Besting the multi-platinum success of a smash single like "Super Bass" is a tall order, but production wunderkind Kane Beatz thinks he may have another colossal chart-topper with Nicki Minaj on deck. The Orlando, Florida-bred beatsmith is confident the Beenie Man-assisted, Caribbean-flavored pop cut “Gun Shot” will make some noise on the charts.
"That was a beat she picked from the very beginning," Kane tells BET.com of the song that is featured on Minaj’s new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. "They actually had to go to Jamaica to get that verse from Beenie Man. They really went in for it, she wants a certain sound and when she gets it she always does something crazy."
The 25-year-old hitmaker speaks from experience. Before he even laced Harajuku Barbie with the ubiquitous “Super Bass,” which was the highest charting female rap song since Missy Elliott's 2002 hit "Work It,” Kane laid the soundscape for two impactful records in Minaj’s catalog. In 2009, the Queens MC delivered a stand out performance on the Young Money posse cut "Bedrock," a Kane Beatz production. Minaj later worked her magic on a Kane track as a guest on Trey Songz’s club banger, “Bottoms Up.”
Now, with this sun-splashed groove bursting with international appeal waiting in the wings, Kane is establishing himself as the go-to-producer for the Cash Money family after delivering hits like Birdman's "Loyalty,” Lil' Wayne's "Right Above,” and Young Money’s “Steady Mobbin'.” The success with YMCMB has afforded Kane the opportunity to spread his signature sound across the hip hop stratosphere. Wiz Khalifa, Nas, Rick Ross and Plies have all recruited the beatmaker to help craft the theatrical melodies behind their ambitious rap tales.
Clocking studio time with these rap heavyweights has become more than just a resume builder for Kane. The aspiring music mogul says he's modeling his business plan after Birdman's Cash Money label, and is learning how to take his own music imprint, The Building, to the next level.
"I want to be the next Cash Money, because when you’re a producer you can only go so far, but when you’re an executive, you create a whole new platform for people to respect you," he explains. "I want people to look at me as someone who changed music not just for myself, but broke artists, producers, and created a whole team."
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