FRED WRECK (October
2006) | Interview By: Yash|
Dubcnn had some time recently to speak with hit producer Fred Wreck. In this
brief Part One interview we discuss his background, what made him move into
producing, meeting with Snoop Dogg & the DPG for the first time, why he has
been silent on recent DPG related releases as well as his views on the war and
fighting in his homeland of Palestine. Remember there will be a Part 2 of this
interview, answering many more questions.
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Interview was done in September 2006
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Dubcnn: What everyone wants
to know is like where have you been these past DPG releases that have been
coming out? Why haven’t you had a beat on there?
Which one? Like the Dogg Pound?
Well one of the songs I did...I did a couple of songs for The Dogg Pound. One
of them we umm...half of the time they were working on it, I was working on
something else so I figured I will come in on the back end and contribute. So
when I got to the end of it, one of the songs that I had did had Nate Dogg on
it and since they were on Koch they didn’t have enough money in the budget to
pay for Nate Dogg so they had to take that song off.
So that was one that got taken off and the other one me and Kurupt decided
that we were going to keep for his album so that’s why I didn’t get any and it
wasn’t nothing more than that.
Dubcnn: What made you get into producing back in the days?
Just DJ'ing and Break Dancing and all that stuff that goes along with hip-hop.
Dubcnn: Okay and who influenced you to start?
Just some of the people that I used to listen too when I used to DJ like
Mantronix and Dr Dre, Marley Marl, The Bomb Squad Hank Shocklee and them. Umm
Sir Jinx, DJ Pooh, Mugg. All them you know those are the cats that I used to
listen to that I used to like say “Dam homes, that’s dope how they make them
beats”. I wanted to learn how to do that shit too.
Dubcnn: Where you born in the United States or Palestine?
No I was born in Flint Michigan.
Dubcnn: And have you ever been to Palestine?
Yeah, I’ve been there like 3 times.
Dubcnn: What’s your views on people who talk about like how rough it is and
how gangsta they are, when you come from a region that has people who have
been courageously fighting for their lives against the brutal oppressive
regime of Israel?
Dubcnn: So what’s your views on that? Like you don’t act tough and people
from there don’t act tough like that.
I wouldn’t tell you that people were acting tough out there. People are
just...That’s just their natural reaction to their environment that they live
in. You know what I’m saying?
They’re not trying to be tough, they’re not trying to…
Dubcnn: Yeah I know but when you hear people talk on records and shit
bragging about shit, do you think about it twice like “what are they talking
I mean I don’t think about it twice, this is just for every person and the
environment that they come from. That’s their environment, from Compton and
you grew up in a project. Their ain’t really no outlook for it. You don’t get
a job because where you live at there really ain’t nothing for you and the
police is on you for doing whatever little thing you can do to make money then
that’s the environment that you grew up in and that’s how your reaction is
going to be. You know what I’m saying?
In Palestine and in the Middle East you know not just Palestine but Iraq,
Palestine and Lebanon, you know people live under a constant aggression and
threat not just from the police I mean military oppression. Bombs, airplanes
and helicopters, missiles you know from a government that’s a state sponsor of
Terrorism. So it’s just a different environment.
Dubcnn: Yeah man, have you ever worked with any Middle Eastern rappers or
Yeah, I’m working with this group called Dam. They are from Palestine and I’m
going out to Jordan on October 23rd to do some music out there and to DJ this
peace festival out there too.
Dubcnn: You know that they built a wall around the entire state of
Palestine and many people don’t even know about that shit and what can we do
to keep peoples mind open?
What you could do is go on the internet and read about it on the internet,
about the real things that’s going on not what you see on the news. I mean
they’re building a wall around a peoples country and America is just standing
by just letting it happen pretty much.
It’s like apartheid all over again you know what I’m saying but worse.
They’re just stealing peoples land out there and the people fight back they
want to ask “oh they’re being terrorists” you know saying “they’re trying to
attack us” but you know who attacked who first?
You know who occupied who’s country? Israel and like this week you have the
United Nations here and the United Nations have not one time…Just any country
from the United Nations was too let happen too them what has happened in
Palestine, I don’t know what does countries would do so it’s a really sad
situation out there.
Dubcnn: You did at least your part. You released 2 songs, you had rappers
talking about it The S.T.O.P. movement. You know what I’m talking about?
Yeah the anti war songs?
Dubcnn: Yeah and do you have a part 3 coming up?
Yeah we got a part 3 we’re working on right now.
Dubcnn: Who’s on there?
I’m not going to say any names until we get it all situated but it’s going to
be a star studded cast like the last time.
We’re going to try to do that once a year too.
Dubcnn: Okay tight, let’s go back in time…How did you hook up with Dogg
Pound and Snoop?
I hooked up with Dogg Pound and Snoop through… Me and Xzibit used to be
roommates and Xzibit was working on his album, Soopafly was producing some of
it so Soopafly was coming over to the house and I met Soopafly and gave him a
He took my beat CD to Daz and Kurupt and told me to come down to the studio
and that was the first time I ever met them all.
Dubcnn: Where they cool and shit, like how was Snoop first time you met
They were hella cool. Like when I walked into the room they were all writing
to my beat and Snoop pulled me aside and Soopafly and Daz was like “That’s
Fred Wreck, he’s the one that did that beat”. This was like when he was
leaving No Limit and took me aside and he was telling me “hey man, you know
I’m going to start a new record label called Dogghouse Records and I want you
to come produce for me if you ain’t doing nothing, come over to my house this
weekend so I can holler at you about it” and I was like aight cool.
So I went out to his house that weekend and shit we’ve been going strong ever
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