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This is the spot where you'll see upcoming producers as well as established
veterans in the game. Alot
of people don't know what
goes into production. This will be the section where we feature the hottest
producers on the scene. Each month we'll bring to you a new producer along with
MONTH'S FEATURE IS: Judah
"Protools, mpc, naked juice, hookah, shirt off, some cute women
and some vinyl and thats about it really. lol.. Sike!! Nah, but really
I'm a real spontaneous and creative person so I do what I feel at that
point in time and make it work. laying vocals, drummer coming in.. etc...."
At the height of a movement, Judahs role in pushing DMV
(DC, Maryland, Virginia) music is capitol. Entering the world as Timothy J.
Matthews on October 12, 1978, the Washington, DC born and raised musician has
built his stage and is constantly putting on a show. Developing as a football
player in his adolescence, it was by happenstance that he realized he could
make music. From the influence of a friend who produced music, the touch of
the drum machine made magic for who is now making heads lean with an ear wanting
to know Who is Judah on the beat
and why does it sounds
Coming up in the Shrimpboat
sector of Northeast DC was perfect timing for Judah as he was able to experience
the music of go-go artists like the Northeast Groovers and Chuck Brown along
with classic hip-hop emcees like Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest. With
his roots aligned with this hip-hop lineage, the self-mentored, self-branded
producer has positioned himself to basically be one in high-demand---even
without a deal. Judah has embraced the DMV to a point where he has humbly
mentored numerous rising artists and producers, teaching them the ropes of
the business and showing them how to make a stamp without a huge label push.
Still, the producer makes a grand impression in the industry with production
for national artists such as Wale, Tabi Bonney, Stat Quo and Raheem Devaughn
along with music collaborated with artist on Bad Boy and Koch Records. Judah
lives and breathes a multi-faceted lifestyle as he not only produces, but
his establishment Strange Music houses one of the areas most talented
female emcees while propelling ingenious visuals and ultimate artist/venue
collaborations. A leader not only by name, Judah is looking over territory
that is proving to be very promising.
When did you realize you wanted to choose music as your livelihood?
When I got cut from this pro football team and sold my first beat
for $75 bucks
Tell us about the
football thing in your early years..
a way for me to go to college and and i left DC and went to a predominately
white school in pittsburgh and it was horrible i stayed there for 3 years
then bounced on their ass for a HBCU. lol but Football taught me discipline
and its the same as music. you practice at football and you practice at the
beats ya know.
Define the style of
your music ..
My style is
just me all over the place. depends on how i feel that day on what i make.
Im a OG in the production so i still use MPC's and sound modules etc.....
By my city DC, MD and VA are definitely merged in my sound. Go Go swing is
in there a little too.
In terms of production,
what is your process..? do you use live instruments, etc..?
Lately i been
in music Theory class so im learning piano and progressions etc.... I have
made a living for almost 10 years just off what i been doing so i felt like
it was time to show a little more appreciation for the music and actually
get in there and learn some theory. I use live drums and keys merged with
samples and whatever.. but like i say its really just based on how im feeling
Take us through a
typical studio session with you..
protools, mpc, naked juice, hookah, shirt off, some cute
women and some vinyl and thats about it really. lol sike nah but really im
a real spontaneous and creative person so i do what i feel at that point in
time and make it work. laying vocals, drummer coming in etc....
Who are your Inspirations?
Dre, Rza, Altchemist, Kanye, Issac Hayes, man too many to name
Who's the most memorable
you've worked with thus far?
C Rayz Walz
Which artist would
you say has been the easiest to work with.. where you guys just mesh.
Tabi Boney and
Any funny stories
in the studio you can let the fans know about?
artist came in to record and I offered them some hookah and they go so lightheaded
they almost burned down my studio dropping coals everywhere etc... Another
story is I recorded a midget too and that was pretty entertaining, oh and
C Rayz Walz was trying to impregnate every women that came in the studio.
What artists would
you like to work with that you havent yet?
Kanye is who
I want to work with.
What's your take on
the current state of Hip-Hop?
the ones still making ALITTLE money wont tell you that but its trash. And
now these internet n***** think they the stars but they selling 4 thousand
copies so they need humbling fast. The game is trash.
Biggest career moment
so far has been ____________________ ?
Grey Goose x
Complex Mag Rising Icon Award They recognized me off my contribution to music
and that was huge oh and i was on billboard charts with a indie record. Cats
cant even do that these days and I did that. Blessed
Looking ahead.. say,
5, or even 10 years down the road, where do you see yourself?
I see myself
chilling with fam owning a studio for the youngins but i probably wont be
producing 10 years from now. Im a business man with a business degree so im
gonna move to my second phase in life etc....
Any last words?
Thank you for your time and interview, Thanks to all those
i touch with my music and follow me on twitter at twitter.com/judahonthebeat
Mick Boogie x Terry Urban - *De La Soul Tribute Album, Le Da Soul*---"Plug
Tunin"- Tabi Bonney (produced by Judah)
C Rayz Walz - *Who the F--- Are You Album* --- "The Infected"
Stat Quo- Checks and Balances Mixtape- "For the Taking"
Mick Boogie x Terry Urban - *Grammy Remix Album*- "Say" John
Mayer x Jay- Z
Tabi Bonney - *DOPE* - "Kick Rocks"
Hypebeast x Judah x Hypetrack x Mick Boogie - *The Hype Club* Judah
x DJ MAF
- *501's and Drumbeats* Mick Boogie x Terry Urban - *Viva La Hov- "*Miss
Wale - *Saint's Row 2 (Video Game) *- "Riding in the Black Joint"-
RatheMC - *Nahright x LRG -The Honor Roll mixtape- *"Freaky Tales"
ANKH AMEN RA (2008)
Presented by REBELMIXTAPES, LLC & HIPHOPGAME
*A Mixtape about Something...I think!*
Presented by JUDAH x HYPEBEAST x MICK BOOGIE
THEO (2008) *The
Birth* (OKAYPLAYER EXCLUSIVE) - "Hi"
-*Mick Boogie Presents The Drive Thru
*Studio 43/SRC Universal
UCB (2006 & 2007) *4 Play* E.P.
Cormega & Lake- (2006) Koch Records
-"I've been blessed"
Pastor Troy- *By Any Means Necessary* (2005) Universal -"Bitches
-2 untitled records
-"Lord Give Me Another Day"
Rell- (2005) Rocafella
-Shameka Jones (unreleased)
-Heat In Da Club featuring Sean Paul (The Youngbloodz) (Single) -"Be
(Single) * On the Billboard Charts for 19 weeks -"We Want That"
-"Get Buck" (Single)
-"Monster Behavior" (Single)
* Appeared on Music Choice, Conerstone Mixtape
Turk (2004) Koch Records
*Penitentiary Chances* Album
-"Tonight" Featuring Mike Shorey
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