The Audible Doctor Discusses 50 Cent's Jenga Skills
As part of the Brown Bag Allstars, The Audible Doctor has held down an esteemed position in the New York City rap underground for a while now. 2014 is shaping up to be the year his profile rises, though, not least because he's the man behind the boards for 50 Cent's latest song, the infectiously brooding "This Is Murder Not Music." We ran through the good doc's Twitter timeline to chat about his G-Unit connection, his Jenga skills, and how the current freeze affects his beat-making science.
Can't make beats in the cold...— The Audible Doctor (@audibledoctor) January 7, 2014
Is it really too cold to make beats?
It is. My apartment sucks. We have no weather-proofing or insulation so you can pretty much feel the breeze in our apartment when it gets cold. It's freezing and it gets too cold to literally make beats -- you need to be under the covers or something. So last night I went and bought a space-heater so I can make beats today 'cause it literally gets too fuckin' cold in the studio.
Does the climate affect the sort of music you make?
I don't know if it affects the style of music that I make but I think it affects the enthusiasm with which I make it.
What's the ideal temperature to make hip-hop beats?
I'd say 68 degrees.
When the weather is this cold, what sort of music do you end up listening to?
Mostly like '90s hip-hop -- like Mobb Deep or Nas, anything from Queens -- or very sad '70s soul music.
Do you have any tips for anyone else braving the weather with a cold apartment?
Yes, turn the oven on, leave the door open but make sure you put a pot of water in the oven before you do so. I'm not sure what the pot of water does -- I just know it's one of the rules for when you do that in an apartment.
How did the song with 50 Cent come about?
I met one of his A&Rs a while ago in Fat Beats -- I've been sending him beats for a long time. I don't usually get a lot of response from them so if I send something and don't hear back I just keep it moving. So I sent him a bunch of beats a couple of months ago, didn't hear anything back, kept it moving, and released a song with Genesis Elijah in the U.K. and then like a week later the 50 Cent song drops on new year's day with the same beat. He did like the beat, he recorded to it and ended up releasing it without letting me know. So it wasn't like a lot of people are saying that he stole the beat, it was more of a miscommunication. But I spoke to G-Unit and it's all cleared up now and we have a better line of communication. It turns out he actually has another song recorded to one of my beats that hasn't come out yet.
Were you surprised that he picked that production?
Kind of, yeah. It's not really what I would have expected him to use. I tend to send him things that are more his style and that one was just in there. But he sounds good on it so I understand.
If you could produce all of 50 Cent's next album, what sort of direction would you take him in?
I think my direction -- kind of really soulful sounding beats. So kind of similar to what I've done with Fredro Starr, like almost '90s-sounding soulful beats.