DAE ONE (March
2008) | Interview By:
Dubcnn linked up with producer
Dae One for an exclusive video interview. In this feature, we take you to LNS
Studios, where Dae One and his business partner Taje work on a lot of the
hottest music coming from the West Coast. To celebrate their position in the
game, LNS is dropping a two-disc compilation exclusively on Dubcnn, which will
showcase familiar and unreleased hits that have come out of their studio. Dae
One tells us all about this project, and about a lot of the mixtapes LNS has
had a hand in over the years. We discuss the Dae One-produced Butch Cassidy
song “All I See” and the impact that it’s had on the radio so far.
After this, we also hear about the forthcoming Dae One & Noni Spitz
collaboration project “No One: The Substance”, and Taje’s “Get It Gang” street
album. Read on to find out about all of these topics and much more.
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Interview was done in March 2008.
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Dubcnn: PR1ME’s “Transformation” street album just came out, and you mixed a
lot of the record…
Yeah, PR1ME came to me and he let me hear a lot of the records. I liked them
all, and there were just a few that needed a better quality mix so that the
fans could really get a good conception of what he was trying to do with it.
So yeah, I mixed a lot of those songs…and I don’t mean mixed as in “DJ-mixed”,
I mean getting on the boards and leveling everything out.
Shouts out to PR1ME man, that’s my dude! Me and PR1ME sat in the studio, and
[we] were up ‘til 7 in the morning mixing his records just so he could have it
in time for the Magic show. So yeah, we put a lot of work into that!
Dubcnn: Everyone’s been talking about the new Butch Cassidy single that you
produced, “All I See”. Tell us about what it was like doing that record…
I’m happy the record is doing good. We cut the record at the tail-end of last
year. The record was a surprise to me too. I ended up meeting with Butch, and
it was the first time we had ever worked together. I just gave him a beat CD,
and he was like, “Yo man, I like the tracks you gave me, I’m rollin’ with two
of them right now.” He actually did a rough version to the song just over the
instrumental. Snoop wasn’t even on the record [yet]. Actually, Butch was
rapping on the record!
I guess y’all will never hear that now, but Butch had a verse where Snoop was
rapping. I was like, “Dogg, we’re not gonna leave this?”, and he was like,
“Nah, that’s just there for play.” We had to take the record to Snoop for him
to lay his part. Snoop jumped on the record, and I loved it. Bless you Snoop!
It’s a beautiful thing.
Dubcnn: What are your hopes for this record on the radio? Are you shooting
for it to be the number one record in L.A.?
Yeah, I would really love that! It would really be good for the West Coast. Of
course, it would be good for myself as a new up-and-coming producer, there
would be a lot of limelight shined on me. But aside from that, it would also
put Butch at a better place where I really feel he should be, being 9 or 10
years in the game and having his first solo record. For me to listen to Butch
as a fan, and then have his first real lead single, that’s a blessing to me.
I’m just shocked - I’m a fan of Butch and Snoop! I remember being 13 and
trying to go buy Snoop’s album. So it’s crazy that I’ve got a record with this
dude rapping on it.
I just hope the record really does good for Butch, and puts him at a better
place where he can establish himself as an entrepreneur. Hopefully it will
give me a little more limelight, where I can have other artists interested in
working with me. You know, your stock goes up when someone valuable views your
work as valuable. We’re shooting for that number one spot, so let’s hope we
get it! Call in, text in to 69106, and request it all day!
I have another record called “My Time” which is one of my favorite joints
that’s on Butch’s album. It’s my production, and I ended up listening to the
record, and I was like, “Man, something’s missing!” So I ended up grabbing my
phone, I called my boy Terrace Martin, and he came through and played the sax
on the record. The song is incredible! It’s one of my favorites. I think it’s
one of Butch’s favorites too, although he may not admit it. *Laughs*
I’ve got another record with Butch Cassidy and Vanessa Marquez, which is
really dope. It’s a real hot record, I love that record too. Vanessa Marquez
is incredible. I’ve got another record with him and PR1ME too called “Chillin
On The West Coast”.
Dubcnn: We heard that during the footage from “The Basement” radio show…
Yeah, I did that joint. That’s me!
Dubcnn: You were at the Glasses Malone “Certified” video shoot a few weeks
ago, and that just looked like a whole bunch of West Coast unity!
