Fierces Corner | SOUL OF A LIBRA PART 2
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24 Apr SOUL OF A LIBRA PART 2

HERE IS PART 2 OF “SOUL OF A LIBRA”. CHECK OUT MY INTERVIEW WITH THE VERY TALENTED PRODUCER YDBEATSSS WHOSE BEAT TAPE IS ALREADY FEATURED ON THE SITE. ENJOY!!!!!

FIERCE: FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW WHO YOU ARE WILL YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF?

YDBEATSSS: MY NAME IS RAKEM AND PRODUCER NAME IS YDBEATSSS. I AM FROM TRINIDAD AND LIVE IN JAMAICA QUEENS. MY SOUND IS THE SOULFUL HIP HOP FROM THE 90’S.

FIERCE: EXPLAIN YOUR NAME YDBEATSSS?

YDBEATSSS: YD STANDS FOR SOMETHING BUT ICA DID NOT WANT TO USE IT AT FIRST. IT STANDS FOR YOUNG DOLLARS AND ITS FROM MY FATHER THAT IS CALLED DOLLARS AND IT IS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HIM. SO I SHORTENED IT I DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE TYPICAL YOUNG SOMETHING AND BEATS BECAUSE I AM A PRODUCER. ORIGINALLY IT WAS ONE S BUT ITS 3 S BECAUSE OF THE GROUP THAT I WAS IN CALLED TRIPLE S TO PAY HOMAGE TO THEM

FIERCE:WHEN DID YOU FIRST START PRODUCING? AND WHAT MADE OR INSPIRED YOU TO BE A PRODUCER?

YDBEATSSS: BEFORE I KNEW I WANTED TO BE IN MUSIC I WAS SPORTS CRAZY BUT I WAS ALWAYS THE PERSON MAKING THE BEAT ON THE DESK AND LATER ON IN HIGH SCHOOL COMING UP ON THE END OF MY SOPHOMORE YEAR I STARTED ASKING ABOUT THE PROGRAM FRUITY  LOOPS. THE BEGINNING OF MY JUNIOR YEAR A GUY ON MY FOOTBALL TEAM SHOWED ME THE PROGRAM AND THAT IS WHEN I STARTED MAKING BEATS AND STARED LISTENING TO 9TH WONDER.

FIERCE: NOW I LISTENED TO “SOUL OF A LIBRA” AND YOUR PRODUCTION IS VERY DIFFERENT. YOU HAVE MORE OF A SOULFUL SOUND, WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GO THAT ROUTE?

YDBEATSSS: THE PERSON THAT I LOOK UP TO AS MY MENTOR HAS A SOULFUL SOUND BUT I DID NOT WANT TO COPY HIM SO I TOOK WHAT I LEARNED FROM AND PUT IT INTO MYSELF. I WANTED TO KEEP THAT VINTAGE SOUND WHERE PRODUCTION MEANT SOMETHING AND I DON’T WANT TO TREND OR BE A ONE HIT WONDER. I WANT TO BE IN THE GAME FOR YEARS I WANT TO LAST

FIERCE: EXPLAIN THE NAME OF YOUR BEAT TAPE?

YDBEATSSS: I WANTED TO INCORPORATE THE SOULFUL SOUNDS. THIS IS ME PUTTING MY SOUL INTO THE SOUL MUSIC AND THIS IS ME SHOWING MY BALANCE AS A LIBRA THAT IS WHY THERE IS A SCALE ON THE COVER TO SHOW MY BALANCE. ONE SIDE IS LIGHT AND ONE SIDE IS DARK TO SHOW THE BALANCE AND HOW I FEEL MUSICALLY AND AS A PERSON.

FIERCE: WILL YOU BE RELEASING ANY MORE BEAT TAPES?

YDBEATSSS: AS OF RIGHT NOW, NO I AM IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING ON MIXTAPES WITH VARIOUS ARTIST. I HAVE A IDEA FOR IT BUT NO SPECIFIC DATES AND IT IS NAMELESS AT THE MOMENT. I WANT MY SOUND TO MATURE MORE BEFORE I RELEASE ANOTHER ONE

FIERCE: EXPLAIN THE ATMOSPHERE AS FAR AS THE INDIE MUSIC IN YOUR CITY AND THE MOVEMENT THAT YOU ALL HAVE THERE?

YDBEATSSS: JAMAICA QUEENS HAS THE  HOOD STRUGGLES AND THE GET UP AND GET OUT THERE PEOPLE. THE WHOLE SCENE IN THE MOST RECENT YEARS IT HAS BEEN PRETTY QUIET. EVERYONE IS GOING ABOUT THERE BUSINESS AND I AM NOT ALWAYS AT HOME I HAVE BEEN LIVING ON CAMPUS

FIERCE: WHERE FO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS WITH YOUR MUSIC?

YDBEATSSS: I SHOULD ALREADY HAVE M RECORDING STUDIO SET UP LOOKING TO BRANCH OUT TO EITHER CA OR GA WITH THE 2ND STUDIO AND AS A INDIVIDUAL I SHOULD BE PRETTY MUCH OUT THERE BY THEN. WORKED ON A COUPLE OF ALBUMS AND HOPEFULLY A GRAMMY OR TWO BY THEN.

FIERCE: IS THERE ANYONE THAT YOU WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH?

YDBEATSSS: THE GAME AND IF I COULD WORK WITH NAS THAT WOULD BE EXTREMELY DOPE AND HOPEFULLY JAY Z BEFORE HE RETIRES AND DEF KENDRICK LAMAR

FIERCE: ANYTHING TO SAY

YDBEATSSS: I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DOWNLOADED THE TAPE AND SHARED IT. ANYONE THAT HAS RESPECTED MY CRAFT AND ASKED TO USE IT BEFORE DOWNLOADING IT TO GET QUALITY PRODUCTION FOR FREE INSTEAD OF STEALING IT. AND THANK YOU TO YOU FOR FEATURING ME ON THE SITE I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

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