Sir Jinx At Work In The Studio With Dr. Dre
Exclusive: Two 25+ year vets finally link through family and mutual respect, Relapse sound revealed.
Through their mothers, two of Los Angeles' most accomplished producers are working together for the first time in their respective 25-plus year careers. Sir Jinx, known for producing classic albums for Ice Cube [click to read] (Death Certificate), Kool G Rap & DJ Polo [click to read] (Live & Let Die) and WC & The Maad Circle (Ain't A Damn Thang Changed) has linked up with family friend, Hip Hop's most super-star producer, Dr. Dre.
Jinx' publicists Jonathan Hay and Chad Kiser exclusively shared with HipHopDX, their inititial interview footage of the producer explaining how in the last two months, history has been made. "I haven't seen [Dr. Dre] in maybe six or seven years," began Jinx, who did help produce Kurupt's Against Tha Grain, the last release Death Row Records put out. The reunion came courtesy of family. "I have to put it on my mama. 'Cause my mama deals with his mama. They've been friends for [many years]. My mama does a lot of stuff with my auntie (Dr. Dre's mother), because my auntie is rich as fuck now! [Laughs] My mom always invites me to the, 'Well, Dre's having something at the house.' Who wants to go around that?"
Admittedly, the accomplished producer responsible for hits such as "No Vaseline," "Once Upon A Time In The Projects" and "Edge of Sanity," was hoping to get up with his production peer on different terms. "I wanted them to come to my environment, so I'd never go there," said Jinx. He revealed, "Nobody goes to Dre's house. Even people that work for Dre don't know where Dre lives. Nobody knows where Dre lives, matter of fact. That's how it is."
At the get-together, the old friends got to talking about music, and Dr. Dre played Jinx some reported work from both Eminem's Relapse sessions, as well as 50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct. "It was sounding crazy! They on some Kanye-devilish music. It's kind of spacey, but it's Dr. Dre notes. Amazing!" Jinx revealed more, "It's almost like Marvin Gaye music, where there's really not no metric, not no rhythmic pattern, playing all that. And he says, 'I know you got some music?' I didn't come there to play music, but you know I always got some music." The casual producer talk allowed Jinx, who like Dr. Dre, has released little in the last five years, to unveil what he calls his "pistols." "I'm a warrior; I walk around with pistols just so I know I'll kill anything."
With a trip to the car, Jinx's work impressed Dre. "One of the beats I played, he was like, 'I like that beat. That beat is hot!' I gave him the CD." Although Sir Jinx was acted to mix the record, he is yet unsure what will be done with it. "It's a hard track," is all the South Central-born producer says for now.
When it's come to mixing the record, Jinx also revealed a bit that Dr. Dre has delayed the session repeatedly, due to his own recent birthday, and other engagements. Understanding of the fact, Jinx says that, "He don't have no manager, no advisor." The producer then says this fact may be one of the reasons that Dr. Dre is a true artist at a time where industry politics have hurt the craft of music-making.
The early Ice Cube producer also stated that he's already been paid, a credit to Dr. Dre's old school and far more respectable business practices. "Niggas ain't passin' out checks no more. You can buy in bulk now," said an appreciative Jinx.
HipHopDX will keep you updated on this collaboration.