This is the spot where you’ll see upcoming producers and Industry veterans in the game. A lot of people don’t know what goes into production. This will be the section where we feature the hottest producers in hip hop. Each month we’ll bring to you a new producer along with their background.
THIS MONTH’S FEATURE IS: KEITH MACK
Atlanta, GA Before you begin to think that Keith Mack is just another hip-hop music producer, think again. Keith, a former truck driver by day and music producer by night recently inked an official deal with the King of The South T.I. s record label Grand Hustle to exclusively produce tracks for T.I. and his roster of music acts, but that’s just the icing on the cake.
Less than four years ago, Keith was just your average country boy from a small unknown town known as Asheboro, North Carolina, who’s only focus was to follow in his father’s footsteps to becoming the family s next truck driver, however; fate was met as his hobby of creating music would take him on an unexpected journey that most aspiring music artists and producers dare to only dream. Keith’s unplanned music career began in 2002 when one of his beats caught the attention of rapper Ludacris during a weekly routine haircut. To make a long story short, Ludacris jumped on the track and together, he and Keith created the Grammy nominated hit single Act a Fool, marking it the first song, major album deal and life changing experience for Keith. Act a Fool went on to appear as a score and soundtrack single for the blockbuster hit film 2 fast 2 Furious. Keith says, “I was very fortunate because this was a rare opportunity that is not commonly given to an unknown, especially for a major artist such as Ludacris. It usually takes years of grinding and hustling before an unknown music producer can establish a name for himself, so I am truly blessed to have had this opportunity.”
As a promising producer at Grand Hustle, Keith Mack has already scored three tracks on T.I.’s latest album KING including Ride Wit Me, I Told You So, and the most recently released third single from the album, Live In The Sky (featuring Oscar award winner actor/singer Jamie Foxx). Live in the Sky has already become a classic at T.I.’s concerts and has received rave reviews from critics and fans. Music reviewer K-Burner says Keith Mack’s Live in the Sky is a smooth introspective track. He also goes on to say that Ride Wit Me has a nice beat by Keith Mack and is one of those chilled out, catchy bump-in-you-car-type tracks. With the KING album peaking at #1 on the Billboard top 200 chart and selling over 520,000 copies in its first week, Keith feels very positive about his future at Grand Hustle.
Keith Mack, who has produced for artists such as Ludacris, Chingy, Boyz N Da Hood (Bad Boy Records) and Young Dro, is excited about the opportunity with Grand Hustle and is looking forward to making more smash hits for T.I. and his camp. He recently produced three tracks for Grand Hustle s up and coming group P$C (Pimp Squad Click,) which features The King of The South himself. Keith is also currently working on new projects with other renowned music acts including the emerging R& B artist Ricco Barrino (the brother of American Idol winner Fantasia), producing Ricco s first hit single Bubble Gum, which is receiving massive airplay across the South.
This low-key producer may not be your typical conspicuous and flashy headliner, but just his name and remarkable talent has already begun to surface the music industry’s ears, so it s just a matter of time before
Keith Mack becomes one of the most sought out and requested music producers in our generation. Not bad for a southern country boy huh!
KEITH MACK DISCOGRAPHY
Ludacris- Act A Fool
Chingy- Balla Baby (Remix)
Boyz N Da Hood – If u a Thug
P$C 25 to Life
P$C-Do Ya Thing
P$C- Murder Game
T.I. -Live in the Sky
T.I. -Ride Wit Me
T.I. -Told You So
Young Dro -We Lied
Grand Hustle In Da Streets Volume 4
*uck Being Famous(BG & Kountry Kane)
I’m out Here (BG)