advice as his beats are so predictable.

He uses the same kits, rhythms & his snares hit on the same beat.

Its important to self regulate your output & not be a slave to your equipment & lazily use the same templates.

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