Joe Black, born Joseph Jean-Pierre
II is a music producer from The Bronx, NY. His production credits read
like that of a seasoned vet who has put in work for years. He has produced
songs for artists such as Max B, Red Cafe, Chinx Drugz, Zak1, Hollywood
Haiti to name a few. Growing up, Joe Black was influenced by various
producers like Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze amongst others.
He was first exposed to producing by a childhood friend, which led to
them working on beats together.
By 2007, Joe Black had developed
into a full fledged producer and along with his brother JP Morgan founded
BLACK TEARZ ENTERTAINMENT LLC,. By 2012 they released their first official
project, a mix tape titled "Volume I" which created a nice
buzz that eventually led to them expanding their roster. One of those
artists was Zak 1, who is an emcee from the Bay Area (San Francisco
to be exact) that caught the attention of Joe Black because of his word
play and work ethic. Before the ink could even dry, Joe Black &
Zak 1 with hit the studio and create a heat rock called Living
The Good Life that features Chinx Drugz.
Fast forward to present time,
Black Tearz Ent. has grown into a full label with a roster of artists.
They were able to secure a joint venture deal with Loyalty Digital Corp.
that includes the label and its roster. The first project being released
through this new venture is a mix tape called The Spread of the
Black Plague which is set for release summer of 2013. The Project
features Red Cafe, Chinx Drugz, Zak 1 & More. As the saying goes,
"Hard Work Pays Off.
At what point did you know that music is something that you wanted
Once my friends
and family started liking the beats i was making. I realized I enjoyed
doing this, I had the confidence and I felt I had the skills to do it.
did you link up with Loyalty Digital?
Another fellow artist
by the name of Son-Ray really put me on to Fokis & his company Loyalty
Digital Corp. I saw how they worked and what they had accomplished and
was impressed by it. I felt it was the right move for me to link up
are your Inspirations?
My son and other fellow producers such as Swizz Beats, Dr.
Dre, DJ Premier, and of course the many talented rappers and singers
said you have a crazy work ethic.. what's the drive behind you?
Knowing that I can
and will make it, The fact that I know this is my Life and Passion and
This is where my Happiness lies
terms of production, what is your process? Do you use live instruments,
My main weapon of choice is a Roland Fantom. I know how to play keys
but sometimes I will incorporate samples.
us through a typical studio session with you..
First I Lay the beat down, then do what ever tweaking is needed to the
beat, I get the artist ready, get the artist in the booth then watch
the magic happen.
producers do you respect and look up to?
Swizz Beats, Dr.
Dre. & DJ Premier
date, what has been your biggest Hip-Hop moment?
Doing a Record with
Max B before he got Locked Up (Free Max B)
you got in the ipod right now?
Jay Z, Red Cafe, French Montana, Cokeboys & Livin Proof.
would you like to work with that you haven't yet?
Wale, Vado, Dizzy
us about this company Black Tearz Ent. you started with your brother..
Do you have any artists on this label yet?
Black Tearz Ent.
symbolizes struggle and perseverance, it symbolizes never giving up
until we achieve our goals. We have an artist by the name of Citty Boii
reppin BK. His EP Coming out in Nov. & we have another artist we
have a partnership with named Zak1 out of the Bay Area who has a project
coming out very soon. Be on the lookout for them both.
ahead, what are your long term goals?
To create a network of business with my craft and open doors for Talented
inner-city youth that have a real passion for music. I think it is very
important to give back to your community.
on deck for you?
are filming the video to our latest single "Instagram" by
Citty Boii Feat. Cali's own Zak 1 off our latest project Spread of the
Black Plague available now for free at blacktearzent.bandcamp.com &
you like where hip hop is right now/ what would you like to see different?
Yes and No, I like
the fact that Hip hop is still alive and becoming a way of life accepted
by society. I am happy to see it evolve thru and gald its still a competitive
sport. I don't like the fact that it's getting tainted and watered down
to the point where their are so many fakes and imitators in the game
Any last words?
Thanks for this
opportunity, Salute! Anyone interested in reaching out to me can hit
me up on twitter @Blacktearzprod or FaceBook and Soundcloud: Joe Black