Singled Out: "Originally, We Were Going To Send This Record To T.I."
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 12:20AM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After one half of Jim Jonsin's Finatik & Zac production duo broke down making Ludacris' "Representin'," Arkatech Beatz's Mike "Trauma" D dishes out the new CyHi The Prynce "Start A War" anthem.]
This is kind of cool. Me and CyHi The Prynce have had conversations about doing a record together but with our timelines and our schedules, we never got a chance to make it happen. We knew we were going to make something happen, but we just didn't know how our timelinse would go.
So this record happened, actually, when my wife was playing the record. She was playing a song in the house and I was like, "What's that?" And she was like, "That's Adele, 'Turning Tables.'" I was like, "That's a hot record." So I wrote it down, the sample, so I could mess with it a little later on.
About a week or two later, I got on the drums, started chopping up the sounds, putting it together, constructed the beat and then I sent it over to [production partner] Juggrnaut after that. He went through it some more, added some tunes and just wanted to make sure everything was tight.
We sent it over to CyHi with a few other records and he hit me and asked about the record. It was that quick. About a week or two later, it was on. It happened pretty quick but it's funny that my wife is the one that actually suggested the record and his mixtape actually dropped on her birthday, so she was excited. It was cool.
With this record, I had a blueprint in my head for how it was going to go. I had it mapped out in my head and so I just needed to construct it. I had the sample for about a week or two and I just needed to listen to it for a couple days and figure it out.
When I finally had a moment to physically start reconstructing it, it started falling into place. Once you know where everything is going to go, it runs smooth.
When it comes to making beats, we just make them and don't really try to make them for anybody in particular and then we stash them. Whenever an artist comes along and needs a record, we go through what we have.
Originally, we were going to send this record to T.I. That record was actually going to T.I. and it ended up going to CyHi. T.I.'s people may actually have that record in their e-mail somewhere but we sent it to CyHi and he jumped on it immediately.
That happens a lot. You have an idea for a record, send it out and then someone jumps on it quickly.
Arkatech Beatz (formerly known as The Infinite Arkatechz and often nicknamed The Arkatechs for short) are a Grammy nominated hip-hop production duo from New York now based in Atlanta. They were affiliated with Loud Records/ Sony Music Entertainment as A&R's in the late '90s and has produced for artists such as Big Pun, Nas, Raekwon, Shawty Lo, Mýa, Alley Boy, Max B and others. The team consists of Mike "Trauma" D & Jugrnaut.
Check out "Start A War":