Man, that was like one of the greatest feelings for me to be there because
there were a whole lot of different West Coast cats from different areas,
different genres. You’ve got gangsters, you’ve got backpackers; everybody was
in the house. There were about 400 extra people that weren’t even in the video
at the video shoot! Everybody came though and showed their support. Mistah FAB
came through, Down came through, E-40, Butch Cassidy, Bishop, Mykestro, Lil
Eazy – it was a lot of West Coast unity.
It’s funny because when I was there, Bishop came, and he brought Little
Brother with him. We all went out to eat afterwards, and they were like, “Man,
we ain’t never seen nothing like that out here on the West Coast. I know
people that go places together and end up fighting. You guys has 600-700
people there and didn’t nothing pop off!” So that was good for the West Coast
– it showed a lot of unity amongst the young cats. It was actually the first
official video shoot for anyone that was claiming New West. That’s why I feel
it’s a big step in the right direction. I was glad to be there and to be a
part of it – that was history in the making.
Dubcnn: LNS, your company with Taje, is going to put out a two-album
compilation for free download in the next couple of weeks…
Yeah, like a two-album compilation kind of deal. Our company [is] LNS. If you
look at a lot of these tapes, you’ll find our logo on the back – it’s the
angel with the wings, choosing if he’s going to do the music or the streets.
We wanted to show that not only do we have artists that we deal with, but we
also maintain a company that helps keep artists afloat. I’m not saying that
people rely on us, but we lend our hand to a lot of different artists that are
in certain situations.
We’re gonna drop this two-part compilation which is gonna be like an oversight
of everything we’ve been involved with from the jump. Volume 1 is not
consisting of just Dae One work, it’s just whatever work LNS feels is good or
whatever the fans haven’t heard. We have some unreleased songs that people
have never heard before! On Volume 1, we’ve got everyone from Crooked I, Butch
Cassidy, Scipio, Hot Dollar, Bishop Lamont, and Roccett. Mike Anthony has a
solo song, and Kurupt and Sir Jinx did the intro [to the project]! It’s a
Then Volume 2 is gonna be the “Dae One Picks”, where I pick out records I like
that I produced myself. So it’s gonna be a good look. It should be out in the
next few weeks, because there’s really not much for us to do, we just finished
picking the list of the songs.
We’re gonna release it strictly through Dubcnn, so it’ll be a download for all
the fans on Dubcnn that have shown their support for us and our music. We’re
giving this back to y’all. We’re not even gonna tag it. It’s gonna be strictly
for the fans so they can appreciate the value of the music. And they’re all
gonna be in .WAV form! I know a lot of y’all on the forums are like, “Oh, this
ain’t CD quality!” A lot of the sessions are done at our spot, so we have the
privilege to drop it in .WAV form. So it’s gonna be the highest quality of the
music that you can get. Look out for the “LNS Presents” real soon!
Dubcnn: On the “Dae One Picks”, are there going to be some unreleased in
After going through the list and getting all the songs that we had, it ended
up that there is probably going to be a lot of unreleased stuff that people
haven’t heard. The record that I’ve got with Lil Flip is gonna be on it. I’ve
got a record with Kokane, WC, and Gangsta from The Comrads. There’s gonna be
some nice surprises! If y’all like what I do, then you should come check this
Dubcnn: LNS has been helping other artists out for years. Tell us about
some of the projects people will remember that you guys had a hand in…
OK, let’s start from the jump. We had “Angel Dust” that we did with Scipio and
DJ Warrior. We housed the whole project. That tape got everywhere from The
Source to XXL. XXL even did a write-up on Tookie Williams and talked about a
record I produced called “Dear Mr. Governor”. We did the “West In Full” with
Roccett, which is kind of like an unreleased tape. That’s a real underground
tape. If you’re a real [big] Roccett fan, you’ve got that tape. If you haven’t
heard that tape, I’m trying to talk to Roccett and Rick now to find out a way
to get the record out where people can hear it. At first it was done with
another website, and we’re gonna try to figure out a way where we can get it
re-printed up and get it out to y’all untagged, because it’s the 2nd-year
Both of the “Hot Box” mixtapes were housed by us. We did songs for the “N*gger
Noize” tape, we did songs for the “Pope Mobile” tape. We did the Noni Spitz
record, “WIMS Radio”. Lil Bam had a street record that we did there called
“20/20 Vision”. We housed some of the PR1ME record, with my mixing and
assistance. I mixed and recorded the [“Megatron”] record. There’s a lot of fly
records that we’re lending our hands to. Chevy Jones had a tape that we did
that was really hot, it was a dope R&B tape. Just a lot of records! You guys
can go back and check the artwork and see the logo there.
