Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to reintroduce you to a genius known as Mr. Bangladesh. The name may not ring bells but the sound he produces will have you wide eyed and getting crunk to some of his legendary hits. The ATL producer is a 5-time Grammy award winning producer who created ground breaking moments for some of your favorite artists in the game today. If I’m lying, just go google his discography. The man is the Allen Iverson to the craft of producing.
Since landing his big break in 2000 when he produced Ludacris‘s first hit in “What’s Your Fantasy”, Bangladesh has been on a tear. He was able to create hits for greats such as 8 Ball & MJB, Diddy, Ciara, Kelis, Fabolous, Gucci Mane, Mario, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber and many more acts in the game. His magic he created for Weezy’s “A Milli”, “6 Foot 7”, and Beyonce’s “Video Phone” and “Diva” have made him an major force on the music scene where every artist despite what genre they represented wanted to get the experience working with Bangladesh.
Recently, RESPECT. was able to catch up with the OG as we was able to discuss the state of hip hop and the power of production in the game today. In addition, we talked about surprises that are almost in the wood works which may potentially shake up the game.
RESPECT: You been in the game for roughly 17 years, creating beats for some of the culture’s most iconic artists. How do you feel about the art and state of beat production today compared to when you started using Pro Tools and MPC’s?
Bangladesh: Woww, you making me feel old right now (chuckles.) But it’s totally different. A big difference at that. It’s like the new s*** that athletes can take and BANG!, you got muscles instead of taking the traditional route in going to the gym, do some cardio and lift a lot of weights to get muscles. Now-a-days, it’s software programs out there that are like beat making for dummies, which is a recipe for instant success. Anyone can make a beat. There’s people out here making beats on cellphones. I like to feel that my work is put in through the production rather than the song I create the production for.
RESPECT: You got your first big break in 2000 when you produced one of Ludacris’s earliest hit in “What’s Your Fantasy”. What was the process like working with an young Luda on the come up?
Bangladesh: It was fun. It was like minded kids coming together and do great s****. It was dope to turn nothing into something. I remember making the beat for him at my aunt’s basement. I just wanted to create something new that would introduce a different sound. I’m glad Luda used it and blew up the way it did.
RESPECT: Give me your top 3 favorite beats you created.
Bangladesh: Hmm, I want to say “Cockiness” by Rihanna, Ludacris’s “What’s Your Fantasy” and Weezy’s “A Milli”. That beginning with the long sound rumble before the beat drops?! WOOO!, that was dope (chuckles). But, those were iconic moments in my career. “What’s Your Fantasy
was made in my moms basement which was an formal introduction to me and hip hop. “A Milli” created a new, evolved version of Bangladesh. I felt like that was the break through like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. I can say that was my formal introduction to the pop & music culture of America.
RESPECT: What is the hardest part about working with an artist in creating new content?
Bangladesh: The biggest challenge is both of us is coming to an mutual agreement on something. . If I’m feeling on something, and they ain’t feeling it then that’s a challenge. If I’m not feeling something that I did and they feeling it, we are back to square one again. I always want to make sure that I do my best work for an artist while staying true to the way I like or feel how it should go. There are been many times I work with artists and we steady disagreeing. But eventually, we figure it out and are able to create something magical.
RESPECT: If you had the opportunity to look back on any of your accomplishments, what would be your favorite moment you would want to relive and why?
Bangladesh: The consistency of just being on the road. I miss doing tours and going in and out of cities. It’s things like that are most fun in which you would create your own journey. The experience of opening up to a lot of new things is great to life. I think the music business is a great experience of your integrity, moral background. It gives you the opportunity to see if you would fold or you can own it. Music alone is an experience where you can do some soul searching with yourself.
RESPECT: Are they any upcoming collaborations, projects and schedule cameos that you have set up for the 2nd half of 2017.
Bangladesh: I have a ton of collabos on my upcoming project. There’s one song with an Compton vibe that features Nipsey Hussle, Ice Cube, and Game. It’s s a old record I been did but I’m in the process of revamping it . I want to do a song to have Cardi B., 2 Chainz and Missy Elliott on it. I’m trying to get a hold of Cardi’s verse right now. I have collabos with Migos, Gucci Mane, and Pusha T. I’m planning on getting Jeremih and Plies on a track together. All of it is just old beats that I revamped. They are going to be huge.
RESPECT: Giving the impact and significant moments you created for the game and the amount of success you have in your career, what other significant figures (sports, politics, tv, movie or music) would you compared yourself to?
Bangladesh: Personally, Muhammad Ali with an little bit of Colin Kaepernick. He was in the light that people shun him against and that he believed in what he believed in. I stay relevant for believing in himself and that’s how I survived. In addition, I noticed how significant in learning to say no really is to my character. Saying no is a powerful thing because you get respect. At the end of the day, you may stand with the n**** who put you in that situation but you get a new found of respect by that person if you stay true to yourself and notice that it’s not your type of thing that fits you. Having your own thought process like Kaep is something I truly admire. He has his own movement and I respect it.
Be on the look out for major things coming out from Bangladesh as he is ready to show fans who may have forgotten about the hit making producer, that he still has it. The proof is in the pudding. An prime example is this dope #ThrowBackThursday of 2 Chainz‘s deep cut banger “Dope Peddler” off of the platinum debut album Based On A T.R.U. Story — produced by none other than the living legend himself, Bangladesh.