Today we are chilling it with a new up and coming production team named B&G Productions.
HipHopLEAD: First of all can you tell what B&G actually stands for?
Ghost Dog: Blade & Ghost Dog.
HipHopLEAD: How many are you on your team?
Ghost Dog: Two.
HipHopLEAD: Where are you reppin?
Ghost Dog: Chi-town and NYC.
HipHopLEAD: How did you get together to form a team?
Ghost Dog: We got to know each other through some mutual DJ friends back in Chicago during the early 2000s. We ended up collaborated on a few tracks back in the day, and recently decided to pick things up again.
Blade: I actually started out as a house music DJ in Chicago. I was working with an indie label called KGBeats Records. Ghost Dog happened to help them out with some production work. I was always playing out house music but producing hiphop…so I approached GD to see if he wanted to collaborate on some tracks. The partnership seemed to click but I took a short hiatus…moved to NYC…Now decided to start again.
HipHopLEAD: What made you wanna get into beats making and for how long have you?
Ghost Dog: I got in to beat making/production after I realized that playing in a rock band was killing the musical experience for me. There were too many people bumping heads, and very little else in terms of musical progress.
Blade: I’ve been a hiphop fan since early 1990’s. I loved the lyrics but I was always fascinated with the beats. Being a house music DJ its natural to progress into production…so I did but instead started out making hiphop drum patterns. In 2003 I began learning Reason. I would say in 2006 I started taking production more seriously.
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences as a producer?
Ghost Dog: I’ve always been a huge fan of the Beatles, so George Martin has always been a primary influence for me. I’ve dissected those records many times over. It’s amazing what they did with a reel-to-reel four track.
I doubt anyone could replicate that sort of magic on a Pro Tools HD rig with unlimited tracks. For hip hop though, I’ve got to go with the innovators like Dr.Dre, Timbo, Just Blaze, etc. These guys have a sound that speaks to me. You don’t have to listen to hard to figure out that their stuff is always spot on. That’s why they’re always at the top of the food chain – they’re best around.
Blade: My biggest influences would have to be NO I.D., DJ Premier and The Alchemist. I love the work NO I.D. did on Common’s Resurrection. He continues to be relevant today working with JD and Jay-Z.
What can I say about Premo? He’s legendary! Alchemist continues to surprise me with his drum programming and sample selection. I would say the work he did with Dilated People is by far my favorite. There are others that I like as well such as J Dilla, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, Erick Sermon, 9th Wonder.
HipHopLEAD: Any placements with any artists?
Ghost Dog: I think Blade just locked something up with a local NYC cat that’s really starting to do some big things. We’re excited to see how things work out.
Blade: Yeah we might have something coming out with an up and coming artist from Brooklyn. We’re definitely working hard to place our music and gain more exposure. We’re always looking to find that “go to” artist!
HipHopLEAD: Every producer has a go to artist when they create that really hot track, who is yours??
Ghost Dog: I know there is a lot of hot talent in New York, but since I’m the Midwest guy here I typically like Gravity’s vibe. He’s been doing his thing in the Chi for well over 10 years now. If I’m not mistaken, I think Gravity was the first artist to ever release and publish Kanye West’s tracks before anyone else did. He’s a true underground hip hop veteran.
Blade: I wouldn’t say we have a “go to” artist just yet…more like an artist I would love to work with…Freeway would be definitely number one. I love his voice and unique flow. Listen to the Stimulus Package and you’ll know why.
HipHopLEAD: Are you on a label or have any manager that shops your beats for you?
Ghost Dog: No we’re indie for now, but management is definitely up for grabs. We’d love to connect with the right business team in order to keep things moving in the right direction. It’s tough for two producers to keep banging out the beats while maintaining the business side of things. The right management situation would definitely be welcomed.
Blade: I would agree with GD on this one. If there’re are any managers/lawyers reading this and like our production work feel free to contact us!
HipHopLEAD: What is a typical hot beat like for you?
Ghost Dog: I couldn’t really put it into words. You know it when you hear it, though. It’s like a mood elevator – sort of like being under the influence of a substance. In this case, the substance is music.
Blade: I believe the beat becomes “hot” when you pair it up with the right artist. Before the artist its just good music.
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm. We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you. So lets get it cracking ….
HipHopLEAD: DJ Premier, Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz or Dre?
Ghost Dog: Got to go with Dre on this one. I like Scott’s work as well, but I look at him as an extension of Dre… so, Dr. Dre it is.
Blade: DJ Premier
HipHopLEAD: Who is the most weakest rapper in the game in your opinion?
Ghost Dog: I’m not one to trash talk, because my mama told me it’s bad for the soul. I look at it this way, if you’ve made it to a point where I know who you are as an artist; you should be commended – regardless of what I think of your style. Essentially, you’ve arrived. You’ve done the grind, and earned your props. Besides, one fan’s weakest rapper is another fan’s inspiration. I can’t enjoy my day if I just took a dump on someone else’s inspiration, now can I? I will say this however; rappers that exclusively follow a “get money, get hoes” mantra are fairly two dimensional and will not survive in today’s market. That shit is dead.
Blade: I couldn’t tell you. I like Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade” and Reflection Eternal’s “Just Begun”….so no weak rappers for me. I think everyone does what they know best.
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm….. Name 1 beat you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
Ghost Dog: I’m really excited about the “Baby Come Back” joint Blade and I just flipped recently. I think it’s going to turn some serious heads if the right artist gets on the track. In my mind, it’s a power single… and I’m usually a pretty self critical dude when it comes to sizing up our own stuff. So, for me to make this kind of statement is really saying something. The track is solid, period.
Blade: I would have to say “Slow Cooking”.
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts…. links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever.
Ghost Dog: Stop by and check out our joints. Thanks to HIPHOPLEAD for giving us the opportunity to connect. Peace.
Blade: Definitely stop by and listen to the beats!
Thank you HIPHOPLead for this opportunity.