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DirtyRice

Featured Producer of The Month Dirty Rice


Marv
Dirty Rice whats up mang! How you?

Rice

I’m Great!, just finishing up the year, gearing up for 2013.

Marv
Ok ok this has been busy year for you. For the readers that might know not who you are or familiar with your work, let the people who you are and who you have worked with.

Rice
Well, Im a producer originally from Louisiana, resided in Nashville, TN for about 9 years, now in Atlanta producing for some of your favorite Christian rappers. Ive been blessed to be able to work with Derrick Minor (PRo), BC, Andale, Trip Lee, KB, Lecrae, Tedashi. Also got some stuff cookin with Andy Mineo. Those are some of the more known, too many more to name.

Marv
Ok I did see you are from Shreveport. Im originally from New Orleans.

Rice
Yes sir, hence the name Dirty Rice..

Marv
Married? Kids?

Rice
Yes sir, Married with 2 kids

Marv
Lol! Mang you came from out of nowhere. How did you link up with Reach Records

Rice
Lol. Man I’ve been at this for years, just finally getting some results out of the work I’ve put in. I linked up with Reach through my good friend Derrick Minor. We have been doing music together off and on since like 2002. When he got signed to Reach, he wanted to grab a record from me for Dying to Live. I did the track Before I Die. After that record, Trip starting hitting me up for beats, then Lecrae, and the rest his history.

Marv
Ok! You know me and Derrick go back a minute too. I work on Redemption and Dying to live as well. Him and Doc are some good guys.

Rice
Yes!, Fight Music on redemption, right?

Marv

Yessir. Hold me down, and on Dying To Live, I did Full Court Mess. I see you do a lot of beat battles. How did you into doing them.

Rice
I started doing battles in Atlanta called Producers Swap meet every so often. Then I found out Nashville was starting a battle called Soundtrack Beat Battle. It turned out being the best battles I’d ever seen or been a part of. The best thing about battles is, it forces you to step your game up. Once I started doing battles, my drum game got 10 times better. When you’re on that stage, you dont wanna get embarrassed so you prepare and make the best beats of your life. That pours over into the records you shop to people as well. I would recommend every serious producer to do battles. They make you better.

Marv

Yessir I agree. I think i’m going to do more in the future mainly for that reason. I did the Rapzilla beat this year and won. Praise God! But the cats I went up against were dope too. Battles definitely makes you step game up. A question that have been asking in my recent interviews, Do you use loops

Rice
Congrats on the victory. Maybe next year I can do Rapzilla battle.
I use loops from time to time because I am a sample guy. I love chopping samples and doing those types of beats, but if I do use a loop, I try to chop it up and almost make it unrecognizable from the original loop.

Marv
Ok I know some producers that have mix feeling about them. I like whatever works to get the job done. lol. Do you mainly work with labels or do you get in indies as well. Maybe like have a beat page where they can go purchase from?

Rice
I work with Indies as well. Soundclick.com/dirtyricemusic. Beats for sale and lease. But exclusive bangers are usually not on my Soundclick. Soundclick is a way to get maybe up and coming artists who have no budget to still make music.
I realize most cant pay thousands of $$ for beats , so Soundclick beats are a good way to get started.

Marv
Mang you like leasing?

Rice
I don’t love it. It has its Pro’s and Con’s. I definitely can see the argument about it taking the value away from production, at the same time, some people make a living off of doing it. Also, rappers have to start somewhere. There are some great artists who just don;t have the budget to work with top notch producers. Leasing is a great way for beginner artists to get decent production until they can get their budget up.

Marv
Yeah mang i’m one those producers that choose not to lease fam. The depreciation is my main reason for not doing but thats just me.
Now this question may put may you on front street. What do you think is a fair price to charge in CHH these days

Rice
Thats a complicated question. Prices vary especially if an artist is set up to pay royalties. If I know I’m getting money on the front and back end, I’m more willing to budge on the prices. If I know a CHH artist could potentially sell 5000 records but isn’t set up to pay royalties, I’m gonna make sure I’m compensated fairly on the front end. It really all depends.

Rice
Also, 1 more thing to add as far as prices.. A lot of time I might hire a violinist or a guitar player to play on a track. There are a lot of variables when pricing tracks.

Marv
Hmm I feel you. What are you using these days for producing?

Rice
I’m using Pro Tools, Komplete 7, Acid Pro and lots of samples.

Marv
Wow!!! Acid Pro! Thats Old Sckool bro a lot of dudes may have never heard of that.

Rice

Yeah man, Acid is the most underrated program ever!

Marv
Coolbeans. Whats in the future for Dirty Rice?

Rice
Man, just trying to stay in God’s will. This has been a great year for me as far as music. 2013 is going to be even busier. Ive already started working with Collision Records on some future projects. Also, I have a mixtape/album in the works thats going to feature some of my favorite artists with my production. Im also working on a business venture outside the realm of hip hop music that will change the way we buy greeting cards! I can’t go into too much detail, don’t want somebody to bite my idea lol.

Marv

Amen Bro. Any last words for the readers?

Rice
Sure, I just want to thank all the people who have shown me support. I’m just a regular guy who has been blessed to be a part of a big movement. Thanks so much for the love and encouragement. It really inspires me to keep pushing. Also, thanks for the interview man. I love what you got going with the site. Keep up the good work!

Marv
Thx mang I appreciate you taking the time to chop it up with me fam.

Rice
No problem, anytime.


Marv

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