January 24, 2012

"On the Come Up" 2012 Freshmen Class Edition

Jahlil Beats

Jahlil Beats

Last year, "On the Come Up" presented its first annual Freshman Class edition, recognizing three, hot songwriters/producers to watch in 2011. And this year, school is back in session!

Jahlil Beats Talks About Rocking the Nation.

Name of first major placement.
Jahlil Beats: “Tonight” by Fabolous.

How was your experience working with Fabolous?
JB: It was cool. Actually, I gave the record [“Tonight”] to Red Café and he gave it to Fabolous. Fabolous did the beat, then Red said that Fabolous wanted to use it for his EP.

What distinguishes you from other producers?
JB: I would say that my music is really based on the younger generation. I started out doing party music. I really got my buzz by doing this track by Chris Brown featuring Tyga called, “Holla at Me.” It was really big on YouTube. I’m from PA, but my music has a southern draw. It’s like down south music with an east coast twist to it.

What are you working on, currently?
JB: I’m working on Bow Wow’s, Underrated album; Fabolous’ There is No Competition 3 mixtape; Red Café’s Shake Down album and Meek Mill’s album. I’m also working with Busta Rhymes, T.I., Nelly, Jim Jones, and 50 Cent.

Who would you like to work with in the future?
JB: I would love to work with Kanye and Eminem.

What has been the craziest moment in your career thus far?
JB: Currently, I’m signed with Roc Nation. Three years before that, Jay-Z was performing at the Powerhouse concert by Power 99 FM in Philly. I was backstage, waiting for him to hand him my CD. I finally met him and he was like, “Nah, I don’t want that [my CD].” Three years later, he tells me that he’s a fan of my work and I’m signing with him.  

Mike Will

Mike Will

Mike Will Chats with “On the Come Up” About His Versatility in Sound.

Name of first major placement.

Mike Will: "Tupac Back" by Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross.

How did you get the opportunity to work with Meek Mill and Rick Ross?
And how was your experience working with them?
MW: I was dealing with Spiff, who is A&R at Maybach Music and he heard
my music. He took it to Rick Ross and told him that I had a banger. Spiff told me to hold the track specifically for Rick Ross because Ross had a movie. After Ross heard the track, he told me that he came up with the hook instantly. Then he took it to Meek and he got on it.

What distinguishes you from other producers?
MW: A lot of producers try to bring signature sounds or the same sounds. I try to come up with something new for every track.

What are you currently working on?
MW: I have a joint with Young Jeezy called, "Way Too Gone," I have three tracks on Future's upcoming album, I've been working with Gucci Mane, I have a joint on Ludacris' new mixtape - the song, "I'm on Fire," features Big Krit. I've been working with Luda on his new album, Ludaversal, I produced 50 Cent's first single off his fifth solo project called, "Girls Gone Wild," which features Jeremih. I'm also working with Sean Garrett and Jeremih on his next solo album, and I'm working on my own project called, "Est. in 1989," which will feature various artists all on my production. I'm also building my production company called Eardrummers Entertainment that will house other producers and writers.

Who would you like to work with in the future?
MW: Everybody. Whoever is ready to work with me, I'm ready to work with [them].

Who is your musical mentor and why?
MW: My Uncle Al, he passed away last year. He was a musical genius. Growing up, when I would be making beats, he would give me advice and tell me to learn how to play the piano and other instruments. He was definitely an inspiration. He passed as soon as I started to realize that all those things he wanted me to learn [were things] I really did need to know. He will always be an inspiration to me and I want to be able to be as much of a genius as he was and display my talents.

J Mike

J Mike

J Mike Shows "On the Come Up" Why Your Ears Should Stay Focused On His Sound.

Name of first major placement.
J Mike: “Reverse Cowgirl” by T-Pain featuring Young Jeezy.

How was your experience working with T-Pain and Young Jeezy?
J: Really cool. It was the first track that I co-produced with Kane Beatz, which was a great learning experience. It was great to have my first major, commercial release ever to be a single and have it be a song for T Pain.

What distinguishes you from other producers?
J: I think my sound is what distinguishes me from alot of other producers. You will know a “J Mike” beat when you hear it. I always like to think ahead of the times and try to do something new and cool on every beat. My approach has always been hard drums and beautiful melodies.

What are you working on currently?
J: I've been working on a lot of everything following the success of Nicki Minaj's “Super Bass,” which has kept me pretty busy and I’m so thankful for that. I have a lot more dope stuff coming out that I worked on with Kane Beatz. I've also been in the studio with Dr. Luke doing some exciting stuff. Can't wait for it all to come out. Stay tuned in 2012!

Who would you like to work with in the future?
J: I’d like to work with Taylor Swift, Kanye, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Justin Bieber, and any new dope artist, producer, or writer that has amazing talent that I feel would compliment my sound.

Where is the number one place that you visit to draw inspiration for your music?
J: I find myself visiting Youtube a lot to draw inspiration. It’s just great to be able to watch my favorite producers and artists live in concert or in the studio making music.