A Lost Pilot
Hurt What It Do?
We had the chance to talk to Hurtboy AG. If you like Fredo Santana than you've definitely come across a Hurtboy beat before. He's worked with artists like: Chief Keef, Yung Lean, Warhol.SS and more! He's got tons of fire beats out but you should definitely check out: "Beetlejuice" by TrapMoneyBenny (feat. Chief Keef & Fredo Santana).
Where are you from and what age did you first make a connection to producing music?
I'm born and raised here in LA. I started Djing when I was 11 or 12. I remember wanting to learn how to make beats after seeing some friends of mine using pro tools and an MPC.
What's your producer tag? How did you create it? What's the importance of having a producer tag?
I never had a producer tag and I remember always wanting to have one. Casino (Future brother) was staying over at my house and we had been recording some songs. At the beginning of one of the songs we did, he said somethin somethin somethin "Hurt what it do?" I was like oh shit that gotta be my tag. So I remember cutting it from the vocals and saving it as a tag. It stuck ever since. It's funny how people always say that shit to me...
Honestly, I think tags are kinda played out and most of em nowadays are corny and kind of annoying. I understand its an important way for a producer to get the credit without being physically credited on an Instagram post, a tweet, or album art. But at the end of the day if you made the beat you made the beat. I recently kinda stopped putting my tag in the beginning of beats but sometimes I do depending on the beat.
Describe your creative process?
I don't really have a creative process I just kinda go with how I feel or who I'm working with. I usually know who I'm gonna be making beats for so I usually know a direction or a sound to go for.
Top 5 favorite producers?
Zaytoven, TM88, Wheezy, Quay Global, MexikoDro, StoopidXool, Richie Souf, Sensei, Foster, Blueysport, and Yung Henny a lot of fools going crazy these days.
You worked a lot with Fredo Santana, how/when did you first connect with him? What was it like working with him?
Yeah, Fredo was like family to me... I miss that dude a lot... I met Fredo through Gleesh and I remember him coming over to my crib when Gleesh was working on CF3. We ended up recording on a random beat he liked on my computer and the next day he called me from Chicago like yo send me my song I'm going to be back out there in a couple of weeks I need to record. After that, we became good friends and the rest is history. I wanna say though shit has been way different ever since Fredo passed. He did a lot for my music career and really pushed me to take my shit to the next level. And honestly, we had a whole bunch of shit planned for the future...
When/how did you first connect with Playboi Carti? What was it like working with him on "Booted Up"?
I've only met Carti a few times, a couple of times at Fredo's Crib in the valley and once with TrapMoney at this studio I don't remember. I honestly have no idea how he got that beat for that song. From my understanding I think the beat was put on youtube - So bro must have downloaded it somehow. That song is random as fuck kinda legendary.
What's one thing you know as a producer now that you wish you knew when you first started out?
Probably to be on top of the business side of things and also to take advantage and be open to any opportunity that comes your way
What's your favorite part about being a producer?
My favorite part of producing is being able to create something that's gonna be heard by people-- maybe people you'll never meet your entire life... I think the greatest satisfaction for me comes from someone telling me "yo this song is my favorite" or "that beat is so crazy!" little shit like that keeps me motivated to keep working and keep making harder shit...
What do you do in your free time when you're not producing?
I just be chilling really I don't have any free time anymore honestly I'm getting old! I have real-life responsibilities so when I'm not in the studio I take care of my daughter or I'm paying bills, buying clothes, buying shoes or buying dumb shit. I used to play video games a lot but I don't even open the games anymore I just buy em.
What's on the horizon for your music career in 2019?
I have been working on a lot of different stuff I don't wanna say too much on who it's for or who it's with ... Just stay tuned and don't count me out. I been working hard. I got a bunch of shit coming out with different artists, some you might never expect me to work with!
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