The Audible Doctor Discusses 50 Cent’s Jenga Skills


Editor’s note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.

As part of the Brown Bag Allstars, The Audible Doctor has held down an esteemed position in the New York City rap underground for a while now. 2014 is shaping up to be the year his profile rises, though, not least because he’s the man behind the boards for 50 Cent’s latest song, the infectiously brooding “This Is Murder Not Music.” We ran through the good doc’s Twitter timeline to chat about his G-Unit connection, his Jenga skills, and how the current freeze affects his beat-making science.

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Is it really too cold to make beats?
It is. My apartment sucks. We have no weather-proofing or insulation so you can pretty much feel the breeze in our apartment when it gets cold. It’s freezing and it gets too cold to literally make beats — you need to be under the covers or something. So last night I went and bought a space-heater so I can make beats today ’cause it literally gets too fuckin’ cold in the studio.

Does the climate affect the sort of music you make?
I don’t know if it affects the style of music that I make but I think it affects the enthusiasm with which I make it.

What’s the ideal temperature to make hip-hop beats?
I’d say 68 degrees.

When the weather is this cold, what sort of music do you end up listening to?
Mostly like ’90s hip-hop — like Mobb Deep or Nas, anything from Queens — or very sad ’70s soul music.

Do you have any tips for anyone else braving the weather with a cold apartment?
Yes, turn the oven on, leave the door open but make sure you put a pot of water in the oven before you do so. I’m not sure what the pot of water does — I just know it’s one of the rules for when you do that in an apartment.

How did the song with 50 Cent come about?

I met one of his A&Rs a while ago in Fat Beats — I’ve been sending him beats for a long time. I don’t usually get a lot of response from them so if I send something and don’t hear back I just keep it moving. So I sent him a bunch of beats a couple of months ago, didn’t hear anything back, kept it moving, and released a song with Genesis Elijah in the U.K. and then like a week later the 50 Cent song drops on new year’s day with the same beat. He did like the beat, he recorded to it and ended up releasing it without letting me know. So it wasn’t like a lot of people are saying that he stole the beat, it was more of a miscommunication. But I spoke to G-Unit and it’s all cleared up now and we have a better line of communication. It turns out he actually has another song recorded to one of my beats that hasn’t come out yet.

Were you surprised that he picked that production?
Kind of, yeah. It’s not really what I would have expected him to use. I tend to send him things that are more his style and that one was just in there. But he sounds good on it so I understand.

If you could produce all of 50 Cent’s next album, what sort of direction would you take him in?
I think my direction — kind of really soulful sounding beats. So kind of similar to what I’ve done with Fredro Starr, like almost ’90s-sounding soulful beats.

So how did the Fredro Starr project come about?
I honestly don’t remember how we linked up — I think I might have hit him up on Twitter — but I sent him some beats and he hit me back saying they were dope and he was working on an EP. He leaked one of the joints and it got such a great reaction we ended up turning it into a full album. People just really seem to like the combination.

Were you in the studio with Fredro while he was recording?
Nah, with him we pretty much sent everything back and forth. It’s hard to find time to link up and get in the studio together with people. But I’m really happy with the response to the project. There’s something about the way I make beats and the way certain artists — especially ’90s artists — sound on it. I think Fredro sounds really good on my production. Most artists that I’ve worked with that were bigger in the ’90s or have that longevity, I think they sound better on my production ’cause I stay true to that sound while not making it just sound dated. I think my production has that same sort of heart to it.

Finally, you’ve been bragging about your Jenga skills on your Instagram account.
Yes! I think I’m really good but I’ve been told that apparently the picture on Instagram was not that big of a Jenga tower. The night after I Instagrammed it I actually played someone and almost got to twice the size of that one. But I thought it was pretty good.

Are any of the other Brown Bag Allstars any good at Jenga?
I don’t know, I don’t think I’ve played them. Maybe we need to do that at the next Brown Bag meeting, have a Jenga tournament.

Do you think 50 Cent would be any good at Jenga?
I think he would be. He’s a really focussed guy and I think he’d be really good at Jenga. As for other rappers? I’m not quite sure — it’s hard to tell someone’s Jenga skills from just looking at them.

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