The Heatmakerz Are Still Bringing That Heat

January 22, 2015 10:29 PM

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Production is an undeniable and absolutely necessary skill in music. In hip hop it might be an even more integral as part of the culture because certain sounds have become tied to artists and even to an era in general. A production group by the name of The Heatmakerz has a sound that has been a staple for certain artists, and to a time period in hip-hop as a whole. The multiplatinum group has produced for Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Beyonce, and most notably, the Diplomats. I had a chance to sit down with Rsonist of the group to ask how he got into music, what his thoughts are on technology breakthroughs in music, and where he feels hip-hop is headed. Hearing from such a veteran highlighted some things I had never thought about before, and he even told me a bit about what to expect from the new mixtape the Diplomats will be releasing.

Ironically, Rsonist did not grow up listening to hip-hop music at all. His family is Jamaican so he always had a much better knowledge of Reggae music. The first hip-hop record he explicitly remembers listening to is "Cop Killer" by Ice-T, which he embarrassingly said, knowing that he got into the g...

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