Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)
Chicago’s own Young Chop is one of the most sought-after producers in the industry right now, thanks to his smash hit with Chief Keef “I Don’t Like” and banging tracks with everyone from Kanye West to Gucci Mane to Big Sean to French Montana. In fact, Kanye recently gave Chop props for the “knock” of his drums during an interview with Juan Epstein (Chop worked on Yeezus with ‘Ye). He’s certainly one to watch for this year.
Since Young Chop has two joints dropping on iTunes this week (one is his new project with YB Life of a Boss, the other is a single with his brother Johnny May Cash and Rampage titled “Ever Cent”), and plenty of big-look placements on the way with artists in and out of Chi-Town, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with him and find out a bit more about his studio habits for a special edition of our In The Lab series.
Learn 10 Studio Facts About Young Chop below, and then watch the video for YB’s new song “No More” featuring Lil Dave, and also stream Johnny May Cash and Rampage’s “Ever Cents,” both produced by Young Chop.
1. He started producing at Age 11 using FL Studio (Fruity Loops), and still uses it to this day.
2. He currently works out of Interscope’s studios in Los Angeles, and prefers it to working in Chicago because he can get more work done.
3. When he was in New York a few months ago, he worked out of Quad Studios, where Biggie often recorded and also where 2Pac was shot (in the lobby of the building).
4. He enjoys smoking out of a hookah when he’s in the studio, and was introduced to it year or so ago in Los Angeles, but he doesn’t smoke weed.
5. He prefers to make beats on site with the artist he’s working with in the session, so he can feel the vibe.
6. He has no set work schedule—he’s always making beats, 24/7, whether he’s at home or in the studio. On a normal day, he pumps out roughly six beats.
7. He has a close relationship with Busta Rhymes (they talk on the phone regularly), and most likely will have two records on Busta’s upcoming album.
8. He keeps MTV Jams on when he’s working, and isn’t really a big sports fan.
9. The kid’s voice on his signature Young Chop drop is his younger cousin.
10. For producers out there who want to emulated the Young Chop sound, his custom made Sound Kit Wiz is available now for purchase.
Photos via Young Chop’s Instagram.
Video: YB ft. Lil Dave “No More” (Prod. by Young Chop)
Listen: Johnny May Cash and Rampage “Ever Cents” (Prod. by Young Chop)
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