[With a hip-hop heavy rap sheet with collaborations ranging from Nas to Jadakiss, Arkatech Beatz producer Mike D tells SOHH how he pursues collaborations heading into 2016.]

Collaborations definitely has its ups and downs. The upside is that it allows you to meet with people and gives you exposure to things you may not have access to.

Social media has definitely helped me contact a lot of artists that I would have previously had a hard time reaching due to the politics and certain A&Rs and management. They have their own preferences and agendas.

Being able to reach out to artists directly cuts out the nonsense and cuts out the middlemen and I think that’s a great way to get some exposure.

The downside is that sometimes you have the BS. There’s people who sometimes give you BS. You’ll have people who have access to social media and what they have to say is not valid and is hurtful to the culture.

There’s the pros and cons.

As far as on a music production level, artists don’t get to hit the studio, vibe and make those records anymore. I definitely understand time consumes people and they have their own schedule going on.

You gotta take the good with the bad and as along as the record comes out good, then I think it works.

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