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Lyle LeDuff’s story starts out like many you would hear who pursue a career in the music industry. At one point, his main gig was working at a shoe store. He would spend his time selling the latest Nikes and Adidas to any and everybody who would fall through. What nobody knew about Lyle was inside of the man who just sized them up for the new Jordans, was a producer. He got hook to making beats at a young age and was ready to jump from retail to producing hit records.
One day, chance intervened in his life. He met a new customer. This wasn’t an ordinary person. This new customer who would stroll in from time to time and talk sneakers was 1/3 of the Aphilliates, Don Cannon.
Cannon and Lyle would strike up a friendship, but Lyle would have to take a few more small turns in his life journey before he would actually see himself working alongside Cannon.
Hip Hop Enquirer’s Mehka aka The Gahdi of hip hop got Lyle to explain how he met Don Cannon, what A Lyle LeDuff beat would sound like and his advice for the young generation. There are undoubtedly many producers coming on the scene everyday but we have watched this rising star’s growth and have determined he is clearly the Next to Blow.
Hiphopenquirer.com: Most people in hip-hop want to rap. What made you lean toward making beats as opposed to picking up the mic?
Lyle LeDuff: In high school a friend of mine gave me a beat making program and told me to try it out. It was actually really simple, really super basic. It was from a cereal box. It was called Hip-Hop DJ. It was pre-recorded loops that you can put together and make a song. I just found that I really liked doing it. From there I was shown other programs that help you put together beats. I started out on FL Studio and I was just hooked. From 14 to now, I’ve been addicted to making beats. And as I got older, transitioning from a beat-maker to a producer.
HipHopEnquirer: Who are some of producers that you looked up?
Lyle LeDuff: Definitely the Neptune’s! Definitely Just Blaze! Definitely Kanye West and the producer I’m currently signed to, Don Cannon.
Hiphopenquirer.com: Speaking of Cannon, how did you meet him?
Lyle LeDuff: He was a customer of mine at City Sports. I would see him from now and then. He would buy kicks from me. We would chop it up, but I never told him that I make beats or that I was a producer.
I have a good friend named Greg Street. I would go down to the station to see him all the time and I would DJ Infamous who is a really good friend of Don Cannon’s. We became cool. A friend told me that I should find somebody to mentor me into becoming a good producer. I thought about who I could ask. So I asked Infamous if he could ask Cannon if I could come around and watch him because I really want to be a producer. He was like, yeah come on by. That’s been about 3 years that I’ve been watching him and coming around. He signed me after 2.
Hiphopenquirer: Describe your style as a producer.
Lyle LeDuff: That’s very hard to do. I actually don’t have a particular sound because I’ve been able to cover all kinds of music. That’s what I want to do. If I had to narrow it down, I would say it’s a combo of everything I listen to. I’m from the South so Southern drums if what you’re usually going to get from me. I listen to a lot of East Coast rap, so I’ll sample an East Coast producer. So it’s of a combo of both.
Hiphopenquirer.com: Who are some of the artists that you have worked with?
Lyle LeDuff: My first national record was produced for Asap Rocky and School Boy Q called “Brand New Guy,” off Asap Rocky’s first mixtape. After him, I have a guy out here named Reese. I work with him. I have two artists who I work with, Shawn MC and Draft. I got songs pending with The Weekend, T-Pain, Chase N Cashe, Boo Bonics, Jimmy Wallstreet and Beanie Sigel.
Hiphopenquirer: If you could give advice to a producer coming up right now, what would it be?
Lyle LeDuff: If you know that you want to be more than a beat-maker, you want to be a producer, study the producers you look up to is going to help you. With the avenues you have now with youtube and viral videos. When I was younger, youtube wasn’t out yet, videos would be posted online, you’d really have to cherish them. They would take forever to load up. I would watch old videos of Just Blaze and The Heatmakers and really watch them and study how they made beats and really want to become a producer and not just a beat-maker. Know what you really want to do, and once you know exactly want to do, immolate your sound after theirs, but put your own twist on it.
If you need a hot track by a rising producer in the game, don’t hesitate to mention us when reaching him and maybe he will show you some love on your next track. Reach Lyle via twitter@lyleleduff
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