By: J Pablo Nov 14th, 2013
Photo Credit: Erez Avissar
It’s a magical thing when you adhere to your calling at an early age and get the jump on life. While it may take some people well into their 20s to figure out there life’s path, Young Chop has had a crystal clear vision of what he wants to do since the age of 11. The Chicago native has been messing around with FL Studio since he was in Junior high school and now that he’s approaching his twenties he’s already got certified hits under his belt as well as a deal through Warner/Chappell.
He’s traveling the world over but still maintaining a presence on the local scene in Chicago. Though a bit full of him self, his cockiness mostly adds to his young go getter charisma. And he is getting it. Aside from producing Chief Keef’s break through songs, he’s also worked with Kanye West and has the number one record in Paris. He’s also singlehandedly spearheading the Trap/Drill movement, sparking new life in Chicago’s music scene. Imagine when he becomes Old Chop; we maybe looking at he next Quincy Jones by then.
What’s up Chop?
I’m good man. Just in New York with my artist Johnny May Cash. Also just dropped Trap VS Drill VS EDM on Distrolord Digital.
That’s dope. I see you’re always working. Who do you like working with best out of your camp?
Ain’t no favorite really. Sosa has good work ethic and that’s important and that’s makes him easy to work with. He works quick too and he knows just what he wants. He don’t give a fuck if nobody likes it.
So how do you construct your beats? Does it vary from artist to artist?
Sometimes but not really. I usually start by asking them what they want. I try and get a feel for their mood and then I start working out a melody. Everything just builds from there.
Initially some people thought there was a beef with Kanye. Care to talk about that?
No not really. I will say Kanye is a cool dude and working with him was easy because he gives good direction on what he wants you to produce.
Do you like his music though?
Kanye is a genius man. And I don’t say that about nobody.
Last time we spoke I was trying to get you to admit to being influenced by certain musicians. Do you still feel like there aren’t any?
It’s hard to say really you feel me? I just being doing me and that’s why my shit sounds like that. I don’t look to hip-hop for inspiration. That’s why I tell all the fans that ask me how to come up I tell them to just do you.
Last time you also told me you’re your favorite producer. Do you still feel like that?
Yeah but I can name some other producers that I like. Dre, Pharrell and Timbaland are on my list. I’m on that list too though you feel me?
So I heard you don’t smoke or drink. Is that true?
Yeah but I fuck with the hookah. Passion Fruit, White Grape, Apple. I fuck with those in the studio especially.
So do you create most of your masterpieces at home or do you have to be in a professional studio to really work?
I made most of my songs at my crib. Like “Don’t Like…” was made at the crib, everything was made there. But I do like DARP studios.
Dallas Austin’s studio?
Yeah. That’s where all the young niggas like Sonny Digital go so you get that young vibe. That studio cold though. The look of it, the feel, is just right and comfortable. I can work anywhere. Big studio, little studio, it can be a little closet, a basement, anywhere.
So what’s been the most amazing and surprising thing you’ve encountered since “Don’t Like…” took off?
Going to Paris. That was crazy because people knew my music out there. People would recognize me and holla “Bang, bang!’ in the street. It was crazy because I was so far from home but they knew all my shit. Matter of fact, I have the number one rap record in Paris with this artist Booba. That’s crazy to me. It makes me feel like I made it.