Cardo sat down for a mini interview with FADER for their latest issue. They talk about how he got into production in general and how he ended up working with Wiz and the other Pittsburgh artists. Here are some key parts;
How did you first get into production?
It was really though my uncles. My whole family was music oriented and I watched what they were doing, especially my uncles and cousins. Some were making beats but most of them were rapping. And I was like, “hmm… this is pretty cool. I want to do it too.”
When did you start doing stuff with Wiz?
I linked up Wiz through Chevy and his uncle Motor. I live in Texas now and [Wiz] came down for a show one day and he wanted me to come through. I was having stomach issues that night, like I ate some bad ass food and I’m like “Oh my god if I go I’m scared I might shit on myself.” [Laughs] So I had to get some Pepto Bismol to solve the case and went ahead and met up with Wiz. It was an opportunity that I didn’t want to miss out on.
I went there and he embraced me, it was love right from the start. He was like “I know you got some beats on you!” My laptop had just crashed on me like a week [before] but I always put my beats on my Iphone just in case. So I played the beats off the Iphone and he was like “I gotta use these for Kush & Orange Juice!” He was just getting started working on that. I’m like “Yeah, whatever.” You know how every rapper you hear from will be like, “Aww I’m gon use this and use that!” And they don’t? But he really used the beats that he picked out. “Mezmorized” was recorded later on. I made that the day my daughter was born: March 3rd, 2010. I sent that to him and he recorded it the same day and that was like the icing on the cake.
How closely are the rappers involved with your beatmaking process?
When does Wiz or Chevy come into the equation? Most of the time I’ll send Wiz something and he’ll lay something down that same night but he won’t tell me until I actually see him. It’ll be a month later then he’ll play me some music and I’m like “Aww man when’d you do this?!” and he’ll be like “The night you sent me the beat!”