Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Maestro Interview @!!

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interview MAESTRO (July 2008) | Interview By: Nima Etminan

Dubcnn sat down to talk to rising producer Maestro, who got his big break in 2008 by producing the intro track on Lil Wayne's album "Carter 3" and Ice Cube's street single "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It". He tells us how those two collaborations came about, his path up until now and his future plans.
Maestro talks to us about his relationship with the Dogg Pound and Y.A., working with David Banner, WC and the possibility of a collaboration with Battlecat's brother Mykestro.

As always we have both the transcript and the audio for you to check and please feel free to send any feedback regarding the interview to:

Interview was done in July 2008.

Questions Asked By : Nima Etminan

Maestro Gave A Shoutout! Check That Here

Full Interview In Audio : Here


Dubcnn: We're right here with the producer Maestro, who we've heard recently producing for Lil Wayne and Ice Cube amongst others. First of all introduce yourself to everybody out there!

What's up dubcnn, it's your boy Maestro, producer of the year, platinum plus, coming straight at your eardrums!

Dubcnn: To start it off, let's talk about what's going on right now. You're on the Lil Wayne album, you did the intro track "3 Peat", how did you first link up with Weezy?

Actually, I know a lot of people who knew Wayne, I was working with Dem Franchize Boys and my business partner was actually on tour with Lil Wayne on the Chris Brown tour. So I was cutting a lot of records that he was hearing, and I was also working with a female writer who was working with Wayne, she was shooting tracks his way as well. We started out with a couple of other songs that came out during the summer and were available on alternate versions of the album. "3 Peat" was the one that made the official cut.

Dubcnn: I heard you had offered the beat to someone else first who didn't end up using it or something along those lines?

Yeah, I had actually made the beat with Young Jeezy in mind. A lot of times when I go in the lab to work on some tracks, I try to envision a certain artist working on it and then I get at that particular person. It just so happened that [Jeezy] wasn't feeling it the way I was.

Dubcnn: How does it feel to have the first track on an album that sold a million in the first week?

Oh, it felt good man, it felt good. At the end of the day, you gotta realize that everybody listens to the first song, it sets the tone for what's gonna happen later on. So I knew I was getting those ears, I knew people were hearing what I do, and the fact that he shouted me out on it just made it that much better!

Dubcnn: Yeah I liked the way he put that together, how he incorporated the tag into his rhyme.

Right! I usually just kind of throw the tag on there in like a critical place where no one can take it out, so people don't 2-track my stuff, but Weezy was right on time and he worked it into the rap, so it paid off!

Dubcnn: Now you also produced Ice Cube's street single "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It". How did that happen?

My cousin actually is partners with some of Cube's management, and I heard that Cube was looking for tracks! I just went in, got my headphones on, locked the doors and started trying to make whatever I thought he'd mess with! It just so happened that he was feeling what I came up with!

Dubcnn: It's been a really good year for you, you got a track on the hottest rapper right now and you got a track on one of the legends in Hip-Hop. Where are you trying to go with it?

I'm just trying to get on as many hot records as possible, work with as many influential artists as possible and really just try to take my style of production to the forefront of the game. I hear a lot of different people coming with different styles and I hear people getting pigeonholed as far as what they do. I have a real versatile style, so I wanna hit every market, every genre, every artist, every coast. That's my goal for the years to come.

Dubcnn: Did you and Ice Cube do any other tracks together?

I sent him a couple of others, actually I had a song in one of his movies a while back in the "XXX 2" soundtrack featuring Bone Crusher. We've linked up before, we linked up just now for this single so it's bound for us to link up on some more stuff in future! I'm actually about to go in with WC pretty soon to work on his project, so I'm sure Cube is gonna come through and hop on something hot!

Dubcnn: Tell us how you got into the game real quick, who were your influences?

I got a lot of influences, I'm really influenced by good music. I had a group called Parlay who's out of L.A., Inglewood to be exact, who I was producing for in college. They were the first dudes who drove me to really focus on production and try to express my talent. They were major influences for me, but then also just listening to rappers! I was always a big Snoop Dogg fan, Dogg Pound, Cube, I was always into West Coast rap. That's what influenced me. As far as producers, Battlecat, all the greats, Dr. Dre, Fredwreck. I really got a lot of my game and a lot of my style from the West.

Dubcnn: Are there any specific artists that you wanna work with in the future?

Man I really wanna work with some outthere stuff. Huge music! I wanna work on life changing albums, life changing songs that people can really be inspired by. Any artist that's coming with that flavor, stuff that's bigger than the record and bigger than the radio, I wanna work with anybody that's doing music of that caliber.

Dubcnn: That's what's up man, before we go is there anything else you wanna let everybody know?

Look out for the new Dogg Pound, I've been working with Kurupt since day one, so anything he's got coming out I'm definitely a part of. Also look for that WC project and look for anything that's got the Maestro tag on it! If the beat starts with that, you know it's gonna be hot!

Dubcnn: Let's go back to the Dogg Pound/Kurupt thing real quick, you said you've been working with them, what have ya'll been working on?

Well I actually have one record that had a lot of underground acclaim, it was called "Sand Niggaz" featuring Kurupt and Lil Tri from Y.A.. I go out to L.A. to work with Y.A., Bizzle, Tri and I always get down with Kurupt. Whenever he comes to Atlanta we stay cutting songs. I could put out a whole Kurupt album on my own if I wanted to. Actually, I might do that! I failed to mention him before, but Kurupt's definitely one of my greatest influences and supporters as far as this production goes. Having been schooled by Dre, he taught me exactly what a producer should do when they get in the lab with an artist. So whenever I sit down with a person, from Kurupt to Wayne, I go in to make a classic. He had a big impact on me as a producer.

Dubcnn: You should hook up with Battlecats little brother, he's called Mykestro!

Yeah, Mykestro! That's actually really funny, I had a session with David Banner where Battlecat came through, for a song called "Westside" on David Banner's "Certified" album. Battlecat came up to me like "Damn little homie, that shit slaps!"

Dubcnn: That's you who did that "Westside" track?


Dubcnn: I love that song, I didn't know you did that.

Yeah that's me. I don't even know if my tag was on there but that was one of my first big ones. I appreciate that. So yeah Battlecat having a brother named Mykestro, and him coming up to me knowing that I'm Maestro, and still respect my game and not make no static about it, that really made me feel good about what I was doing.

New Maestro Interview @!!


  1. hey man how do you do tags. I know dumb question but i wanna know how. so nigs don't two track me.

  2. Toshitaka KondoFriday, July 25, 2008

    Damn, first Smoking Section, then illroots, then hiphopdx, and now dubcnn? You get the Internet going nuts!

  3. thats a good loock famz, kep it up

  4. not your best interview, but still a good thing for you man, your publissist is a beast