Interview By: The Boy Hollywood
CHAMP: What’s goodie? What are you currently up to at the moment?
THE INKREDIBLES: I mean we got that Rick Ross Mafia Music out. We also have that Fat Joe ft. Akon One song that’s out. So you know we’re just working. Rick Ross is about to come out in a couple of weeks, and Fat Joe is about to drop as well.
CHAMP: Off the bat, I want to know what the team consists of when it comes to The Inkredibles and what each person brings to the table.
THE INKREDIBLES: Well it;s Lee and myself (Mogul) and we make up the Inkredibles.We’re managed by Dj Khaled and signed to Dj Nasty.
CHAMP: Of course you all have a crazy track record and have produced for a lot of credible artists, most recently the Ace Hood joint with the ride track, a few others on the album as well, you did Jeezy’s “Vacation”, you did the Red Light joint on Khaled’s album with The Game, and as you said earlier, you did the monster beat Mafia Music and it’s straight bananas, I wanted to know exactly how long have you guys been producing for?
THE INKREDIBLES: We’ve been producing for seven years, but at the scene it’s been like two years.
CHAMP: Were you all cool before you did the producer thing or did you all meet through music?
THE INKREDIBLES: Well actually I met Lee through a female artist, and then we just started making hits.
CHAMP: Got you! Who was the first artist you worked with that put you on the map?
THE INKREDIBLES: The first artist that really broke us was Ace Hood and Trey Songz.
CHAMP: Going back to the Mafia Music, did you know that Ross was going to get at 50 before that or did he surprise you like how Nas did it with Ron Browz with Ether?
THE INKREDIBLES: I don’t know man, at the end of the day we’re just trying to make great music. Shout out to Rick Ross.
CHAMP: Do you think that might get in the way of you making any music with 50 in the future?
THE INKREDIBLES: I mean we’re just trying to make good music with the people we work with.
CHAMP: What I really respect is that although you are all huge producers you still think of artists on the come up and offer them beats at an affordable rate. What made you all do that seeing that you are all established producers?
THE INKREDIBLES: At the end of the day we are all trying to work together and get everybody an opportunity and get them some shine. Just the same way people gave us the shine.
CHAMP: You have mentioned earlier that you are managed by Dj Khaled, how did that whole thing come to be?
THE INKREDIBLES: Through Spiff TV. He heard our music and brought it to Nasty, Nasty fell in love with it, then signed us with Nasty Beatmakers , then Khaled heard our stuff and we became “We The Best” and then it’s become a lot bigger.
CHAMP: How do you feel about Khaled’s position as President of Def Jam Sound?
THE INKREDIBES: I think he’s doing a great job. He’s bringing those down south artists to a bigger market and helping them out.
CHAMP: What tools can we catch you in the studio messing with?
THE INKREDIBLES: We use a lot of the Cuebase, MPC and the keyboards.
CHAMP: You guys know how to flip it from the originals to the samples real nice. Which ones do you prefer to use and why?
THE INKREDIBLES: Well we really don’t sample. We only sampled like one record and that was for The Game with “The Red Light”. At the end of the day we like to be original, we don’t really sample at all.
CHAMP: Of course there’s always the battle between samples and originals. Do you have any thoughts or views on whether it is good to use samples or not on a business aspect or a creative aspect?
THE INKREDIBLES: Well I would say with a sample you won’t make that much money because they take all of your publishing, but if you sample something and it becomes a big record, then a lot of people will come to you for work, it kind of works in both ways. When it comes to making more money I would go with not sampling.
CHAMP: We’re about to head into the second quarter of ’09. What else can we expect from the Inkredibles?
THE INKREDIBLES: Well we just finished a record with Flo Rida featuring Wyclef, we also have some more from Rick Ross and the Ace Hood project, and we also did a record with Jadakiss ft. Mary J Blige called Grind Hard Play Harder. Written by Makeva . We’re going to be working with a lot of different artists.
Rick Ross - Mafia Music [Official Music Video] (Produced by The Inkredibles)