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Richie P the Producer

Richie P the Producer

@ProducerRichieP

“To be honest, from the time I was a child I fell in love with rhythms and melodies.  I just always loved the way the music blended together to create harmony. I think initially, producing music began as a coping mechanism to deal with household/family/environmental issues, when I was about 13 years old. I had been competing in freestyle “cyphers” in my middle school and high school where groups of people would gather around the lunch tables & such, and I would tap out beats using whatever I could get my hands on: pens, pencils, coins, bottle caps, etc. A friend introduced me to a keyboard equipped with an 808 kit when I was about 14–that was all it took.”

I met Richie P through Ajene tha.God and his manager Cameron Nelson of Csquared Management. Richie produces a lot of Ajene’s magical spittage. He has a love for hip hop and a love for hustlin’ that cannot go ignored. He never stops. When I think about all that I’m doing and how hard it is sometimes, I just think about the people around me who are doing just as much. My hustle is significant but theirs sometimes blows mine out of the water. Someone who is multi-talented clearly intrigues me to death aka the reason I’m writing about Richie P.

Richie P the Producer

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that no one can push me like I can push myself. As with anything creative, being productive can’t be forced, it has to be inspired and flow naturally. At the same time, when I find myself facing a “creative block,” I reflect back on how much I have grown emotionally and musically/creatively over the years, and use that to remind myself that I have made significant progression from year to year.”

Richie P says it best–No one else can pursue a dream for him. You can’t be in this industry without putting your all into it. Music is not something you can do half-ass. Even when you have a part time or full time job on the side, your hip hop (music) passion must get as much attention as your paid work. That means it’s a full-time grind! Without God, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this. And Richie certainly addresses that himself.

“In addition to that, I rely on God and prayer, to keep me grounded and focused in the right direction. I think one of the most important things to remember when pursuing your dreams, is that, you do NOT need anyone else’s validation.”  

Richie P the Producer

“As far as hiphop goes: on the production side of the things….Warren G, he was so ahead of his time, Dr. Dre, Kanye, DJ Premier, Alchemist, 9thWonder. Then as far as artists: Twista, Bone-thugs-N-Harmony, Lupe, Fiasco, Nas , and Outkast. I was definitely inspired by the golden era, aside from the beats, I was always drawn to a lot of artists with substance. I try to put a lot of substance and texture into my beats as well.”

All of us who enjoy music have specific musical interests and influences. Mine would have to be Mariah Carey to start off with. I don’t want to be an artist and even if I did, I could never be her, but as a 3 year old I was listening to her. I got mad when my mom turned off the song “Vision of Love”. I guess I was also a Van Halen fan, so I was told. My sister danced around to AC/DC “Thunderstruck”. Our influences come from so many places and we then merge to be the promoters/producers/mangers of hip hop.

“Well, anybody close to me can vouch for me that I have ALWAYS had a side hustle(s) since I was a kid. I never put all my eggs in one basket. Right now, I keep a steady job to pay the bills, am a full-time graduate student, produce instrumentals, mix, master, record/engineer, DJ, do photography, and do video production as well…..(takes deep breath). I definitely get my work ethic from my mother.”

For inquires regarding instrumentals, mixing/mastering, DJing/Mixtape Hosting/Slowing & Chopping, photos, videos send email to:
richwpaul@gmail.com

Twitter: @ProducerRichieP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richiep.theproducer
Instagram: ProducerRichieP

Richie P TheProducer Official Instrumental Page
http://soundcloud.com/producerrichiep

Production Credits:
“My B—H” and “Bond” from Riddles/Denzel Bond “Dangerous”
http://www.datpiff.com/ITSRIDDLESBABYDENZELBOND-DenzelbondCrue-Dangerous-mixtape.306990.html

“Dangerous” –Riddles/Denzel Bond, Slowed and Chopped by Richie P TheProducer.
http://www.datpiff.com/DenzelBond-Richie-P-TheProducer-Dangerous-slowed-Chopped-mixtape.307073.html

“Esoteric Rap Son”-Ajene tha God, mixed/mastered/chopped by Richie P TheProducer.
http://www.datpiff.com/Ajene-Tha-God-aka-Swoope-Esoteric-Rap-Son-mixtape.310444.html

“Boom Baby”-Ajene tha God, produced by Richie P TheProducer
http://soundcloud.com/teamspittage/boombaby-my-earth-prod-by

“Cristiano Ronaldo (Patience)”-Ajene tha God, produced by Richie P TheProducer
http://soundcloud.com/teamspittage/cristiano-ronaldo-patience-ft

Hip Hop Is Actually Not Dead

Hip Hop–Alive and Rebirthing

From generation to generation, we’re seeing drastic changes come to the hip hop game. When some of us say hip hop is dead we really mean that it’s not the same as it used to be or not the same as we think it should be. The whole reason behind it is that times have changed. Point, blank, period.  That doesn’t mean hip hop is dead. Get real with yourself if you think that you hip hop hater.

Generation to Generation

Don’t Just Take my Word for It, Do Yo’ Research!

