Havoc Wants To Work With J. Cole, Talks Production Renaissance

Exclusive: Mobb Deep's Havoc recalls appearing on Black Moon's "Enta Da Stage," and says "I'm in love with New York Hip Hop, period."

Just minutes ago, HipHopDX spoke with Mobb Deep's Havoc. The veteran emcee and producer confirmed to XXLMag.com last week that he has a placement on Eminem's Recovery album. That, plus strong production on albums such as Big Noyd's Queens Chronicle and Big Twins' The Project Kid make it indicative that the classic beat-creator is back to his old ways, after sharing more production duties on the last two Mobb albums. Asked if he was undergoing a musical renaissance, Hav clarified, "To the brothers that might [think] it seems like I'm havin' a renaissance with makin' music again, as far as production, I feel like I'm always in a renaissance period, whether or not I'm gettin' public placements. I'm always home, workin', and really just tryin' to perfect my craft. I love production more now than ever. It's how I [best] express myself. There's a lot of new, dope emcees that I would like to give production to, as well as established artists that's already out there."

As far as new artists, Havoc is deeply impressed with North Carolina Roc Nation artist (and fellow emcee/producer double-threat) J. Cole. Laughing that he is not alone in wanting to work with Cole, Hav explained, "He's on everybody's short-list! I hate to be soundin' like I'm on some kind of band-wagon, but I really feel that in my heart, that dude is dope! There's a lot of other dope emcees out there, I hate to name just one. It seems like I'm just forgetting the rest, but he's definitely on my radar. Even if I get a track on his album or not, I'm behind him 100% no matter what he do. I wish him well, and I know he's going to do well, 'cause he seems like a real-for-real artist. He's in it for the art." Havoc also acknowledge a fellow Queens native, popular battle emcee, Hollow. The producer simply stated, "He's crazy!"

After touching on the emcee and producer Cole, Havoc was asked if self-producing artists like Cole are a return to the '90s class of greats like Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Large Professor - and Havoc. "I would just like this about that trend: that's very smart," expressed Hav. "That's very wise. I encourage a lot of other artists to do the same."

On the subject of his support of local artists, Havoc explained why he's always represented his burough so proudly, through Hip Hop's many changing trends. "I love the fact that I'm from Queens. It's an honor to be from Queens and to share the [Hip Hop] history that Queens has. Any chance I get, I'ma represent Queens. Even more, to generalize it, I'm just in love with New York Hip Hop period. Regardless of where it stands in popularity, I'm always gonna be a New York [Hip Hop] head, till it's all said and done."

As a fan of New York Hip Hop, Havoc added that he was proud of his contemporaries for returning to their classic formulas and themes for music-making. "You've got groups like [Capone-N-Noreaga] droppin' [The War Report 2], Raekwon doing [Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt.II]...it's a beautiful thing. When you see that being done, that just shows you ever more, how much love for Hip Hop these acts have."

Just in speaking about New York Rap glory days and '90s Hip Hop peers, DX asked Havoc about a lesser-known appearance on a classic album, 1993's Enta Da Stage by Black Moon. Joined by Smif-N-Wessun, Havoc dropped a verse on "U Da Man." Reflecting back to that point, the longtime emcee says it was pivotal to his production coming to fruition. "To work with them, that's when I was really starting to get into my production thing. I really was checkin' out what [DJ] Evil Dee was doing. I was tryin' to put my lil' input in. I know they was lookin' at me like I was crazy, 'cause I really didn't know what I was talkin' about, but they embraced. Buckshot, he's like a brother from another mother to me. Whenever I'm around that dude, it's like I'm around family. Even back then they made me feel like that. Salute to Black Moon, Buckshot and the whole Duck Down movement."

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21 Comments

  • problemz327

    From One Queens Dude to another Hav deserve mad respect for still repping us...son is wild talented...hope he gets his just due and that Em joint should be a problem...

  • allyfe

    havoc...... one of the best producers of all time period.

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  • Gene

    That's the shit that he's producing for Hollow. That dude's a beast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK-3Dd5ZVlA

  • Illmatic '94 - Distant Relatives 2010

    cosign people below. Prodigy/ Mobb is pretty much done, but Havoc is still an elite producer. you heard Dope Nigga off Blackout 2? Havoc owns the unique grimey shit, just Dre brought the funk and bangers and Premo is the essential eastcoast boombap dude

  • Bauce

    Havoc made some grimy ass shit. He need to get back to it

    • i slept with a girl and i liked it

      haha i got a great sense of humour, but 1st ima make u smile and then ima do ya do ya do ya do ya follow my lead. baby yayo can b all ya need yayo classic produced by havoc in 2008 iller than kin killer we got hoes on lock, guys in a frock dont fuck with west side g unit fuk the rest we the best put me to the test ima try my best to undress ya vest haha u aint ready

  • jbech

    Havoc one of the best producers ever.. infamous, and hell on earth got the best fucking beats ever.

    • i slept with a girl and i liked it

      no he aint so shut the fuck up JBECH

    • old school nigg

      I definitely agree...i wish we could go back to how it was when artists would have like 1 or 2 commercial singles then the rest of the album would be on some grimy shit...what the fuck happened?

  • Harry The Hat

    Yo... Havoc. I'm glad youre back famo. I want them shook ones/survival type samples again.

  • kush nap

    havoc got the coldest snares in the business. good to see hes gonna be on ems new shit. that gangstas delight off 50s last shit was crazy, bang that in the 4 door.

  • jesterdx

    i dont get y hav dont get tha much luv fru his production... http://www.scribd.com/doc/24658/Credits-Havoc... thas not all of it!

  • biggrease

    Hav is still that dude. I don't know why 50 don't use him like he should

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