Sohh.com’s 24 Grind blog, did a little write up on the illustrious career of Chicago beatsmith No ID. He discusses his work on American Gangster (wow – two mentions of AG twice in one FSD day?) as well as offers “life advice” for budding producers/emcess:
You have to realize that life is not music- you have to have a life plan that makes sense for real life and not a fantasy music plan, thinking that music can make your whole life be what people think it is. I say that because a lot of times, most jobs that people do in real life nobody can wake up and just do. No one can wake up and say “I’m an engineer” – you have to go to school, get the training and then do it. But as far as music people wake up and think they can say “I’m a rapper” or “I’m a producer.” I think a lot of people don’t really study and don’t really know what they’re doing and end up failing in life because they created an illusion in their mind. Life will tell you that you can’t do that without educating yourself in what you do.
Check out the article in its entirety here.