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_rap-timeline1.html

Of course, when the art of hip hop was first being created, it was at its best. It started in 1970.  Look how long ago that was and how much our world has changed since then! So, hip hop’s dead because times have changed? I think not. Not only has it changed significantly from then ’til now, but think about what it will be in 42 more years. Shit, you already know this world is getting worse as it is. The shock factor of hip hop lyrics will only get more shocking. Plus, politics have tightened up since the 1970’s so that will always cause a generational change.

Some people believe that after Biggie and 2Pac died, that hip hop was dead. And a little bit of it did die. I mean really, where would hip hop be today had they not passed? It WOULD be different, but to dwell on that gets us and hip hop nowhere. Any artist we lose, we lose a little bit of hip hop, but that’s why the new artists are adding a little bit of their own flavor to the game.

Run DMC

Pac and Biggie

 Hip hop, at the beginning of its creation, was at it’s best because the lyrics were more intricate, those artists were more skillful with language and playing with words and metaphors. Not saying there aren’t artists doing the same today because they definitely are, but they’re harder to find. You still have people like Common, Nas, Kanye, J. Cole, Wale, B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco who are lyrically killin’ some of these others rappers out here.

In early hip hop, artists didn’t have to talk about p***y and h**s to the extreme we talk about it today but again that’s a generational change. They were able to do it in a more classy way, if they did. Watch out for more changes to the game. They’re coming but it doesn’t mean hip hop isn’t alive!!!

Lil Wayne

A local artist I know in Indy is killin’ all of the newest rappers! Ajene tha. God. I wrote about him on here as well. He sounds like he came straight out of the 90’s. His wit, play with language and words, and his brand is impeccable. He hasn’t been doing it long either and is still killin’ everyone in the game right now. He may think I’m giving him too much credit, but it’s no joke.

Here, listen for yourself http://ajenethagod.bandcamp.com/.

Ajené tha.God

I had so many questions for Ajené about his music…. The “why did you start rapping?” type of questions all the way to the “where did the name Ajené tha.God come from?” questions. After the interview I had cold chills. Ajené means “This One Will Not Die.” Because even when he is gone, he will still be legendary.

 Ajené is a one man band but he doesn’t ride all the way solo. “Cameron Nelson who by herself is C-Squared Management,” Ajené said.”She is like super-manager. Cam is responsible for every opportunity I have — every stage my fresh toes have touched, the computer I record on, everything!”

I heard him say “spittage” or “team spittage” on a lot of his songs. I knew what it meant but wanted to hear the story behind it. “TeamSPITTAGE is everybody I deal with, it was some shit I was saying before rap,” he said. ” Certain people have some nice raps,and some niggas got SPITTAGE. U know who…Ajené is what I am called, and we are ALL Gods & Goddesses, we just forgot.”

Ajené tha.God’s Esoteric Rap Son Mixtape

http://www.datpiff.com/Ajene-Tha-God-aka-Swoope-Esoteric-Rap-Son-mixtape.310444.html

Check it Before you Wreck It

Who doesn’t wonder why Mark Twain wrote, why Michael Jordan played basketball? I wondered what made Ajené want to be an artist. “I don’t know, it pursued me really. I wasn’t doing much, living with friends, doing whatever to get a few dollars,” Ajené said. “I’ve always been into music more than the above average music fan, randomly wrote throughout my life, always been a cool dude, so…..it made sense…”

You know you love that old school hip hop that takes you back to the 90’s,  that REAL music… It’s been every bit of 20 years since you’ve heard this sound. Shit, I’m assuming by now you forgot what that sounds like, so let me remind you. 

I had no clue what to expect at first. I plugged my iPod in and listened to it in the car one morning on the way to work. Honestly, I was blown away. The way Ajené plays with language, the wit he portrays and his distinct sound are just a few reasons why I’m so drawn to his music. It’s poetry to a beat. Rhymes and metaphors that only Ajené can produce.

Unique as the NMLS number I’m working toward in my mortgage career, this guy’s talent cannot go ignored. The love he has for rhythm is incorporated into his DNA. The forming of his verses seem effortless but yet so intricate. His smooth, distinct voice speaks words of young man wisdom. Not only are his verses natural but so is his talent in front of the camera. Ajené doesn’t have to elaborate on weed, sex, and  money in his raps to prove himself like every other commercial artist. It’s more than that. He’s creating an art…. an art that has been forgotten.

The Brand That is Ajené tha.God

 I automatically wondered where and why he started rapping and why he picked the type of beats he did when I heard it the first time. He said, “Nothing was truly intentional besides me rapping on beats. I just like what I like, and that’s always been different than the norm ’cause most people’s norms are coming from these bullshit media outlets, all of them. It’s even getting to satellite radio, blogs, & most shit I thought was ‘underground.'” Ajené only having started rapping a year ago, he has had plenty of time to develop the persona he wants to present to the world.

Knowing that he hasn’t rapped too long tells me even more about his skills as an artist.”I just write with the intention of saying everything I have to say in kind of a coded language but its still straight english, I guess. I want people to rewind and recognize the cleverness, the wit. Its risky, but fuck it, 99% of people are SIMPLETONS but I got to do what I like to do, fuck you…but I love you….”