Dubcnn: What is your goal for LNS in the next couple of years?
Right now we’re gonna start figuring out a way to get into branding. A lot of
sponsors are getting at us, so we’re taking offers from different sponsors.
But, we’re gonna become a major company out here on the West Coast, putting
out great new music, good talent, and showing people that it’s another avenue
to come to, instead of having to go to the same three powerhouses. Either
it’ll be independently, or we’ll find a way to break the genetic code on the
internet. I can’t give away too much game on that, but it’s all about making
profit, making money, and establishing yourself as a businessman. That’s what
we’re gonna do with that.
Dubcnn: For everyone that’s looking for new Dae One productions, you’ve got
a lot of new stuff coming out. Bangloose’s record “Rats and Roaches” is coming
Yeah, I’m on the Bangloose record “Rats & Roaches”. I’m not on “Sonically
Correct”; I just cleared that right now with Bang. Bangloose, what up boy!
That’s my dude. Y’all be sure to check that out. I think it’s a record with
him, Mike Anthony, and Problem. It’s really dope. I’m on that record, I’m on
The Bloc Boyz [street album & mixtape].
Also, the “No One” record with me and Noni Spitz is coming soon. That’s a
joint venture between my company, LNS, and Hood Tight, which is Noni Spitz’s
corporation. I’m also rapping on the tape alongside Noni. You’re gonna see a
lot of surprises, a lot of guest appearances and stuff like that. That’s
Dubcnn: What’s the concept behind the “No One” record?
It’s called “No One” because of our names [“No” from Noni Spitz and “One” from
Dae One]. The meaning behind it is, we feel no one is representing music like
they should nowadays. Everybody is doing what they feel people are going to
like. We’re trying to get back to the roots of doing stuff that feels good.
It’s not gonna be like, “Oh, I need a song for the radio.” It’s not really for
that. This record is more or less based around the art form of creating music.
It’s not based around gangsta rap music, because neither one of us are gangsta
rappers, but it’s still West Coast. It’s bringing that to the forefront. The
album is gonna be titled “The Substance”, and [that doesn’t mean] the
substance in the music. Substance is something that matters, takes up space,
and really has a purpose. That’s what we feel this music we’re giving you
really is, so we’re calling it [that].
Right now, we’re about nine songs in. You’re gonna see [guest] features and
production from Bishop Lamont, Glasses, Focus, & Thayod. It’s just gotta be
real fresh music.
Dubcnn: Then we’ve got Taje’s “Get It Gang” tape…
“Get It Gang” is gonna be a monster tape. That’s really gonna be on a level of
some real street shit. It’s just niggas going hard and doing the music for
themselves. It’s a “Taje Presents” kind of thing, like how 2Pac did the whole
“Thug Life” movement. It’s gonna be something like that. I would say we’re
almost done with it. That’s gonna come real quick, and it’s gonna be real
rider-ish. Kind of like how 50 did the whole “G-Unit” thing, it’s gonna be
along the lines of that. It’s gonna be real street music, and people are gonna
Then after that, we’re trying to push for “Hot Box 3”. I know y’all are ready,
because “Hot Box 2” was a good one. “Hot Box 3” is starting off real crazy.
So, we’ll see where it takes us. We’re trying to push for a mid-to-late summer
date right now.
Dubcnn: Is there anything you want to say to the fans, and everyone who has
been checking you out?
I just want to say thank y’all for y’all support! I don’t want artists feeling
like, “He’s doing such big things,” because I’m really not. I’m really the
most humble cat you may ever meet. I’m open to work with artists. People just
need to find a way to get into contact with Dae One. Shoot me some stuff, or
let me hear your music, and we’ll see what we can do. I’m always open for new
ideas and [for] working with new artists as long as they’re hot. They can hit
me on my gmail account if
they’re looking for beats. Y’all can send all your beat requests, mixing
requests, whatever y’all got for me, send it there and somebody will reply
back to you. If not, check my
MySpace. Hit that up anytime, let me know what it is.
God is good, y’all stay great! Stay supporting the music man, this is that new
West Coast music. Y’all stay behind that!
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