It’s been a couple months now since grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder (Nas, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Common, etc) presented his artist Big Remo to the world with his debut album Entrapment. In this interview that I’m naming ‘9 questions about 9th Wonder’ Big Remo reflects on how he met 9th Wonder, their relationship, being in the studio and more.
1. How did you and 9th Wonder meet?
I was introduced to 9th through his family. Someone gave his sister-in-law a demo with me featured on it. *laughs* Luckily he saw something in me and bada bing bada boom.
2. How does 9th influence your sound?
9th taught me what it was to record RECORDS. He showed me how to be street in my heart, but musically think like a business man. He threw me some beats and I guess you could say his soulful sound brings out the best in my stories and testimonies.
3. What is the vibe like in the studio…do you come in with a concept or do you go through a crate of beats and pick what moves you?
In the studio, it’s mostly “where the beat takes you” feel. 9th is always working and making beats, so if you walk in his studio you better be ready to spit cause he got beats for days. I guess I do a good job at keepin up.
4. What’s something you know about 9th that the masses may not know?
I would say he’s a REAL individual! Humble as all get out. And he cares about the future of our hip hop culture more than anyone else I know.
5. To date, what’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from 9th?
BE PATIENT! it’s meant to be, so it’s gonna happen.
6. Being signed to a label owned by someone that has been in the game so long both as an artists and producer I’m sure you get a lot of good looks that other up and comers don’t have access to. For instance working with David Banner on both your debut project and his collaborative album with 9th Death of A Pop Star. How did the collaboration come about?
Banner heard me as 9th was playing some of my music and asked “who’s that?” So I got a call…”Yo Ree come meet Banner!” Of course you know I didn’t believe the sh*t was reall and low and behold… the rest is history.”
7. What’s your favorite 9th Wonder track?
It has to be “Is She The Reason” by Destiny’s child or “I Dont Know Why” by buckshot on the Chemistry album.
8. Both you and 9th are from the ‘TRE4’. Please explain to the world what that is or what it means?
We are from Winston Salem NC. Tre Foe is the nickname of our city. But really its a prison code for anyone from Winston who is or has been locked up. But nowadays everyone in NC calls it tre foe. We da best!
9. In essence you work for each other but you’re still friends. Is that a strain on your relationship if things aren’t peachy business-wise?
I was a very hard person to deal with. He practices what he preaches and as I said before….PATIENCE!!! He brought the best outta me by teaching me to be humble and patient. He told me one day, “Ree, all you got to do is shut up and rap and listen…don’t even talk!”, Well that there grew me up fast. I learned to trust him and I know he has my best interest at hand. Where as there were a time when it was mainly about music for me, he was, and still is my life-long brother and friend.
Make sure you go HERE get your copy of 9th Wonder presents Big Remo Entrapment. Here is what 9th Wonder had to say about the project:
“Entrapment is a play on words, running from the “trap.” Big Remo embodies that and has his own view of the South. His point of view is somebody who has lived a certain lifestyle, and is trying to make a way to get out of tha tlifestyle, while reflecting on it. As you get closer to the end of the album, you can start to see the change that I’m talking about. Even with change there is a gradual process, which the soundscapes he chooses gives him the chance to show the process. Truth be told, there are a lot of cats like him who live in the south, Big Remo is their voice…enter “Entrapment.”