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Feature Producer of the Month Big Ran.


Marv

Big Ran how you bruh?

BigRan

Doing great fam. Just staying busy

Marv

Yeah dude same here.Sorry about the time difference, I know its late there lol! So tell us who is Big Ran?

BigRan

Big Ran “Hunned Grand” is an artist/producer from San Francisco, California that specializes in champion music. I’ve been in Atlanta for a while now and that has opened the door for me to be able to work with some amazing artists while developing my sound.

Marv

What equipment do you use?

BigRan

Reasons & Pro Tools, Waves & T-Racks plug-ins

Marv

Before we get into who you have worked with.How long have you been Saved? Married? How many kids?

BigRan

Well, I got saved in 9th grade, backslid and rededicated in 2001 after 9/11. I’ve been married for four years and we have a 3 year old son.

Marv

(Smh) I remember them days when I had one kid lol!!! Thats dope to have came to the Lord at a young age. Was it hard rededicating back after being gone so long?

BigRan

Once I saw the planes crash into the towers I knew that everything in the world had changed. It wasn’t hard to rededicate because I didn’t want to go to hell…hahahha It only took me a split-second to rededeciate. The mind renewal process took a long time but I haven’t given up on God and He hasn’t given up on me

Marv

Praise God for His grace and I guess hell would get a brotha mind right lol! Name some of the artist you have worked with fam.

BigRan

Wow, I’ve done songs with Mase, Cam’ron, Outkast, V.I.C., Canton Jones to name a few. There are so many great indie artists that I’ve worked with man that list could go on forever.

Marv

Wow! I didn’t know you worked with Outkast.Organize Noize were alway some of my favorite producers. Now I got a maybe-maybe not sticky question for you. Do you worked secular artist now and whats your opinion on the whole working with secular artist situation?

BigRan

I just want to please God, so whatever he leads me to do, that’s what I want to do. There was a point earlier this year that I didn’t want to do anything outside of Christian contemporary, especially after Jay-Z said that line in “New York”, and I actually stopped doing hip hop altogether, but God is into reaching people, and people are listening to hip hop & not christian hip hop, just hip hop. All of the major artists that I’ve worked with came around after I got saved, so that’s a clue to the purpose for my music and who God has designed for me to work with, so I won’t rule out working with artists who aren’t saved. I just let God lead me

Marv

Ok ok. What do you think about the state of musicianship with producers today? If that make sense lol!

BigRan

I think that there are producers and there are people who make beats. A producer can produce a great song again and again whereas a beatmaker might luck up on a hot beat every now & again. I’m not as mad at producers/beatmakers as much as I am at A&R’s. They’re the ones that are responsible for what comes out in most cases so if songs or albums are garbage I think it’s only right to look at the A&R or the labels as the culprits responsible for bad music being released. I think that there are a lot of people behind the scenes that are business people, but aren’t music lovers and all they care about is the dollar so they focus more on the bottom line and the music suffers.

Marv

Huh… didn’t think of that dude but that is true though. One more question. What do you think needs to change in CCM and CHH to make it better and prosper?

BigRan

That’s a tough one and I hope I don’t gain any enemies with this answer but, honestly I think that there is a very low ceiling as far as CHH and success goes. I think that the audience that is interested in CHH is a very small one so when the most recognizable artists only sell a few thousand copies of each album it looks like their album bombed but actually they’ve done relatively well considering the size of the audience. Personally, I think that a lot of CHH artists would be much more effective just preaching the Word. I see alot of artists wanting to force feed their principles and doctrine to the listener when the listener just wants to hear some good clean music & as that’s happening there’s a disconnect between that listener & the artist. I can’t speak for everybody else but, when I’m listening to music I’m not really trying to be taught……

I also think that all CHH artists need to find out what they agree on and support each other based upon that agreement instead of distance themselves from each other because of doctrinal differences. If Jesus is the bottom line then everybody should be able to support each other on that. If all CHH artists came together in agreement they would be an army that couldn’t be stopped & the music industry would have to answer to them. There is power in agreement, there is no power in discord.

Marv

Wheeewww and thats all i’m gon say bruh!!! well said dude. Any last remarks,or shout outs?

BigRan

Yeah man everybody please hit me up at www.hunnedgrand.com and my blog at www.werighthere.com. Be on the lookout for my new album “Grand Opening” and the Coast 2 Coast K.O. series mixtape “Hunned Grand vs. Rick Ross” and please above all that pray for me to stay in the perfect will of God with this music. Thanks to you Marv for doing this interview with me. I appreciate you bro. Thanks to everybody that’s been listening and supporting me since day one! I love you all. Champion music!

Marv

Aight fam thank you so much for your time I know you prolly sleepy and stuff but, thx so much dude!

Big Ran

No Problem.

 


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