!llmind Explains Why Some Producers Don't Receive Proper Credit

!llmind also discusses technology's impact on producers and where he feels the art of production is headed.

During a recent interview, !llmind was asked about producers who are overlooked or not given credit for beats. 

"I'm blessed to be able to say that it doesn't happen to me anymore, but we've all gone through it," !llmind says in an interview with DJ Booth. "I think a lot of it has to do with that, as a producer, you don't have a real relationship with the artist you are creating with and that's due to the fact that you're e-mailing beats. The most important relationship you can curate with someone is directly with the artist. It's not with the A&R, it's not with their manager. You need to have a direct relationship, a working relationship with the artist you are working with. A lot of times, up-and-coming producers don't get credit because the guys on the other side just don't care. The artists don't care. For all you know they don't even know what your name is or probably forgot your name and the A&R's working in-between are juggling a million things. You are probably not getting paid much money and if it's a mixtape placement, you probably aren't getting paid anything so you are left in the dark. You did the beat, but you're still a stranger. They aren't gonna go that extra mile to do you any favors because they simply don't care about you. So that's the difference between having a real, true working relationship with an artist as opposed to being a beat maker and e-mailing your shit out, getting a placement, and getting pissed off you didn't get credit." 

!llmind Details Technology's Impact On Production

!llmind, who has worked with several artists, including Slaughterhouse, says the future looks bright for producers.

"I think it's headed in an awesome direction," !llmind says of production. "I think technology has allowed us to do things we couldn't do back in the day, as early as ten years ago. Technology is just so advanced now and things are sounding more realistic. Obviously, humans feel with human instruments and live instrumentation; you can't duplicate that, but I think the advancements in technology are really helping us as producers. I think we all need to embrace that, be proud of that and continue to feed into it so it can grow more." 

In December 2013, Crooked I spoke about !llmind's contributions to the upcoming Slaughterhouse album.

"It's a beautiful thing to have Just BlazeJ.U.S.T.I.C.E. LeagueIllmindCardiak and AraabMUZIK," Crooked I said in an interview with HipHopDX. "To have those guys  come together and say, 'Hey, let's all form a Slaughterhouse of producers and work on this shit together. I might do the drums on this. You might do the keys on that. You might cut some samples from there and we just make this one big picture."

RELATED: Crooked I Says There Is A Slaughterhouse Of Producers

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7 Comments

  • riv216

    True, but so many producers are eager to get on...It's best to just find talent around you forreal forreal...and build from there on..... google riv nobody cares

  • detroit slim

    The music industry is done. I'll sell my beats to my boys n people I know for $25-50 bucks instead of emailin that shit out to muthafuckas and they just runnin with it. Nobody makin money off this music shit unless you a weak ass industry nigga or got connects somehow. I just do the shit cause I love to make music n get a lil side loot for it.

  • Anonymous

    His work on Skyzoo's A dream deferred was awesome...

  • A Producer

    That's why don't be so quick to send out your music to someone you don't really no. Stop being so thirsty to get your music heard, and then to be taken away by some A&R! Break your own artist, get hot with them. Young Chop and Jahli Beats is a perfect example of that. Chop had Chief Keef and Jahli had Meek Mill. Make somebody you no hot, then pass music to artist that has heard of you that way. How will you stop someone from stealing your music when you are a bedroom producer. You can't fight it because you're broke, and all the hard work gone down the drain! You put your hottest beats on these's site to sell, no promo. Some assitant troll these sites take your music and gives it their artist, before you no it it's too late. Look what DJ Mustard just done with YG, they all over the world doing interviews together getting money! Pete Rock had CL Smooth, DJ Premier had Guru and Shorty Red had Young Jeezy. Think up and comin producer it's a marathon, not a sprint.

  • Anonymous

    TRUE STORY YALL. THERE IS ALWAYS TWO SIDE TO A STORY OR A NEGATIVE N POSITIVE. NEGATIVE: ONE THE MUSIC HAS NO CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE BEAT N SONG BECOS THE PRODUCER NEVERS ACTUALLY "WORKS" WITH THE ARTIST SO THE CHEMISTRY ISNT THERE AND THE MUSIC SOUNDS "SOULLESS" LACKING THAT FINISH. TWO: THE PRODUCER GETS FCUKED OVER BCOS THE AR GETS SOME OTHER PRODUCER OR STUDIO ENGR. TO PUT THE VOCALS FROM THE ARTIST WITH THE BEAT. THIS SUPPOSED "OTHER PRODUCER" OR STUDIO ENGR. ALSO GETS CREDIT AS PRODUCER AND PROBABLY GETS MORE ROYALTY THAN THE ORIGINAL PRODUCER POSITIVE: THIS SYSTEM GETS AN UNKNOWN PRODUCER TO WORK WITH AN ESTABLISH ARTIST. FOR EXAMPLE THE 15YR OLD GIRL WHO GOT THE CHANCE TO PRODUCE A TRACK FOR JAY-Z. JAYZ PROBABLY DOESN'T EVEN KNOWS SHE EXIST BUT SHE GOT A CREDIT FOR PRODUCING FOR JAY Z

    • Anonymous

      You just proved the point by saying "The 13 Year Old Girl..." we don't even know her name. So she really still doesn't exist.

  • Anonymous

    https://soundcloud.com/eqthevaporizer

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