S-1 Speaks On Producing 50 Cent's 'My Life' & Working With Kanye West

 

S-1 (Symbolyc One) has been enjoying the success that comes along with producing records for artists such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, Erykah Badu and many others.

His latest hit record is 50 Cent's "My Life."

HipHop-N-More recently caught up with S-1 to talk about how that record came about and get his take on what it was like working with 50.

HHNM: Let me start off by saying that I love 50 Cent’s new single ‘My Life’ featuring Eminem and Adam Levine. How does it feel to work with 3 heavyweights like them on the same song?

S1: Oh man, it’s truly a blessing. It’s one of those things that as a producer you long to do. You desire to work with artists you grew up on. I’ve been a fan of 50, Eminem and Maroon 5. So just to be producing a track with all of them on, it is surreal.

 

HHNM: I’ve heard that the beat is almost 2 years old and 50 was holding it for a really long time. Can you please explain the background story to it and how the three artists came together on the song.

S1: Yeah so I met Dre McKenzie about 2 and a half years ago. I was sending records to 50 through Dre and Tony, the A&Rs up at G-Unit. Dre hit me one day and was like ‘I have held these 2 records for 50, he’s really diggin’ them’. One weekend I just happened to be in New York and decided to stop by G-Unit office. I talked to Dre, he played the two beats that 50 wanted. And coincidentally 50 happened to be there. He got out of his meeting and came to me and was like ‘yo, you got some crazy stuff’. He pulled me into his office and he played me the ‘My Life’ beat and started doing his verses and the hook right there to show me how he wanted the song to be.

 

 

HHNM: Oh so he already had the idea before you got there.

S1: Yeah, he already had the idea when I connected with him. But he hadn’t recorded the song yet. He spit the lyrics over the beat live for me in the office and was like ‘yo this could be really big’. And that was the last time I talked to 50. Throughout the 2 years or so I was hearing things from different people. Like this cat at Universal told me Eminem hopped on the record. Somebody else then told me Adam Levine jumped on it too. I was only getting little pieces of information until maybe like a few weeks before the song actually released when all the paperwork had to be done. That’s when I found out that they are about to release it as a single.

 

HHNM: Crazy. So do you have more work with him? Any chance he may have recorded to another beat of yours?

S1: I know he has one other beat of mine that he really likes but I’m not sure if it’s gonna make the album. He does have more of my production with him that he’s digging. I guess as we draw closer to the release of his album Street King Immortal, we will know better.

 

S1 was also behind the boards for Kanye West's 2010 banger "Power." Check out what he had to say about the record and his relationship with the G.O.O.D. Music CEO.

 

HHNM: ‘Power’ is definitely one of the most memorable songs you have produced. Are you working or planning to work with Kanye again?

S1: Yes, I’m always working with Kanye. In fact, I’m actually part of his production team Very G.O.O.D. Beats.

 

HHNM: Yeah I’ve heard something about that. So that’s like an official production team with producers signed to it?

S1: Yup, that’s his production team Very G.O.O.D. Beats and I’m very much a part of that. I’m always working with Kanye. He has maybe like 20 records with me (laughs). Where they’ll end up I have no idea but yeah, I’m always involved with stuff he’s working on, whether it’s his solo project or a G.O.O.D. Music compilation album. I’m always contributing my ideas of work to him.

 

HHNM: 20? Wow. Well he’s supposedly working on his new solo album so hopefully we’ll hear you on that.

S1: Oh yeah, he’s gearing up to like really go in on that. I’m definitely excited about being a part of that.

 

To read more about what kind of software and equipment S1 uses to craft his music, his 3 favorite producers, his upcoming projects and more head over to HHNM.

 

 

"My Life" is now available on iTunes.





Follow Me

Join Our Facebook Fan Page Check Us Out On MySpace Follow Us On Twitter Follow Me On Youtube

Views: 4233

Tags: &, 'My, 50, Cent's, Kanye, Life', On, Producing, S-1, Speaks, More…West, With, Working

Comment

You need to be a member of ThisIs50.com to add comments!

Join ThisIs50.com

Comment by Elwood Mob on January 10, 2013 at 1:03pm
EM's verse goes hard!
Comment by Alex on January 9, 2013 at 8:35pm
Hit record?
Comment by Chris R on January 9, 2013 at 2:59pm
old
Comment by Marvin Bernard on January 9, 2013 at 2:57pm
He should produce GPG 5 by Tony Yayo



Upcoming Releases

Members

 


Example Searches:
music, girls, Bentley

Latest Activity

Frank (FMK) G unit commented on ChasinDatPaper's blog post Iggy Azalea Beats Drake & Eminem For 'Favorite Hip Hop Album' & 'Artist.' Katy Perry & Beyonce Win Big At The 2014 American Music Awards
"This not MTV its on ABC"
10 minutes ago
50s Most Wanted liked NewMusic's blog post Tone Dollarz & Pretty Mean (MFU) feat. Yung Houston - 100k (Official Music Video)
17 minutes ago
NewMusic posted blog posts
18 minutes ago
50s Most Wanted's video was featured

Tone Dollarz x Pretty Mean x Yung Houston Prod. By Cassius Jay - "100 K"

http://www.vladtv.com - Tone Dollarz and Pretty Mean team up on this 100k remix with Yung Houston. To hear more from More For Us (MFU) you can catch up with ...
27 minutes ago
Kareem Williams posted a blog post

Mic Beast Drops Let Me Show You Featuring Scarface

Mic Beast Drops Let Me Show You Featuring ScarfaceMic Beast’s music is all about first-hand experience-not glitter. His blood and guts tracks cut deep to the heart of the socio-economic issues affecting Baltimore. Mic wants to start a movement in his city centered around what’s really going on in his hood. His mix-tape…See More
28 minutes ago
Breezy Says posted a blog post

[Single] Immature (@immatureoffcl) - Let Me Find Out prod by @TBlackHitmaker

The sensational R&B group behind such records as; "Never Lie", "We Got It" and "First Time"; Immature (Marques "Batman" Houston) (Jerome "Romeo" Jones) and (Kelton "LDB" Kessee) is back with tentative plans for an upcoming 2015 AEG Nationwide Summer tour and new album. After a hiatus, which seemed like forever to their fans, the group which boasts over 15 million albums, singles and soundtracks sold worldwide, is back and they look better than ever. Today we release a new track entitled…See More
30 minutes ago
Shilee AKA Hip Hops FEMME FATALE commented on ChasinDatPaper's blog post Ludacris - Burning Bridges EP (Cover Art) *UPDATE* Tracklist/Features Added
"The artwork would look better if it ACTUALLY was a bridge!!!"
50 minutes ago
Mone commented on ChasinDatPaper's blog post Tone Trump Recalls 50 Cent Shooting A Too Gutter For TV Philadelphia Hip Hop Reality Show. Talks Mike Knox, G-Unit Philly & More (Video)
"Tone you ain't G-unit Philly. You was in M.I.A. f***** with fraud Ross. Stop it hommie"
1 hour ago

© 2014   Created by 50 Cent.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service

© 2012   Created by 50 Cent.   Powered by .

Badges  |  Help  |  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy