SG: You were a part of Original Flavor and was being managed by Dame and went over to work with the Roc, how was the idea originally brought to you?
Ski Beatz: It wasn’t like me sliding over to the Roc. With Original Flavor it was always the Roc, we were Roc-A-Fella before Roc-A-Fella. Dame and Jay they were trying to get a deal and A&R wasn’t you know, wasn’t gravitating to Jay. We said fuck it let’s put our bread together and get it ourselves and that’s how Roc-A-Fella came to be. I was always in the cut, doing tracks with Jay and all that throughout my Original Flavor days
So you already had seen that star power that labels didn’t want to look at. Right, right.
When we get to the album you laced Reasonable Doubt with four classic joints, what was the creative process behind those? Did you work with Jay on them? Bring them to him? At the time when I was doing Reasonable Doubt, I was living on 110th and 1st Ave and me and Dame lived in the same complex like a building over from me. Jay used to come to my house and just record. We recorded a lot of the Roc demos in my crib on like ADAT. When we got it we went into the studio and got it out for real.
You just mentioned some of the equipment that you worked on, did you have any other go-to tools at the time you were using?
Back then my weapons was the 1200 and the Akai S950. That’s what a lot of producers was using. It was either that or cats like Premo was using the MPC60 and stuff like that.
How does that vary from what you use now?
Totally different man. The stuff now is super compact and small. You can do stuff on your laptop, don’t even have to have a sampler or a drum machine to make beats now. I’m using MPC Renaissance. I was using another product but I moved back to the MPC and that’s working real good.