As you all may know, I was in Atlanta a few weeks ago working with my Atl family Coach K and NO ID. I feel like Atl is my second home. I lived in Buckhead for a year and spent a lot of time in the A during my Cash Money years. Shouts to all the homies at Patchwerk studios and the Waffle House staff!! Baby used to like working out of Atlanta because the clubs stayed open late, it was real industry there, and it was easy for us to jump on the tour bus and hit all of those southern cities that were CMR crazy doing show after show $$$$.
One thing I can say about Atlanta is that it functions like a well oiled machine in regards to their music industry. And the women...:). But in all seriousness, Atlanta is a great place to hang and get some work done at the same time. Not having been there for a few months I was surprised how many people knew me/remembered me and were really up on my movement. In fact I was in the mall and someone said "there goes the grinch, shawty" an obvious reference to the "No Christmas" record I had dropped days before I headed down to the "A".
Once people know that you are in town you start getting invites to different people's studios. It's so easy to collaborate and get work done because Usher's studio might be right down the street from Neyo's studio, which is around the corner from Polow's spot and a country mile away from The Dream's lab. I was mostly posted up in NO ID's studio with Coach K churning out some hits. One thing I took away from this most recent trip, besides some bangers from NO ID, was the fact that Atliens are about their music BI 24/7. I saw song writers working with producers and singers to put hooks on their tracks before they submit them to various artists for placements on upcoming projects up and coming producers take notes.
I came back to Chicago inspired to make some BIG records. While in the Atl I met up with one of No ID's good buddies DJ Don Cannon. If you haven't heard that banger he did for Luda check it out. I think Cannon is one of the best behind the boards, and he did one of my all-time favorite joints "Dope Boys Go Crazy" with Jeezy and Jay-Z on Jeezy's 1st album. I can't wait for you to hear the heater he gave me. I recorded it on Sunday at Soundscape Studios with my UnCrowned City family in the building. All I can say is "Hello"..... you'll get that later.
I got sooo much music to give the people that I feel like a woman that's been pregnant for years. Damn, I'm ready for this baby to drop.lol. I'm also puttin' out a mostly digital album thru No ID and Traxster's outlets titled The Last Shall Be 1st. It's a way to not let really good records go to waste that didn't fit the Photo Album per say. I'm just really excited about all that Yahweh has blessed me in 2008, and I'm looking forward to what HE has in store for me in '09.
Mikkey Halsted "Those That Know...Know"