Harry Fraud has had a productive year, teaming with Curren$y for their Cigarette Boats EP and Smoke DZA for his Rugby Thompson LP. While he was named runner-up for Producer of the Year on HipHopDX’s Year End Awards, he agreed with our choice pick, telling the Village Voice that his top five favorite beatsmiths of the year are only one person: Alchemist.
“Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, and Alchemist. That’s my Top 5,” he said. “I fuck with Alchemist, man. Alchemist has a beat. I don’t even want to say who it’s for, it’s for two West Coast legends, and every time this beat is in my presence, I just make them play it over and over. I don’t even like anybody’s beats but Alchemist, he’s fucking incredible.”
With a few full-length collaborative projects under his belt, Fraud contemplated with whom he would do a full-length joint album. Naming Jay-Z and Cam’Ron, Fraud said that he reached out to the latter but is waiting on a response.
“If I could do an album with anybody, you have to do the album with Jigga obviously, but anybody beside Jigga, I would probably do the album with Cam. If I could just play the beats in the room that I felt were the right ones, I just feel like he’d be… Cam is just so ill,” he said. “We’ve communicated before. People like that, I hit him. He knows what it is. He knows I’m down for whatever with him but you know, I’m also not gonna be like, “Yo Cam! Yo, c’mon man! Yo yo yo!” I hit you. I let you know what’s up. If you want to do it, we’ll do it.”
Read the full interview at VillageVoice.com.