Multi-Platinum, Multi-Grammy Award Winning Producer Needlz swings by the Free Game Podcast and breaks down his incredibly focused path from business school to music business school, to producing for everybody from Cardi B to Bruno Mars, 50 Cent, Talib Kweli, Ludacris, Nicole Bus and the list goes on.
1:42 – Brian introduces Needlz with his insane list of achievements
2:27 – Needlz talks about how he started working with Nicole Bus
5:32 – Working with Honors English
8:04 – His process developing artists
13:08 – Needlz discusses “Leak Eazy” his new artist showcases
16:00 – Growing up in the midwest and how he got into music
17:35 – Starting off as a DJ, going to NYU and interning for Puffy
20:11 – Coming into his own as a producer, creating a sound and identifying a hit record
25:03 – The importance of songwriting and working with songwriters
32:52 – The importance of his team
38:37 – Discusses starting a label and not needing a major label
43:24 – Finding talented people
45:38 – Working with Cardi B on “Invasion of Privacy”
50:23 – Future plans
Khari Cain, better known by his stage name Needlz, is an American record producer, Grammy Award Winning, engineer and composer.
Life and career
Needlz was born Khari Cain in Lansing, Michigan. He began to DJ while an undergraduate in Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University. He majored in the graduate music business program at New York's prestigious NYU and was to pursue a career in artist and repertoire (A&R). After attaining an internship with Bad Boy Records, he was inspired to begin a career in record production.With the help of A&R Folayan Knight, Needlz associated with Black Entertainment Television (BET) and MTV and created theme songs for Rap City and Suckafree Sundays, respectively.Fellow record producer Swizz Beatz assisted Needlz to "exposure" by collaborating in album production, including Cassidy's I'm a Hustla and Swizz Beatz One Man Band Man.
Needlz chiefly produces songs in the hip hop genre. He describes his style as "an oxymoron: clean and dirty at the same time".He uses Akai MPC2000XL and Pro Tools to produce hip hop beats and utilizes Kurzweil K2661 and the Roland MKS-80 for synthesizers. Recently, he has endorsed, Native Instruments' Maschine.
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